Central America

Report Date: Fri. May 22, 2015
By Forecaster: Austin Gendron: austin@globalsurfreports.com

Tropical Conditions:
No tropical cyclones at this time


Swell Forecast:
SSW (200-215) swell mix holds today, and will be joined by more incoming energy from the Pitcairn Island systems last weekend.  This is that one that got pretty close to the region, so it looks like it could be a pretty solid SSW (195-215) swell.  20 second forerunners arrive today building to a peak over the weekend with 15-second periods and 4-6 feet of deepwater swell.  Wave heights should be running head high to well overhead at standouts.  Size will back off through early next week.

Arriving shortly after the S-SSW swell starts to ease, will be a pulse of SW (210-220+).  The New Zealand system generated 35-40+ foot seas, but it fell apart shortly thereafter.  A couple of weaker systems worked their way over the swell as it traveled south of Tahiti, helping add some extra energy somewhat closer to the region.  The long-period swells should arrive Monday the 25th/Tuesday the 26th slowly building to a peak Wednesday and Thursday next week, with combined 3-5 feet of deepwater swell and periods ranging from 13 to 16 seconds.  Wave heights are expected to be in the head high to well overhead range again, possibly double overhead at better SW exposures.

There's also supposed to be a small S (180-190) that should mix in with the bigger SW pulses Wednesday the 27th.  Most of that will be covered up though.

Beyond that, the long-range forecast models continue to look better and better with a series of overlapping SSW-SW (200-220) swell arriving through the first week of June.  It's a bit too early to call, but it should be a similar run of surf to what we're expecting next week.  Stay tuned for updates.

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Weekly Outlook:
Friday the 22nd new S-SSW arrives and could bring some more consistency in the chest to overhead range at standouts by the end of the day.

Saturday the 23rd, wave heights build a little more, with standouts running head high to well overhead.

Sunday the 24th the S-SSW swell mix will hold a peak with head high to well overhead surf at standouts.

Monday the 25th wave heights ease a little bit as new SW energy starts to build.  Standouts are likely to be running chest to overhead.

Tuesday the 27th more SW builds, bringing long-period energy to the region, with standouts running head high to well overhead by late in the day.

austin@globalsurfreports.com