Pleasant conditions today for the start of the All Girls competition at Lennox Head, but things look likely to change for the worse over this long weekend.

This morning there’s a relatively clean swell of four to five feet and a moderate offshore.

However, the outlook for Saturday is for south-west to southerly winds to 25 knots, swinging to the south-east on Sunday.

The protected headlands are likely to be the best spots.

North Wall and the beaches at Ballina are a no-go zone this weekend, with recent rain flushing all sorts of nasties out of the Richmond River.

Check out the Australian Lifeguard Service’s beach safety warning elsewhere on this site — and pay attention to it!

Marine weather:

  • Friday: SW 5/10 knots tending SE 10/15 knots this afternoon. Sea: less than 1 metre. Swell: S/SE 1.5/2 metres.
  • Outlook Saturday: S/SW 15/25 knots. Sea: 1.5/2.5 metres. Swell: S/SE 1.5/2.5 metres.
  • Outlook Sunday: S/SE 15/20 knots.
  • Outlook Monday: SE/E 15/20 knots.