WEEKEND SURF FORECAST, 28 - 30 June 2013
Forecast issued 27 June 2013, by Ben Macartney
It’s easy to become complacent in winter. Many regions have experienced their fair share of excellent surfing conditions through the month of June, allowing one to steer clear of the cold onshore days and pick the eyes out of the good ones as the right wind, tide and swell come together. Over the next few days the good times continue to roll across many regions, with favourable winds and long period groundswell running across Victoria’s Surf Coast and plenty of fun sized ESE swell across the NSW and south-east Queensland coasts.
In the wake of several days of large easterly swell pounding the NSW coast, we can look forward to a drop in wave energy to more accessible levels combining with lighter winds over the next few days. Although conditions are by no means looking ideal, there will be some fine moments as the swell steadily drops off over the weekend, with Saturday morning likely to be the pick.
ESE swell 3 – 4ft most exposed beaches, easing during the afternoon. WIND: WSW 10 to 15 knots tending SSW to SSE during the day.
ESE swell 2 – 3ft exposed open beaches, gradually fading. WIND: WSW 10 to 15 knots tending S during the day.
Leftover ESE swell and minor SSE windswell around 2ft exposed beaches. WIND: Early WSW 10 knots, tending S during the day.
Queensland and Far Northern NSW
Not unlike last weekend, the next East Coast Low off the rank begins to have a stronger impact on south-eastern Queensland and northern NSW over the next few days. This follows the steady eastward movement of the low across the Tasman Sea this week, placing it just north of New Zealand bringing a strong ESE fetch within direct range of the region on Wednesday and Thursday.
SE swell 2 – 3ft+ across south-east QLD, up to 3 – 4ft far northern NSW exposed coasts. WIND: Early SSW 10 to 15 knots tending SE during the morning.
ESE swell 2 – 3ft+ exposed coasts, gradually easing during the day. WIND: SSW 5 to 15 knots tending ESE during the morning.
ESE swells up to 2ft exposed coasts, mixing with small S windswell rising to 2 – 3ft across northern NSW during the afternoon. WIND: SSW 5 to 15 knots tending SE during the day.
The Surf Coast is the focal point of wave activity across the state this weekend. A series of overlapping, long period WSW groundswells will produce good, albeit inconsistent two to four foot sets across the Torquay reefs, grading to a heavier six foot plus across the exposed beaches. A stable north-westerly wind regime should see clean conditions prevailing across the Surf Coast both on Saturday and Sunday.
Long range WSW groundswell 6 – 8ft exposed breaks, grading to 2 – 3ft max across Surf Coast. WIND: NNW 5 to 15 knots, tending light WNW later.
SW groundswell 4 - 5ft exposed beaches up to 2 - 3ft across the Surf Coast. WIND: NNW 10 to 15 knots tending light and variable during the day.
Old SW swell overlapping with new SSW groundswell 5 - 6ft+ exposed beaches, 3 – 4ft across the Surf Coast. WIND: WNW 10 to 15 knots.
There’s no shortage of large winter groundswell on tap across the South West this weekend as overlapping long and mid period WSW swells produce large surf across the region, peaking on Saturday in the eight to ten foot range. Local winds are looking fluky under the influence of a weak high pressure ridge, but periods of light and variable conditions should see good conditions at times on both days.
Increased WSW swell with windswell, largest in arvo
Southwest coast: 6-8ft with occasional 10ft sets at standouts
Perth: 1ft rising 2ft
Light wind early, tending seabreeze W 10 knots toward southwest coast
WSW swell mix decreasing
Southwest coast: 6ft early fading 4-6ft
Perth: 2ft fading 1ft
Variable winds, NE tending NW in arvo 5-15 knots
Reinforcing moderate WSW swell
Southwest coast: 4-6ft+
Light to variable NE to NW winds 5-10 knots.
A strong round of long period WSW groundswell produces another full weekend of good conditions across South Coast as a light westerly wind regime maintains reasonable surface quality on both days.
SW groundswell 3 - 4ft across the South Coast, easing during the afternoon. Around 1ft+ across the Mid Coast. WIND: Light and variable 5 – 10 knots.
New SW groundswell 2 – 3ft+ across the South Coast, new WSW groundswell increasing to 3 – 4ft+ during the afternoon. Up to 1 – 2ft across the Mid Coast later. WIND: Early light W tending WSW 5 to 15 knots.
WSW groundswell 3 - 4ft+ across the South Coast locations depending on exposure. Grading to 1 - 2ft across the Mid Coast. WIND: Early WNW tending W 10 to 15 knots.
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