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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.

Small SW swells mix with a short tropical SE swell this week while bigger surf sets up for early August

Small SW swells mix with a short tropical SE swell this week while bigger surf sets up for early August

We continue to see a number of overlapping shots of swell energy in the short-range forecast. Most of this energy will be smaller, and somewhat inconsistent SW swell kicked out by storms hanging off to the east of New Zealand…but there is a quick shot of tropical SE swell (from former Hurricane Hernan) that will blend into our swell mix midweek. Unfortunately the tropical energy doesn’t last all that long, and will be tapering off by the weekend. Long-range is where things are starting to get really interesting again. New storms in the Southern Hemi are forecast to pull together over the next several days and they are showing some decent swell-making potential. If these new storms can stay on track it looks like we will see a pretty good start to August.

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Southern Hemi swells and local windswell keep pushing in a few playful waves

Southern Hemi swells and local windswell keep pushing in a few playful waves

Tuesday will have a mix of small, but playful surf and mostly clean morning conditions. Expect the surf to be a little weak and inconsistent at times through the start of the day, but select spots will begin to see a boost of both new SW energy and some building tropical SE swell late in the afternoon.

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Monday sees a mix of overlapping S-SSW swells and some background NW windswell

Monday sees a mix of overlapping S-SSW swells and some background NW windswell

Monday will be another rideable day…nothing super exciting, but playful enough at the well exposed spots that we can get out and pick off a few ones in the morning.

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Tropical Alert – Hurricane Hernan pulls together in Socal’s SE swell window

Tropical Alert – Hurricane Hernan pulls together in Socal’s SE swell window

Good news on the tropical swell front…TD-8E, who strengthen into Tropical Storm Hernan Saturday afternoon, has continued to intensify and is now a CAT-1 Hurricane…a hurricane that has just slipped over into Socal’s extreme SE swell window.

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The small (but playful) mix of S-SW swell and leftover local windswell continues into Sunday

The small (but playful) mix of S-SW swell and leftover local windswell continues into Sunday

Sunday will be mostly rideable…a little small at times…but still surfable if your break has exposure to the mix of Southern Hemi swells and local windswell. Look for some more fog, and fog-wind texture, to linger around the coast in the morning but mostly we can expect fairly clean conditions.

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Tropical Alert – TD-8E forms south of the tip of Baja

Tropical Alert – TD-8E forms south of the tip of Baja

There has been a lot of increasing tropical activity over the last few days, but nothing that was organized enough to reach ‘named storm’ status. Finally on Friday we saw the tropics gain a little traction.

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Southern Hemi swells keep things rideable on Saturday

Southern Hemi swells keep things rideable on Saturday

We will have a playful mix of holding Southern Hemi swell and some slowly fading windswell as we move into the weekend. Overall the surf won’t be very big…but the added South Pacific energy will keep rideable, even fun waves showing at most of the better exposed breaks.

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Wave heights build up over the weekend as new S-SSW swells arrive…long-range is suddenly looking a lot more active.

Wave heights build up over the weekend as new S-SSW swells arrive…long-range is suddenly looking a lot more active.

We have a whole mix of small S-SW swells currently in the water, some of which helped to add a little more size on Thursday, and more on the way that will help to build our wave heights up as we move through the weekend. We will also see a couple of shots of windswell still pushing in from our outer waters that will help combo up the Southern hemi pulses and add some peaky, more consistent shape to the top spots. The long-range charts are looking a lot stronger…both the South Pacific and the East Pacific Tropics are showing some good indicators that they may begin to blow up in a few days. Looks like we are going to see some playful waves for the rest of July and possibly some bigger swells arriving as we move into early August…check out the full forecast for all the details.

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New S-SSW swell mix slowly starts to combo up with the local windswell

New S-SSW swell mix slowly starts to combo up with the local windswell

Look for wave heights to increase and our overall surf conditions to improve as we move into Friday. We will see a combination of local windswell, building Southern Hemi swells, and light morning winds helping to improve shape, size and consistency as we start the day. It will get a little breezier in the afternoon but we can expect a little more size arriving despite the chunkier late-day onshore winds.

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A little more windswell and a touch of S-SW swell mix with cleaner conditions

A little more windswell and a touch of S-SW swell mix with cleaner conditions

Thursday will see our surf conditions improve a bit…morning winds are forecast to lighten up and stay on the light side for the first of the day while we see a mix of local windswell and slowly strengthening Southern Hemi swells.

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