Small NE swell for the weekend, biggest Monday morning

Eastern Tasmania Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Friday 17th March)

Best Days: Early each day over the weekend, south facing breaks Monday morning


A good solid NE windswell to 4-5ft yesterday with light winds early, swinging offshore mid-late morning and remaining favourable into the evening.

Today the swell was much smaller and S'ly winds favoured protected southern corners.

This weekend and next week (Mar 18 - 24)

Over the weekend we'll continue to see small fun levels of NE swell from a persistent fetch of strong NE winds through the Coral and Northern Tasman Seas.

A small embedded low deepening and projecting south-west towards Seal Rocks should produce a stronger N/NE swell for later Sunday but more so Monday morning.

So over the weekend north facing beaches should hang around 2ft, maybe a little bigger Sunday with some additional NE windswell.

Conditions will be less than ideal tomorrow with a dawn N/NW'ly, tending NE through the day and then N/NW most of Sunday.

Monday's better mid-period N/NE swell pulse should come in at 3ft, if not for the odd bigger bomb with a light offshore wind before a SE'ly freshens with a deepening trough off our coast.

The trough looks to be short-lived and a new ridge building in the Tasman Sea looks to revert winds back to the NE Tuesday with some small NE windswell maintaining 2-3ft surf, giving into a stronger S'ly change and easing trend Wednesday.

Beyond this we look towards some small S'ly swell, but more on this Monday. Have a great weekend!


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southernsealspirit commented Friday, 17 Mar 2017 at 7:00pm

Thanks Craig
I'm in Tas hoping to hit the NE corner on Tues, is it worthy or should I head back to Nth NSW?


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Craig commented Monday, 20 Mar 2017 at 5:16pm

Hi mate,

Sorry forgot about this.

Both options look marginal. Only a few options out of the wind tomorrow morning across the Tassie East Coast, and similar Nth NSW.

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southernsealspirit commented Monday, 20 Mar 2017 at 7:11pm

Thanks buddy
Winds look suss on the NE Coast which is a shame
Hopefully score later up North later in the week