S. hemi and Hurricane Norman swell builds through the end of the week

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Austin Gendron
(Wednesday) 8.29.18

Short Range Surf Forecast Overview

Building S-SSW (180-190) swell from the southern hemisphere mixed with energy from Hurricane Norman through the end of the week is going to lead to fun surf over the weekend.  The mix of wind swell currently in the water will linger the next couple days before backing off.  Smaller SW (210-220) due early next week as the tropical swell settles.  Read more for details.

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The surf is going to pick up a little bit through the end of the week, or at least become a bit punchier as the wind swell starts to wane and the new S-SSW (180-190) builds from the southern hemisphere.  We’re also going to see additional southerly energy from Hurricane Norman building later Friday/Saturday.  Norman is not currently a strong storm, but moving rather slowly, which is going to help give the swell some longevity, despite not being very strong.

Southerly exposures are supposed to pick up to around waist to chest high+ during the peak of the swell Saturday morning.  The swell mix will start to slowly ease through the first half of next week.

Here’s what to expect on a day-to-day basis this week:

Wednesday the 29th Swell mix is on the smaller side with wave heights in the knee to waist high+ range for most areas.

Thursday the 30th standout southerly exposures will continue to see knee to waist high+ waves, possibly a little bigger as more south swell starts to build

Friday the 31st The mix of southern hemi and wind swell should bring knee to chest high surf to standouts.

Saturday the 1st swell mix peaks with wave heights in the waist to chest high, possibly chest high+ range at standouts that like straight south swells.

Sunday the 2nd Southern hemi and hurricane swell mix lingers in the waist to chest high range..

Monday the 3rd lingering tropical swell eases

Tuesday the 4th small SW energy starts to arrive, helping maintain knee to waist chest high waves at standouts.

Tropical Overview

Norman after stalling is going to head west, which doesn’t do us much good as far as bringing more swell to the region.. on the other hand the 5-day forecast is for another brewing low several hundred miles SW of Acapulco to start curving northward.

It’s still much too early to call but we could be seeing some new tropical swell come late next week if this system continues on that northward track.  It’s still too early to call though.

Long-Range Surf and Swell Forecast

North Pacific Swell Forecast

There’s some typhoon action going on at the moment but none of it is going to send swell towards California.

South Pacific Swell Forecast

We’re keeping an eye on the long-range models as there’s some storm activity brewing south of Tahiti over the next couple of days, that could end up generating some decent fetch as it moves south of the Pitcairn Is. over the weekend.

It’s still too early to call, but I’m hoping to have an update for you early next week with more information.  Stay tuned

Austin Gendron

Surf Forecaster