Options next week but some tiny/flat days to get through first

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Steve Shearer (freeride76)

South-east Queensland and Northern NSW Surf Forecast by Steve Shearer (issued Wed 14th June)

Features of the Forecast (tl;dr)

  • Small S'ly swell building Thu PM across the MNC with light E/SE winds
  • Peak in leftover S swell early Fri, easing with W/SW tending light/mod S/SE winds
  • Tiny/flat over the weekend
  • Small/mod S swell late Tues on the MNC, stronger Wed/Thurs, easing Fri
  • Possible E swell later next week/weekend


Background E’ly swell has punched a little above it’s weight with size to 2-3ft yesterday (more 2ft in NENSW) under light winds which tended N’ly. Today has eased back into the 1-2ft range with the upper end on the Sunshine Coast. Light morning winds are now tending mod/fresh W’ly. 

Sunny Coast beachies still making the most of these small, clean days

This week (Jun 14 - 16)

We’re midway through a pretty sleepy week, swell-wise. A high pressure cell is drifting across the interior of the continent with a trough/front connected to a high riding low pushing East of Tasmania through today. Thats’ driving a mod/fresh synoptic W’ly flow across most of NSW and extending up into the sub-tropics. Small S swell from the frontal passage into the Tasman quickly dissipates into the weekend. The quiet spell extends well into next week with a bit of hope on the horizon. Details below.

In the short run and tomorrow will see tiny condition continue across SEQLD while in NENSW radial spread back off the frontal passage aimed across the Tasman, will generate some workable S swell for S facing beaches in the a’noon. Nothing major is expected, 2-3ft at S facing beaches across NENSW, likely reaching Byron/Ballina an hr before dark. Conditions will be groomed with fresh W’ly winds.

There should be some 2-3ft leftovers Fri morning, tiny in SEQLD with size ebbing away as the swell source rapidly vacates the swell window. Clean morning conditions continue with W’ly winds tending SW and becoming light S/SE through the a’noon.

This weekend (Jun 17-18)

Not much on offer this weekend. A slow moving complex low below Victoria drives a light W-SW flow Sat, tending more pre-frontal W-NW Sun with light and late NE seabeezes possible both days.

Tiny S swell leftovers Sat may see some 1-1.5ft sets at the most reliable S swell magnets on the Hunter, 1ft or less elsewhere.

Even smaller Sun with just traces of NE windswell from winds parallel to the coast overnight Sat. We may see some 1ft sidewinders possibly surfable at open beaches but bring a big board to the beach. Most likely tiny/flat conditions will be on offer.

Next week (Jun 19 onwards)

Tiny/flat surf extends through Mon and likely Tues next week, with a front driving more W’ly winds across the region.

There’s still some model divergence about the evolution of the front with EC suggesting a zonal fetch out of Bass Stait and a compact fetch of SW winds pushing up past Tasmania, weakening as it enters the Tasman. That would suggest a small increase in S swell Tues a’noon on the Mid North Coast, the rest of the region on Wed into the 2ft range at S facing beaches, with another small pulse later Wed of a similar size.

GFS suggests a similar Tues PM increase with potential for more swell Wed/Thurs as a more aggressive SW-SSW fetch builds in the Tasman and extends up into the Central Tasman around an angled trough line. We could see surf in the 3-4ft range develop under this scenario, 4-5ft at NENSW S facing beaches- with fresh SW winds tending S’ly.

We’ll see how this is playing out on Fri.

Medium term, as Craig mentioned, we’re looking NE of the North Island at a long, complex trough line with embedded lows and E’ly wind infeeds. Model runs have been variable run to run, with fetch being disconnected and the main low dropping behind the North Island. There’s still a reasonable chance an active fetch in the Eastern swell window will send some quality E swell our way late next week (at the earliest) or into the weekend in the 3-4ft range. There may be several pulses associated with the pattern as a low slowly drifts away on he edge of the swell window.

Again, we’ll see how this is shaping up Fri. In the mean-time, good time to fix some dings, go fishing etc etc. 

Seeya Fri.


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Matb Wednesday, 14 Jun 2023 at 6:13pm

Probably not a bad thing for the banks either Steve you reckon, the most sand I’ve seen on the beaches for a few years.

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freeride76 Wednesday, 14 Jun 2023 at 6:21pm

Yeah, definitely some nice formations now.

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donweather Wednesday, 14 Jun 2023 at 8:56pm

Still rather patchy north of you

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SDW Thursday, 15 Jun 2023 at 12:23pm

I’ll probably get flamed for saying this but I think the person doing the surf reports on the Sunshine Coast should really take the time to write the report properly. It’s ridiculous how poorly it’s often written, today being a prime example.

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Craig Thursday, 15 Jun 2023 at 12:28pm

It's shared around by a couple of people, looks to be someone younger this morning. Will send them an email.

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tubulargreen Thursday, 15 Jun 2023 at 8:22pm

Goodest suggestion of comment

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seeds Thursday, 15 Jun 2023 at 8:26pm

Seriously? They got the the important bit right. Grab ya snorkelling gear!