Easter Long Weekend Surf Forecast 19 - 22 April 2019
COASTALWATCH | WEEKEND SURF FORECAST
Whether you’re on the hunt for choccy eggs, good waves, some respite from the daily grind – or just all of the above - Easter is a great time of year; both for getting out of town and for kicking back at home. This year, solid waves abound over the Easter long-weekend. Even as I write, the entire Eastern Seaboard is slowly returning to life under the influence of a slow-building Easterly swell that’s set to peak in size over the course of the long-weekend.
As is typical of tradewind swells, Southern Queensland and far northern NSW coasts will pull in the lion’s share of this episode; receiving several days of energetic 3 to 5ft surf, prior to a slow decline setting in over the course of next week. Further down the coast, Sydney and locations south will also benefit from the same swell; albeit from a more ENE angle and roughly a foot smaller – but that’s still likely to equate into many days of good, rippable conditions up and down the coast.
Meanwhile as the WSL work their way around a mediocre Surf Coast outlook, the more exposed Victorian coasts will be turning throughout Saturday and early Sunday under predominant N to NE winds, before conditions turn onshore as winds swing WSW to South on Monday. South Australian coasts follow a similar trend as favourable NNE winds light up exposed areas before winds turn onshore on Sunday and Monday.
Finally, conditions across the West Coast are more reminiscent of winter than autumn. The arrival of another heavy SSW swell under strong onshore winds will have most surfers tucking themselves up inside a sheltered bays – at least until conditions settle down on Sunday. Wherever you find yourselves, Happy Easter and happy hunting!
Sydney, Newcastle and the South Coast
The surf turns it on just in time for the Easter long-weekend this year; arriving in the form of a long-enduring, mid-range ENE swell derived from a broad sub-tropical ridge and associated easterly tradewind belt now in place throughout our easterly swell window. The swell train looks pretty ideally suited to the vast majority of exposed NSW coast beaches – both with respect to height and period – so you can expect no shortage of good rideable options both north and south of Sydney. Its gradual onset coincides with mostly favourable, early offshore morning winds, giving way to light to moderate onshore NE winds during the afternoons.
Stronger ENE swell ranges from 2 to 3ft+ along the most exposed open beaches, while grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. Bumping up in the afternoon. WIND: Early light SSW to SW 5 to 15 knots, turning light South to SE, then ESE to ENE up to 10 knots in the late afternoon.
ENE swell peaks. Sets up to 3 to 4ft at the most exposed open beaches, grading to 2 to 3ft+ elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: Light Westerly, WSW around 5 to 10 knots, tending variable, then ENE 5 to 15 knots in the early afternoon, NE later.
Easing ENE swell ranges from 2 to 4ft along the most exposed open beaches, mixing with underlying S swell at 2 to 3ft elsewhere with size depending on exposure and gradually easing in the afternoon. WIND: WNW to NW 5 to 10 knots, tending NE 5 to 15 knots in the afternoon.
ENE swell continues to range from 2 to 3ft along exposed open beaches, grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: Early light WNW to NW tending NE 10 to 15 knots ahead of a Southerly change arriving in the late afternoon/ evening.
Queensland and Far Northern NSW
The region receives a late-season, tropical swell-induced renaissance over the Easter long weekend. Already we’re starting to see set waves nudging up into the 2 to 3ft range across the region and it’s set to build another foot or two into Friday and the weekend; probably reaching peaks of 3 to 5ft along the more exposed open stretches of coast, while generating smaller, better quality options along the points. While the prevailing moderate to strong onshore ESE winds are far from ideal, this static pattern will see many days of solid waves pounding the coastal fringes; in all likelihood maintaining consistent surf across the region right through to the end of next week.
Easterly tradewind swell around 2 to 4ft along exposed coasts, bumping up to 3 to 4ft+ the arvo. Grading to 2 to 3ft+ along the points and inside the bays with size depending on exposure. WIND: SE, ESE 15 to 20 knots.
Easterly tradewind swell around 3 to 5ft along exposed coasts, grading smaller along the points and inside the bays with size depending on exposure. WIND: Early light SW to SSW inshore, turning SE to ESE 15 to 20 knots.
Easterly tradewind swell around 3 to 5ft along exposed coasts, wrapping at 2 to 3ft+ along the points and inside the bays with size depending on exposure and fading later. WIND: Early lighter SSW inshore, turning SE to ESE around 10 to 20 knots.
Easterly tradewind swell continues to range from 3 to 4ft+ along exposed breaks, while wrapping at about 2 to 3ft+ inside the points and bays with size depending on exposure. WIND: Early light SW to SSW inshore, tending SE to ESE 10 to 20 knots.
Mother nature busts surfing options wide open across Victorian coasts this Easter. While the WSL struggles with a very mediocre forecast for Bells Beach, the vast majority of exposed stretches of coast will be pretty much; on the pump. Predominant East to NE winds combine with fluctuating levels of WSW groundswell to generate all manor of powerful, clean waves; ranging from challenging to treacherous across Victoria’s remote Southwest, to accessible but still challenging levels across the eastern Victorian regions spanning the Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island. Happy hunting.
