Western Australian Surf Forecast (issued Fri 21st Mar)

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Craig started the topic in Friday, 21 Mar 2014 at 1:24pm

Western Australia Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Friday 21st March)

Best Days: No great days


There hasn't been much to talk about surf wise across the state with small amounts of swell best suited to the Margaret River and Geraldton regions.

A small reinforcing S/SW swell has kept fun waves hitting these regions into today, while Perth and Mandurah have remained tiny.

This weekend and next week (Mar 22 - 28)

We've now entered the period of small to tiny surf that's been discussed the last few updates.

This period of inactivity is related to a couple of strong blocking highs setting up in the Indian Ocean, suppressing polar frontal and storm activity, with only the most exposed locations across the state expected to provide any real surfable waves over the coming 5 days.

Winds look to be generally favourable for these exposed locations though and offshore each morning until Tuesday when a funky and possibly light onshore develops.

The next note-worthy swell due across the state is expected to arrive Wednesday and peak Thursday, generated in our far swell window below South Africa by a vigorous polar frontal progression.

This storm has created large 8-10ft surf at South Africa's J-Bay today, but by the time it arrives across our coast, it will be extremely inconsistent and much smaller. In saying this weak polar frontal activity through the Southern Indian Ocean through the weekend and early next week should help soften the effect of swell decay and also add in some closer-range energy. A peak is expected on Thursday to 3-4ft in the South West, 1-1.5ft in Perth and 2-3ft+ surf around Gero.

Winds look to be SE which isn't ideal but workable for keen surfers.

Longer term there doesn't seem to be any break to the pattern expected into next weekend or the start of next week, with small swells likely to persist. Check back Monday for an update on this though.