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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.

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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S swell holds steady and conditions improve as we move into Monday

S swell holds steady and conditions improve as we move into Monday

Monday will be a pretty decent surf day…there will be plenty of waves on tap thanks to the S swell holding through the day while mixing with the slowly fading WNW-NW windswell (that gradually become more organized as it drops). Overall winds will make some solid improvement compared to the weekend and we can expect the surf window in the morning to last longer and start of cleaner than the last couple of days.

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Conditions try to clean up on Sunday while the swell continues to fill in

Conditions try to clean up on Sunday while the swell continues to fill in

We will see improving surf conditions on Sunday…the strong onshore winds that trashed things on Saturday are forecast to slow down and even shift more to the N-NNE for many areas in the morning. NOW it won’t be totally clean, there will be plenty of residual bump and general funkiness still hanging on from the cold front’s thrashing…however there at least will be a few hours of rideable conditions setting up for the first part of the day.

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Breezy onshore winds work to trash Saturday’s surf

Breezy onshore winds work to trash Saturday’s surf

Our new cold front (not sure if it is really strong enough to be called a true storm) will continue to push over the area tonight and blow in some strong W winds throughout the day on Saturday. For the most part the surf is looking pretty trashed.

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Larger S swell hits this weekend but of course the weather has to mess with us

Larger S swell hits this weekend but of course the weather has to mess with us

Seriously sometimes I think Mother Nature was a mean older sibling in a past life…she loves to offer you something awesome and then she smashes it just to see the look on your face. This latest tease has been this solid S swell that after what seems like an eternity will finally be arriving this weekend. Of course just as the first long-period forerunners start to arrive so does a late spring cold front. This new front will push down the West Coast over the next couple of days and current forecasts have it driving in some steady onshore winds, clouds, and possibly even some pockets of rain…basically doing its best to trash conditions while this good-sized S swell fills in. Before you get too depressed…there is some good news…this S swell, along with some chunky WNW-NW windswell (leftover from the cold front) will continue to hold solid size into next week where conditions are forecast to really improve, potentially opening the window for some much better surf. Make sure to check out the full long-range forecast for the details.

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New swells start to fill in on Friday but weather takes a turn for the weird

New swells start to fill in on Friday but weather takes a turn for the weird

Friday starts off smaller, with some building wind texture creeping into many areas. We will still have some rideable waves at the more protected breaks in the morning but, depending on the location of the approaching weather, our surf won’t be nearly as good as the beginning of the week.

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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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