Weekend Surf Forecast 21 - 23 June 2019
Issued Thursday, 20 June 2019
The winter wave-action continues across the entire country this weekend, with solid waves to be had just about everywhere you look. Eastern Seaboard continues to benefit from a relentless run of South and SSE swell; albeit under a persistent southerly wind-regime. This kind of pattern always sees the most size and power on offer across the NSW coast’s southern exposures, while producing smaller, more user friendly conditions across southern Queensland coasts – and that will be the case all weekend. Further south, conditions across Victorian coasts are hampered by moderate onshore winds on Friday and Saturday, before conditions finally clean up across exposed coasts as winds swing to the nor’east on Sunday.
In contrast, neighbouring South Australia fares substantially better; receiving successive days of clean, solid SW swell under light offshore NE winds; making for one of the better winter weekends your likely to see across the state. Last but not least, the West Coast is once again shaping up as a virtual no-go zone, as strong onshore west to nor’west winds render conditions untenable across the Southwest – and they’re not looking a whole lot better up north.
Sydney, Newcastle and the South Coast
This weekend is a lot more in line with what you might expect in winter: A solid combination of South and SSE swells under fresh SW to Southerly winds. For the most part, that means plenty of chunky, but also a lot of lump and bump across southern exposures. That might leaves semi-sheltered southern ends as your best bet for some slightly smaller and cleaner options – and it will be worth making the most of an early south-westerly bias in winds before they turn southerly during the afternoons.
Easing Southerly swell mixing with leftover Easterly swell. Ranging from 2 to 3ft+ along south facing beaches, grading to more like 1 to 3ft elsewhere with size depending on exposure. South swell rebuilds in the afternoon. WIND: WSW 10 to 20 knots, turning SSW 15 to 30 knots in the afternoon.
Combined S swell and underlying SSE swell. Around 4 to 5ft+ south facing beaches, picking up a bit in the afternoon. Otherwise grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: SW around 15 to 20 knots, tending SSW, Southerly in the afternoon.
Easing SSE groundswell Up to 4 to 5ft+ across exposed open and south facing beaches, settling towards 3 to 4ft in the afternoon. Wrapping at lower levels elsewhere with size depending on exposure WIND: Early SW to SSW around 10 to 15 knots, turning Southerly in the afternoon.
Queensland and Far Northern NSW
A slow decline in ESE swell leaves us increasingly reliant on straighter South-swell across the region over the next few days. For the most part, that looks like maintaining the status quo: keeping wave heights up in the 3 to 4ft range at the more exposed northern NSW breaks, while amounting to smaller 2 to 3ft levels along less exposed coasts – and smaller again inside the points and bays. This coincides with a southerly quarter wind-regime that will invariably see the early morning hours offering the best surface quality, before winds turn to the south and SSE in the afternoons.
Combination of easing ESE swell and new South swell. Northern NSW: Around 2 to 4ft across south facing coasts, grading smaller elsewhere. Southern QLD: Potential for 2 to 3ft sets across exposed breaks, otherwise grading smaller elsewhere. WIND: Light WSW to SW inshore, tending Southerly, SSE 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon.
New Southerly swell picks up under fresh southerly quarter winds. Northern NSW: Around 3 to 4ft+ across south facing coasts, grading smaller elsewhere. Southern QLD: Potential for inconsistent 2 to 3ft sets across exposed breaks, otherwise grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: Early SW to SSW 10 to 20 knots, tending South to SSE 15 to 25 knots in the afternoon.
New SSE groundswell fills in, probably undersized early. Northern NSW: Sets up to 3 to 4ft across south facing coasts, grading smaller elsewhere. Southern QLD: Potential for 2 to 3ft+ sets across exposed breaks, otherwise grading smaller elsewhere. WIND: Light SW to SSW inshore, tending South to SSE 10 to 20 knots.
