Central America

Report Date: Fri. April 17, 2015
By Forecaster: Austin Gendron: austin@globalsurfreports.com

Tropical Conditions:
No tropical cyclones at this time

Swell Forecast:
SSW (205-215) continues to ease through the weekend as a new mix of SSW-SW (210-220) and S (180-190) builds.  Size is looking smaller, but combined with leftovers from earlier in the week there should still be moderate-plus sized surf in the water through the weekend.  Another smaller pulse is due for the 20th that will help keep wave heights from backing off too much through early next week.

Storm energy off the E-SE coast of New Zealand kicked up an area of 25 to 30 foot seas that should bring another modest pulse of SW (210-220) for around the 23rd.  It will build into another small to moderate sized pulse with periods around 15-16 seconds as it peaks next Friday/Saturday.  The swell will blend with leftovers from earlier in the week, helping  maintain waist to head high+ surf for standouts throughout the region.  A few lucky spots could see bigger set waves.

As that storm energy mentioned above heads towards Chile over the weekend and early next week it starts to get a little more NE lift.  They aren't perfectly angled, and most of the energy heads right towards Chile/southern Peru, but enough of it should head up towards the region to bring some small to moderate S (180-190) for around the 24th.  This looks like mostly residual background swell, but could help combo the mix of leftovers and peaking SW already in the water.

Beyond that, the long-range models are showing a large swath of SW swell will emerge out from under New Zealand early next week.  Most of the fronts appear to fall apart after entering the South Pacific, due to an area of high pressure east of New Zealand.  That doesn't mean we won't see some SSW-SW (200-220) energy arriving around the end of the  month/start of May.  What will be interesting is what happens to those systems once they get around the other side of the high, if it allows them to lift NE, we could be seeing a few solid SSW swells around the start of May.  Stay tuned for updates.

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Weekly Outlook:
Friday the 17th new S and SW swells arrive.  Wave highs should be running chest to overhead+ with bigger set waves at top breaks.

Saturday the 18th new S and SW combo peak, with head high to well overhead surf at standouts.  Possibly larger for focal spots.

Sunday the 19th wav heights continue running head high to well overhead at standouts.

Monday the 20th, wave heights start to settle more despite additional SSW in the water, with standouts running chest to overhead+, average spots in the waist to head high range.

Tuesday the 21st, SSW peaks over the fading leftover of the S and SW combo.  Standout breaks are likely to be running chest to head high+.

Wednesday the 22nd the mix of swell in the water should mean more waist to head high surf.

Thursday the 23rd, new long-period SW could add a few bigger head high+ waves to standout SW exposures, but most areas will continue to see waist to head high surf.