Local Nicaragua Time:
July 20, 2012

Forecast – Updated July 20

Brief Overview:  New, long period SW groundswell will fill in through the weekend, building all day on Saturday and stronger on Sunday with overhead waves by the end of the weekend. Offshore flow will continue through the weekend.

Swell/Surf:  Rising SW swell with 4’ occ. 5’ surf (shoulder high, with head high sets). Larger sets develop late running slightly overhead.   
Wind:  ENE 5-15kts.

Swell/Surf: SW swell builds further with 4-6’ surf (head/slightly overhead).  Building sets to a couple feet overhead through the afternoon, strongest late.
Wind:  ENE 6-10kts, most of the day. Easing offshores and possibly becoming more light/variable in the later afternoon.

Forecast Outlook

New SW (220-205) swell will build in through the weekend, thanks to a recent strong storm that pushed out from under New Zealand a little over a week ago. Shoulder-head high surf will build in through Saturday with a few larger sets late in the day. The swell will build further on Sunday with head high+ surf and larger sets up to a couple feet overhead over the afternoon.

Wind/Weather:  Light to moderate offshore ENE winds will continue over the weekend in the 5-15kt zone. We’ll generally avoid thunderstorms Saturday and into Sunday, with an increased chance to see more variable wind and some thunderstorms develop late in the day/evening on Sunday. Any showers that pop up will be capable of temporarily impacting winds and surf conditions.

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ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 71 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA´s four Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER), Debbie Beacham (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).

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