Rip Curl Pro to end with a bang
"Good things come to those who wait," said someone, somewhere. And while the organisers of the Rip Curl Pro have had little choice but to call lay days, they'll now get their good thing. The event is forecast to end with a bang.
Tomorrow will be another lay day with no new swell due until the afternoon by which time the wind will be onshore, but the last three days of the waiting period are looking very juicy.
A progression of back to back frontal systems moving in from under Western Australia and towards Victoria this week will produce building levels of west-southwest groundswell, culminating in a very significant south-west groundswell event Friday afternoon and Saturday morning - the last day of the waiting period.
The first two systems will project westerly gales through the Surf Coast's swell window, generating building levels of west-southwest groundswell through Thursday, from 3ft in the morning to a better 4ft through the afternoon. Conditions will be excellent all day with a persistent offshore west-northwest wind.
The third and last frontal system is forecast to deepen significantly while tracking towards Victoria, on top of the active sea state generated by the two storms before it. A low pressure centre will form and broaden, with a great fetch of storm-force winds expected to project through Victoria's western and then south-western swell windows.
With the storm moving on top an active sea state we'll see faster than normal wave growth, amplified further by a slight 'captured fetch' scenario resulting in a large, long-period south-west groundswell Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.
The swell should build steadily Friday from 3-5ft in the morning to 8ft on the sets by later in the day at Bells and Winki, though conditions will be very tricky with strong westerly tending west-southwest winds.
Saturday looks excellent though with a slow drop in size from 6-8ft and favourable winds for the reefs most of the day. You can catch all the action live on our Rip Curl Pro event page.