NW swell could bring some decent surf through the end of the week

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Austin Gendron
(Tuesday) 1.16.18

Central America and Mainland Mexico Short-Range Surf Forecast

Fun SSW-SW (200-215) peaks Wednesday before easing through the remainder of the week.  We’re expecting some smaller background pulses from the SSW-SW (210-220) to overlap and help maintain at least some surfable size at standout southerly exposures.  The big news could be coming from the north though as new NW (300+) works its way down the coast through the end of the week.


Fun SSW (205-215) should peak at around 2-2.5 feet through Tuesday with periods around 13-14 seconds.  It’s not all that powerful, but should still mean some fun waist to chest high+ waves along the exposed coast, with standouts possibly seeing some head high-head high+ sets.  Size will ease through the end of the week at southerly exposures.

In addition to the southern hemi, there could be a couple feet of long period NW (300+) adding up 2-3 feet of deepwater combo swell.  For most areas that wont mean much, but WNW-NW exposures its could bring some bigger waist to head high+ surf, possibly even bigger at magnets.  The swell is going to peak at different times depending on where you’re at.  Mainland Mex should see the swell peaking on Thursday, and it could be a little bigger, while Central America sees the swell peaking Friday/Saturday with moderate size at standout/magnets.

Not a whole lot to report through the weekend for southerly exposures.  The small SSW-SW (210-220) mix in the water should continue to bring mostly knee to waist high+ range surf, maybe some chest-chest high+ sets at magnets and combo spots that can pick up the leftover NW energy.

Tropical Outlook

Tropics looking quiet for the time being.

Costa Rica | Nicaragua | El Salvador | Southern Mexico

Long-Range Surf forecast Central America and Mainland Mexico

North Pacific Swell Forecast

Not much to follow up this weeks swell for the time being

South Pacific Swell Forecast

Not a whole lot going on in the South Pacific, the only notable fetch is pretty far out on the models.

It is stuck in a mostly zonal track, but still pushes northeast for a brief period of time.  It’s hard to make a call this far out, but it could mean some small to moderate swell for around the end of the month.  More details in the next forecast if things continue to materialize.

Next long-range forecast expected for Friday the 19th of January 

Austin Gendron
Surf Forecaster