Fun weekend, better next week

Western Australia Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Friday 8th May)

Best Days: Saturday and Sunday morning across the South West, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday selected breaks in the South West


Wednesday's XL stormy swell eased back through yesterday though the South West remained a mess with choppy and stormy 8ft+ surf, 3-4ft in Mandurah and cleaner though still a bit lumpy, 3ft in Perth.

Today the surf has eased further in size and power with onshore winds persisting across the South West with sets to 4-5ft, bumpy and to 2-3ft still in Mandurah, 2ft in Perth.

This weekend and next week (May 9 - 15)

The weekend is looking much better across the South West with winds swinging around to the E/NE tomorrow morning, variable into the evening and out of the N/NE. A new mid-period S/SW swell should fill in and provide good 4-5ft sets across the magnets if not for the odd bigger one.

Perth and Mandurah have held more size then expected this morning but this should fade overnight leaving tiny waves tomorrow for beginners.

Come Sunday the S/SW swell will be on the ease and the South West swell magnets will be the pick with morning E/NE breezes, though shifting NW and then W into the afternoon.

Monday looks to remain small, but later in the day and more so Tuesday our new moderate to large W/SW-SW groundswell is due, with it on track to deliver great waves across all coasts.

The relatively weak but persistent front linked to the swell has formed west of the Heard Island region, with a fetch of strong to gale-force W/SW winds due to project slowly east-northeast today, but over the weekend we'll see winds strengthen more to gale-force and move through our south-western swell window.

This is a bit stronger and better than forecast through the week and we should now see good sets to 6-8ft+ across the South West Tuesday when it peaks, 2-3ft in Mandurah and 2ft to occasionally 3ft in Perth.

A high moving in Monday ahead of the swell will bring S/SE winds to the South West, swinging offshore out of the E-E/NE Tuesday ahead of weak sea breezes, if not variable.

Wednesday looks great as well as the swell eases with E/NE offshores, swinging N/NE and then more N'ly into the end of the week. This will be with a new SW groundswell, but more on this Monday. Have a great weekend!