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Costa Rica to Baja Mexico Surf Report

 

This surf report contains buoy data and images that depict the current state of the ocean and atmosphere within the Costa Rica to Baja Mexico swell window. Use this page to track storms, observe arriving swells, and determine winds and tides at your beach.

 

Also see Buoy Data & Current Weather
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Surf Cams

Location Provider/Refresh Rate
Panama  
Panama Canal
(No surf, just for fun)
Pancanal.com
Realtime

 

 

Select Pacific Buoys
(Arranged in 'hit order' from North to South)
For a complete list of Pacific Ocean buoys, click here

Current Observations Swell Forecast
Buoy Number Buoy Name Primary Observation Secondary Observation Spectral Density of Current Observation 6 hr Hindcast & 180 hr Forecast
(NOAA OMB)
ALASKA
Offshore
To view buoy locations select a Buoy Map: Buoy Map    
46066 South Aleutian NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
HAWAII
North Shore
To view buoy locations select a Buoy Map: Buoy Map    
51001 NW Hawaii NDBC

Wave Met

Spec Dens Forecast
CANADA
Offshore
To view buoy locations select a Buoy Map: Buoy Map 1
Buoy Map 2
 
46036 South Nomad NDBC Met   Forecast
US NW COAST
Well Offshore
To view buoy locations select a Buoy Map: Buoy Map 1    
46006 South Papa NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
Middle
46005 Washington NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46002 Oregon NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
NORTH & CENTRAL CA
Offshore
To view buoy locations select a Buoy Map: Map 1 North
& South
   
46059 California NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
Nearshore  
46014 Point Arena NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
  Pt Reyes (9 Band) SRI CDIP    
46026 San Francisco NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46012 Half Moon Bay NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46042 Monterey Bay NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46063 Pt Conception NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
  Harvest (9 Band) SRI CDIP    
SOUTH CALIFORNIA
Offshore
To view buoy locations select a Buoy Map: Buoy Map 1    
  San Nicholas Is. (9 Band) SRI      
46025 Catalina RDG NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46047 Tanner Banks NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens  
Nearshore  
46054 Santa Barbara W NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens  
46053 Santa Barbara E NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens  
46045 Redondo Beach NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens  
  Santa Monica (9 Band) SRI      
  Dana Point (9 Band) SRI      
  Oceanside (9 Band) SRI      
  Pt. La Jolla (9 Band) SRI     Forecast
HAWAII
S Shore
(See N. Hawaii North Shore for buoy map)
51004 Southeast Hawaii NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
51002 Southwest Hawaii NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
SOUTHWEST TROPICAL PACIFIC (See N. Hawaii North Shore for buoy map)
51028 Christmas Island NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
  • SRI = Links to the Scripps Research Institute (SRI) data server for 9 band Directional Spectra
  • CDIP = Links to the Coastal Data Information Program data server for Directional Spectra
  • NDBC = National Data Buoy Center - Primary Source for Wave and Wind Observations
  • Wave Met = Links to the NDBC FTP server which is often up when the prime web server is down.
    Two links provided: One to detailed 'Wave' data, the other to 'Meteorlogical' data (including Significant Sea heights). Heights are in meters, Time in GMT/UTC. Field descriptions can be found here: Wave Met
  • Spec Dens = Links to the National Data Buoy Center. Dispalys the amount of energy in each spectral band by period.
  • Buoy Forecast is from the Wavewatch III Wave Model courtesy of NOAA OMB.
    Tabular display tracks up to 6 swells as they converge on any buoy simultaneously. Identifies Significant Wave Height, Swell Height, Period and Direction hourly for the previous 12 hours and 72 hours into the future. Wherever possible, the Regional Model is used to increase accuracy. Heights are in meters, Period in seconds. Direction indicates where the swell is heading. Add or substract 180 degrees to calcuate where it came from.

 

 

Full Pacific GOES-10 Infrared Satellite Image
Courtesy: NOAA

 

 

Central Pacific GOES-10 Infrared Satellite
Courtesy: GOES NOAA

 

 

North Hemipshere Surface Level Pressure from the MRF Model
Courtesy: UNISYS/Purdue
(Updated once per day)

 

 

Current Global Winds Via QuikSCAT Satellite Based Sensors
(Ascending Pass)
Courtesy: NOAA OPPT

 

 

Local Marine Wind Conditions Via QuikSCAT Satellite Based Sensors
(Ascending Pass)
Courtesy: NOAA OPPT

 

 

00hr NOAA Wave Model
(Uses NOAA Wavewatch III Wave Model)
Courtesy: Scripps Research Institute

Central America

Height Period

 

NE Pacific View

Height Period

 

SE Pacific View

Height Period

 

 

00hr NOAA Wavewatch III Wave Model
Courtesy: NOAA OMB

Height Period

 

 

North America NGP Surface Level Pressure and 10 Meter Winds
Courtesy: Naval Research Laboratory

 

 

Stormsurf Buoy Forecasts
(Click a buoy for detailed swell and surf data)

South Mexico (Virtual) Costa Rica (Virtual) Panama (Virtual)

 

Honduras East (Virtual) Nicaragua East (Virtual)

 

 

Tides
(Arranged South to North)
Courtesy: Biological Sciences: University of South Carolina

Punta Arenas, Costa Rica
Puerto Armuelles, Panama
Cristobal, Panama
Balboa, Panama
Bahia Pinas, Panama
Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Topolobampo, Sinaloa, Mexico
Yavaros, Sonora, Mexico
La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Guayamas, Sonora, Mexico
Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico
San Carlos, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico
El Golfo de Santa Clara, Sonora, Mexico
Puertecitos, Baja California Norte, Mexico
San Felipe, Baja California Norte, Mexico
Isla Guadalupe, Baja California Norte, Mexico
Ensenada, Baja California Norte, Mexico

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