CWXRIPTIDE_PIC2We have teamed up with Coastalwatch swell forecaster Matt McKay to bring you a bodyboarding specific forecast. 

The forecast will focus on a select region in Australia to help you find the best waves for the boogie.

Words by Matt McKay

As a nation surrounded by the ocean, more often than not somewhere in Australia will have fun, punchy waves on offer. This week that place is Western Australia.

Friday morning holds some potential for some fun waves under light SE winds. A moderate sized mid period SW swell will deliver clean 3-4ft waves down south early with occasional bigger sets at exposed magnets, grading to 1-2ft throughout the Perth/Mandurah region.

By Saturday, we will see winds tend cross shore early before swinging SSW and strengthening. This should give rise to a mid-period SSW swell; initially, 3-4ft, peaking at 4-6ft+ late across exposed beaches.

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Will the wedge be working like this on the weekend? Photo: Oliver McAuliffe

Surface conditions will improve on Sunday with ESE winds forecast early ahead of a moderate afternoon sea breeze. The SSW swell will fade as the day progresses, with biggest sets early in the 3-4ft+ range down south easing to around 2-3ft later. Metro beaches won’t see much out of this swell due to its southern angle.

Friday
Moderate SW swell. Southwest coast: 3-4ft+ sets across exposed breaks. Perth/Mandurah: 1ft+. WIND: SE 5-10 knots tending SW 20-25 knots.

Saturday
Building SSW swell. Southwest coast: 3-4ft sets on open exposures early, rising 4-6ft. Perth/Mandurah: 1ft+. WIND: SSE 10-15 knots tending SSW 15-20 knots


Sunday
Easing SSW swell. Southwest coast: 3-4ft+ with bigger sets early at south exposed breaks. Perth/Mandurah: inconsistent 1ft+ early, easing. WIND: ESE 15-20 knots tending SSW 15-20 knots.

To see a Matt’s Australia-wide forecast for all wave crafts this weekend, head to http://www.coastalwatch.com/surfing/15274/weekend-surf-forecast-18-21-december-2015

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