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 | Photos by Kyle Jodrell

The onset of an autumnal wave-regime was well and truly in effect this week and by the weekend it looks like resembling winter. The onset of a powerful SW groundswell coincides with a freshening south-easterly airflow to produce large, blowy conditions across the Southwest all weekend – probably large and windy enough to lend the focus to some of the more sheltered breaks offering up some smaller, cleaner options.

From Saturday morning south-easterlies will begin to freshen as a slow moving surface trough over the west of the state deepens; causing early SE winds to increase to 20 to 30 knots later in the day. This sets the trend for Sunday as the strong south-easterly winds regime remains in force, greeting a steep rising SW groundswell pushing up steeply throughout afternoon. So all in all, there will be plenty of solid surf around this weekend, but try to get out there early to make the most of the “lighter” southeasterly winds. Enjoy!


New SW groundswell shows under moderate SE winds. Southwest coast: 6-8ft+, bigger sets at open ocean breaks. Perth/Mandurah: 1-2ft+ at exposed beaches. SE wind 10-15kts shifting 20kts S’ly.

Breezy with solid swell, ramping up during the day. Secondary push in SW groundswell under strong SE winds. Southwest coast: 4-6ft early, rising with 8ft sets later. Perth/Mandurah: 1-2ft. 20-25kt SE winds tending S’ly 20-25kts later.