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Austin Gendron
(Friday) 3.16.12

Back to back SSW swells, with new S and SW in the forecast for next week. Hello SPRING TIME!

Central America and Mainland Mexico Short-Range Surf Forecast

We’ve got fading SSW today and tomorrow, but there’s new SSW (205-215) on the way for the second half of the weekend and early next week

Here’s a look at the 7-day buoy forecast off Costa Rica (55).  Fading SSW will be overtaken with a new pulse of SSW (205-215) over the weekend.  This guy is looking pretty legit, with deepwater swell registering at around 4 to 4.5 feet and periods around 15-17 seconds.

The swell should peak on Sunday-Monday (March 18-19) with surf running about the same size…so lots of spots will be going overhead to a few feet overhead. There could be some shadowing form the Galapagos Is. in parts of Northern Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and even El Salvador, so don’t be surprised if you see less consistency and some smaller surf in those areas.

Size looks like it should continue to be pretty fun through the middle of next week as the next round of swell approaches.

As always for more details on your favorite spots and regions in Central America and Mainland Mexico check out the links below…you can drill down to a specific break and get a custom forecast, targeted weather, tides, and surf conditions dialed in for that particular spot.

Costa Rica | Nicaragua | El Salvador | Southern Mexico

Long-Range Surf forecast Central America and Mainland Mexico

The Southern Ocean has been looking pretty active the past couple days, and it looks like we could be in for some new swell for the end of next week.

We’ve got two potential swell makers popping up on the radar today, but one is much closer so I’ll start with it.  A fairly sizable system is kicking up 30-35 foot seas south of the Galapagos Islands today, and although it isn’t exactly pointed in the right direction it could spin off some long-period S (180-190) swell in our direction for the end of next week (starts picking up Thursday the 22nd).

The past couple of days have been showing this little low pressure system spinning off the central coast of Chile, that could help blow some 30-40 mph winds over the propagating swell Sunday and Monday.  Its not big by any means, but strong enough to add some extra energy to the S swell.  Size is still looking pretty moderate for this one, but after this weekend we’ll have a better idea of what this little spinner is capable of.  Now lets get back to that SW I pointed out in the first image…

This guy has a better trajectory, better size, and all around just looks better.  There are a couple issues though… one- its about 6000 miles away… and two- its about 6000 miles away.  that means its going to lose a lot of juice as it move across the South Pacific.  But still, it could be pretty fun by the time it gets to the Central America and Mainland Mexico coasts.

As of right now its looking like it will be a solid 16-18 second SW (215-225) arriving around the 25th.  So S swell for the 22nd and SW for the 25th, sounds like a pretty good way to spend the end of March.

The beginning of April isn’t looking too bad either.  We’ve got a smaller backup pulse to the swell on the 25th arriving a couple days later, and then this big purple blob at the bottom of the image is looking quite exciting.  You can tell the seasons are starting to change… Swell is back in the water!

The Next Mainland Mexico and Central America surf forecast will be updated Tuesday March 20, 2012

Austin Gendron
Surf Forecaster

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