Smaller waves with good winds next week

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Craig Brokensha (Craig)

Western Australia Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Wednesday 25th February)

Best Days: Saturday through Friday mornings in the South West, Tuesday onwards up at Gero


Small clean waves were seen across most locations yesterday morning, best in the South West, while today the surf was even smaller with generally morning S/SE winds.

This week and next (Feb 26 – Mar 6)

The surf will continue to drop into tomorrow and with average S/SE winds in the South West there are no real recommendations for a decent surf.

A small kick in inconsistent S/SW groundswell is due through Friday from a distant and weak polar low earlier in the week, but winds will be terrible and onshore from the S/SW or at least S'th across all locations.

Saturday should be cleaner with SE tending E/SE winds across the South West, but the swell will be small and easing from the 3ft range at exposed breaks, while Perth will be clean but only around 1ft or so. Gero should become clean through the morning but easing from a small 2ft+.

Sunday will start out small and slow with a mix of very inconsistent long-range SW groundswell, best around the South West under offshore E/SE winds.

A mix of slightly better medium-range SW swells are due to build through the afternoon though and hold into Monday morning (followed by a second pulse through the afternoon), generated by a broad but weak polar front pushing up from the Heard Island region towards us over the weekend.

Size wise we're not expecting anything too major with a late kick to 3-4ft in the South West Sunday, maybe 1ft in Perth, with Monday morning offering similar size waves across both coasts, with Gero due to come in at the small 2-3ft range. A drop in size is then due through Tuesday and further Wednesday.

Conditions should be great for more exposed breaks, but blowy Monday and Tuesday with strong E/SE breezes, while Wednesday should see E/NE winds.

Longer term we're looking at a possible rare pulse of W'ly groundswell through Thursday and Friday next week from Tropical Cyclone Glenda. TC Glenda is currently east of Reunion Island but is forecast to be absorbed into the westerly storm track Saturday evening, tracking unfavourably south-east while aiming a tight fetch of severe-gales in our swell window.

Any size from this swell will be limited, but we'll look at this closer on Friday.