Easting SSW and some new NW over the weekend

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Austin Gendron
(Friday) 2.17.17

Central America and Mainland Mexico Short-Range Surf Forecast

Kind of an uneventful forecast for you today.  SSW (195-205) from earlier in the week will slowly back off through the weekend and early next week.  Some new NW (295-305+) swell is due to make its way down through Mainland Mexico over the weekend and into Central America early next week, peaking for areas like Costa Rica next Tuesday/Wednesday.  Smaller background southern hemi fills in mid to late next week.  Read more for details.


SSW (190-205) that arrived Tuesday will slowly fade through the weekend and early next week.  Some small reinforcements should help maintain at least some knee to chest high+ waves along the exposed coast through Monday, with some bigger waves today and Saturday morning.

More long-period NW energy arrives Saturday in areas like Puerto Vallarta.  Periods should be in the 18 to 19 second range, with swell heights building into the 7 to 9 foot range during the peak Sunday/Monday.  Most of that size will be confined to a few more exposed areas farther north.  The rest of Central Mexico and Central America will see smaller swell in the 3 foot range as the swell fills into a peak early to mid-next week.  Wave heights are going to range anywhere from overhead to double overhead+ for the most exposed sp0ts in northern-Central Mexico to waist to head high along the better exposed spots of Central America.

There isn’t going to be much else going on though.  Small reinforcing southern hemi swell from the SSW (205-215) arrives Wednesday/Thursday and will help maintain a couple feet of background swell, but otherwise smaller knee to chest high surf at southerly exposures through most of next week.

Tropical Outlook

No tropical cyclones at this time.

Costa Rica | Nicaragua | El Salvador | Southern Mexico

Long-Range Surf forecast Central America and Mainland Mexico

North Pacific Swell Forecast

A couple smaller pulses of NW energy are due late next week.  Mostly too steep to bring any significant swell our way though.  I’ll have more updates next week if anything more exciting shows up.

South Pacific Swell Forecast

South Pacific models look pretty quiet for the time being.  Long-range forecast suggests potential for some storm energy brewing south of Tahiti/French Polynesia early to mid-next week.

The system gets some NE trajectory at first before taking a more zonal track after it passes south of French Polynesia.  It does strengthen to the point where the fetch could develop 25-30 foot seas.  Not a big swell maker, but it looks like its got most of the qualities of at least one that could send some moderate sized surf for around the end of the month.  It’s still too early to call, but I should have a much better idea in next week’s report.  Stay tuned.

Forecast will be dependent on any new activity in the South Pacific.

Austin Gendron
Surf Forecaster