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ISA World Surfing Games – Official Forecast
Updated: Friday Evening, May 29th (Local Nicaragua Time)

BRIEF OVERVIEW

Modest but fun size SW swell for Sunday through the first half of the week with good conditions. Then new SW swell will gradually build in over the second half of the week, with overhead+ surf lining up for the weekend of the Finals.

SUNDAY (31st): Slow easing blend of primary SW swell and secondary South swell.
SURF: Mainly within the waist-head high zone all day, with occasional slightly overhead waves/peaks. Strongest during the incoming tide push in the AM; a little drained out with sections early and then slow/fat during the peak high tide in the early afternoon.
WIND/WEATHER: Light+ to moderate offshore ENE wind in the morning, slacking off mid day, before a light+ to moderate SW breeze picks up in the afternoon. Partly to mostly cloudy skies, with a chance for passing showers.

TIDES: 1.6’ low at 6:57am, 8.5’ high at 1:04pm.

MONDAY (1st): Primarily SW swell holding fairly steady. Down a notch from Sunday.
SURF: Sets hang mainly around waist-chest high all day, with occasional shoulder-head high waves/peaks. Strongest during the incoming tide push in the AM; a little drained out with sections early on the lower tide and then slow/fat during the peak high tide in the early afternoon.
WIND/WEATHER: Light+ to moderate offshore ENE wind in the morning, slacking off mid day, before a light+ to moderate SW breeze picks up in the afternoon. Partly to mostly cloudy skies, with a chance for passing showers.
TIDES: 1.3’ low at 7:41am, 8.8’ high at 1:46pm.

TUESDAY (2nd): Primarily SW swell continues to hold. Very similar to Monday.
SURF: Sets hang mainly around waist-chest high all day, with occasional shoulder-head high waves/peaks. Starting out a little drained and sectiony in the morning on the lower tide, then strongest on the incoming tide push. Slow/fat during the peak high tide in the afternoon.
WIND/WEATHER: Calm to light/variable wind in the morning, with a light+ to moderate SW breeze developing in the afternoon. Partly cloudy skies.
TIDES: 1’ low at 8:24am, 9.1’ high at 2:28pm.

WEDNESDAY (3rd): Old SW swell eases, while a new mix of primary SW swell and secondary S swell build in.
SURF: Starts out with sets around waist-chest high and a little drained out in the morning on the low tide. Look for chest-head high SW sets to rise up in the afternoon, which will be strongest after the peak high tide.
WIND/WEATHER: Calm to light/variable wind in the morning, with a light+ to moderate SW breeze developing in the afternoon. Partly cloudy skies.
TIDES: 0.7’ low at 9:05am, 9.3’ high at 3:09pm.

THURSDAY (4th): New/primary SW swell continues to slowly build in. Secondary South swell fades.
SURF: The morning will see sets around chest-head high occasional slightly overhead, with occasional sets hitting a couple feet overhead in the afternoon.
WIND/WEATHER: Calm to light/variable wind in the morning, with a light+ to moderate SW breeze developing in the afternoon. Partly cloudy skies.
TIDES: 0.6’ low at 9:48am, 9.4’ high at 3:51pm.

SURF OUTLOOK
An old, overlapping pair of primary SW swell (235-210°) and secondary South swell (195-175°) will be easing on Sunday and early next week. Sunday will offer sets mainly around the chest-head high zone at main reef Popoyo, with occasional slightly overhead waves/peaks. Monday will back down a notch from Sunday, but still offering fun-size surf at Main Reef, which will hold fairly steady through Tuesday. Wednesday will be the transition day between the old and new swells.

NOTE – Both the left and right will be working pretty well on this SW direction, and the take-off zone will be rather peaky/shifty with the swell combo. Also, expect the surf to be strongest/most consistent during the incoming tide push, and on the dropping tide. Surf will be a little drained out with sections during the peak low tides, and slow/fat during the peak high tides. However, one of the good things about Main Reef is that is can handle all tides.

We have recently been watching the progress of a storm that has been slowly tracking from the west to central South Pacific, which it looks to intensify some over the next few days while it continues to slowly push eastward. At this point, we’re looking for SW swell (235-205°) to gradually fill in over the week of the event; initially moving in over the 2nd-3rd, then picking up further over the 4th-6th. If this storm continues as forecast, then we’ll see a good size SW swell top out over the 6th-7th, easily providing overhead surf at Popoyo with occasional sets hitting the double overhead mark (which is really the max size you want for main reef). Outer Reef will produce larger sets. Stay posted for updates, as this is still underway.

Next update: Tuesday Evening, June 2nd. However, feel free to contact me before then if you needed further details.

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