Weekend Forecast 24th – 27th January, 2020
The Surf Coast emerges as the focus of good surfing this long-weekend. A pattern of early WNW winds tending to west to SW in the afternoons remains in place over the next couple of days, opening up clean, mid-sized WSW swell wrapping in the 3 to 4ft range and occasionally bigger on the more exposed reefs. The only downside is the strong westerly bias in swell direction; inevitably resulting in long lulls between sets.
Stronger WSW swell fills in under persistent WNW winds. Exposed beaches: Cross-shore 5 to 6ft+ and up to 8ft in the evening. Surf Coast: Clean sets ranging from 3 to 4ft+ on the open reefs, picking up a notch or two in the afternoon. Grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: NW to WNW 15 to 20 knots, tending Westerly through the day.
Strong WSW swell with fair winds possible. Exposed beaches: 4 to 6ft+ sets and easing into the afternoon. Surf Coast: Clean 3 to 4ft sets wrapping on the reefs, grading smaller elsewhere. WIND: Early NW to WNW 10 to 15 knots, easing ahead of a SW to Southerly shift to 10 knots during the afternoon.
Easing settled WSW and W swells. Exposed beaches: Around 3 to 5ft, easing in the afternoon. Surf Coast: easing sets wrapping around 2 to 3ft+ on exposed reefs, grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: WNW tending WSW, 10 to 15 knots through the day, then SSE in the arvo.
Scope for strong SW groundswell building in under light winds. Exposed Beaches: Sets wrap around 5 to 6ft+. Surf Coast: Sets wrapping at 3 to 5ft on the reefs, otherwise smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: Early light and variable tending SSE to SE 10 knots in the afternoon.