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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.

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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Selective NW swell adds in a little more energy

Selective NW swell adds in a little more energy

Wednesday will be a rideable surf day but once again we can expect the majority of the waves showing at the better NW facing beaches. Overall conditions will be a bit cooler as morning fog and crisp morning air temps hang around through the middle of the day.

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New NW swell starts to slowly creep up on Tuesday

New NW swell starts to slowly creep up on Tuesday

Tuesday will see a slow improvement in our surf conditions as new swells finally add a little more size and our winds/weather help to keep things fairly clean through the first part of the day.

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North Pacific slowly grinds back to life

North Pacific slowly grinds back to life

Our surf will slowly be on the rise over the next few days…unfortunately much of our new size is going to be from a mix of steeply angled NW swells (much like we saw last week) and some more WNW angled local windswell that will fill in through the middle/end of the week. Long-range charts are showing a stronger, more intense NPAC storm track, but much of it is still pretty high in latitude so Socal is only going to get a portion of the stronger energy that is headed toward the West Coast. The good news is that our storm track looks a lot more open and it pretty much only a matter of time before a better positioned system slips into place.

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Weak waves and building offshore winds on tap for Monday

Weak waves and building offshore winds on tap for Monday

Offshore winds are forecast to pick up and blow over most of Socal on Monday with some particularly strong gusts around Ventura and North LA where the passes and canyons funnel the winds down to the beach. Unfortunately there won’t be much swell in the water…so most of those cleaner conditions will go to waste.

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Conditions clean up again on Sunday but the surf stays small

Conditions clean up again on Sunday but the surf stays small

Sunday will be a nice beach day. The fog and morning marine layer will move out pretty fast and we will see air temps move back into the upper 60’s. While beach weather is all nice and everything the real drag is going to the lack of swell, which is going to leaving us surfing small leftovers even at the best standout spots.

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Small surf holds into Saturday…but the tides, fog, and cooler conditions come along with it

Small surf holds into Saturday…but the tides, fog, and cooler conditions come along with it

Saturday will continue to see a mix of mostly small, inconsistent surf. We have a new little pulse of NW energy that will help to keep a few rideable peaks showing at the top spots, but cooler beach weather, a little more onshore flow, and higher mid-morning tides will all work to hamper surf shape.

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Will someone please turn winter back on?

Will someone please turn winter back on?

Small, soft, inconsistent surf will be on tap for Friday. Conditions look nice but there just isn’t much swell in the water and the little that we do have will take a pretty solid beating from the high tide that peaks right in the middle of the morning.

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Small surf on tap for the next several days

Small surf on tap for the next several days

At this point there still isn’t a lot of swell in the water…the NW swell that has been hit-or-miss over the last few days will be slowly winding down as we move through the weekend. A new, smaller pulse of NW energy will arrive on Saturday-Sunday and will work to keep things from going totally flat, but it will have its share of shadowing and consistency issues. Long-Range charts are showing some increasing storm activity in the North Pacific, but more importantly they are indicating that the ridge of high pressure (that has been clogging up the storm track) will begin to break down, which could finally open up the swell window enough to get some better winter storms forming closer to the West Coast.

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Fading NW swell continues to back down on Thursday

Fading NW swell continues to back down on Thursday

Fading swell and high morning tides will work to slow down the surf shape on Thursday. A few of the best exposed spots will have some longboardable waves but there will be some long waits and not much push behind them even as the tide drops.

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