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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.

Onshore winds and cooler temps roll in with a more balanced swell combo

Onshore winds and cooler temps roll in with a more balanced swell combo

Monday’s surf is not looking spectacular…fortunately the increasing onshore winds are sort of trying to do a bit of an eddy swirl, which will at least leave a few relatively clean and rideable pockets, however most of our average beaches are going to have to deal with some sort of texture/crumble creeping in.

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Some building windswell and an increasing in onshore texture

Some building windswell and an increasing in onshore texture

Morning gang…here is a quick Sunday morning update (this forecaster had a little too much fun at the baseball game last night). Sunday is looking both cooler and a little more textured this morning. A slight eddy is forming over the region that is helping push in some more clouds and even some pockets of pretty thick fog. This will eventually burn off to a nicer day, however it will leave many spots with a bit more texture/crumble than we have been seeing the last several days.

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Saturday looks like another good beach day with a few playful S swell lines still showing

Saturday looks like another good beach day with a few playful S swell lines still showing

Saturday looks like another good beach day with a few playful S swell lines still showing Forecast Overview We have a nice weekend of beach weather and playful/rideable surf on tap. Saturday will see clean conditions and mix of slightly inconsistent but still fun Southern Hemi swell along with a touch of windswell. It won’t [...]

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S-Swell and clean conditions keep things playful through the weekend

S-Swell and clean conditions keep things playful through the weekend

The long run of S-SSW energy will continue to push into Socal over this upcoming weekend gradually starting to lose some steam as we head into next week. Our waves won’t be as big as what we saw earlier this week and the weather turns back to our more typical spring/early-summer conditions, but there will be enough energy in the water (both from the Southern Hemi as well as the North Pacific) to keep some fun surf rolling through the better exposed spots. In the longer-range part of the forecast it looks like the NPAC will pull together a mix of windswell/medium-period energy that will help to combo up our still present S-SSW swell. At the same time the SPAC is beginning to move back into an active phase and will end up producing some new S swell for Socal as we move further into May and is even showing the potential to send up a couple more swells as we head toward the middle of the month.

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Winds back off, the beach stays warm, and S swell hangs in there.

Winds back off, the beach stays warm, and S swell hangs in there.

Friday will be a darn good beach day with some playful S swell, warm beach temps, and finally a little break in the gusty winds. Look for clean conditions for most areas and still a little offshore flow, but nothing like we have had the last couple of days.

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Will these devil winds ever stop? No…at least not on Thursday.

Will these devil winds ever stop? No…at least not on Thursday.

Offshore winds, warm beach temps, and good (if somewhat breezy) surf returns on Thursday. Overall size will be a touch smaller as our swells switch out…however the spots that have had decent waves the last couple of days will continue to see playful waves as we move through the day

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Beefy S-SSW swell steamrolls through the next few days

Beefy S-SSW swell steamrolls through the next few days

Solid S swell started hitting late last week and has been running strong through the weekend. Thanks to this swell-producing storm’s persistence the S swell will continue to stay in the good-sized range through the next few days, eventually (finally) trailing off over the upcoming weekend. Even though our wave heights drop to more playful sizes as we move into May we can expect exposed spots to stay very rideable. Good news in the long-range portion of the forecast as well…new storms are set to spin up over the next week that will have more S-SSW energy heading toward the region. Make sure to check the full forecast for all the details!

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Fun S-swell and offshore winds…take 2

Fun S-swell and offshore winds…take 2

Wednesday will be another good surf day…we get another round of Southern Hemi swell moving in to help keep wave heights from dropping all that much. It will be a little breezy at some of the more exposed beaches, but the winds are offshore so shape will continue to be pretty good, particularly through the morning hours.

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Fun surf on tap this week as the S swell sticks around and conditions clean up

Fun surf on tap this week as the S swell sticks around and conditions clean up

We can expect to get some fun waves at the better S facing beaches over the next several days. The current S swell will hold onto some decent size through midweek before beginning to back down, however another new S-SSW pulse will move up to take its place and help extend our run of playful waves through the end of the week and over the upcoming weekend. The biggest change for us will be the weather…offshore winds and cleaner conditions are forecast to settle in starting on Tuesday and will likely run all the way to the weekend…in all it should make for a few fun sessions over the next several days.

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Offshore winds, sunny skies, and playful swell

Offshore winds, sunny skies, and playful swell

Tuesday will be a good surf day…our S swell, while losing a little bit of size, will still manage to hold onto plenty of rideable energy and we will continue to see some background combo energy working to cross things up at the more exposed beaches. Our conditions improve considerably with moderate-gusty offshore winds keeping things clean for much of the day.

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