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Brief Overview: A mix of contestable swells kicks off the event. We see more trade swell-like surf late next week. Eyeing the potential for mid to longer period swell in the longer term.
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Over the last couple of weeks, computer models have been consistent in showing contestable swell for Snapper Rocks during the first few days of the event window. This comes courtesy of trade winds on the northern side of high pressure sliding through the Tasman Sea, keeping trade swell in the water through the end of next week. Although there have been some run-to-run changes in the trusted computer models, we are likely to see surf at least around the chest- to shoulder-high range on opening day, with a little bigger surf due on Thursday, the 4th. As of now, we are expecting fairly typical early morning S/SW breezes shifting more SE during the AM hours. Fun- to good-size trade swell is expected through the end of next week.
Check: Gold Coast Regional Forecast
We have seen some changes in modeled swell forecast for next weekend (6th-7th), producing less confidence in the specifics for these days. The key areas we are watching for are a possible tropical low way out near Tahiti that is progged to take shape around Monday or Tuesday of next week. The second is another tropical low east of the region, between Vanuatu and Fiji, around the 6th-7th that may add in some additional swell. Trusted computer models are suggesting that each of these lows will develop, so we will monitor these features over the next several days as we dial in next weekend and beyond.