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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 will see a healthy mix of S-SW energy and background NW windswell

Thursday will see a healthy mix of S-SW energy and background NW windswell

Thursday will be another fun surf day as our current swell mix holds (and sees a little additional tropical energy from Julio). Weather and winds will be pretty manageable through the morning with just a few minor areas of light onshore texture.

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Solid swell will slowly back down but new pulses will keep our surf healthy through the weekend

Solid swell will slowly back down but new pulses will keep our surf healthy through the weekend

We have a nice sized SSW-SW swell peaking throughout the Mainland Mexico and Central America regions right now. The current energy will start to slowly taper off as we move through the next couple of days, however new shots of both SSW and SW swell will arrive through the week and the upcoming weekend that will slow down how fast the current swell drops and help keep plenty of rideable/healthy sized waves showing through the upcoming weekend and likely into early next week as well.

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Lagging S-SSW swell will fill in more on Wednesday while mixing with some beefier local windswell

Lagging S-SSW swell will fill in more on Wednesday while mixing with some beefier local windswell

Increasing S-SSW swell will continue to gradually build overnight and add more size to the exposed spots for Wednesday. Surfwise we can expect fun, mostly playful sizes, with a few of the top spots seeing some bigger sets as more energy continues to fill in. NW winds are forecast to start up a bit earlier in the morning so expect increasing bump as we move toward midday.

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Southern Hemi swells, tropical swells, local windswell…yep we have plenty of waves on tap this week

Southern Hemi swells, tropical swells, local windswell…yep we have plenty of waves on tap this week

We are looking at a series of decent/playful sized S-SSW swells arriving from both the tropics and the Southern Hemi over the next several days. The first SPAC and tropical swell are already in the water, and while the energy from Iselle will be dropping off the new longer-period energy is still on the way up. The Southern Hemi swells will continue to move in and overlap one another as we move toward (and through) the upcoming weekend. At the same time we have newly formed Tropical Storm Julio, who is already in our swell window, setting up more tropical energy for later this week as he strengthens into a hurricane. We also have some increasing WNW-NW winds in the outer waters that will help push in some handy windswell to the better exposed combo breaks. If that wasn’t enough to call in sick (of working)…that isn’t all we have going on either…while the swells hitting this week slowly back down over the upcoming weekend…there will be some trailing S-SSW swells still arriving as we move into early next week that will likely keep us in the water till about mid-month.

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Tropical energy from Iselle backs off while new Southern Hemi swells arrive

Tropical energy from Iselle backs off while new Southern Hemi swells arrive

Look for fun surf to continue into Tuesday as we see a mix of tropical energy, some new Southern Hemi swell, and some local windswell all working together. Winds will be light in the morning and we can expect fairly clean conditions as we start the day. There isn’t much of a tide swing, but we will see lower tide levels in the morning, which will also help to push in faster more workable lines.

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New S-SSW swell, both tropical and Southern Hemi swell help drive up wave heights on Monday.

New S-SSW swell, both tropical and Southern Hemi swell help drive up wave heights on Monday.

Monday will be a decent surf day. Our SPAC swell and the new tropical energy (from Hurricane Iselle) will be adding some bigger waves to the well exposed beaches while morning winds remain light. There will still be some humid, even remnant subtropical drizzle, but expect it to become a bit drier as we move into the afternoon

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Look for small, inconsistent Southern Hemi swell as we start the day…possible increase in tropical swell by the evening

Look for small, inconsistent Southern Hemi swell as we start the day…possible increase in tropical swell by the evening

Sunday will see a gradual increase in wave heights…it won’t be a super big jump, most of the incoming swell is still a bit more on the shadowed side, but there will be some slight tweaks to the swell direction and the addition of some new tropical SSW energy from Iselle that will help to begin to push up our surf by later in the day.

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Inconsistent SW swell continues to fill in on Saturday but watch out for some long lulls

Inconsistent SW swell continues to fill in on Saturday but watch out for some long lulls

Look for rideable waves on Saturday thanks to a mix of overlapping Southern Hemi swells and some background windswell. Unfortunately it will be a little inconsistent at times thanks to some swell-shadowing both by the South Pacific islands as well as our local nearshore islands hanging just off the coast. Overall conditions will be pretty decent, just plan on sitting and waiting for the more rideable sets.

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South Pacific Island Shadowing

South Pacific Island Shadowing

South Pacific Island Shadowing occurs for Southern California when we get SW swells that are coming in from a 205- to 220-degree swell angle. This shadowing process can greatly effect the size and consistency of a SW swell and is generally responsible for turning what should have been a great swell event into a mediocre (and sometimes very frustrating) one.

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New SW swell starts to ramp up wave heights as we move into the weekend with bigger surf stepping up on deck for next week

New SW swell starts to ramp up wave heights as we move into the weekend with bigger surf stepping up on deck for next week

Lots going on in today’s long-range update. We will be seeing a gradual increase in wave heights at the SW exposed spots (and good SW/combo breaks) as we move through the weekend. By early next week a series of stronger S-SSW-SW swells will start to arrive from the Southern Hemi, helping to push in bigger surf as we move through most of next week. If that wasn’t enough we also have newly formed Tropical Storm Iselle, who is already in our S-SSW swell window and is forecast to strengthen to hurricane force over the next couple of days. Winds and weather look pretty good for next week as well…basically we are looking a pretty nice start to August. Make sure to check the full forecast for all the details!

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