Small surf prevails with lighter winds developing each morning from Sunday

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Craig Brokensha (Craig)

South Australian Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Friday November 3rd)

Best Days: South Coast keen surfers Sunday morning, and every morning next week besides Tuesday

Features of the Forecast (tl;dr)

  • Easing S/SW swell tomorrow with a building S/SE windswell under strong SE tending S/SE winds (weaker through the day)
  • Easing S/SE windswell Sun AM with light E/NE tending S winds
  • Small mix of S/SE windswell and background S/SW swell Mon AM with variable tending S winds, freshening into the PM
  • Easing surf Tue with S winds
  • Small, building mid-period S/SW swell Wed PM with light S/SE winds, increasing
  • Easing swell Thu with E/SE tending fresh S/SE winds
  • Smaller Fri with NE tending SE winds


The swell held plenty of size yesterday morning across the South Coast with 3-4ft sets off Middleton as cross-offshore winds created lumpy conditions before sea breezes kicked in. The Mid Coast backed off to the 1ft range, best for learners.

This morning onshore winds created poor surf from the get go across the South Coast, with the swell hanging in at 3ft+ while the Mid eased back to 0.5ft or so.

This weekend and next week (Nov 4 - 10)

Looking at the weekend ahead and a deepening inland surface trough across Victoria will squeeze a strong high in the Bight, bringing strong SE tending S/SE winds tomorrow (weaker through the middle of the day). This will generate poor levels of windswell, and we're now looking at a window of lighter E/NE winds on Sunday morning but with weak, peaky 2-3ft sets out of the south.

While not great it might be worth a paddle for the keen mid-late morning before winds freshen from the S'th again. The Mid Coast will be tiny to flat all weekend.

Monday morning looks cleaner early with variable winds and a mix of easing S/SE windswell and small, background S/SW swell to 2ft+ across Middleton. The window of decent conditions looks slim though as winds strengthen from the S'th later morning and into the afternoon. The Mid Coast will remain tiny and to 0.5ft max.

Unfortunately the stubborn nature of the high in the Bight will see persistent S'ly winds into Tuesday, though only weak, while Wednesday monring looks to play out similar with weak S/SE winds ahead of fresher sea breezes.

Swell wise, a small pulse of mid-period S/SW swell is due Wednesday afternoon from background polar frontal activity pushing under the country on the weekend. It's not too well aimed for South Australia and only looks to pulse to 2ft+ across Middleton into the afternoon, easing from a similar size Thursday morning, tiny on the Mid.

Conditions will remain so so with a light E/SE breeze due Thursday morning before gusty S/SE sea breezes kick in, cleaner Friday morning with an E/NE-NE breeze but 1-2ft of fading swell.

Longer term the outlook remains average with weak swell producers on the cards under less than ideal winds. More on this Monday. Have a great weekend!


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bennodonohoe Monday, 6 Nov 2023 at 10:29am

Surf cams on SA south coast all seem to be blurry.. Might be my eyesight going.

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Craig Monday, 6 Nov 2023 at 10:35am

Salted up from the south-easters.

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bennodonohoe Wednesday, 8 Nov 2023 at 3:05pm

They fog up the cams just to rub it in :)