The outlook remains quiet

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Craig Brokensha (Craig)

Western Australia Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Monday January 10th)

Best Days: Saturday through Monday mornings in the South West, beginners in Mandurah Sunday

Features of the Forecast (tl;dr)

  • Small, mid-period SW swell building Fri PM, peaking Sat with moderate SE winds ahead of sea breezes
  • Reinforcing mid-period SW swell Sun with E/SE winds ahead of sea breezes
  • Easing surf Mon with morning E winds


Friday afternoon's pulse of new, mid-period S/SW swell held in around 4ft across the South West on Saturday with cross-offshore winds, tiny to the north and to 0.5-1ft.

Sunday saw a reinforcing pulse of S/SW swell but with average conditions under less favourable winds. Perth and Mandurah offered a bit of local windswell, dropping from 1-1.5ft.

Today the surf is cleaner across all locations but small and easing from 3ft on the South West swell magnets, tiny to the north.

This week and weekend (Jan 11 - 16)

The coming days will remain void of any major swell and/or surf with the current energy due to ease back further in size.

Conditions will be clean tomorrow morning with a moderate to fresh E-E/SE wind ahead of sea breezes, more SE-E/SE on Wednesday morning.

Winds will deteriorate into Thursday as a small surface low drifts in from the west, bringing strong S/SW winds which should slowly improve through Friday and tend S/SE. Swell wise there's nothing significant until Friday and more so Saturday.

This will be in the form of a small, mid-period SW swell generated by a weak frontal progression pushing in from the south-west during the week.

Winds will be below gale-force but persistent, with a drawn out swell episode expected, though only small and weak.

The first pulse of swell should build Friday afternoon but the most size is expected Saturday with surf in the 4ft range across the South West (possibly odd bigger one on the magnets) 1ft+ in Mandurah and 1ft across Perth.

A reinforcing pulse of more consistent energy is due Sunday to 4-5ft in the South West, 1-1.5ft in Mandurah and 1ft across Perth, easing Monday.

Locally winds should improve a little more on the weekend, shifting SE Saturday morning ahead of sea breezes with E/SE offshores on Sunday. Monday looks clean as well as the swell eases.

Longer term, another mid-period SW swell is due late next week with a touch more size than the coming energy, but we'll have a closer look at this Wednesday and Friday. Unfortunately there's still no stand out swells with the Southern Ocean remaining relatively quiet.