Ok, global might be a bit of a stretch (sorry, some parts of Europe) but a whole load of world-class spots, across the planet, could be about to go off towards the end of this week and into the weekend.
Pipeline, Jbay, West Oz and Indo are all set to switch on at roughly the same time from Friday onwards. Of course, events like this have happened in the past, but what's particularly interesting is that Pipe may well be pretty damn good, for May, that is -- thanks to Typhoon Surigae, the strongest typhoon in April's history that is currently spinning towards the North Pacific. It's already sent swell to Taiwan, the Philippines and is now set for Oahu. So for Pipe to get good along with its southern hemi siblings feels kinda special.
When we say West Oz is going to be good, we mean, it could be gigantic. And it just so happens the best surfers in the world are camping out along that stretch of coast. Take a peep at Sunday's forecast (below) to get an idea of the magnitude of this swell.
Anyway, we'll let MSW forecaster Tony Butt break down how it's currently looking at each region – and then we'll update as things begin to shape up.
West Oz - Sunday and Monday could be global winners
To put it simply; it's pumping there right now and Sunday and Monday are looking wild. Saturday is a bit funky. But here's the detailed breakdown. At Margaret River there is already some swell from a previous system, around six or seven feet and lumpy conditions. The new swell is expected to arrive on Sunday, quickly exceeding ten feet with periods of around 18 secs. There is the chance of a frontal system creating fresh southerly winds for a while during the middle of the day. The swell persists through Monday and drops off on Tuesday, with fresh winds from the southeast.
Indo - it's the season and things are already firing up
The surf in Indonesia is still currently pumping from a previous swell, with spots like Uluwatu around six feet with periods of 15 secs or so. This will ramp down very gradually before the new swell arrives overnight Monday-Tuesday. Peak periods are expected to be over 20 secs initially and wave heights will ramp up to six feet or more, probably peaking early Wednesday.
Pipeline - in May? You bethca, thanks to Typhoon Surigae
Ex-typhoon Surigae, now a mid-latitude depression, is currently southwest of the Aleutian Islands and has weakened considerably in the past 24 hours. Over the next few days it is expected to weaken more gradually and move across the north of the North Pacific, ending up off the Alaskan coast by Monday.
The pulse of swell that it generated is just about to reach Hawaii, increasing from the northwest during Friday morning with initial peak periods of around 18 secs. By late Friday, wave heights at Pipeline, for example will be six feet or more, with moderate easterly wind. The swell is expected to persist until at least Monday, only gradually losing its punch. Winds will remain mostly moderate from an easterly quarter.
Related: Typhoon Surigae Awakens Taiwan
Jbay - playful swell on the way, not huge but enough to get the juices pumping
An area of strong southwest winds is currently situated south-southwest of Cape Town and has been generating a pulse of swell for the last 24 hours or so. The windfield is associated with a disturbance on the northwest flank of a broad area of low pressure in the Southern Ocean, that is just about to move into the Indian. Swell is already the south coast of South Africa, with wave heights at exposed spots up to eight feet or more.
What that means for surfing though? At Jeffrey’s Bay, the swell picks up during today, Friday, hitting five or six feet by afternoon, with light southwest winds. It continues to pick up overnight, peaking on Saturday morning at six feet or more, with light variable winds. Wind conditions remain good for most of Saturday, but are expected to deteriorate on Sunday.