Solid SSW peaks Tuesday/Wednesday before easing through the end of the week

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Austin Gendron
(Monday) 5.21.18

Short Range Surf Forecast Overview

As wind swell eases, new SSW (195-205) continues to build through the day Tuesday peaking later and holding its peak through Wednesday.  Wave heights will linger through the second half of the week as the swell eases.  Fairly uneventful weekend ahead of us, with a couple smaller swell pulses and maybe some wind swell.  Next notable s.hemi isn’t due until the first couple days of June.  Read more for details.

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Surfwise we’re looking at the building SSW to start taking over on Tuesday, with wave heights pushing into the chest to overhead+ range at standouts.  More average spots will be in the waist to head high range.  There will be some lingering combo energy as the windswell fades.

The peak of the swell should linger through Thursday before it starts easing into the weekend.  We could see a slight increase in wind swell and onshore winds Friday as well.  Wave heights will likely ease into the knee to waist high+ range for next week.

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

Monday the 21st southern hemi builds through the day. Surf should be running waist to head high+ at standout southerly exposures

Tuesday the 22nd southern hemi builds to a peak late.  Standouts could be seeing chest to overhead high+ surf.  Winds expected to be breezy in the afternoon.

Wednesday the 23rd southern hemi holds its peak with surf running chest to overhead+ at standout southerly exposures

Thursday the 24th Southern hemi peak lingers. Wave heights expected to be waist to head high+ keep an eye on the winds

Friday the 258th SSW eases into the knee to chest high+ range.  Wind swell is supposed to pick up a little.

Saturday the 26th surf backs off into the knee to chest high range

Sunday the 27th smaller knee to waist high+ surf.

Tropical Overview

Nothing in the tropics

Long-Range Surf and Swell Forecast

North Pacific Swell Forecast

North Pacific Swell Forecast is looking quieter for the time being

South Pacific Swell Forecast

Long range forecast continues to show the Tasman Sea putting on a highlight real for the South Pacific.  First this system due on Tuesday.

It’s not the biggest storm, and its not in the most ideal of places but it should be enough to send at least some playful swell energy for around the 1st for spots taht can pick up more SW (220-230) energy.  On top of that the models are shwoing a secondary swell following closely behind it for the 2nd/3rd.

That one at this point is looking stronger, and will likely add some extra consistency and size to the swell showing up on the 1st.  It should be noted that these kinds of storms aren’t ideal for Socal.  The swells have to traverse a cheese grater of South Pacific Islands, and when they swing in, the island shadowing from the Channel Islands can be a bit funky.  Either way, if a storm is going to have a good chance of making it through that gauntlet, the track that these two are taking is as about as good as it can get…. We’ll have to wait and see though.  Stay tuned

Next long-range forecast expected for Thursday the 24th..  

Austin Gendron
Surf Forecaster