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Craig Brokensha (Craig)

Western Australian Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Wednesday February 14th)

Best Days: Tomorrow morning on the magnets in the South West

Features of the Forecast (tl;dr)

  • Easing S/SW swell tomorrow with moderate E/SE winds ahead of strong sea breezes
  • Moderate sized, S/SW groundswell building Fri PM with strong S/SE tending S/SW winds
  • Rapidly easing S/SW swell Sat with fresh S/SE tending stronger S/SW winds
  • Smaller Sun with E/SE tending S/SW winds
  • Small mid-period SW swell Mon with fresh E/SE tending weak W winds


A slight lift in swell yesterday with strong SE winds in the South West, favouring protected spots, while this morning was the pick with a peak in better S/SW swell with gusty offshore winds. The South West was in the 4-5ft+ range while Perth and Mandurah remained tiny and mostly a tease.

Fun sets this AM

This week and weekend (Feb 13 - 19)

Today's swell is due to ease back into tomorrow but with less wind, moderate from the E/SE in the morning and with fading 3-4ft sets. Perth and Mandurah will be tiny.

Friday will start slow, but a new pulse of S/SW groundswell is due into the afternoon, generated by a strong but short-lived polar low that fired up around the Heard Island region.

A kick to 4-6ft is due into the afternoon across the South West (tiny to the north) but with strong S/SE tending S/SW winds (poor), while Saturday will see slightly better, gusty S/SE-SE winds but a quickly fading swell from 3-4ft on the south magnets (which will be bumpy/choppy).

Clean conditions are likely Sunday and with E/SE offshore but smaller, fading swell.

Following this, besides a small pulse of mid-period SW swell Monday (2-3ft) there's nothing significant due until later next week but more so next weekend.

This will be in the form of a couple of lows firing up towards us mid-late week. The first looks weak, with a mid-period swell for Thursday with less than ideal conditions, while a better swell may be seen next weekend though with persistent S/SE winds.

After this the outlook looks quiet again ahead of some stronger swell into the start of March. More on this Friday.


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Timmy5656 Wednesday, 14 Feb 2024 at 10:03pm

Is the Pyramids cam ever coming back.

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beachparty Thursday, 15 Feb 2024 at 12:43am

wouldn't hold your breath, I asked the same thing back in march last year. (after the cam had already been down for months)

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Timmy5656 Thursday, 15 Feb 2024 at 10:32pm

Yeah cheers for that, I guess it’s been shutdown for good ,always was good to check if there was any swell around .

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Clam Friday, 16 Feb 2024 at 7:55am

Does the Mandurah swell buoy work as a tool to know how much swell there is?

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Timmy5656 Friday, 16 Feb 2024 at 8:56am

Yes I think it does if you watch it enough and Mandurah always needs more swell for the reefs to work also the beaches face more nw down there