Plenty of swell but average winds

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Western Australia Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Monday 28th December)

Best Days: Protected spots in the South West tomorrow and Wednesday, Thursday morning and Friday more exposed breaks


Friday's strong kick in SW groundswell eased back quicker than expected Saturday with offshore winds, cleaning up dropping 4-6ft sets in the South West, while Mandurah saw fun small 2ft waves through the morning, but Perth only reported 1ft surf.

Sunday was smaller and best in the South West with the fading swell. Today the swell was still in the small 2-3ft range across the South West, but a new long-range SW swell is on the build.

This week (Dec 29 – Jan 1)

We've got a decent week of waves ahead for the South West of the state working around the winds.

A strong new SW groundswell is due tomorrow, generated by a fetch of severe-gale to storm-force pre-frontal W/NW winds through our swell window the last day or so.

This should provide good 6ft+ sets across exposed breaks in the South West, with 1-2ft waves around Perth (2ft in Mandurah). Unfortunately strong S/SE winds will limit the best waves to protected spots tomorrow morning in the South West, with NE tending NW winds around Perth ahead of a SW change.

Wednesday will then see S/SE winds across all locations as the swell starts to back off.

A reinforcing SW swell is due later in the day and more so Thursday from a weaker trailing fetch of strong to gale-force W/SW winds on the backside of the progression currently to our south-west.

This should keep 4-5ft+ sets hitting Margs through day (easing late) with 1ft+ waves around Perth as winds swing more SE across all locations. Friday will be cleaner again with a straighter offshore E/SE breeze but easing surf from 3-4ft and 1ft respectively.

This weekend onwards (Jan 2 onwards)

Longer term there's no major swells on the cards at this stage with favourable winds for swell magnets across the South West over the weekend, reverting back to the S'th from Tuesday.

We'll have a closer look at this Wednesday though.