Slim pickings ahead with flush of small NE windswell Fri

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Steve Shearer (freeride76)

Eastern Tasmania Surf Forecast by Steve Shearer (issued Wed 18 August)

Features of the Forecast (tl;dr)

  • Small NE windswell building Fri, holding Sat morning before easing.
  • Another small pulse of NE windswell Mon
  • More S swell on the radar for middle of next week, stay tuned.


Mon’s late kick in strong S swell held into Tuesday with solid 3-5ft surf reported. Today has eased back with 3-4ft leftovers on offer and clean conditions from W/NW winds which eased during the day. 

This week and weekend (Aug 18-22) 

After the recent run of strong S swell a slower period is forthcoming with potential for a small bump in NE windswell later Fri and into Sat as N’ly winds adjacent to Bass Strait and extending up into the Gippsland generate small levels of surf. 

Expect surf to ease right back through tomorrow and into Fri morning as only small W/SW groundswell is on offer, not enough to wrap into the East Coast. 

N’ly winds freshen Fri and this is expected to see swell build into the 2ft range in the a’noon although quality won’t anything special. This size should hold into Sat morning before an approaching front shunts the fetch eastwards and irons out local surf with a freshen W/NW flow.

Sunday looks to be tiny/flat.

A new NE windswell is on the cards for Mon/Tues as a pre-frontal N’ly flow strengthens adjacent to the NSW south coast. Winds are a bit Far East and poorly aligned but another round of fun sized 2ft NE windswell is possible Mon with NW winds expected. 

Looking at the coming days and weekend, stormy activity firing up towards Western Australia and South Australia will be positioned too far north to generate any decent swell for us. Mid next week another low tracking NE into the lower Tasman has better surf potential for the east coast. Check back Fri for details.