Small clean weekend, less than ideal winds next week

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Craig Brokensha (Craig)

Western Australia Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Friday 9th January)

Best Days: Saturday and Sunday sewll magnets, Tuesday morning all coasts


Fun waves across the South West yesterday and this morning with moderate amounts of swell, while Perth unfortunately remained tiny into today when it was due to pick up some better size. Gero was OK yesterday morning and also this morning in more protected spots.

This weekend (Jan 10 - 11)

We're looking at a steady drop in swell over the weekend along with improving winds for exposed swell magnets across the state with E/SE offshores tomorrow morning and E/NE winds Sunday morning.

Perth will remain tiny and become near flat while Margs should ease from 3-4ft tomorrow, becoming really small Sunday. Gero should ease from around 3ft or so Saturday and 2ft Sunday.

Monday onwards (Jan 12 onwards)

A new pulse of SW groundswell due later Sunday should boost wave heights into Monday morning ahead of a better increase in long-range and inconsistent W/SW groundswell through the afternoon/evening.

Size wise we should see the South West pulsing to an inconsistent 4-6ft Monday afternoon with 1-2ft sets in Perth and 3-4ft waves up around Gero ahead of a drop in size from a similar size Tuesday morning. There'll be extremely long waits between sets due to the large distance between the source of the swell and our coasts.

Winds on Monday are due to swing back to the SE during the morning in the South West, while around Perth we may see straighter offshores.

Tuesday looks a little tricky with S/SE winds around Margs and Gero while an infeed of E/NE winds is likely around Perth creating great conditions.

Wednesday should see the swell drop further as winds swing back to the S/SE across all locations.

A new pulse of small-moderate sized SW groundswell is due on Thursday from a weak and short-lived polar low firing up east of Heard Island.

Size wise I can't see us receiving much above 4-5ft in the South West, 1-1.5ft in Perth and 3ft up at Gero when it peaks Thursday morning.

Winds look to persist from an unfavourable S/SE direction as well leaving limited options.

Longer term there's still nothing major on the cards for us, but check back here Monday for an update on this, as there are some possible interesting developments in the Indian Ocean. Have a great weekend!