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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.

Overlapping WNW energy and small SSW swell continues into the weekend

Overlapping WNW energy and small SSW swell continues into the weekend

More WNW-NW swell and some small SSW swell will hold through the weekend setting up fun waves at the more exposed spots. Weather is looking fairly decent with just a few showers lingering early Saturday and clean conditions on tap for most of the morning. High morning tides will cause a few issues with the dawn patrol but shape will improve as we head toward the middle of the day.

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New mix of combo energy fills in over the weekend…more WNW-NW swell moving in next week

New mix of combo energy fills in over the weekend…more WNW-NW swell moving in next week

While the surf is currently smaller than it was earlier in the week we will see our wave heights stabilize on Friday and then start to build back up as we move into the weekend. Conditions look a little tweaked on Friday but more offshore flow is forecast to start up over the weekend and likely continue at least through the beginning of next week. Long-range charts are looking very active right now…both the North and South Pacific are forecast to produce some swell generating storms over the next week+ and should be able to set up a nice blend of energy that will last at least through the first part of February.

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Cloudy skies, some swirly winds, and touch of drizzle mix with building WNW and SSW swells on Friday

Cloudy skies, some swirly winds, and touch of drizzle mix with building WNW and SSW swells on Friday

Forecast Overview Friday will see rideable surf but there will be a few hurdles we will need to navigate in order to find the more playful waves. Look for the morning high-tide, changing weather conditions, and swirly winds to cause a few issues at the more sensitive spots…however we will also see some newly arriving [...]

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Still some decent leftover WNW energy but watch out for the morning swampthing

Still some decent leftover WNW energy but watch out for the morning swampthing

The surf will continue to slowly back down on Thursday…however once we move away from the tide-swamped dawn patrol there will still be a few playful waves showing at the better WNW facing beaches. Winds look mild for much of the day but we can expect cooler air temps and steady cloud cover to keep the coastal areas on the chilly side.

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WNW-NW swell slowly fades on Wednesday but fun surf sticks around through the day

WNW-NW swell slowly fades on Wednesday but fun surf sticks around through the day

Wednesday is looking like a pretty decent surf day for the better WNW facing spots. The swell mix will be slowly fading but there will be plenty of energy holding through the morning that will keep things playful and even good sized at the winter breaks.

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Weaker surf on Thursday but it will still be fun on the lower tides

Weaker surf on Thursday but it will still be fun on the lower tides

Thursday will be a surf day…but taken in context it will likely be the smallest surf day we see this week. Swellwise we will be looking at mostly fading WNW-NW energy that peaked a couple of days ago and is slowly on the way out. The dropping swell will be mixing it up with another mid-morning high tide that hamper conditions early in the day…but offshore winds will help to keep conditions clean and surfable for much of the day.

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Swell weakens slightly on Wednesday but looks fun once we get past the swampthing

Swell weakens slightly on Wednesday but looks fun once we get past the swampthing

Our surf will start to slowly back off on Wednesday, but there will be plenty of energy sticking around through the day to keep healthy sized wave heights at the exposed breaks. Again we will have to struggle with a big morning high tide, but wind and weather conditions are forecast to improve and should be able to keep the first half of the day clean enough that we can work around the tide peak.

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Stacked up WNW-NW swells heading our way

Stacked up WNW-NW swells heading our way

Some beefy storms have been moving through the North Pacific the last couple of days and it looks like we are going to have at least a couple more solid looking systems before the NPAC starts to cycle down. We already have had a couple of swell-makers move through our swell window late last week, and the energy they produced is already arriving today and will peak through the middle of the week. That first swell will be followed by at least a couple of more, one of which will hit later in the week, and the other early next week. All of these have the potential to keep overhead waves showing at the standouts along even a few potential bigger sets at the top winter spots. The SPAC is starting to look a little more active as well…so while we won’t see any sort of balanced combo mix there will be enough energy in the water that we will continue to see some small surf at the summer breaks and the occasional peakier wave as the swells mix together. Plan on getting decent surf for at least the next week, with the potential for it lasting nearly through the end of January…not a bad way to start the year. —–

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High tide tries to swamp a peaking WNW-NW swell on Tuesday…but good waves will make it into the top spots anyways

High tide tries to swamp a peaking WNW-NW swell on Tuesday…but good waves will make it into the top spots anyways

Our newly arriving round of WNW-NW swell continues to build overnight and peak on Tuesday. While we will have to muscle our way through another fat morning tide we will eventually see some pretty good surf at the winter spots with a few playful peaks hitting the better exposed combo spots.

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New WNW-NW swell mixes with the weekend leftovers on Monday

New WNW-NW swell mixes with the weekend leftovers on Monday

Monday will be a decent surf day…some areas will be socked in by fog early in the morning but we will be seeing some new swell and still relatively clean winds both working to keep conditions fairly smooth. While we start with mainly leftovers from the weekend we will have new WNW-NW swell adding size and consistency by the end of the day.

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