Windows of good waves on both coasts this week

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Craig Brokensha (Craig)

South Australian Forecast (issued Monday 9th February)

Best Days: Tuesday and Wednesday mornings South Coast, Mid Coast Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings South Coast


Saturday was clean but small to tiny across the South Coast with exposed swell magnets the only ones offering a surfable wave. A cool onshore change pushed through late afternoon Saturday and this lingered into Sunday creating poor conditions with a touch more swell.

Today onshore winds continued across the South Coast while the Mid was clean but near flat.

This week (Feb 10 – 13)

A good new S/SW groundswell is due across the South Coast tomorrow morning, generated over the weekend but winds will be far from perfect still, but better than the last couple of days. An overnight onshore SE'ly should swing lighter E/NE through the morning creating peaky/wobbly waves across most breaks. Middleton should be in the 2-3ft range with 3-4ft sets at Waits and Parsons during the morning (smaller later), with the latter being the pick.

Wednesday morning will be small but fun with a light variable breeze due and this will more than likely tend light offshore. Waits and Parsons will offer the most size for experienced surfers with 3ft sets early ahead of the arrival of a new long-range and inconsistent SW groundswell.

This SW groundswell will be followed by a secondary more consistent and stronger SW groundswell Thursday but unfortunately winds will be poor for the South Coast and strong S'ly Wednesday afternoon, remaining fresh to strong from the SE-S/SE Thursday.

The Mid Coast will be cleaner and the best place to surf Thursday with inconsistent but good 2ft sets on the favourable parts of the tide.

A drop in swell is due through Friday and we may see winds tend more E'ly through the morning, but we'll have to review this on Wednesday.

This weekend onwards (Feb 14 onwards)

Wave heights should continue to ease through Saturday across the state, with the easing trend stunted sightly by a small long-range SW groundswell Sunday morning.

Only Saturday morning will provide decent conditions though with a light offshore wind across the South Coast with a small 2ft of swell at Middleton and 3ft sets at Waits. Sea breezes are due into the afternoon while Sunday will be poor as a fresh S'ly change pushes through.

Longer term we're likely to see a better SW groundswell developing for Tuesday/Wednesday next week from a strong and slow moving polar low firing up around Friday to the south-west of WA. This is a fair way down the track though, so check back Wednesday for an update on this.