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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.

New WNW-NW swell starts off slow but will add size and power throughout Thursday

New WNW-NW swell starts off slow but will add size and power throughout Thursday

New WNW-NW swell fills in on Thursday and while the morning may be a little slow for some of the more southerly counties we can expect to see new waves showing by mid-morning and larger surf hitting by the afternoon. Winds and weather both look pretty decent…if conditions hold we could see the surf start to really turn on by sundown.

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Offshore winds and blended WNW-NW and SSW swells continue on Wednesday

Offshore winds and blended WNW-NW and SSW swells continue on Wednesday

Fun waves continue into Wednesday as the swell mix from earlier in the week holds and we see the mild to moderate offshore winds continue through the first part of the day. The incoming swell is taking a little extra time filling in but it will continue to strengthen tonight and gradually build through the day on Wednesday.

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North Pacific reloaded

North Pacific reloaded

Lots and lots going on in the North Pacific right now…we have several storms that have been moving through (or are inside) our swell window and will be sending in a series of decent-sized WNW-NW swells for the next couple of weeks. If that wasn’t enough the long-range charts are showing an even bigger patch of fetch setting up north of Hawaii that will help to turn these first shots of swell into one long run of quality waves. The chocolate sauce on this already sweet swell mix is our improving conditions, which are settling into a pattern where we will see several days of light to moderate offshore winds and warmer beach temps. Extreme long-range charts are calling for an even stronger storm to form in the Western North Pacific in about a week, which has the potential to set up another solid swell for the Islands but has a chance to send more WNW-NW swell toward Socal for late January. —–

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More WNW-NW swell slowly layers itself into the mix on Tuesday while winds shift offshore

More WNW-NW swell slowly layers itself into the mix on Tuesday while winds shift offshore

Tuesday will have some fun surf…our swell mix will slowly add in some new WNW-NW energy as well as some local windswell that will help to add in more consistency. To top it off our conditions will continue to dry out and warm up as a modest Santa Ana wind pattern begins to develop which will give us the bonus of really cleaning up our surf shape and improve overall quality.

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Weather dries up, swells switch out, but decent winds and fun waves will hang around on Monday

Weather dries up, swells switch out, but decent winds and fun waves will hang around on Monday

Monday will be a rideable surf day…the water quality won’t be good but the winds and the swell mix will continue to be pretty decent and rideable if you don’t mind the runoff. Look for cleanest conditions through the morning but expect winds to remain mild for much of the day.

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A little weather on tap for the weekend but conditions still look manageable

A little weather on tap for the weekend but conditions still look manageable

The surf for the weekend is looking like a bit of a mixed bag…on one hand we have a decent sized WNW-NW swell and some background combo energy, but on the other hand the weather and winds look a little funky. Right now it looks like Saturday will have better conditions than Sunday…with lighter winds and cleaner shape on tap for the morning. Sunday will still be rideable but there is a chance for some rain and a bit more southerly texture.

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We’ve got waves for the weekend, more waves for next week, and even more setting up for the second half of January.

We’ve got waves for the weekend, more waves for next week, and even more setting up for the second half of January.

The North Pacific wave-machine is up and running again…we have a couple of new swells already in the water heading toward Socal and if things stay on track we are going to get at least a few more before we close out January 2015. We can expect wave heights to build up fast on Friday and continue through the weekend…this will be followed by a smaller (but still fun) pulse of energy that hits early next week. Long-range charts are showing a BIG patch of storm activity forming out the back…one that could swing several more cold fronts through our swell window…if that one stays on track we will have another decent sized WNW pulse hitting by the second half of next week and then again as we move into the last part of January. The NPAC has a lot going on…hopefully it can keep this trend rolling. —–

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Building WNW-NW swell adds more size on Friday look for some fun sizes at the better exposed breaks

Building WNW-NW swell adds more size on Friday look for some fun sizes at the better exposed breaks

Forecast Overview Friday will be a pretty decent surf day. The weather won’t be quite as good as it was earlier in the week but we have a stronger pulse of WNW-NW swell that will mix nicely with our smaller Southern Hemi swells. Look for wave heights to pick up at most of the WNW-NW [...]

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Another slight increase to our surf size and consistency arrives on Thursday

Another slight increase to our surf size and consistency arrives on Thursday

The surf continues to slowly build on Thursday thanks to a mix of small Southern Hemi swells and some background NPAC energy. Look for patchy fog to cool off the morning air temps but winds look mild and will help keep conditions clean for much of the day.

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Small combo swell struggles to push through yet another big morning tide

Small combo swell struggles to push through yet another big morning tide

Mix of small SSW-SW swells and weaker WNW energy continues on Wednesday. Again we will struggle to see much surf in the morning thanks to the bigger morning tide peak, but conditions look good enough that we will be able to wait out the tide and pick off a few rideable lines as the water level drops. (Seriously this is getting old…I would like to see winter turn back on again).

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