Slight uptick in energy next week

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Craig Brokensha (Craig)

Western Australia Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Wednesday March 10th)

Best Days: Keen surfers Saturday across the South West, later next week in the South West

Features of the Forecast (tl;dr)

  • Small, mid-period SW swell for Fri with strong S/SE-SE winds, easing Sat with fresh morning E/SE winds, stronger S/SE into the afternoon
  • Better mid-period swell for later next week, cleanest Fri AM at this stage


Fun waves across the South West magnets yesterday with the swell easing back from 3-4ft, tiny to the north.

This morning we've got even less size but clean conditions again.

This week and next (Mar 11 - 19)

We've got less favourable winds on the cards to end off the week (compared to recent days) as a trough pushes in this evening.

Tomorrow will see S/SE winds ahead of sea breezes, stronger Friday and likely following a similar trend.

Swell wise, tomorrow will remain small to tiny, though a weak mid-period SW swell is due Friday, followed by a reinforcing S/SW swell Saturday.

These swells are being generated by weak fronts firing up to our south-west, but winds will fail to really reach even close to gale-force.

As a result, only a small increase in size is due across the South West, 3ft+ across the swell magnets Friday, easing from a similar size Saturday but with that touch more south in the direction.

Further north there's no swell really due at all.

Conditions will be best on the weekend as a high moves under us, swinging winds to the E/SE through Saturday morning, strong S/SE into the afternoon, and then E on Sunday (though the swell will be very minimal).

As touched on last update, a couple of large blocking highs will dominate our swell windows through next week.

A couple of weak fronts skirting around the southern flanks look to produce some fun, mid-period surf from mid-late week.

Size wise, it looks a bit better than the swell this Friday and Saturday, pushing more to 4-5ft on the sets across the South West Thursday afternoon and Friday week. Perth and Mandurah look to remain tiny.

Winds look dicey Thursday but better Friday though we'll have to review this on Friday.