Pumping week of surf on the cards


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Western Australia Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Friday 14th February)

Best Days: Desperate surfers early tomorrow morning in the South West, Monday, Tuesday morning, Wednesday through Friday mornings in the South West


Bumpy conditions across the South West with less than ideal winds and an easing swell yesterday, similar today and smaller. Perth and Mandurah were fun yesterday morning, tiny today.

This weekend and next week (Feb 15 - 21)

Unfortunately there's been no improvement to the weekend forecast with the surf due to lose more size from today with a light to moderate early S/SE breeze in the South West, onshore and out of the N'th to the north. Try the small wave breaks around Margs for a 3ft'er if you're desperate.

Sunday will be poor with onshore SW tending S/SW winds and an afternoon increase in building SW groundswell that's due Monday.

This large SW groundswell is still on track with a great fetch of W/SW gales currently being projected towards us from the Heard Island region. We'll see this fetch start to weaken tomorrow afternoon south-west of us, with a broader trailing fetch of weaker W/SW winds prolonging the swell event into Tuesday.

The peak is still expected through Monday (with a slight upgrade in size), likely not early but we should see the South West build to 8-10ft through the day, 3ft in Mandurah and 2-3ft across Perth along with SE offshores ahead of S'ly sea breezes.

Tuesday looks excellent though a little windy with strong E/SE to E offshore winds ahead of sea breezes, E/NE Wednesday as the swell eases further.

Tuesday morning should still see 6-8ft sets in the South West, 2-3ft across Mandurah and likely Perth.

Into the end of the week the swell is expected to ease further but with morning offshore winds, favouring the South West magnets.

This should top of an excellent week of surf that's well worth making the most of.

Longer term a strong polar low firing up across the southern Indian Ocean is expected to generate a new large SW groundswell for next weekend, but winds look onshore. More on this Monday. Have a great weekend!


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thermalben commented Monday, 17 Feb 2020 at 12:45pm

Solid in Margs now (check bloke on last image for size reference).