THIS is a swell call for well overhead surf along almost the entire western facing Indian Ocean coastline. Peak impact is forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday, June 16th and 17th along the Indonesian Archipelago. Swell events of this quality are rare with May 2007 being the most notable recent example and this one looks set to deliver a similar punch. Globe trotting surfers have started ringing the camps off the hook and lucky travellers are waxing their guns or putting their boards in bags and getting their cameras out. Currently generating far down in the southern most part of the Indian Ocean the swell will first strike Western Oz before continuing its 2000 mile journey to the Indonesia.
Ben Freeston, MSW's forecast director:
Currently the forecast model is showing an exceptional swell event for the Indian ocean with an intense Roaring Forties low sending a huge pulse of energy towards Indo, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Western and Southern Australia and any other exposed break in the area.
Forecasts show early long period arrival on Monday morning for Indo with initial periods as high as 21 seconds and building rapidly to peak on Tuesday as strong as 9ft at 18 seconds and the current setup looks set to continue, dropping only slightly right through next week.
Checking back through ten years of detailed swell data here at MSW this really does look like something out of the ordinary even given the remarkably consistent Southern Hemisphere winter season.