Rincon, Puerto Rico Surf Forecast – Mar 3, 2017
Major wind and swell event on the way.
Here’s the deal. We’re supposed to get a major swell event early next week that could last the majority of the week. The downside is that it will be accompanied by very strong winds and the swell itself will be fairly short period. The swell height seems large enough that a lot of tucked away spots should still be working fairly well. But there will definitely be a limited number of spots available. On setups like this the crowds tend to bunch up at most of the spots with “normal” sized waves that are protected from the wind. Tres Palmas could be pretty decent in the mornings for the thrill seekers and chargers. For the most part though a lot of popular spots will be unsurfable. Everyone please try to be safe with this swell. Don’t underestimate the conditions or overestimate your skill level. The currents are going to be very strong and a lot of paddling is going to be involved wherever you end up surfing.
How big will the surf get in Rincon?
Most likely we will see double overhead conditions and only a few spots will be protected enough from the heavy winds. The current will be really strong and the big wave spots might see waves bigger than double overhead. I stress safety again. If your leash were to break as a five wave set of double overhead bombs breaks on top of your head, would you have what it takes to hold your breathe, stay calm, swim strategically, avoid the bottom, and make it safely back to shore? Are you prepared for a situation like that? It’s something to think about if we end up getting big conditions and you’re on the shore considering a paddle out. I’m anticipating a lot of waves per set as is common with shorter period swell.
Any surf in Rincon for the weekend? What about the Corona contest at Domes?
Short answer – no we’ll stay flat. Saturday is looking like it will be ankle to knee high and mushy. Sunday will probably be the same with a possible bump up to knee to waist high by the evening. The wind will also be howling hard from the ENE to NE so the surface conditions should be fairly choppy in the afternoons. The pro’s are going to have to work really hard to make it happen. Good thing they’re the best surfers on the island (or adjacent areas) because I definitely wouldn’t be able to do anything in those conditions. Each year they always manage to pull off crazy manuevers despite the micro conditions so there will still be some action to be seen. The contest normally has fun games and activities as well and is generally a fun beach party. Please remember to use the garbage cans and recycle bins.
Wishful thinking scenario for this weekend.
The large weather system responsible for the coming big swell next week might make enough commotion as it pulls off the eastern coast of the US to send a small NW background pulse at Rincon giving us at least a waist high wave on Saturday and Sunday. It’s not out of the question so everyone just hope for the best.