Small surf from the weekend, with a fun day later next week

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Craig Brokensha (Craig)

Western Australian Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Friday February 16th)

Best Days: Desperate surfers Sunday, Monday and Tuesday mornings across the South West, Friday morning

Features of the Forecast (tl;dr)

  • Easing S/SW groundswell tomorrow with gusty S/SE-SE winds ahead of strong sea breezes, smaller Sun with an E/SE morning offshore
  • Small, mid-period SW swell for Mon PM and Tue with E/SE winds Mon AM, variable Tue AM
  • Moderate sized mid-period W/SW swell for Thu, peaking in the PM, easing Fri
  • Fresh S/SE tending strong S/SW winds Thu, E/SE tending S/SW Fri


Wednesday's swell backed off into yesterday with the South West performing the best, windy early but better through the morning with easing sets from 3-4ft. Perth and Mandurah were tiny.

Today the swell has reached a low point and conditions are funky with less favourable local winds. A new pulse of S/SW groundswell should show across the South West into the afternoon but with choppy conditions.

This weekend and next week (Feb 17 - 23)

This afternoon's S/SW groundswell should reach the 4-6ft across the South West magnets before easing off steadily into tomorrow, owing to the short-lived nature of the swell generating low.

Easing 4ft sets are due in the South West with a less than ideal, gusty S/SE-SE breeze in the morning, choppy into the afternoon.

Sunday should see winds tend a little more E/SE through the morning but with a further drop in energy.

Early next week looks clean locally with an E/SE offshore Monday, lighter and more variable Tuesday morning along with some small mid-period SW swell, generated by an elongated but weak fetch of W/NW winds.

Building, weak sets to 3ft are due across the South West Monday afternoon, easing from a similar size Tuesday morning.

As touched on last update, some bigger but generally weak swell is due into the end of the week, generated by a polar front projecting up towards us Sunday and Monday. The front will actually project fairly north towards Indonesia, with the swell arriving from the W/SW across our region Thursday, peaking into the afternoon.

Size wise it looks to reach 5-6ft or so on the sets across the South West, 1-2ft to the north, easing into Friday.

Winds look a little average and S/SE tending strong S/SW on Thursday, much better Friday and E/SE through the morning though with easing 4-5ft sets in the South West, 1-1.5ft further north.

Following this we may see a secondary, similar polar front generating a slightly smaller pulse of swell for later Sunday/Monday but we'll have a closer look at this on Monday. Have a great weekend!