Best down South Friday morning and Sunday for small waves

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Craig Brokensha (Craig)

South Australian Forecast (issued Wednesday 22nd October)

Best Days: Friday morning down South, Sunday morning down South


Yesterday saw improving conditions under a freshening and hot N/NE wind that ironed out a fun 2ft to occasionally 3ft of SW swell across the Middleton stretch, while Waits and Parsons were the pick with more juice.

A late afternoon onshore change was seen and this has persisted into today with a small average swell. The Mid Coast was glassy but effectively flat yesterday, while today is flat and bumpy.

This week (Oct 23 – 24)

Tomorrow will be a write-off across the South Coast with a fresh to strong SE wind and junky mix of new SW groundswell and S/SE windswell.

The Mid Coast should be clean and the new swell is expected to offer 1ft sets into the afternoon for beginners.

Friday will be the day to surf with winds expected to swing light offshore from the N'th down South with a fun easing swell from 2-3ft at Middleton and 3-4ft at Waits. Try and surf before the early afternoon though as a shallow change will move through mid-afternoon.

This weekend onwards (Oct 25 onwards)

The weekend will start off poor with fresh SE winds across the South Coast and a small easing swell, while the Mid will be tiny to flat.

Winds should swing back offshore down South on Sunday but the surf will be really small and only really doable at Waits and Parsons with 2ft+ sets. Middleton will be great for beginners though most of the day before a W'ly change pushes through.

Next week is looking better than it was on Monday with a couple of strong frontal systems expected to pass under the country through the weekend and into next week.

The models are divergent on the intensity of each of these at this stage, but we should see an initial increase in moderate sized W/SW swell later Monday, peaking Tuesday with a couple of secondary pulses on the cards for Wednesday and Thursday. To what size is unsure, but winds look to be from the W/NW to SW. Check back here Friday for a clearer idea on all of this though.