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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.

Thursday’s surf drops slightly but clean conditions will keep things rideable

Thursday’s surf drops slightly but clean conditions will keep things rideable

Thursday will be another decent surf day. Winds and weather will continue to leave the morning mostly clean while the blend of Southern Hemi, North Pacific, and local windswells keep the waves rolling through.

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Combo swell lingers into Wednesday while winds try to clean up

Combo swell lingers into Wednesday while winds try to clean up

Wednesday will be a fair surf day thanks to a mix of holding Southern Hemi swells, some local WNW-NW windswell, and relatively clean conditions that are forecast to hold along the coast despite some stronger winds in our outer waters.

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Plenty of waves on tap this week with a larger S swell hitting this weekend

Plenty of waves on tap this week with a larger S swell hitting this weekend

We will see a pretty steady run of swell this week…enough in fact that most of our beaches will have something to ride, while the well-exposed spots will have some decent size. Over the next few days we will get plenty of combo energy…our overlapping S-SSW swells will continue to roll in from the Southern Hemi, each one filling in as the previous swell drops off. At same time we will see a mix of blended WNW-NW swell, some of which will be chunky local windswell and the rest will be some more marginal medium-period energy from storms passing along the edges of our swell window. Unfortunately it also looks like spring weather will be an issue on and off as we move through the week, so we won’t always have clean conditions to go along with the incoming waves. Expect bigger S swell to start to arrive late in the week, eventually peaking over the upcoming weekend, but holding onto enough energy that we will see good-sized waves at the exposed spots well into the following week.

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Combo swell holds through Tuesday while some funky winds start to move in

Combo swell holds through Tuesday while some funky winds start to move in

Steady, fairly solid surf will continue as we move through Tuesday. Conditions will be a bit funky as winds start to shift a bit more onshore for all of our regions and we move through a drained out low tide right in the middle of the morning. However the bigger swell sizes should help to push through some of the funk…and if you do a little hunting around you will be able to find some workable spots.

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Combo swell builds on Monday while winds and weather stay fairly clean

Combo swell builds on Monday while winds and weather stay fairly clean

Monday is starting to look like a pretty decent surf day. The weather and the winds won’t be quite as nice as Sunday, however our S swell will still be on the rise and a new shot of NW energy will start to slip into the more exposed spots, which will help offset a few patches of light texture.

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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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