Get stuck into the coming swell


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Southern Tasmania Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Wednesday 5th February)

Best Days: Tomorrow, early Friday, beginners Sunday morning selected spots


A mix of swells from the SW and S/SE yesterday to 2ft or so, similar today and clean early before the wind came up. Overall the S/SE groundswell looks to have come in slightly under expectation of 3ft sets.

This week and weekend (Feb 6 - 9)

Tomorrow we've got our large and strong S/SW groundswell, with the polar low linked to the swell currently passing under us while weakening.

There's no change to the expected size with a fetch of gale to severe-gale W/SW winds moving through our south-western and then southern swell windows producing a long-period S/SW groundswell to 4-5ft tomorrow morning across Clifton.

The swell is due to ease through the day, down further from 2-3ft on Friday.

Winds tomorrow still look favourable and from the N/NE through the morning across Clifton, strong E/NE into the afternoon.

Friday still looks to see variable winds at dawn but shifting onshore S/SW quickly and by 7:30am or so.. S/SE into the afternoon.

We've now got a small reinforcing swell on the cards for Saturday generated by a weak front moving in behind the low currently south of the state. Sets to 1-2ft should continue, fading Sunday with unfavourable SE tending E/SE winds Saturday, stronger E/NE Sunday.

Beyond this there's nothing significant on the cards for the South Arm so make the most of the coming days of surf!