IF THE SE winds reach even half of their expected strength over the next two or three days, we'll get fun waves. And if they go as currently predicted, it could get bigger ... but we'll settle for "fun", right?
Agnes Water to Coolangatta, tomorrow: Winds from the past two days have definitely lifted the exposed southern beaches and points. These winds will continue through today and from sunrise, light SW winds will turn SE and lift to 20 knots. Go early, then go to the points. High tide early will give the open beaches a chance. Watch for rips and currents, though, and head for the corners when that wind switches. The surf size will vary depending upon exposure, but expect anything up to 2m on the open beaches and 1m (+/-) on the points.
Around the Goldy, things will be similar. That easterly turn in the wind will come in earlier, though (afternoon), but most points can handle light east. The size will vary from 1m to nearly 2m so watch the rips.
Sunday: With 25-degree temperatures and light winds caressing a swell around the 1 to 1.5m mark, you could be forgiven for thinking it's your birthday. Fun waves should be available to anyone with transport all day. Be aware, though, that even small swells with an eastern influence in them can be very rippy and dangerous.
Gold Coast surfers will still be having fun as the smaller, but hopefully steady, swell delivers the goods on a beautiful day.
Tweed Heads to Coffs Harbour, tomorrow: Byron area surfers will be stoked to see waves most places in the morning. Light SW/SE winds will be on offer, too. We're not really expecting anything over 2m, but there should be plenty of waist to head-high beachies. The points will be poor in the arvy, due to NE winds.
Coffs area surfers can expect good morning conditions as the winds will be light and variable. Surf size will be around the 1m (+/-) mark and check those open beachies for the quality. The afternoon will see fresh NE winds, so head for the protected corners.
Sunday: Go early in Byron. Light and variable winds will keep those breaks clean, if smaller. Look for 1m or so of mixed SE/E swell and some fun waves early, especially on the beaches. The afternoon will have the dreaded northerlies once again, but the weather should be sunny and temps around the mid-20s.
Disclaimer: This forecast is prepared the previous Thursday in order to satisfy newspaper production requirements. As conditions may change, it is always recommended that you take a good look before ever entering a surf zone.