Weekend Surf Forecast 28 - 30 June 2019
Issued Thursday, 27 June 2019
While most of the country continues to see pretty stock-standard winter conditions on offer this weekend, the East Coast stands as the key exception; benefiting from an exceptional winter swell-event that will reach full stride early next week. Over the next few days all areas from southern Queensland and northern NSW, down to Sydney and the southern NSW coast will all benefit from a powerful East to ENE groundswell; more notable for its longevity and favourable surface quality, as opposed to its height and period. On Friday and Saturday, however, only sees the leading effects of the new swell beginning to show across the region, ahead of the bulk of mid-period energy arriving across Queensland from Sunday and across most of NSW early to mid next week.
Further south, Victoria sees pretty run-of-the mill SW swell and westerly quarter winds, which will reopen the Surf Coast for business following a week of downtime across the region. This also applies to South Australia, where a week of northerlies and small/ tiny swell finally revert to a more typical winter pattern. That leaves the Southwest of WA as the one place you really don’t want to be if you’re on the hunt for a wave, with strong west to WNW winds again cancelling out the prospect of surfing both on Saturday and Sunday.
Sydney, Newcastle and the South Coast
You could view the fun conditions forecast this weekend as a good warm-up for what’s in store early to mid next week. However you look at it, the surf just gets better and better over the coming days; starting with marginal 1 to 2ft conditions on Friday, before gradually building out of the east all weekend. So if you’ve only got limited time to work with, it probably means Sunday will be the pick, with consistent easterly swell building in under moderate westerly winds all day. If you’re curious about next week, check the detailed forecast here.
Slight, short-period ESE swell under light winds. Sets up to 2ft across exposed beaches, more like 1 to 2ft elsewhere. WIND: Early light WNW to NW 5 to 10 knots tending Northerly to NNE 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon.
Slow building ENE swell. Around 2ft+ exposed open beaches early, building to a more consistent 2 to 3ft in the afternoon. WIND: WNW to NNW 5 to 15 knots tending Northerly, NNE 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon, stronger later.
ENE swell hangs in at 2 to 3ft+ across exposed open beaches, grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: Westerly 10 to 20 knots, tending WSW and easing in the afternoon.
Queensland and Far Northern NSW
Our long-dormant easterly swell window is, at long last, returning to life; compliments of a broad easterly fetch that’s starting to take shape across the entirety of our easterly swell window. A steady building trend in wave-heights will follow; commencing with a trickle of shorter period ESE swell on Friday, ahead of a torrent of mid-period groundswell showing up over the course of the weekend and early next week. It’s fair to say this is shaping up as one of the best, if not the best week of the 2019 winter. This event looms both large and long-enduring; delivering consecutive days of demanding conditions, lasting right through to the end of next week – so you’re well advised to pace yourself accordingly.
Slow building ESE windswell. Ranging from 2 to 4ft across exposed breaks, picking up towards 3 to 4ft in the afternoon, otherwise grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. Revisions likely. WIND: Scope for lighter SSW 10 to 15 knots inshore, otherwise SE 15 to 25 knots.
Potential for consistent ESE swell. Ranging from 4 to 5ft+ across exposed open coasts, grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: Scope for early lighter SW to SSW inshore, otherwise SE to ESE 12 to 18 knots, easing in the afternoon.
Larger Easterly groundswell builds in. Ranging from 4 to 6ft exposed open coasts early, building to 5 to 8ft during the day. Wrapping at 3 to 5ft along the points and into bays with size depending on exposure. WIND: Light WSW to SW inshore, tending light South to SE in the afternoon.
Friday marks the final day in the current, placid-surf pattern that’s been in effect across Victoria this week. The arrival of a vigorous frontal system across Bass Strait on Saturday leads in a new swell/wind regime; featuring stronger WNW to NW winds and rising WSW groundswell. While not overly large, this should lend the focus to the Surf Coast for a consistent run of ultra-clean, mid-sized surf all weekend.
Larger WSW groundswell fills in. Inconsistent sets up to 2 to 4ft along exposed beaches, building to 3 to 5ft in the afternoon. Wrapping at a slower 1 to 2ft along the Surf Coast reefs and bumping up in the afternoon. Otherwise grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: Northerly 15 to 25 knots, freshening to 20 to 30 knots.
Long period WSW groundswell peaks early. Sets ranging from 5 to 6ft+ along the exposed beaches, inconsistent in the upper range. Wrapping at a clean 3 to 4ft+ on the Surf Coast reefs, grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: Northerly 20 to 30 knots, shifting WNW to West in the afternoon.
Larger WSW swell picks up. Rising to 5 to 8ft+ along exposed beaches, wrapping at a slower 3 to 5ft along the Surf Coast reefs and grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: WNW 15 to 25 knots, tending NW in the arvo.
The winter of discontent continues unabated across the Southwest. We have yet another weekend featuring strong onshore winds blowing out large SW groundswell – and while not as giant as some recent episodes, a predominant WNW bias in wind-direction will offer little respite. The only exception is Friday morning, as strong south-westerlies open up some cleaner surfable options inside the most sheltered spots – at least until winds swing back to the west in the arvo. Otherwise, you’re once again well advised to be holed up somewhere much further north.
Easing SW groundswell under fresh onshore winds. Southwest: Windblown sets ranging from 10 to 12ft along exposed areas, settling to 8 to 10ft and easing later. Perth: Junky sets around 2 to 4ft. WIND: SW 20 to 25 knots, easing to 15 to 20 knots during the day, then tending Westerly 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon.
Easing SW groundswell peaks under moderating onshore winds. South West: Windblown sets ranging from 5 to 7ft across exposed breaks, settling to 4 to 6ft during the arvo. Perth/Mandurah: Sets in the 1 to 2ft range. WIND: WNW 15 to 25 knots, freshening to 20 to 30 knots, then tending Westerly later.
Renewed rise in WSW swell sets in under fresh onshore winds. Southwest: Sets up to 5 to 8ft along exposed breaks, building to 6 to 10ft in the afternoon. Perth: Around 2ft+, picking up in the arvo. WIND: WNW, Westerly 15 to 25 knots, tending WSW later.
Like Victoria, South Oz see one final day of fresh offshore northerly winds in force across south-facing stretches, before a more typical westerly wind-regime comes into effect this weekend. The upside is swell – and plenty of it; picking up to a good size across the South Coast all weekend, with a whole lot more to come over the course of next week.
Long period WSW groundswell fills in. South Coast: Around 3 to 4ft at Waits and Parsons, building to 4 to 5ft+ in the arvo. Wrapping at 2 to 3ft around Middleton, bumping up in the afternoon. Mid Coast: Up to 1 to 2ft. WIND: NNE, Northerly 15 to 25 knots, tending NNW in the arvo.
Easing SW groundswell under westerly winds. South Coast: Slower sets up to 4 to 6ft at Waits and Parsons, grading to 3 to 4ft around Middleton, easing in the afternoon. Mid Coast: 1ft+. WIND: NW to WNW 15 to 25 knots, tending Westerly, then WSW and freshening in the afternoon.
Reinforcing SW groundswell slowly eases under nor-west winds. South Coast: Clean 3 to 4ft+ at Waits and Parsons, wrapping at 2 to 3ft+ at Middleton. Mid Coast: Around 1 to 2ft. WIND: WNW 10 to 20 knots, tending NW in the arvo.
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