James KC

More E swell incoming

South-east Queensland and Northern NSW Surf Forecast by James Casey (issued Monday 10th May)

Best Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday


  • E swell to hang in around the 3-4ft mark from Tuesday until Thursday, smaller MNC
  • E swell will fade to 3ft on Friday before a S swell moves in for the weekend
  • Good offshore winds for most of the week 
  • Winds will turn more S for the weekend


The swell eased over the weekend with the biggest waves on Saturday, easing into Sunday while today had the smallest surf. All in all a fun weekend of waves. 

Today was 2-3ft with light offshore winds early tending a little onshore in the afternoon. 

The new week

Today was the low point in the swell with a new pulse of E trade swell set to arrive later tomorrow. Waves out of the E will remain in the 3-4ft range until Friday, a bit smaller for the MNC. 

Don’t expect much of a kick in the morning but by the middle of the day there’ll be some 3-4ft sets along the open beaches. 

Winds will be light and offshore early, with a little pulse of SW winds around the middle of the day before winds tend more E/NE in the afternoon.

Wednesday the swell will again be around that 3-4ft mark as the E trade swell sustains wave heights. Winds will be light and variable with a bit of S wind pushing in from the middle of the day earlier for south of the border.

Thursday will see SW winds early and into the afternoon, while south of the border winds tend more SE. Waves will be a little smaller in the morning but pulse into the afternoon. 

Friday will see winds out of the W/SW early tending more SE in the afternoon. Waves will ease to 3ft out of the E while a new S windswell fills in for the MNC in the afternoon.

The weekend

Over the weekend we will see a S swell fill in while the E swell eases. Don’t expect much from the S swell, it’s only really filling in for Sunday and won’t be much over 3ft at S swell magnets. The swell will form south and east of Tassie as winds with a front direct the S swell up the coast. 

Meanwhile the E swell will ease to 2ft as the trade swell setup breaks down. 

Winds will be out of the S over the weekend, lighter and more offshore early and more onshore in the afternoon.

Further ahead a high looks to set up over the southeast directing S/SE winds towards the coast. Tune in on Wednesday for an update. 


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vbaaccess Monday, 10 May 2021 at 7:39pm

Once again, your forecast is spot on.

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Big Undie Monday, 10 May 2021 at 7:46pm

19 surfs in 17 days...and it just keeps giving...I love Autumn !

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thermalben Monday, 10 May 2021 at 8:09pm

Kinda hoping for a couple of shit days so I can get through this massive backlog of work.

Who woulda thunk it.

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LisaHicks Monday, 10 May 2021 at 9:14pm

Ha, I was saying the same today! My house really needs a clean

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spudsurf Tuesday, 11 May 2021 at 7:13pm

Ben, is it worth my while asking each morning when I get up to get the kings cam kickstarted if
it's down or it's not that straight forward?

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thermalben Tuesday, 11 May 2021 at 8:13pm

No need, I check it as often as I can (rebooted it seven times today). It's very frustrating as our monitoring system is unreal for every other location, we're notified within seconds of any hardware device across our network going offline or experiencing some kind of issue.

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dazzler Monday, 10 May 2021 at 8:52pm

Magic May keeps rolling

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brevil Tuesday, 11 May 2021 at 5:43am

Rotator cuff injury since March finally gets operated on this Thursday . Out of the water till November, this year hasn't been great . But super glad the local crew have been scoring big time .

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curly2alex Tuesday, 11 May 2021 at 5:08pm

...surf was fun as this morning, I was ripping

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Blowin Tuesday, 11 May 2021 at 6:55pm

Pretty sure I seen ya. You did that one hell reo then a cutty, hey.