“It’s been a remarkable season so far,” says omni-present lensman Edwin Morales about Puerto Escondido these spicy past few weeks, months at good ol' Mexpipe. To be honest, it's hard to keep tabs on just how long it's been pumping over there – and if the past 72 hours or so (July 13-15 to be precise) are anything to go by, then we're going to have quite the remarkable season.
“I've even lost count of how many weeks we have had swell,” Edwin says (validation!). “Must be around 12 weeks or more since it started pumping. It’s been a while since we had this kind of run of swell.”
And of the past few days? “This actual swell wasn’t even on the radar five days ago and all of a sudden we saw the charts pump up, and when you see 190 degrees, most likely it’s gonna be firing.
“Fortunately for us, with the swell holding, the wind did its job and the rest is history. All time Puerto style. 12-15 foot teepees.”
“Per usual, I just played the patience game waiting for one good one,” says Puerto stalwart Greg Long. “About the half of the days I didn’t find anything. But those sessions just make the ones when you luck into a gem that much better.”
Greg's wave? Hit play above, gawk.
Forecast breakdown? Read on: "This week so far has seen continuous long-period swell at Puerto Escondido, from two overlapping pulses," explains MSW forecaster Tony Butt. "The first, which arrived on Monday, was generated by a really massive area of low pressure that deepened southwest of Chile around the first half of last week. An area of storm-force winds on its western flank produced a pulse of long-period swell that took about six days to reach Mexico. Some long-period forerunners – up to 24 secs – from the same system when it was further west arrived on Saturday, but the swell filled in big-time on Monday with local wave heights over ten feet.
"The second pulse was generated by a peripheral low that was sucked into the ‘mother’ system and slingshot around its western periphery, creating a moving fetch of storm-force winds a thousand or so miles west of Chile. This happened last Wednesday and Thursday July 7 and 8, and the swell took around six days to reach Mexico, with the first forerunners arriving on Tuesday 13."
Vids from Edwin Morales.
Edited by Jason Lock.