Swell events to shape surf potential
TWO swell events are expected to shape surfing conditions for this weekend.
Throw in strong winds further to the south which could potentially affect size across Northern NSW, and a complex weekend of surf lies ahead.
Wave forecaster Ben Matson said a Tasman Low which developed on Friday would have a big effect on today’s conditions.
“Saturday will deliver building short range southerly energy. Moderate to fresh southerly winds will bump up exposed beaches picking up occasional 3-4ft+ sets by the afternoon, and it’ll be tiny at protected locations,” Matson said on Swellnet.com.
“Across south-east Queensland, we won’t see much size across the outer points (1-2ft by the afternoon) and exposed northern ends will be bumpy and 1-2ft, building to 2-3ft.”
Matson said Sunday was shaping as the best option for finding waves.
“Sunday looks much better, though the timing of this new groundswell is still not perfect for our region,” he said.
“The low is expected to wind up south to south-east gales overnight Friday and into Saturday, producing a strong south to south-east swell for Sunday.
“Beaches south of Byron should see waves in the 4-6ft range on south facing beaches, before swells trend up the coast.
“This pulse is not due into the Mid North Coast until early to mid afternoon and the far north coast and south-east Queensland until mid to late afternoon.”
Matson said while there would be swells, winds could play a big part in shaping conditions as a whole.
“We’re looking at light offshore winds through the morning, but moderate to fresh north-east sea breezes after lunch. So despite the likely high quality of this groundswell, local conditions may spoil potential across Northern NSW as it builds into the afternoon,” he said.
“We should eventually see 2-3ft surf across the outer south-east Queensland points and 3-4ft+ surf at exposed northern ends once the swell finally pushes north of the border – though this will probably occur under the cover of darkness on Sunday night.”