A persistent onshore southerly airflow will keep wave quality to a minimum over the next couple of days, so if you don’t mind a bit of onshore lump and bump, then you’re probably in for some decent sized, uncrowded winter waves along the exposed beaches on Friday and Saturday. Otherwise, it’s all about Sunday. Southerly winds are set to drop off and swing light offshore across the exposed Mornington and Phillip Island coasts, while light onshore south-easterlies continue to linger across the Surf Coast. The favourable wind-shift also coincides with a new pulse of SW groundswell: strong enough to produce solid overhead sets along exposed stretches throughout the day.
Leftover SW groundswell slowly eases. Sets up to 3 to 4ft along exposed beaches. Wrapping at a slow 2 to 3ft along the Surf Coast reefs, easing up in the afternoon. WIND: Southerly to SSW 10 to 15 knots.
Residual SW swell reinforced by new, long period SW groundswell. Ranging from 2 to 4ft along the exposed beaches, rising towards 3 to 4ft+ during the afternoon. Wrapping at a clean 2ft+ on the Surf Coast reefs, picking up in the afternoon. Otherwise grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: Southerly, SSE 5 to 15 knots.
Easing SW groundswell. Around 4 to 5ft along exposed beaches, wrapping at a slower 3 to 4ft along the Surf Coast reefs. Otherwise grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: Light North to NE 5 to 10 knots, tending Easterly in the afternoon.
Friday morning offers a final window of still manageable, cross-offshore conditions across the Southwest. While far from ideal, it’s definitely worth making the most of it if you can, given what’s in store this weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday feature varying degrees of howling onshores. This commences with strong northerlies on Saturday morning, but it will soon swing to the west at strength, leading in another full day of blustery onshores and large, unruly surf throughout Sunday. Even up north the winds aren’t great, so there isn’t much to recommend beyond planning for a non-surfing weekend.
New SW groundswell builds in throughout the day. South West: Scope for windy 4 to 6ft sets along exposed breaks, picking up to a windblown 5 to 8ft during the day. Otherwise grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. Perth/Mandurah: Around 2ft. WIND: NE to NNE to 15 to 20 knots, tending NNW in the afternoon.
Easing SW groundswell peaks under strengthening northerly winds. South West: Windblown sets ranging from 4 to 6ft across exposed breaks, settling to 3 to 5ft during the day and smaller in the arvo. Perth/Mandurah: Sets in the 2ft range. WIND: Early Northerly, NNW, tending NNE 20 to 30 knots during the morning, tending NNW and freshening to 25 to 35 knots, before shifting WNW during the afternoon.
Combined rise in SW groundswell and Westerly windswell under fresh onshore winds. Southwest: Sets up to 4 to 6ft+ along exposed breaks, building to a stormy 6 to 8ft+ in the afternoon. Perth: Around 2ft early, picking up in the afternoon. WIND: WNW to NW up to 15 to 25 knots, freshening to 20 to 35 knots and shifting Westerly in the afternoon.
You could do worse than get on the road in search of less frequented South Australian coasts this weekend. Several days of light North, NE to ENE winds will see a proliferation of good to great surfing options opening up across the state as the favourable wind-regime coincides with fluctuating levels of SW swell. Definitely worth putting some time aside for a surf or ten this weekend.
Easing SSW groundswell under nor’easters. South Coast: Up to a clean 2 to 4ft at Waits and Parsons, grading to 2ft around Middleton, easing in the arvo. Mid Coast: Up to 1ft+. WIND: NE 5 to 15 knots, tending lighter ENE later.
Easing SW swell reinforced by new SSW groundswell under offshore winds. South Coast: Slow, clean sets 2 to 3ft+ at Waits and Parsons, grading to 1 to 2ft around Middleton, building in the afternoon. Mid Coast: 1ft+. WIND: NE 5 to 15 knots, easing and tending Easterly in the afternoon.
Potential for stronger SSW groundswell peaks under light winds. South Coast: Clean 3 to 4ft+ at Waits and Parsons, wrapping at 2 to 3ft+ at Middleton, fading in the afternoon. Mid Coast: Around 1 to 2ft. WIND: NE 5 to 15 knots.
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