Western Australian Surf Forecast (issued Mon 24th Mar)

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Craig started the topic in Monday, 24 Mar 2014 at 4:56pm

Western Australia Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Monday 24th March)

Best Days: Thursday morning, Tuesday morning, Wednesday morning


There hasn't been much swell at all around the coast but offshore winds have favoured exposed spots across the state.

This week (Mar 24 - 28)

The only swell of note over the coming week is a very infrequent long-range SW groundswell expected on Wednesday afternoon with a similar size and more consistent SW swell due Thursday.

The long-range swell was generated by a vigorous polar frontal progression in our far swell window below South Africa last week and should build to a very infrequent 3-4ft+ across the South West Wednesday afternoon, 1ft+ in Perth and 2-3ft later in Gero.

Set waves should be 10-15 minutes apart and winds are looking sea breezey as the swell kicks Wednesday afternoon. Thursday morning will be better with a similar size and more consistent SW swell generated by background frontal activity in the Southern Indian Ocean over the weekend. As a bonus winds will be offshore from the East during the morning creating clean condtions.

This weekend onwards (Mar 29 onwards)

A small front pushing into us on Saturday will kick up a weak S/SW windswell for the afternoon and Sunday but conditions will be poor with onshore winds.

A stronger polar frontal progression right on the edge of our southern swell window, south-southwest of the state (pictured right) will kick up a moderate to large S/SW groundswell for next Tuesday and Wednesday that at this stage looks to reach 5-6ft in the South West, 1-2ft in Perth and 3-4ft up at Gero under favourable offshore E/SE winds.

We'll have to keep an eye on this system though, as if it forms any further east we'll see a more acute S'ly swell and less size, while if it forms further west we'll see a larger SW groundswell. So check back Wednesday for an update on this.