Weekend Forecast 19th – 21st July, 2019
The Surf Coast – and even the more sheltered, south facing stretches – are shaping up to deliver some of the best surf you’re likely to find around the country this weekend. A procession of lows and fronts marching west to east below the mainland lead in a sustained period of energetic WSW groundswell across the state; large enough to translate into several days of mid-sized surf across the Great Ocean Road; for the most part groomed by straight offshore WNW to NW winds. The only exception to the rule is on Saturday, as a strong northerly flow develops in response to a vigorous cold front closing in on Bass Straight from the west. This will invariably favour southern exposures for most of the day, before winds revert to the WNW on Sunday.
Scope for a renewed building trend in WSW groundswell. Exposed beaches: Ranging from 4 to 6ft+, picking up into the 5 to 7ft range in the afternoon. Surf Coast: wrapping at a clean 3 to 4ft+ along the reefs and building a foot or so in the arvo, otherwise grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure and easing in the afternoon. WIND: WNW 5 to 15 knots, tending NW to NNW later.
WSW groundswell slowly eases under fresh northerly winds. Sets around 5 to 8ft along the exposed beaches early, wrapping at solid 3 to 5ft on the Surf Coast reefs, grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: Northerly 10 to 20 knots early, freshening to 15 to 25 knots in the morning and up to 20 to 30 knots in the afternoon.
New WSW groundswell fills in under continued northerlies. Around 5 to 6ft+ along exposed beaches early, building to 6 to 8ft+. Wrapping at 3 to 4ft+ along the Surf Coast reefs early, up to 4 to 6ft later. WIND: WNW to NW 15 to 25 knots, easing in the afternoon.