Weekend Surf Forecast 14 - 16 June, 2019
Issued Thursday, 13 June 2019
In the wake of last week’s monumentally stormy, out-of-control conditions (both across the West Coast and across much of the NSW coast), it looks like mother nature is taking a bit of a breather this weekend. In stark contrast to this time last week, surf-conditions are looking very sleepy across the entire East Coast this weekend. Over the next few days both NSW and Queensland coasts are effectively becalmed under the influence of a slow moving high straddling the Eastern States; leaving the region reliant on fractional levels of south-swell, for the most part only showing any meaningful size at the most south-facing coasts.
Those who find themselves somewhere along Victoria’s Surf Coast will fare substantially better over the coming days as a well entrenched pattern of offshore NW winds coincides with a consistent run of SW swell. The same pattern also benefits South Australian coasts, making for some reasonably good conditions along the more south facing stretches all weekend. Over West, it’s a pretty typical winter story; characterised by no shortage of chunky SW groundswell in the double overhead range or bigger along exposed Southwest coasts, albeit under fresh onshore westerly quarter winds that are set to remain in place for several days to come.
Given the absence of anything obviously epic on the surf-front around the country this weekend, Indonesia warrants a special mention. The entire archipelago is looking good to epic – not just this weekend – but also for the best part of next week.
Sydney, Newcastle and the South Coast
Wave energy remains at a low-ebb across the entire NSW coast as the knock on effect of a large, slow moving blocking high over the eastern states continues to reverberate throughout the weekend. That, however, doesn’t mean you won’t be able to surf. There will be small lines of swell trundling in out of the South over the next few days; probably showing most size on Friday morning before fading again on Saturday, ahead of new pulse slowly building in throughout Sunday. Small surf aside, conditions are calm and clean for the foreseeable future as high pressure continues to dominate proceedings right through to early-mid next week.
Small South groundswell peaks around 2ft+ across southern exposures and slowly eases into the afternoon. Expect smaller 1 to 2ft waves or less elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: Early WSW 5 to 10 knots, tending light SSW in the afternoon.
Easing S swell steadily fades. Up to a slow 1ft+ across south facing beaches early, fading in the afternoon. Verging on flat along open beaches. WIND: Westerly, WSW around 5 to 15 knots, tending light SW to Southerly in the afternoon, variable later.
Mix of slight South groundswell and SE windswell. Up to 1 to 2ft across exposed open and south facing beaches, picking up a bit in the afternoon. Otherwise virtually flat along open beaches. WIND: Light WSW 5 to 10 knots or light South in the afternoon.
Queensland and Far Northern NSW
Depending on exactly where you reside, your surfing prospects are looking slim to non-existent across the region this weekend. A lull I notable swell-generating activity leaves us reliant on very low levels of South swell that will invariably favour the most exposed beaches from Byron south. A small pulse moving up the coast over the next day or two presents you best chances for a decent wave south of the border as it shows peak size on Friday arvo and Saturday morning – otherwise it’s all on the tiddler scale or virtually flat for days to come.
Background South groundswell bumps up marginally; initially up to 1 to 2ft at best across northern NSW south facing coasts, with scope for larger 1 to 2ft+ sets in the afternoon, Otherwise grading smaller elsewhere. Southern QLD: Up to 0.5 to 1ft along exposed beaches, bumping up a tad in the arvo. Virtually flat elsewhere. WIND: Light Westerly, WNW 5 to 10 knots, tending SW to South/SE 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon.
Mix of mid and short-period Southerly swell. Sets up to 2ft northern NSW south facing coasts, otherwise smaller elsewhere. Southern QLD: Up to 1ft along exposed beaches, virtually flat elsewhere. WIND: Early SW to SSW, tending South 10 knots, then SSE in the afternoon.
Mix of slight SSE to ESE windswells. Around 1ft+ exposed coasts, otherwise smaller elsewhere. Otherwise grading tiny to virtually flat along the points and inside the bays. WIND: Light WSW to SSW, tending SSE to ESE up to 10 knots in the afternoon.
The Surf Coast is by far and away your best bet when it comes to surfing across Victoria this weekend. A well entrenched WNW to NW wind-regime sees all-day offshore conditions in place for days to come – and the swell will also come to the party; picking up into the 3 to 4ft range by Friday and fluctuating around this size all weekend. Happy hunting.
WSW groundswell slowly eases. Up to a windy 5 to 6ft+ along exposed beaches, settling to 4 to 5ft+ later. Wrapping at a clean and slow 3 to 4ft along the Surf Coast reefs, otherwise grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: WNW 10 to 20 knots, tending Westerly up to 15 to 25 knots in the afternoon.
Reinforcing WSW groundswell levels off at a clean 5 to 6ft+ along the exposed beaches,. Wrapping at a clean 3 to 5ft on the Surf Coast reefs and grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: WNW to NW 10 to 15 knots, easing later.
Easing SW groundswell. Speculatively 4 to 6ft along exposed beaches, wrapping at a clean 3 to 4ft along the Surf Coast reefs. Otherwise grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: NW, NNW 10 to 15 knots, tending Westerly in the afternoon.
It might not be on the same, biblical scale of last weekend’s stormy, windblown chaos, but conditions are still far from appealing across the Southwest this weekend. Large, onshore conditions remain in force over the coming days as a series of fronts clip the southwest of the state; collectively maintaining fresh onshore west to WSW winds up around 15 to 20 knots. So if it’s good surfing conditions you’re after, you’re still well advised to head in a general northerly direction in search of warmer, pumping pastures.
New SW groundswell builds in. South West: Bumpy 5 to 8ft sets across exposed breaks, grading to 3 to 6ft elsewhere with size depending on exposure. Perth/Mandurah: Up to a junky 2ft+. WIND: Westerly, WSW 15 to 20 knots, freshening in the afternoon.
SW groundswell peaks under light onshore winds. South West: Sets ranging from 6 to 8ft across exposed breaks, grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. Perth/Mandurah: Sets in the 2 to 3ft range. WIND: SW 10 to 20 knots, tending Westerly and easing during the afternoon.
SW swell levels off under light winds. Southwest: Sets up to 5 to 6ft along exposed breaks, settling marginally in the afternoon. Perth: Slower 1 to 2ft+ sets. WIND: Westerly, WSW 10 to 15 knots, freshening to 15 to 25 knots in the afternoon.
A continued run of cross-offhore nor ‘westerlies and small to mid-range SW groundswell is a recipe for fun waves across the South Coast, not to mention more remote southern exposures, further afield. With the exception of a weak and short-lived West to SW wind-shift on Sunday afternoon, this pattern looks like remaining intact for days to come. Have a good one.
Easing SW swell under lighter winds. South Coast: Windy 4 to 5ft at Waits and Parsons, picking up in the afternoon. More like 2 to 4ft around Middleton, settling later. Mid Coast: Around 1ft. WIND: NW to WNW 15 to 20 knots, tending lighter West, WSW in the afternoon.
Easing SSW swell reinforced by new SSW groundswell under offshore winds. South Coast: Slow, clean sets 3 to 4ft+ at Waits and Parsons, grading to 2 to 3ft+ around Middleton, building in the afternoon. Mid Coast: Virtually flat. WIND: NNW 10 to 15 knots.
SSW groundswell peaks under light winds. South Coast: Speculatively 3 to 5ft at Waits and Parsons, wrapping at 2 to 4ft at Middleton,. Mid Coast: 1 to 2ft. WIND: NNW 10 to 15 knots, turning WSW to SW in the afternoon.
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