Solid S/SW combo swell due for the end of the week/weekend

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Austin Gendron
(Tuesday) 3.13.18

Central America and Mainland Mexico Short-Range Surf Forecast

The late March rush is approaching.  The fun pulse of SSW (195-205) eases through the middle of the week, as a swath of overlapping S-SSW (180-200) long-period swells and smaller SW (210-220) background swells work their way into the region Friday, continuing through the upcoming weekend and early next week.  Read more for details.


SSW (200-210) that peaked Monday/Tuesday will ease through Thursday.  Wave heights are expected to be running waist to head high+ at standouts, backing off to around waist to chest high+ Thursday.

Recent storm activity south of the Pitcairn Is. and Easter Is. has produced a series of swell pulses form the S-SSW (180-200) that should start arriving as early as Friday.  There will be a couple smaller pulses of background energy from the SW (210-220) as well thanks to a couple little systems near New Zealand recently.  This mix of energy is going to mean a fairly consistent run of at least chest to head high surf for the exposed coast, with standout breaks seeing head high to well overhead waves more consistently.  The mix should mean 3+ feet of overlapping swell through the weekend and into early next week, potentially bringing pulses of bigger surf to magnets and deepwater spots as well.

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

North Pacific quiets down a little bit.

South Pacific Swell Forecast

The long range models continue to be pretty shifty.  Last week they were suggesting potential for some new swell around the 24th/25th.  Now we’re looking at a quieter pattern.

It’s still too early to call, but aside from some smaller pulses and background swell bringing mostly waist to chest high+ surf to standouts, it looks like the end of the month could be a bit quieter.

Next long-range forecast expected for Friday the 16th of March

Austin Gendron
Surf Forecaster