Small easing surf tomorrow, poor from Sunday

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Craig Brokensha (Craig)

South Australian Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Friday 30th December)

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Best Days: Mid Coast Saturday, swell magnets South Coast for keen surfers Saturday morning


A tiny start to yesterday across both coasts, but a great new W'ly swell hit the Cape du Couedic wave buoy through the morning and showed on the Mid Coast late morning.

The Mid pulsed to 2ft+ into the afternoon as winds remained light and conditions clean, offering another great afternoon and evening of surf, the third in the last week.

The swell was so west that the South Coast saw no increase in size, remaining tiny this morning, while the Mid was still around 2ft but choppy with a fresh onshore wind.

We should see winds ease back into this afternoon, creating fun conditions again into the mid-late afternoon/evening on the Mid.

This weekend (Dec 31 – Jan 1)

The Mid Coast will ease back in size tomorrow, but there should still be 1-2ft sets on offer in the morning and with the afternoon kick in tide.

Winds at dawn look dicey and possibly still light to moderate onshore, but a variable breeze is due from mid-morning before freshening mid-late afternoon from the SW.

The South Coast will be clean during the morning but remain tiny at Middleton with no significant swell due.

Our inconsistent long-range W/SW groundswell for Sunday is still on the cards, but so are the onshore winds.

This swell was generated early this week in the southern Indian Ocean and should offer infrequent 2ft to possibly 3ft waves at Middleton and 1ft sets on the Mid Coast but with a freshening SW'ly.

Next week onwards (Jan 2 onwards)

Unfortunately all of next week is looking poor, as a strong and stubborn ridge of high pressure sits in the Bight, directing persistent S/SE winds into the South Coast.

There'll be no significant groundswell in the water, and the Mid Coast will be mostly tiny.

A temporary easing in onshore winds is possible Friday morning as a surface trough moves though, but only to be replaced by another high next week.

Therefore make the most of the small waves tomorrow. Have a great weekend and Happy New Year!