UPDATED: Global Mega Swells: 4 World-Class Locales Are About to Go Off -- all at the Same(ish) Time

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Updated 20d ago

  • Decent sized southern hemi swell will rifle waves in to world-class locales
  • West Oz looks like a forecast winner
  • Meanwhile, Pipe could be on, thanks to Typhoon Surigae
  • Not unheard of for the months of April/May but impressive sizes throughout
  • Ok, global might be a bit of a stretch (sorry, some parts of Europe) but a whole load of world-class spots, across the planet, could be about to go off towards the end of this week and into the weekend.

    Pipeline, Jbay, West Oz and Indo are all set to switch on at roughly the same time from Friday onwards. Of course, events like this have happened in the past, but what's particularly interesting is that Pipe may well be pretty damn good, for May, that is -- thanks to Typhoon Surigae, the strongest typhoon in April's history that is currently spinning towards the North Pacific. It's already sent swell to Taiwan, the Philippines and is now set for Oahu. So for Pipe to get good along with its southern hemi siblings feels kinda special.

    When we say West Oz is going to be good, we mean, it could be gigantic. And it just so happens the best surfers in the world are camping out along that stretch of coast. Take a peep at Sunday's forecast (below) to get an idea of the magnitude of this swell.

    Anyway, we'll let MSW forecaster Tony Butt break down how it's currently looking at each region – and then we'll update as things begin to shape up.

    West Oz - Sunday and Monday could be global winners

    Our West Oz swell chart for Friday. Keep an eye on it HERE.

    Our West Oz swell chart for Friday. Keep an eye on it HERE.

    To put it simply; it's pumping there right now and Sunday and Monday are looking wild. Saturday is a bit funky. But here's the detailed breakdown. At Margaret River there is already some swell from a previous system, around six or seven feet and lumpy conditions. The new swell is expected to arrive on Sunday, quickly exceeding ten feet with periods of around 18 secs. There is the chance of a frontal system creating fresh southerly winds for a while during the middle of the day. The swell persists through Monday and drops off on Tuesday, with fresh winds from the southeast.

    Our at a glance report for Margaret River in West Oz. Pop quiz; who's going to be out there for this? JJF? Conner Coffin? Caroline Marks? No one?

    Our at a glance report for Margaret River in West Oz. Pop quiz; who's going to be out there for this? JJF? Conner Coffin? Caroline Marks? No one?

    Indo - it's the season and things are already firing up

    It's already pumping at the likes of Mandiri, as evidenced through the MSW UGC uploads.

    It's already pumping at the likes of Mandiri, as evidenced through the MSW UGC uploads.

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    The surf in Indonesia is still currently pumping from a previous swell, with spots like Uluwatu around six feet with periods of 15 secs or so. This will ramp down very gradually before the new swell arrives overnight Monday-Tuesday. Peak periods are expected to be over 20 secs initially and wave heights will ramp up to six feet or more, probably peaking early Wednesday.

    Pipeline - in May? You bethca, thanks to Typhoon Surigae

    There she is! Our old friend Surigae. With Hawaii in its path. This will scale down as it moves closer so it could be fun times at Pipeline.

    There she is! Our old friend Surigae. With Hawaii in its path. This will scale down as it moves closer so it could be fun times at Pipeline.

    Ex-typhoon Surigae, now a mid-latitude depression, is currently southwest of the Aleutian Islands and has weakened considerably in the past 24 hours. Over the next few days it is expected to weaken more gradually and move across the north of the North Pacific, ending up off the Alaskan coast by Monday.

    The pulse of swell that it generated is just about to reach Hawaii, increasing from the northwest during Friday morning with initial peak periods of around 18 secs. By late Friday, wave heights at Pipeline, for example will be six feet or more, with moderate easterly wind. The swell is expected to persist until at least Monday, only gradually losing its punch. Winds will remain mostly moderate from an easterly quarter.

    Related: Typhoon Surigae Awakens Taiwan

    Surigae as it span off the Philippines, before shooting to Taiwan. Now, imagine it boomeranging back across the North Pacific. Cyclones/typhoons/hurricanes (delete as appropriate depending on where you are in the world) feed off water - and so this will gradually creep towards Hawaii over the next few days.

    Surigae as it span off the Philippines, before shooting to Taiwan. Now, imagine it boomeranging back across the North Pacific. Cyclones/typhoons/hurricanes (delete as appropriate depending on where you are in the world) feed off water - and so this will gradually creep towards Hawaii over the next few days.

    Jbay - playful swell on the way, not huge but enough to get the juices pumping

    Protruding into frame somewhat awkwardly is the tip of South Africa. On the eastern side is JBay aka the best right hand wave in the world (maybe!) and in the bottom right is the swell delivering this pulse to shore. Should be a good day for surfing if this holds.

    Protruding into frame somewhat awkwardly is the tip of South Africa. On the eastern side is JBay aka the best right hand wave in the world (maybe!) and in the bottom right is the swell delivering this pulse to shore. Should be a good day for surfing if this holds.

    An area of strong southwest winds is currently situated south-southwest of Cape Town and has been generating a pulse of swell for the last 24 hours or so. The windfield is associated with a disturbance on the northwest flank of a broad area of low pressure in the Southern Ocean, that is just about to move into the Indian. Swell is already the south coast of South Africa, with wave heights at exposed spots up to eight feet or more.

    Forecast: JBay

    What that means for surfing though? At Jeffrey’s Bay, the swell picks up during today, Friday, hitting five or six feet by afternoon, with light southwest winds. It continues to pick up overnight, peaking on Saturday morning at six feet or more, with light variable winds. Wind conditions remain good for most of Saturday, but are expected to deteriorate on Sunday.