Easing surf over the coming days ahead of another large event next week
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Western Australia Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Wednesday 12th February)
Best Days: Tomorrow morning, Monday morning, Tuesday morning, Wednesday morning
Gusty offshore winds but good 4-5ft sets across the South West yesterday, easing through the day and generally tiny to the north.
Today our secondary large and powerful SW groundswell filled in right on cue, with clean 8ft+ waves across the South West, 3ft in Mandurah and 2ft in Perth, more to 2-3ft now. I dropped the expected size a touch on Monday owing to the first swell seeming to under perform a touch, but alas the swell has come in as expected in Friday's notes.
This week and weekend (Feb 11 - 16)
Looking at the local winds tomorrow as the groundswell eases and they're looking a little less favourable across the South West and more S/SE than SE, more offshore to the north with easing sets from 5-6ft, 2ft+ in Mandurah and 2ft across Perth.
Friday will be smaller with stronger SE winds across the South West, favouring protected small wave breaks, tiny to the north but cleaner.
The weekend is still looking poor with the swell due to ease further along with a better morning S/SE breeze early in the South West but limited options, onshore Sunday morning out of the SW ahead of a S'ly change through the afternoon though only likely to be felt later in the day.
The onshore winds on the weekend will be linked to a strong frontal progression approaching from the west-southwest, forming tomorrow evening and projecting W/SW gales through our swell window before weakening slowly Sunday.
A large SW groundswell is due off this progression, building later Sunday but more so Monday and reaching 8ft+ across the South West into the afternoon, 2-3ft in Mandurah and Perth.
The easing trend will be slowed, with 6-8ft sets still likely early Tuesday in the South West, 2ft to occasionally 3ft around Mandurah and 2ft+ in Perth.
Conditions look great each morning with E/SE offshores in the South West, SE to the north on Monday and then E'ly on Tuesday as the swell eases, E/NE Wednesday morning.
Following this the outlook will go quiet temporarily so make the most of the coming days waves.