Hurricane Rosa Sets Baja and SoCal Ablaze

Jason Lock

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Updated 74d ago

Hurricane Rosa swept into Baja a few days ago, bringing a pulsing swell into Mexico and throwing a bit of a curveball for SoCal. And as Rosa winds down, on the horizon is Hurricane Sergio, around 800kms off the coast of Mexico -- lining up another solid punch for that stretch.

Rosa may have downgraded to a tropical storm, but at her peak, rifled in a solid 8.5ft@13 seconds south swell, setting off some, if not most, of Baja's dreamy pointbreaks.

And SoCal too got it good, with select spots delivering. As is quite typical of east Pacific hurricane swell, it sure did throw a few spanners in the works. Last week, she was on a less than favourable W/WSW track, before shifting her trajectory to NW/NNW on Friday and then peaking on Monday.

Hurricane Rosa heading over the Baja Peninsula. For forecasts, both historic and current go HERE and for when's best to travel to Mexico's wonderland, go HERE.

Hurricane Rosa heading over the Baja Peninsula. For forecasts, both historic and current go HERE and for when's best to travel to Mexico's wonderland, go HERE.

For the fleet-footed surfer, skipping down from SoCal to Baja makes sense if you want uncrowded point perfection. The likes of Jojo Roper hucked into some enviable situations, “not just tubes,” he says, but long stretched out canvasses of unbroken corduroy.

© 2018 - Damian Davila

“I haven’t seen this spot on fire since Hurricane Marie back in 2014,” says lensman Damian Davila, who captured all you see throughout.

“I went to check a few spots to see what it was doing and it as going off. So I got home and sent a text to my buddy Jo Jo and asked him if he was going to make the drive down and he was keen.

© 2018 - Damian Davila

“Next morning, the waves were pumping nonstop, it seemed like a wave pool going crazy. I saw Jo Jo walking down the cliff with his rainbow board and stayed around for the show.

“This guy was surfing 10-15ft sets, carving through them like hot butter. There was another couple guys in the lineup shredding and taking some good sets on the head. Respect.”

© 2018 - Damian Davila

And SoCal? As Teddy Navarro says of HB Pier: "Swell was good. “Monday morning had so many good waves. And a lot of waves, you could really see that short period. Stoked to see everyone get waves — and some shade.”

And that's not the end of it. Hurricane Sergio is following in behind Rosa, currently spinning off the Baja peninsula. Albeit, Sergio is moving toward the WNW but should see some spots light up again around Baja and Southern California.

Sergio may look similar to Rosa but is likely to intensify. Worth keeping an eye on your local spots as this one develops.

Sergio may look similar to Rosa but is likely to intensify. Worth keeping an eye on your local spots as this one develops.

MSW forecaster Tony Butt says: "Sergio is currently a category 3 hurricane, several hundred miles south of Baja, moving slowly west-northwest. The wind shear (basically, the variation in wind with altitude) in the path of the storm is forecast to decrease over the next 36 hours or so, which will allow the system to intensify.

"It is expected to reach a peak and then gradually weaken towards the weekend when it hits cooler water. A pulse of long-period south swell will hit southern Baja by tomorrow Thursday and spread north through tomorrow and into Friday. That south swell should certainly impact the States' west coast." Keep an eye on the charts by going HERE .

The current chart for Huntington Pier on Sunday. Keep up to date with the forecast by going HERE.

The current chart for Huntington Pier on Sunday. Keep up to date with the forecast by going HERE.

Now, here's a few more images from Baja over the past few days. Enjoy.

Jo Jo Roper.

Jo Jo Roper.

© 2018 - Damian Davila

© 2018 - Damian Davila

© 2018 - Damian Davila

© 2018 - Damian Davila