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And at risk of sounding repetitive, the Northern Hemisphere continues to produce those winds, and resulting waves, even though it’s now running in overtime as we enter May and fully exit the winter swell season. Though as we see one basin cling to life in its final days, another long-dormant zone awakens, the Southwest Pacific.

After a few runs of South Pacific swell, things cool down this week before picking back up as the North Pacific, once again, proclaims it isn’t done yet. Most of the West Coast is slow to start the week with Southern California getting a fun pop of ‘unusual-for-May’ westerly swell around the middle of the week. To the north, a large, late-season storm over the Aleutian Islands delivers overhead WNW swell to Cen/NorCal breaks over the second half of the week and into the weekend. And next week, it looks like our attention will once again turn to the south.

While those on the Big Island are a little occupied with things like earthquakes and volcanoes ( latest information here), Hawaii sees more late-season north swell action this week from the basin that just won’t quit. Low pressure now over the Eastern Pacific delivers a solid round of well overhead N swell on Tuesday with more overhead NW swell expected over the remainder of the week as low pressure moves away from Japan and joins the large storm over the Aleutians. And while the North Pacific is showing that it is winding down, it looks like we have yet to see to its last gasp. Follow your Regional Forecast to find out when the last pulses of winter wind down.

High pressure rules much of the Atlantic through the week but that doesn’t mean an absence of storm activity. The U.S. East Coast started off the week with fun surf in many areas and good surf for the south-facing zones of the Northeast as SSE/SE swell offered head-overhead surf with favorable winds on Monday. This swell drops down but the high pressure and a lingering frontal boundary keep smaller, but rideable ESE/SE energy in the water for most spots through the week.

The real surf action this week is directed across the pond for the UK, Ireland, Western Europeand Northwest Africa. The northern Atlantic remains active as a series of storms moves around the northern periphery of the Atlantic high with potential for two hurricane-force storms this week. Look for two rounds of solid swell through the middle and second half of the week with potential for another solid round for the weekend. And with high pressure to the south blocking the storm track over the continent, conditions should be more manageable than we’d typically see during a mid-winter run of storms. Follow the forecast in your area to find out when the swells peak and the high-res wind models to know when conditions will be best.

Last year was a down season for southwest Pacific swell and surf, thanks in large part to the pattern that may have been brought on by La Nina. Without much change, most of 2018 to-date has seen South Pacific storm activity remain concentrated in the southeast corner of the basin — but are we starting to see a change? The Southern Ocean has been active with storms, including the remnants of the Indian Ocean’s Tropical Cyclone Flamboyan, and we’re now seeing this storm activity make its way into the Pacific — a welcome sight for islands of the Southwest Pacific and those breaks in the Americas that prefer the SW swell direction.

Fiji is one of the spots first up with a solid mix of overlapping SW swells that brings overhead to double overhead+ swell to well exposed breaks this week. Then, the former-Flamboyan, which generated seas reaching 50ft underneath New Zealand, emerges into the Pacific and sends the largest swell in well over a year to Tahiti. While we don’t expect this round to match up to the Code Orange swell of 2016, we should be guaranteed to see evidence come out with some of the biggest barrels Teahupoo has seen in some time. And as we move into next week, those breaks on the other side of the Pacific (like the Americas) get in on this southwest activity as well.