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Articles by Adam Wright

Adam has been a professional meteorologist and surf forecaster since 1999 and has worked for many of the popular surf sites including Transworld SURF, Surfline, Wavewatch, and FuelTV. Currently he is the Chief Forecaster for Solspot.com and is responsible for letting us know when we should ditch the computers for either a quick session or epic trip.

Wave heights continue to weaken while we struggle through higher mid-morning tides

Wave heights continue to weaken while we struggle through higher mid-morning tides

Sunday will see the trend of dropping S-SSW swell continue. With the main swell dropping off and only leftovers stepping up to fill the gap we can expect smaller, less consistent and softer surf as we move through the day. Winds look ok in the early morning but will push onshore with more intensity by the afternoon.

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Slowly fading SSW swell lingers long enough to keep us surfing on Saturday

Slowly fading SSW swell lingers long enough to keep us surfing on Saturday

Look for smaller surf this weekend as the last of our SSW swell begins to drop off leaving us with mostly leftover energy. There will still be rideable waves, particularly on Saturday, be we can expect size and consistency to back off as we move through the weekend.

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SSW swell fades over the weekend leaving leftovers for next week…but more long-range activity is spinning up in both the NPAC and the SPAC

SSW swell fades over the weekend leaving leftovers for next week…but more long-range activity is spinning up in both the NPAC and the SPAC

The bad news is that we are looking at fading swell for the next several days. The current SSW’er in the water will be backing down fast on Friday and on its last legs by the weekend. Some small windswell and other background swells will try to work together to keep us surfing as we move into the first part of next week. The good news is that both the SPAC and the NPAC are showing increasing long-range activity. The North Pacific could actually come to our rescue first as it tries to spin up a nice little storm close to the California coast early next week (setting up waves for the following weekend). The SPAC won’t be all that far behind with a stronger storm moving into position around New Zealand around the same time frame, it will just take a little longer to make its way to Socal. So while we are looking at weaker waves for early next week it does look like some nice fall combo swell conditions could be moving into place as we get close to the end of the month. Go Fall go!

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Our surf continues to back down while the weather stays on the funky side

Our surf continues to back down while the weather stays on the funky side

Smaller surf on tap for Friday and slightly funky conditions will go along with it. Our current swell mix will continue to slowly decline as we move through the day on Friday, however it will still be decent size for many of the well-exposed breaks. Much cooler beach temps are expected with cloudy skies lingering through the morning and clearing very slowly by the afternoon.

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Our surf sticks around on Thursday but expect it to weaken slowly by the afternoon

Our surf sticks around on Thursday but expect it to weaken slowly by the afternoon

Thursday will continue to see some playful, even decent sized surf through the morning. The swell will start to trail off a bit by the afternoon but we can expect plenty of waves sticking around through the end of the day.

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Solid SSW-SW swell sends waves to the region while TS Polo gets ready to send some tropical energy to Central Mexico

Solid SSW-SW swell sends waves to the region while TS Polo gets ready to send some tropical energy to Central Mexico

Plenty of long-period SSW-SW swell tracking up from the Southern Hemi over the next couple of days. At the same we have newly formed Tropical Storm Polo starting to lurk along the edges of Southern/Central Mainland Mexico with a good chance of becoming a close-proximity hurricane over the next couple of days. Overall it looks like most areas will have some healthy-sized fun surf through at least Thursday and then things will begin to wind down. The tropics have a chance to keep Mainland Mexico going for another couple of days, but Polo will be pushing a little close to the coast for comfort and we may have funky weather and wind hitting the areas that will be able to pull in the tropical energy.

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SSW swell holds strong on Wednesday but local winds may turn a touch more onshore

SSW swell holds strong on Wednesday but local winds may turn a touch more onshore

The new SSW swell will hold through the day on Wednesday, keeping nice sized sets showing at the exposed spots and pushing playful sizes into the more average breaks. Looks like there may be a touch more wind texture in the morning, but for the most part the morning still looks pretty fun.

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SSW swell sticks around for a few days and then trails off later this week

SSW swell sticks around for a few days and then trails off later this week

The latest round of SSW swell moved in on Monday and will be peaking with some fun surf over the next several days. Unfortunately that swell will begin to taper off later in the weekend, getting smaller over the upcoming weekend, and we don’t really have any other significant swells on the way to replace the SSW’er once it leaves. Don’t get me wrong I am seeing storm activity all over the Pacific, but it is either in the wrong place to send swells to Socal or hasn’t been able to fully develop yet. With Hurricane Odile now out of the picture as a swell-maker we are slipping into a little bit of a swell-gap…keep your fingers crossed that this won’t be the case for very long.

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More SSW swell fills in on Tuesday, expect more size and consistency at the top breaks

More SSW swell fills in on Tuesday, expect more size and consistency at the top breaks

Bigger surf moves in on Tuesday thanks to a building mix of SSW-SW swells. Look for fun, mostly clean shape through the morning, though you will want to keep an eye on the tides…it stays a bit swampy and the more sensitive spots may stay slow through the first half of the day.

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Tropical Update: Major Hurricane Odile gets ready to steamroll Cabo

Tropical Update: Major Hurricane Odile gets ready to steamroll Cabo

Hurricane Odile gets ready to make landfall in Baja Sur

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