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Central America and Mainland Mexico Short-Range Surf Forecast (Report Date: 4/21/2017)


I apologize for the absence, I had a family emergency on Easter Sunday and have been with out a computer for the past few days. Iím back now though and it looks like most areas should be seeing some solid surf through the end of the week. The SSW-SW (205-215) will peak Friday and then ease slowly through the weekend. A smaller SSW (195-205) pulse arrives on Monday, and should help maintain at least some playful surf through the first half of next week. Long-range models show another round of solid SSW-SW (210-220) arriving next Friday/Saturday.

The next solid SSW-SW (205-215) arrived Wednesday/Thursday, and is looking pretty solid. It should build to a 4 to 5 foot peak on Friday, bringing chest to overhead+ surf along the exposed coast, with standouts in the head high to well overhead range. Deepwater spots like Puerto Escondido, could see bigger sets going double overhead or a little bigger even. Surf peaks Friday, and will likely hold some size through most of the weekend.

The next pulse of energy arrives from a more southerly (195-205) angle on Monday, and will overlap the leftover energy from the weekend, building to a combined peak around 3 to 4 feet Tuesday/Wednesday. For most areas this will simply help maintain waist to head high+ surf. A few standouts and deepwater breaks could be seeing set waves going overhead to a couple feet overhead still. Size will start to relax again around mid-next week.

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