Central America

Report Date: Wed. October 22, 2014
By Forecaster: Austin Gendron: austin@globalsurfreports.com

Tropical Conditions:
no tropical cyclones at this time

Swell Forecast:
SW (215-220) will start to build through the end of the week, slowly shifting more SSW (190-210) through the weekend.  The recent storm energy south of the Pitcairn Islands has been pretty weak, but managed to climb up in latitude to around 35-40S, which is relatively close considering most of the other fetch has been staying close to the ice shelf.  The 3-4 foot swell is expected to peak on Sunday and could bring chest high to overhead+ surf to standouts.  Some of the better exposures could be seeing wave heights running well overhead through the weekend and early next week easing through the middle of next week.

As the SSW-SW swell settles, global models are showing a small increase in S-SW windswell developing for Central American countries Monday and Tuesday.  Doesn't look all that big, but could bring some consistency in the waist to head high range for the exposed coast as the long-period swell backs off.

Beyond that, the models continue to look pretty bleak, but still show a stretch of weak fetch from New Zealand to south of French Polynesia.  This could help bring a little more SW (210-225) energy to the region for the start of November, but its not looking like much.  Mostly background energy helping to maintain small to moderate sized surf.

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Weekly Outlook:
Wednesday the 22nd a blend of old and new SW swell and some lingering S swell should mean waist to head high waves, with a few standouts seeing head high+ to overhead sets.

Thursday the 23rd, the new SW continues to build and standout breaks should continue to be running waist to head+ high.

Friday the 24th, the blend of SW and SSW continues to build, with standouts ranging from waist to head high, with a few sneaky sets at better breaks in the overhead-overhead+ range.

Saturday the 25th, more SSW piles on, bringing standouts into the head high to overhead+ range, possibly bigger at better exposures.

Sunday the 26th, the peaking SSW swell should mean more chest to overhead+ surf at standouts.

Monday the 27th, the SSW swell should hold its peak for the northern half of the region as the southern half starts to see easing size.  Standouts should continue to see chest to overhead+, while the more average breaks start to settle into the waist to shoulder high+ range.

Tuesday the 28th Average breaks of Central America should continue to see waist to head high surf thanks to the increase in windswell.  SSW leftovers will continue to ease though and overall surf will back off a bit more for those areas not seeing the windswell.