Christmas Day Forecast
If you've spotted a package around six feet long under the Christmas tree, you'll be glad to know that it'll be put to good use over the coming holiday weekend. Nearly every state around Australia is expected to have waves, but just a heads up: if you live in Western Australia you may want to crack open the presents a day early. Read on for the reason why.
Queensland & Northern NSW: There'll be plenty of options as a large east swell starts to build from Saturday onwards, peaking through Christmas and Boxing Day. We're looking at 6ft+ through Sunday and Monday, and local winds permitting, the points should be firing.
Sydney: While South East Queensland will bare the brunt of the size, Southern NSW should still see moderate levels of E/NE swell building through Saturday and Sunday, reaching 3-5ft into Christmas afternoon. A larger pulse to 4-6ft is possible into the following Tuesday, with the mornings offering the cleanest waves with light winds.
Victoria: The weekend will start off slow with tiny levels of background energy, but a new W/SW groundswell is expected later on Christmas Day, peaking early on Boxing Day. Conditions are unfortunately looking average as an onshore change moves through later Sunday and persists with strength through Monday. Later in the week is looking better with a new SW swell and easterly winds.
Tasmania: The South Arm will offer little to no options for holiday surfers, but the East Coast should provide a fun sized north-east windswell throughout the entire weekend.
South Australia: The weekend will start out similar to Victoria with tiny waves and favourable winds. A new W/SW groundswell should fill in on Christmas afternoon, offering fun small waves on the Mid Coast, while the South Coast will also have plenty of swell, but poor conditions with strengthening onshore winds.
Western Australia: Christmas Eve is looking excellent for West Oz surfers with a solid south-west swell and SE winds across the state on Saturday. The lower South West should come in at 6-8ft with small waves on the metro beaches and fun waves further north. By Christmas Day the swell will be easing but still worthwhile.
So with the promising forecast for most of the country, I hope the surf pumps and the stick under the Christmas tree goes well.