Easing WSW groundswell. Sets around 4 to 5ft+ along the exposed beaches, easing a foot or two in the afternoon. Wrapping at a slow 2 to 3ft+ along the Surf Coast reefs and smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: Easterly, ESE 10 to 15 knots, tending lighter SE in the arvo, variable later.
Smaller WSW groundswell levels off around 2 to 4ft along the exposed beaches, wrapping at a slow 1 to 3ft along the Surf Coast reefs, inconsistent in the upper range and grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: North to NE 5 to 15 knots.
Leftover WSW swell reinforced by new WSW groundswell. Rising to a clean 3 to 4ft+ along exposed beaches in the morning and building to 4 to 6ft+ in the afternoon. Wrapping a slow 2 to 3ft along the Surf Coast reefs (undersized early), picking up a foot or so into the afternoon, otherwise grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: Northerly, NNE 10 to 20 knots, turning light NNW to NW during the day ahead of a SW change 15 to 20 knots in the arvo.
WSW groundswell peaks. Speculatively 5 to 6ft+ sets along exposed beaches, grading to an inconsistent 3 to 4ft+ along the Surf Coast. WIND: Early Westerly, tending SW to SSW 10 to 15 knots during the morning, then S/SE, possibly variable in the afternoon.
The current, active storm-track effecting Western Australia’s swell window has thrown up an early winter preview that’s set to continue for a couple of days yet. That’s going to leave the most sheltered spots as the only real surfing options on Friday and Saturday as another heavy pulse of SSW groundswell kicks in at 10 to 12 levels. That could see come pretty good options inside said-sheltered breaks – particularly as winds turn south on Saturday. From there, we should see a short-lived opportunity to get amongst some still big and wobbly, but semi-clean waves across exposed breaks as winds briefly turn to the east on Sunday morning, but it looks like they’ll quickly revert to the north during the day.
Shorter period SW swell reinforced by SW groundswell under gusty onshore winds. South West: Undersized at 5 to 8ft across exposed coasts early, building to 8 to 10ft+ in the afternoon. Perth/Mandurah: Around 1 to 2ft+ early, rising to 2 to 3ft+ in the arvo. WIND: SSW to SW 20 to 35 knots.
Heavy SSW groundswell eases under moderating SSW winds. South West: Choppy 10 to 12ft along exposed breaks early, slowly easing in the afternoon. Perth/Mandurah: About 1 to 2ft. WIND: SSW, Southerly 15 to 20 knots, steadily easing in the afternoon.
Easing SSW groundswell. South West: Wobbly 6 to 8ft+ sets, improving under early offshore winds. Easing to 4 to 6ft+ in the arvo and grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. Perth/Mandurah: Messy in the 2ft+ range. WIND: Early light Easterly, ENE up to 5 knots, tending North to NNW in the afternoon.
Potential for new SW groundswell under onshore winds. Southwest: Choppy 3 to 5ft+ sets along exposed breaks, picking up a foot or so during the afternoon. Perth: Up to 1 to 2ft. WIND: Lighter NNE inshore early, tending NW to Westerly 10 to 20 knots during the afternoon.
There’s some great waves to be had across the state over the next couple of days before winds swing onshore on Sunday and Monday. A slow easing trend in SW groundswell coincides with fresh offshore NE winds; opening up great options across all south and southwest facing areas for a full 48 hours. While its definitely worth milking this window for all its worth, there will still be plenty of rideable, albeit onshore options into Sunday and Monday. The arrival of cold front sweeping across the state later on Saturday will lead in moderate onshore WSW winds on Sunday, trending lighter S to SE on Monday.
SW groundswell eases under offshore winds. South Coast: Sets around 3 to 5ft at Waits and Parsons, grading to 2 to 3ft+ at Middleton. Mid Coast: 1ft. WIND: NE 15 to 25 knots, easing later.
SW levels off early under offshore winds. South Coast: Clean 2 to 3ft at Waits and Parsons, bumping up in the arvo. Grading to 1 to 2ft+ around Middleton, bumping up in the afternoon. Mid Coast: Junky 0.5ft. WIND: NNE 15 to 25 knots, tending North, NNW and easing in the afternoon.
SW groundswell rebuilds under west to SW winds. South Coast: Sets ranging from 3 to 5ft at Waits and Parsons. Wrapping at 2 to 4ft around Middleton, picking up in the afternoon. Mid Coast: About 0.5 to 1ft. WIND: WSW to SW 10 to 20 knots tending South in the afternoon.
Potential for new SSW groundswell. South Coast: Up to a solid 4 to 6ft at Waits and Parsons. Around 3 to 4ft+ at Middleton. Mid Coast: 1 to 2ft. WIND: Early light SSE 5 to 15 knots, tending light SE to East in the afternoon.
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