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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.

Plenty of waves for this weekend and a large shot of S-SW swell for late next week

Plenty of waves for this weekend and a large shot of S-SW swell for late next week

We have a steady run of S-SW swells moving into the region. In fact we already have some decent swell showing, pushing in new waves as we head into the weekend. This first swell won’t even get much of a chance to drop before another round of SSW-SW energy arrives to replace it. This pattern will pretty much be the norm for the next week…so we can plan on steady waves for most of the better exposed spots. Further out there is a much stronger, and extremely well positioned storm forming up over the next few days that is promising to send a large S-SSW swell to the region as we move into the following weekend. Got to love the seasonal boost to the Southern Hemi!

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Cleaner conditions start to move in on Saturday while our swell mix sticks around

Cleaner conditions start to move in on Saturday while our swell mix sticks around

Conditions clean up while some small, but fun-size, swells push in some rideable surf this weekend. There will still be a little bit of fog and light texture on tap for Saturday morning, but overall it shouldn’t hurt the surf too much.

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Playful swell mix on tap for the weekend while the South Pacific continues to gear up

Playful swell mix on tap for the weekend while the South Pacific continues to gear up

Our modest but steady run of overlapping S-SW swells will continue to push in playful surf as we move through the weekend. Fortunately for us the SPAC put together a decent run of storm activity over the last couple of weeks so there isn’t much of a gap between the incoming Southern Hemi swells. The North Pacific continues to lob some ‘springy’ storms through the edges of our swell window, which will push in some marginal medium-period energy and beef up our local windswell…don’t expect anything significant from this region, but at least it will help to cross up the incoming S-SW pulses. Longer-range is still showing a much stronger storm forming in the South Pacific in the next several days so the odds are starting to look pretty good that that we will see a larger shot of S-SSW swell as we near the end of April…make sure to check the full long-range forecast to get all the details!

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Funky Friday…waves stick around but winds will too

Funky Friday…waves stick around but winds will too

Friday will be another rideable but not completely clean surf day. Our mix of overlapping Southern Hemi swells and background WNW-NW energy will keep the waves showing at the exposed beaches while stronger winds in the outer waters spin up enough of a coastal eddy to add some southerly/onshore texture to the more sensitive spots.

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Still a little textured through the morning but S-SW swell sticks around

Still a little textured through the morning but S-SW swell sticks around

Thursday will continue to see some rideable, even fun, overlapping Southern Hemi swell. We will still see a little bit of overcast skies, areas of fog, and a few pockets of bumpy wind texture…but overall the conditions won’t be total deal breaker, and if you know where to look you should be able to find a decent patch of beach to hang out on.

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Expect a foggy Wednesday with a few S-SW lines hiding in the soup

Expect a foggy Wednesday with a few S-SW lines hiding in the soup

Wednesday will have a few playful waves though weather conditions won’t be ideal. Our current swell mix will hold through the morning and then start to creep up slightly in the afternoon as new energy arrives. Winds look OK…maybe a bit fluky at times but not horrible…however it looks like some fog and a bit of a marine layer will keep things pretty cool along the coast as we start the day.

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Clean conditions and S-SW swell holds into Tuesday

Clean conditions and S-SW swell holds into Tuesday

We will see some playful surf on Tuesday thanks to a mix of holding S-SW swell energy and decent wind/weather conditions. High tide will slow things down through mid-morning but overall there will still be enough energy to push rideable waves into the better exposed breaks.

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The South Pacific continues to intensify…more Southern Hemi swell on the way

The South Pacific continues to intensify…more Southern Hemi swell on the way

Steady S-SW swells will move in and overlap as we move through the rest of the week. The first couple of swells, while playful, are pretty modest pulses of Southern Hemi energy…they will help keep things rideable at the average spots while the standout breaks see some occasionally bigger sets. Fortunately for us the South Pacific storm-track is continuing to intensify and has already put a decent S swell in the water for this upcoming weekend. Even better news is that the weekend’s S swell isn’t the only swell in the pipeline…new storms are forecast to form over the next week that will have a good chance at producing larger S-SSW pulses for much of next week and probably even further out.

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Building S-SSW swell and cleaner conditions help to start off the work week

Building S-SSW swell and cleaner conditions help to start off the work week

Monday will see some better surf…it still won’t be outstanding, the combo of high tide and slow start to the new swell will keep the morning a bit on the boring side. However the winds throughout the region will improve overnight and if things go as planned they should stay that way long enough for this new swell to fill in.

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Sunday sees SSW swell and local windswell mix with some early onshore texture

Sunday sees SSW swell and local windswell mix with some early onshore texture

Sunday will have some rideable waves as we move through the morning. It won’t be super clean for most spots thanks to a bit of onshore W winds that start up pretty early…however there will be a few pockets of lighter winds scattered around, which will at least give us a few options during the first part of the day.

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