This Indian ocean storm we spotted a couple of weeks ago still has legs. Already hitting Western Australia and with forerunners in Indonesian waters, the storm lost none of its energy in passing beneath Australia and looks set to deliver overlapping pulses of long period swell to Fiji and Teahupoo next week. These same swell trains traverse the Pacific to smash into Mexico in almost a fortnights time. A surfer with the desire and budget could potentially hit Indo, Cloudbreak, Chopes and still have time to get to Puerto Escondido, riding waves from the same storm in every location.
A surfer with the desire and budget could potentially hit Indo, Cloudbreak, Chopes and still have time to get to Puerto Escondido, riding waves from the same storm in every location.The swell, topping out at almost 60ft is in the upper range of observed conditions and it doesn't stop there. The same storm has maintained momentum with peak heights barely dropping below 40ft as it moves East. We'd talked during the Fiji Pro about Cloudbreaks exceptional exposure. While our standard Mercator swell charts suggest a fetch terminating South of Australia, this is an artefact of their attempts to represent the globe on a flat surface. In reality the image below shows that Fiji will get hit by swell originating in the same window as Indonesia – we can draw a direct line from the Kerguelen Islands that typically sit in the middle of the deepest Indo lows all the way to Fiji.
"I've had a handful of emails from freesurf pros lining up boats and skis," he says with nervousness that the wind will play ball. The positives though, are that with such long period, the reef will refract enough even at high tide to create thumping tubes and a broader window to hit the right winds. "The tides won't change it too much," Stu continues. "There'll still be massive pits at high tide."
Even crazier, we can draw a straight line from the Indian Ocean all the way to Puerto Escondido.
Beyond, this the swell swings past New Zealand and into the Tahiti / Teahupoo window. At this stage the numbers here have been moving around a bit over the last couple of model updates, but a similar story of multiple overlapping pulses of long period in the upper end of the size range at times.