Small surf continues, biggest Monday

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Western Australia Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Wednesday 3rd February)

Best Days: Swell magnets in the South West tomorrow morning, keen surfers Friday morning, Sunday morning, Monday morning


Bumpy waves in the 4ft range yesterday morning before an acute S'ly swell provided bigger sets to 6ft through the afternoon at south swell magnets, but conditions were a write-off. Tiny waves were seen further to the north.

Today cleaner conditions were seen across all coasts with easing 3-4ft waves in the South West, tiny to the north.

This week (Feb 4 - 7)

Fun waves are expected across swell magnets in the South West tomorrow as a reinforcing SW swell fills in to 3ft with fres offshore E/NE tending lighter N/NW winds into the afternoon.

Variable winds should provide a window of clean conditions Friday morning but with no real decent size.

Small pulses of SW groundswell are due over the weekend, the first for Saturday ahead of a slightly better increase Sunday ahead of the best pulse Monday morning.

The weekend's swells are being produced by weak polar frontal activity through our south-western swell window.

Small inconsistent 3ft sets are due Saturday from the first pulse, with 3-4ft waves on Sunday across exposed breaks in the South West.

Morning SE winds should create OK conditions Saturday, with slightly better E/SE winds Sunday morning ahead of afternoon sea breezes.

Next week onwards (Feb 8 onwards)

A better SW groundswell is due Monday as a relatively weak but persistent polar low forming south-east of South Africa, races across Heard Island and generates a fetch of strong to gale-force W/SW winds through our swell window.

A mid-period but fun SW groundswell should be generated for Monday to 4-5ft across exposed breaks in the South West, tiny to 1ft up in Perth, while a secondary front should generate a secondary reinforcing SW groundswell for Wednesday to 3-5ft or so.

Besides variable winds Monday morning, conditions look poor as a stationary ridge sets up to our west resulting in persistent SE-S/SE winds across the state. We'll have a closer look at this on Friday though.

Longer term there's still nothing major on the cards but have another check back here Friday.