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A good week of early spring surf with more swells in the long-range forecast

A good week of early spring surf with more swells in the long-range forecast

Things are looking pretty fun for the next week in Southern Mainland Mexico and Central America. We have a couple of back to back SSW-SW swells that will help hold the surf steady for the next several days, even showing some fairly solid sizes considering that we are just moving into the beginning of April. If the current swells we have headed our way weren’t enough of a reason to get excited the long-range SPAC charts are showing a new set of storms that are forecast to push right into the sweet-spot of the regions swell window and push even more SSW energy our way.

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A couple of decent sized S-SSW swells on tap for the week and over the weekend

A couple of decent sized S-SSW swells on tap for the week and over the weekend

The South Pacific has been slowly grinding back to life over the last week…and in the process it has set up at least two relatively solid early season S-SSW swells that will be arriving over the next several days. If that wasn’t enough to get excited it also looks like at least one more set of storms will move through the swell window by the end of the week…likely tacking on at least one more pulse of SW energy that will arrive on the heels of the two swells already on the way. If we are lucky we may even have enough surf to keep us in the water through the first 1/3 of April.

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Mix of S swell leftovers and modest sized SW swells keep things surfable

Mix of S swell leftovers and modest sized SW swells keep things surfable

Look for playful sized surf to hold through the region over the next several days. We will see a mix of fading S swell leftovers and some less consistent, but still fun-size, SW swell that will overlap as we move through the week and into the weekend. A new round of longer-period SW swell will move in on Saturday, helping to keep the playful sizes running into next week, but it will be followed by a stronger shot of SSW-SW energy that looks to pile in more size and more consistency as we get closer to the end of the month. None of these swells are looking all that significant…but at least they will have enough energy to keep things rideable/playful as we move through the rest of March.

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Fun waves stick around as modest S-SW swells overlap throughout the week

Fun waves stick around as modest S-SW swells overlap throughout the week

We have a few S-SW pulses that will be filling in over the next several days…in fact we already have one in the water, which is slowly on the way down and a new one queued up to arrive as we move through the middle of the week. None of these swells look particularly big or gnarly, but they are nice pre-season (late winter) appetizers that should go nicely with warmer water. Further down the line it looks like we will get at least another couple pulses of playful S-SSW energy…and then things will taper off a bit more as we head into Mid-March.

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Small mix of swells holds through the week but bigger and better S-SW energy moves in this weekend

Small mix of swells holds through the week but bigger and better S-SW energy moves in this weekend

The South Pacific seems to be getting an early start this year…we haven’t even completely finished with February and we already have a couple of playful, early-season, pulses of S-SW swell moving up from the Southern Ocean. The next couple of days will be sort of average…we will see a blend of mostly trace S-SSW swell and some leftover Southern Hemi energy from the last swell that moved through. It won’t be big, but it will at least stay sort of rideable as we move through the week. Some new, back-to-back S-SSW swells will begin to arrive over the upcoming weekend, eventually peaking through most of next week. These swells look to be bigger and more consistent, which should help flesh out more of the ‘average’ spots as well as the standout breaks.

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Slowly building S-SW swells start to fill in while some decent ENE swell hits the Caribbean Side

Slowly building S-SW swells start to fill in while some decent ENE swell hits the Caribbean Side

We are finally going to see a nice trend of building Southern Hemi swell as we move through the next couple of weeks. New storms have been slowly gaining strength and are starting to break out of that seemingly endless zonal pattern that had the SPAC locked down over the last few months. We can expect the new S-SW swells to start to slowly fill in as we move through the rest of the week with more on tap as we head into the weekend. At the same time there have been some pretty steady winds blowing across the Caribbean, just to the North of South America that will send in a good dose of E-ENE swell pretty much all week long (and probably even further out). Either way you decide to go it looks like there will be fun waves…though the Caribbean side looks a little more lively.

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Mellow S-SW pulses scatter a few playful waves throughout the region

Mellow S-SW pulses scatter a few playful waves throughout the region

Mainland Mexico and Central America are both still very much in winter-mode. The SPAC, while sort of active, isn’t putting a lot of effort into swell production and so there is only a bit of modest fetch that has been pushing up toward the region. The current long-range charts are showing a slightly more positive look…with some new storms moving along Antarctica that are showing at least the potential for some more consistent and slightly larger surf lining up for later in the month. Keep in mind that these storms aren’t very strong, they just look better than the ones we currently have.

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Mavericks Invitational – A Pictorial

Mavericks Invitational – A Pictorial

Ben Ginsberg shares images and thoughts through his always ready lens

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Unidentified Surfers Killing It This Morning

Unidentified Surfers Killing It This Morning

Do you know these guys? First, tell them they rip, then tell them to claim their waves.

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A little bit of swell keeping things rideable

A little bit of swell keeping things rideable

Not a ton going on in the Central America/Mainland Mex region right now. The SPAC has been relatively mellow, which has limited the amount of swell moving through the area. Winds have picked up…those strong, sometimes nasty N-NE winds that blow down through Mainland Mexico, have been going for a few days and look like they will continue to stream down through the area for the next week or more. We will get a couple of small SSW-SW pulses that will keep things rideable…one is on the way out right now but another will start up as we head into the middle of next week. There is also a chance at some WNW-NW energy moving down from the NPAC that would sneak into a few areas of Central Mainland Mexico and further south into Costa Rica…but it will bleed off quite a bit of energy before it arrives. Overall expect mostly playful smaller waves for the extended future with a chance for some slightly better combo swell next week.

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