This is it. The Puerto Escondido, aka, Mexpipe session we've all been waiting for. It's about to erupt -- with multiple back-to-back and over-lapping swells rifling straight into Mexico, before shooting a south swell up to the west coast of the US.
Sure, there's been a few sessions at Puerto Escondido this year already, but none like what we're about to see. Days of pumping surf this week before a stunning XXL crescendo on Friday. We know some of the best big wave hellmen and women are already there. And if they're not already, then they are scrambling to get flights sorted. And then it's up to California, but we'll bring you more about that when it's closer to it.
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“The last week or so has seen a flurry of storm activity in eastern half of the south Pacific, with several south swells heading up towards Central America and Mexico,” says MSW forecaster Tony Butt about this run of swell. “The swells that arrive at Puerto Escondido will be quite long-lived. What you're seeing is two or three overlapping swells, with new, super long-period ones coming in over the top of previous swells that might have peaked two or three days before.
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“From today through till Wednesday, wave heights are averaging around four to eight feet, and then a much bigger pulse is expected on Thursday, from a large storm that deepened southwest of Chile at the end of last week. Open-ocean wave heights off Mexico and Central America aren’t expected to reach much more than six or seven feet, but the periods of over 18 secs combined with the local focusing at Puerto Escondido, could push wave heights well over ten feet, particularly on Friday.”
We'll be bringing you all the action as it happens, so stand by for that. In the meantime, head over to our Puerto Escondido spot page to watch it all unfold live.
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