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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.

Wave heights slide back to more mellow sizes over the weekend and into next week

Wave heights slide back to more mellow sizes over the weekend and into next week

With the last little bit of the bigger S-SSE swell finally fading away we can expect our surf to shift back to the more common mix of smaller summer swells. Don’t get too discouraged though…we will see a number of overlapping swells that it will help to keep things rideable, even playful, at the top spots. Long-range charts are still showing a pretty active Southern Hemi…however most of the storms are either moving the wrong way or aren’t positioned well enough to send us much more than intermittent energy. That being said I am not totally ready to write-off the SPAC just yet…it is one of the stormiest patches of water on this little planet, and we are square in the middle of its winter, so there is always a chance we could see something new and better spring to life relatively quickly.

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Friday starts off a little swampy, but still throws together a few rideable waves at the top breaks

Friday starts off a little swampy, but still throws together a few rideable waves at the top breaks

Friday will see a small but playful mix of combo swell…most of our average spots will be rideable (on the lower tides), while the standout breaks see some faster more workable lines. Winds and weather look good for the morning but watch for increasing onshore winds and a funky tide swing to hamper shape at some of the more sensitive surf breaks.

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Smaller surf on tap for Thursday but it will still be plenty rideable if you hunt around

Smaller surf on tap for Thursday but it will still be plenty rideable if you hunt around

Look for smaller, less consistent surf on Thursday. Despite the drop in size there will still be some fun/rideable waves showing at the better S exposed beaches…we will just have to keep a closer eye on the tide and the winds since the swell will have backed down enough that they will play a pretty big role in the quality of the surf.

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The big swell is winding down but plenty of playful sized S-SW pulses keep us riding through July

The big swell is winding down but plenty of playful sized S-SW pulses keep us riding through July

The larger S-SSW swell is on the way down…it still has a lot of energy in the water but it is quite a bit smaller than what we were seeing over the last weekend. Over the next few days we can expect the trailing end of this S-SSW’er to continue to back down, dropping us into more playful sizes…however we won’t see things go totally flat…there are a number of new modest sized S, SSW, and SW swells on the way that will keep the surf consistent and even push wave heights back up into the overhead range as we head toward the middle of the month.

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Surf continues to slowly drop through the middle of the week

Surf continues to slowly drop through the middle of the week

The surf continues to slowly fade on Wednesday…thankfully there will still be a good chunk of swell in the water so we can expect playful/rideable conditions at most of the exposed beaches despite the slowly fading sizes. Look for mostly clean conditions through the morning with just a few areas of light onshore texture at the usual wind-prone beaches.

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Solid surf sticks around till mid-week with playful waves on tap as we near the weekend

Solid surf sticks around till mid-week with playful waves on tap as we near the weekend

Solid S-SSE swell peaked right at the end of the holiday weekend and held good-sized waves as we moved into Monday. This S-SSE’er will continue to send in plenty of energy on Tuesday, but it will be slowly starting to fade, so we can expect size and consistency to back down as we move through the next couple of days. This Southern Hemi swell was kicked out by a long-lasting SPAC storm…one that stuck around long enough that we can expect to see (smaller) energy all the way through the end of the work week. Further out we have another couple of OK looking storms moving through the South Pacific and the poorly positioned Tropical Storm Fausto…none of these are great wave makers but we will still likely see some sort of rideable waves from them all the way through the middle of July.

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S swell fades slowly on Tuesday…still plenty of waves for the S-SSE exposed spots

S swell fades slowly on Tuesday…still plenty of waves for the S-SSE exposed spots

While the main swell will be slowly starting to wind down on Tuesday we can still expect good-sized wave heights showing at the exposed S facing beaches. Winds look like they may add a little texture to the more sensitive spots but overall we can expect surfable conditions to show for most of the region. Again expect a significant difference between truly exposed S facing beaches and the more shadowed/less exposed spots.

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South S swell holds strong into Monday

South S swell holds strong into Monday

The new shot of S swell, that is just starting to peak this evening, will hold overnight and will keep plenty of size showing at the exposed spots through Monday. Winds and weather look pretty good for the morning…just a couple of light pockets of early texture…so we can expect fairly fun, consistent surf showing at the better S facing beaches and still rideable sizes at the more average breaks.

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Southern Hemi mix peaks on Sunday

Southern Hemi mix peaks on Sunday

More S swell piling into our swell mix here on Saturday evening. There were a few good-sized waves showing at the top spots this morning, but it looks like the bigger waves are still on the way. The next round of S-SSE energy is just starting to show on the buoys…and we can expect it to build overnight into Sunday, eventually peaking Sunday evening. Overall most of our beaches will have something to surf…but there is a going to be a big difference between a break that picks up ‘some’ of the swell mix compared to a truly S-SE exposed beach.

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More S swell arrives as we move into the weekend.

More S swell arrives as we move into the weekend.

Wave heights will continue to build as we move into the weekend. New swell is already starting to creep up here on Friday, but the bulk of this new round of Southern Hemi swells will be pushing through on Saturday and Sunday…with the biggest surf showing through the day on Sunday. Saturday morning will see an increase in size…it won’t totally be peaking as we start the day but it will be up from the day before.

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