There's a lot of talk here in Melaque about the large surf we've been getting the last few days. Some people have reported waves as high as 3 meters but I've not seen them. There are signs the water has reached the cement bulkheads but probably only at high tide. On the other hand Puerto Escondido has been getting some exciting surf.
During the months of May through September, swells generally approach California from the south and southwesterly direction. These swells are generated by storms in the South Pacific near New Zealand. South Pacific swells, also called Southern Hemisphere swells, travel thousands of miles across the ocean before breaking along the Southern California coast and can produce surf up to fifteen feet. These swells can be very unpredictable with long lull periods, making the ocean appear calm at one moment and then unleashing wave after wave the next.