Large swells to come, cleanest over the weekend

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Western Australia Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Wednesday 29th June)

Best Days: Perth Thursday and Friday morning, keen surfers in the South West Friday morning, South West Saturday morning, both regions Sunday and Monday


Nothing of note the last couple of days with onshores in the South West and less than favourable winds and fading surf to the north.

This week and weekend (Jun 30 – Jul 1)

Short summary today as I'm not feeling the best.

Tomorrow's large SW groundswell is on track with solid 6-8ft+ waves due across the South West and 2ft sets around Perth but conditions will remain poor around Margs with a moderate W'ly onshore, fresher towards Cape Leeuwin. Perth will be the standout with E/NE offshores (NE around Mandurah), tending more variable into the afternoon.

A more variable breeze from the N'th should create better conditions across the South West Friday, but it'll still be far from perfect. Easing surf from the 6ft range is due, and 1-2ft around Perth with morning E/NE winds.

Through the weekend another large SW groundswell is due across the state, produced by a really good looking polar low that formed south-east of South Africa.

A fetch of storm-force winds have already been generated, with the low now expected to maintain its strength a little longer as it tracks east along the polar shelf over the coming days.

The swell is due to arrive through Saturday afternoon and kick to a very solid 8ft+ across the South West by dark, easing from 6-8ft+ Sunday morning. Perth should kick to 2ft late, easing from 2ft+ Sunday morning.

Winds Saturday morning are looking great and offshore from the E/NE ahead of a SW change, while Sunday should see gusty S/SE winds, favouring protected breaks.

Longer term easing surf and offshore E'ly winds are due early next week, with moderate amounts of swell and deteriorating winds for the second half of the week, more on this Friday.


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Craig Thursday, 30 Jun 2016 at 9:30am

Great to see the WA buoys now updating in near real-time (only 30 minute delay)..

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caml Thursday, 30 Jun 2016 at 4:29pm

Is that right Craig has this been recent ? Swell dropped fast there this morning

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caml Friday, 1 Jul 2016 at 10:29am

Craig is that right now every half hour ?

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Craig Friday, 1 Jul 2016 at 10:33am

I was more saying the data is only 30mins old now, when it used to be 2 hours old.

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Craig Friday, 1 Jul 2016 at 10:54am

 Looks like it is every half hour updates as you said Cam.

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caml Friday, 1 Jul 2016 at 1:22pm

That will change things for the better