Playful surf due this weekend

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Austin Gendron
(Monday) 1.8.18

Central America and Mainland Mexico Short-Range Surf Forecast

Smaller SSW-SW (200-215) continues for most areas.  There’s a tiny bit of NW energy also creeping in for exposed areas.  Overall the surf is expected to remain small through most of the work week.  We should see some small to moderate SSW (205-215) due over the weekend though that could perk things up a little bit.


Not a whole lot to report through most of the work week.  The small SSW-SW (210-220) continues to bring mostly knee to waist high+ range Wednesday and Thursday for most areas, maybe some chest-chest high+ sets at magnets and combo spots that can pick up some of the NW energy.

Friday we’re expecting a little extra SSW (205-215) to start building with periods in the 15 to 16 second range.  It’s not going to be a ton of swell, but it looks like it should peak at around 2-2.5 feet over the weekend.  Periods at that point will be closer to 13-14 seconds, so 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 sets.

In addition to the southern hemi, there could be a couple feet of medium-long period NW (300+) adding some minor knee to waist high+ combo energy.  For most areas that wont mean much, but WNW-NW magnets its could help with shape, and maybe a few extra chest-chest high+ sets.

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

The North Pacific is starting to show its winter colors…

For most parts of Central America this wont mean much, but Baja California, a few parts of Central Mexico and some lucky exposures in Central America are probably going to see some swell from this guy if it plays out right.  It’s not an ideal system, it doesn’t quite drop far enough south, and it would be a little better if it was a couple thousand miles more west when it does, but still its a deep low, and looks like its going to generate a decent fetch with a sea state capable of sustained 35-40 foot seas.  The end result could be a decent long period pulse, with size being potentially really big for Baja, and tapering off as the swell moves southeast.  I’ll have more details for you later on as they become available.

South Pacific Swell Forecast

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

It does have a good angle, but still so weak and so far away, its likely only to contribute to small background energy, and help maintain the run of small playful surf as we head into the later half of the month.

Next long-range forecast expected for Friday the 12th of January 

Austin Gendron
Surf Forecaster