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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.

Clean conditions continue but our surf will trail off a bit more

Clean conditions continue but our surf will trail off a bit more

The surf will back down slowly as we move into Wednesday but we will still see clean offshore wind conditions and enough swell to get out and ride a few waves at the better NW facing beaches.

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Offshore winds mix with slowly fading WNW-NW swell on Tuesday

Offshore winds mix with slowly fading WNW-NW swell on Tuesday

Look for fun surf to continue to show at the winter breaks on Tuesday…however the swell will be slowly fading through the day so we can expect to lose a little size and consistency starting in the morning and more in the afternoon.

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The North Pacific gets ready to punch the throttle

The North Pacific gets ready to punch the throttle

If you remember the forecast from last week you know that we were seeing the first signs of a much improved North Pacific storm track…one that was gearing up to send us some rideable waves for the weekend and the early part of this week. It also had a pretty decent looking storm forming up in the long-range charts that was promising some even bigger swell. Well I have some good news…not only does it still look like the bigger storm is going to form over the next few days the extended range charts think the NPAC is going to up the ante and blast in a number of bigger swells right on the heels of the first one. Before we get too fired up keep in mind that these following storms haven’t actually formed so we will have to wait a few days for confirmation, but at the same time you might want to start dusting off your real winter boards.

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Offshore winds and increasing NW swell on tap for Monday

Offshore winds and increasing NW swell on tap for Monday

Monday looks like it will be a pretty decent surf day…winds stay offshore through the morning and our new NW swell will continue to fill in.

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Sunday’s surf improves slightly as our swell shifts a little more WNW-NW

Sunday’s surf improves slightly as our swell shifts a little more WNW-NW

Sunday is a bit of a transition day…we lose some of the bigger waves as the NW windswell backs down but more spots start to pick up waves thanks to a better aimed WNW-NW direction. Conditions look good too…but watch out for an early morning high tide swampthing.

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Mix of NW swells hold into Saturday morning and then start to weaken slowly later in the day

Mix of NW swells hold into Saturday morning and then start to weaken slowly later in the day

We will see some playful waves continue to hold at the good NW facing beaches on Saturday. Look for decent morning wind conditions and clean conditions for most areas…however we do get a pretty fat tide hitting right before sunrise so the dawn patrol may be a bit swampy as we start the day.

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More NW windswell moves in on Friday

More NW windswell moves in on Friday

Our surf gains some more size on Friday helping to keep the good NW facing beaches rideable and playful through the morning. Other more shadowed areas will see a slight pickup in size but overall will stay on the small side.

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NPAC Storm Track Cranks it Up a Couple of Notches

NPAC Storm Track Cranks it Up a Couple of Notches

The forecast for the North Pacific has been steadily improving over the last few days. High pressure that has been causing us so many problems has been pushed out of the mid-latitudes and we are already starting to see new, stronger storms forming closer to the US West Coast. Over the next several days we are going to see a mix of WNW-NW energy coming from these new storms as well as some new bumps of local NW windswell moving in from our now more active outer waters (another by-product of a more open storm track). Long-range charts are looking even better…the current run has a large storm forming under the Aleutians next week, which has the potential to produce one of the best swells of the winter…it still has a lot of development to go before the waves are on the way, but damn it is nice to finally see some life in the forecast.

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Mix of more NW energy continues to slowly drive up wave heights

Mix of more NW energy continues to slowly drive up wave heights

Wave heights continue to slowly build on Thursday thanks to the arrival of more NW energy and a boost in local short-period windswell. Winds will continue to keep things mostly clean but there will be a few pockets of texture thanks to increasing breezes in the outer waters.

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Weak SW swell continues to cling to the top exposed spots

Weak SW swell continues to cling to the top exposed spots

Not much going on in the South Pacific…we have a little pulse of SSW-SW energy that is already showing some small longboard waves right now and another couple of storms forecast to produce similar swells over the next several days. At this point it looks like the better spots will stay rideable but you should count on using your small wave gear so that you can squeeze the most fun out of the weak energy we have on tap for the next couple of weeks.

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