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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.

Slightly smaller swell mix on Thursday but conditions look good

Slightly smaller swell mix on Thursday but conditions look good

Our surf mellows a touch more on Thursday but a new reinforcement of swell and clean conditions will help keep some playful waves showing at the better exposed spots. High tide will still be an issue during the mid-morning, so make sure to stick to spots that can push through it.

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Wednesday sees playful surf but we will suffer through another high tide morning

Wednesday sees playful surf but we will suffer through another high tide morning

Wednesday will be another decent surf day…of course it will have some similar issues to the last few days. Our current swell is actually peaking here on Tuesday and will be fading slowly on Wednesday while we try to muscle through another morning high tide…but conditions continue to stay clean and winds will be mostly light to light offshore for the morning. Basically if you can get out early, before the tide sets in, or have a protected spot that will let you wait out of the tide, you should be able to find plenty of rideable waves.

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Pulses of WNW-NW swell keep our surf rolling through the week…more NPAC and SPAC swell set for next weekend

Pulses of WNW-NW swell keep our surf rolling through the week…more NPAC and SPAC swell set for next weekend

We have a nice shot of new WNW-NW swell moving in tonight, peaking on Tuesday and then slowly dropping as we move through the remainder of the week. Unfortunately for our medium-range forecast the NPAC charts didn’t shake out quite the way we wanted them too over the weekend, but we will see some additional WNW-NW swell filling in later in the week, and over the upcoming weekend, that will arrive right about the time our morning conditions and tides start to get better situated. Long-range charts have a lot of activity still moving through the North Pacific, but it isn’t playing out nearly as good as last week’s charts thought it would…still it will be able to put waves on the beaches, likely around the same time some new Southern Hemi swell makes its way up here, so while it won’t be as big, the odds are good that we are looking for a few fun days of surf as we get closer to the end of October.

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More WNW-NW swell moves in on Tuesday, bigger waves on tap for the exposed beaches, tides and weather will make the morning funky

More WNW-NW swell moves in on Tuesday, bigger waves on tap for the exposed beaches, tides and weather will make the morning funky

A better aimed and more consistent pulse of WNW-NW energy arrives on Tuesday right on time to mix with a cold front slowly pushing over the area. Conditions still look good for most beaches but there will be instability to our coastal winds that may add in some texture earlier than we would want. High tides are still going to be an issue as we push through mid-morning so pick your spots accordingly.

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Monday looks playful with holding WNW-NW swell and clean conditions

Monday looks playful with holding WNW-NW swell and clean conditions

Monday will have some rideable waves showing at the well exposed spots. Of course we will still need to power through another fat morning tide, and not all of our breaks are doing that well with this particular swell mix, but winds will be light and that will help us wait out the high tide and see some better shape before the onshore bump starts.

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Holding WNW-NW mix on tap for Sunday morning along with another swampthing high tide…but swell more builds in through the afternoon

Holding WNW-NW mix on tap for Sunday morning along with another swampthing high tide…but swell more builds in through the afternoon

Sunday will see some rideable, even fun waves showing at the more exposed spots. Unfortunately we will be struggling with another early morning high tide that will slow down shape and even knock down some of the size at the more sensitive breaks. We will see new WNW swell arriving throughout the day…with bigger waves hitting by the afternoon.

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WNW-NW and smaller SW swell mix continues on Saturday…keep an eye out for the morning high tide

WNW-NW and smaller SW swell mix continues on Saturday…keep an eye out for the morning high tide

Fun mix of overlapping North Pacific swells will keep rideable surf showing at the exposed spots. Look for Saturday to stay workable through the morning, though the high tide will work over the sensitive spots for the first couple of hours before it can drop to a lower level.

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WNW-NW swell on tap for the weekend and pretty much all of next week

WNW-NW swell on tap for the weekend and pretty much all of next week

The forecasts continue to show a lot of very intense storm activity forming up in the North Pacific, we have been working with some WNW-NW energy pretty much all of this week and now more swell is lining up for the weekend and for all of next week. These storms are still developing but it looks like they are actually improving their positioning and intensity quite a bit as the forecast charts have updated over the last several days. Surfwise we will be looking at a new shot of reinforcing WNW-NW swell hitting on Friday and then backing down for Saturday into early Sunday. This swell will be followed closely by another stronger system that will set up bigger waves for the winter spots by early next week, and then yet another storm that piles in more WNW-NW swell for the second half of next week. The SPAC gets in on the action as well…not a lot of size or consistency, but enough that the good combo spots will have a little more shoulder to work with as the Southern Hemi swell pulses through. The bigger question will be how these new NPAC storms interact with our local weather…right now it looks like mostly manageable conditions for the weekend and next week, but we will want to keep an eye on these cold fronts as they eventually move over the coast. Plan on plenty of waves for the next week+, which compared to the last couple of years is a pretty good start to fall/early winter season.

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WNW-NW swell picks up some reinforcements on Friday but winds look a little funky at the more sensitive spots

WNW-NW swell picks up some reinforcements on Friday but winds look a little funky at the more sensitive spots

Look for some increasing WNW-NW swell to start to drive up wave heights on Friday. Our surf conditions look OK for the morning, but it looks like our coastal winds may be a bit unstable and there is the potential they will turn onshore as we move through the first part of the day.

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Fun mix of swells continues to hold on Thursday while morning conditions clean up

Fun mix of swells continues to hold on Thursday while morning conditions clean up

The surf stays about the same on Thursday as some new WNW-NW energy moves in to replace the swell we have slowly dropping away. Winds and weather look decent…there will be some patchy fog in the morning but mostly light winds and clean conditions as we move through the first part of the day.

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