Cleaner surf but no real swell


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Western Australia Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Friday 31st January)

Best Days: Swell magnets for keen surfers tomorrow morning, Sunday late morning with a building swell, Monday morning


Poor surf in general with onshore winds in the South West, a touch better today though still bumpy and with a slight kick in swell, tiny and peaky to the north yesterday but cleaner and better today to 2ft across Mandurah.

This weekend and next week (Feb 1 - 7)

Tomorrow morning looks to be the pick of the weekend, with winds swinging moderate offshore out of the E/SE but size wise, we'll be seeing a small and easing mid-period swell from today. Expect surf to 3ft or so on the magnets in the South West (tiny further north - 1-1.5ft Mandurah hopefully), smaller Sunday morning with fresher E/SE-SE offshores again.

Into Sunday a new small long-period SW groundswell is due to fill in, produced this week by a tight and short-lived polar low.

Size wise we should see the magnets in the South West kick to 3-4ft+, easing back from 3-4ft on Monday, while a mid-period S/SW swell is due to be in the mix as well, though not above the groundswell.

Conditions Monday morning look good again for the swell magnets, fresh E/SE ahead of sea breezes. Tuesday will be clean again but the swell small to tiny.

For the rest of the week some small S/SW groundswell should be seen Wednesday/Thursday, spreading out from an unfavourably tracking polar low this weekend. We're only looking at 3ft to maybe 4ft sets, clean Wednesday and Thursday mornings, and possibly Friday as the size drops.

Longer term the models diverge a little but it looks like we'll see a bit more action from next weekend onwards as the westerly storm track starts to become more active mid-late next week. More on this Monday though. Have a great weekend!