Central America

Report Date: Wed. April 23, 2014
By Forecaster: Austin Gendron: austin@globalsurfreports.com

Tropical Conditions:
Tropical season is over

Swell Forecast:
S-SSW (175-195) swell starts to slowly ease through the remainder of the week ahead of a much larger pulse of S-SSW swell due before the weekend.

OK so this weekend is going to be like the introduction to the swell season.  The large S-SSW (190-210) swell we’ve been anticipating arrives with 20-22-second periods late Thursday/early Friday.  ASCAT data has shown 40 to 50+ knot winds in the core of the fetch, generating 4o+ foot seas south of French Polynesia and the Pitcairn Islands.  5 to 7 foot swell for the upcoming weekend.  That means surf jumping up into the overhead to double overhead+ range for standouts, bigger for deepwater spots.  The swell will start to very slowly fade through next week.  The original storm continues to slowly fizzle south of Easter Island with winds in the 30 to 40+ knot range over a fairly large area of fetch with a good NE trajectory (it’s been doing this all week).  So size will back off slowly reaching more moderate heights by mid next week.

Beyond that the models cool off a bit, there is one small system expected to jump up into the mid-latitudes south of Tahiti over the weekend.  Current WW3 models are suggesting 25+ foot seas, so its not that significant compared to the swell we’re going to see this weekend.  It may add a little combo SW (210-220) late next week.  There are supposed to be a couple more small background swells as well, but overall the models are just looking sort of blah.  Stay tuned.

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Weekly Outlook:
Wednesday the 23rd Surf starts to slowly ease through the middle of next week. Size will back off a little more.

Thursday the 24th most of the day will continue to see moderate sized surf in the chest to head high+ range. late in the day there could be some new long-period energy filling in.

Friday the 25th, S-SSW swell builds quickly, with long-periods and anywhere from 3-5+ feet of swell by the end of the day.  Wave heights at top deepwater spots could be seeing set waves running a couple feet to several feet overhead or bigger.

Saturday the 26th the grunt of the new S-SSW swell arrives and standout non-sheltered breaks are going to see consistent solid surf in the overhead to double overhead range, with bigger sets at top deepwater spots possibly going triple overhead or bigger.

Sunday the 27th, the large swell starts to back off a little bit, but standouts should hold size in the overhead to double overhead+ range with less consistency in the bigger sets.

Monday the 28th swell backs off a bit more, with standouts seeing head high to several feet overhead+ surf still.

Tuesday the 29th wav heights start to settle more into a moderate sized range, with chest to overhead+ waves at standouts, some bigger breaks may see set waves running a couple feet overhead or bigger still.