Fun moderate sized surf continues through the weekend

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Austin Gendron
(Friday) 5.19.17

Central America and Mainland Mexico Short-Range Surf Forecast

Easing SSW (190-210) and new S-SSW (185-200) are bringing chest to overhead+ surf to the regions standout exposures today, and it looks like size should hold through the weekend.  Size will ease some early next week, but new SW (210-220) fills in mid-next week, and should help provide some small to moderate sized energy for the second half of next week.  Read more for details.


Wave heights at standouts are currently running chest high to overhead+ range.  Magnets and deepwater heights are likely seeing set waves a little bigger and sets could be in the well overhead range.

New S-SSW (185-200) arrives with long periods today and will help maintain the moderate sized surf along the exposed coast through the weekend.  It’s expected to peak Sunday with around 4.5 to 5 feet of deepwater energy at 15 to 16 second intervals.  That means standouts and magnets could be seeing head high to well overhead wave heights, while the exposed coast sees waist to head high+ surf.  Size is expected to ease some Monday and continue through mid-next week.

Tropical Outlook

Costa Rica | Nicaragua | El Salvador | Southern Mexico

Long-Range Surf forecast Central America and Mainland Mexico

North Pacific Swell Forecast

North Pacific isn’t showing much of anything.

South Pacific Swell Forecast

Long-range models aren’t showing anything too exciting.  A weaker fetch south of Easter Island this weekend could send some small to moderate S-SSW (185-200) energy towards the region for the end of next week.  The system does get NE movement as it moves closer to Chile, but it’s not very strong.  It’s still possible that it will produce some chest to head high+ waves at standouts for next weekend.

Then there’s the area east of New Zealand.  As I mentioned earlier this week high pressure is holding most of the swell making fetch near New Zealand with a less than ideal trajectory, mostly pointed at Tahiti.  The other side of the trough is then redirected southward towards the building ice shelf.  Neither of those scenarios are conducive to sending any kind of notable not to mention consistent swell.  There is a pretty decent bulge of swell though still pointing in the right direction.  From the current state of it though I’d say we’re going to see inconsistent-small to moderate sized surf from the SSW-SW (200-230) arriving around the 28th and running through the first week of June.

Beyond that, the models aren’t very attractive either, with a zonal track and nothing really to report.  Stay tuned.

Next Forecast should be expected on Tuesday the 23rd.

Austin Gendron
Surf Forecaster