Summertime and the livin’s easy—at least if you live on a Pacific coast open to south swells. The June solstice is here, so it should come as no surprise that things are really starting to heat up below the equator.
While the North Pacific and North Atlantic are both well and truly asleep, the South Pacific has been pumping for the past month, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The Southern Atlantic and Indian Oceans are seeing a lot of activity as well, but the current track is keeping the bulk of the swell pointed down toward Antarctica. In other words, it’s all about Latin America and the South Pacific islands in June—and if that’s starting to sound a bit like a broken record, well at least we are stuck on a song that never gets old!
Fiji and Tahiti
Both have been pumping for weeks now, and they are going to continue to do so throughout the first half of June. Both island nations starts the month off with a solid round of XL swell, followed by consistent waves for those who like things a bit more manageable. Most of the world’s heavy water heroes are already in the South Pacific, and, based on the forecast, they will probably be sticking around for another week or two.
Full spot guide: Tahiti
Mexico has been on a tear as well, and reports from down south is that the sand is as good as it gets. The first two weeks of June see a nonstop run of swells that will keep Puerto Escondido in the double- to triple-overhead range, and everywhere else in the fun, head-high+ zone.
When to go and Forecast: Baja
Chile is looking at a nonstop supply of South Pacific juice. While temps are dropping and the chance of storms impacting the coast are increasing as the season deepens, there are so many surf zones in Chile that all you need is a good wetsuit and a basic understanding of local winds, and you are pretty much guaranteed to score. For a bit of context, Punta de Lobos is looking at three XL+ swell events over the first two weeks of June—and not a single day below double-overhead.
The Central American country is also set to enjoy this extended run of southern energy. While mega-swells often overload the Nicaraguan beach breaks, moderate south swells that produce the overhead barrels that the country is known for—and that’s exactly what we have on tap as spring comes to a close.
Region guide: Nicaragua