Small mix of swells this week

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Craig Brokensha (Craig)

Eastern Tasmania Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Monday February 19)

Best Days: Tomorrow morning, northern corners Thursday, Friday morning

Features of the Forecast (tl;dr)

  • Small, inconsistent background E/NE swell for the coming days
  • Small S'ly swell tomorrow
  • Variable tending E/NE then NE winds tomorrow
  • Small, weak NE swell building Wed PM, peaking Thu, fading Fri
  • Fresh to strong N/NE-NE winds Wed, strengthening N/NW Thu
  • W/SW tending E/NE Fri


Small, easing levels of background E/NE swell on the weekend, while yesterday afternoon and today, some better S/SE groundswell is in the water. Winds have been best for southern corners and out of the south all day.

This week and weekend (Feb 20 - 25)

A small hum of inconsistent E/NE trade-swell will continue over the coming days, but a close-range NE windswell will become more dominant, from Wednesday through Thursday. Also in the mix tomorrow will be some small S'ly swell with surf mostly in the 2ft range, with the rare bigger one.

Coming back to the NE windswell and this will form as a strong mid-latitude low develops in the Bight, squeezing a high in the Tasman Sea, bringing a broad but not overly strong fetch of NE winds aimed into our swell window.

Building surf is due Wednesday to 2-3ft across the north-east magnets, holding a similar size Thursday. Unfortunately winds look average and fresh to strong from the N/NE-NE on Wednesday, N/NW Thursday morning and then strengthening through the day. With the swell direction northern corners will be clean but small to tiny.

Cleaner conditions should be seen Friday morning with a W/SW offshore but the swell looks to be fading from 2ft max. Still with nothing to really follow swell wise, it's probably worth aiming for a paddle as the weekend and early next week look slow.