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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.

More NW wind, more windswell, and some background S-SW energy

More NW wind, more windswell, and some background S-SW energy

Most spots are looking pretty ugly on Wednesday. Stronger NW winds and chunky NW windswell will be up and going pretty much all night long without much of a letup right into Wednesday morning. Buried under the windswell will be some slowly growing S-SW energy, which will at least put a few rideable waves into the more protected S-SW facing beaches.

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Tropical Alert – Amanda Weakens but not before putting swell in the water

Tropical Alert – Amanda Weakens but not before putting swell in the water

Amanda has really begun to fall apart…she is has already backed down from ‘major’ hurricane strength and is forecast to continue to weaken as we move through the next several days…likely fading back to a tropical storm later this week.

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S-SW swell mixes with some tropical swell and local windswell helping waves stick around for a few days.

S-SW swell mixes with some tropical swell and local windswell helping waves stick around for a few days.

The blend of overlapping S-SW swells will continue as we move through the next couple of days…we have a new swell moving in right now that will hold through the middle of the week, finally dropping off as we head into the upcoming weekend. At the same time we will have some new, but steeply angled tropical swell moving in from Hurricane Amanda along with a couple new pulses of local WNW-NW windswell. The tropical swell is actually ok sized but the swell angle is steep enough that only a handful of breaks will be able to pull it in. The windswell on the other hand is…well it is springy windswell so it won’t generate much surf, but it should help to add a little more combo shape to the well exposed spots. In general we will have lots of options in terms of finding waves over the next few days…but you may have to hunt a little further afield if you are looking for breaks that can pull in this wide spread of swells. Check out the full forecast for all of the details.

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S-SW energy helps start the day but new tropical SE swell from Amanda starts to show by sundown

S-SW energy helps start the day but new tropical SE swell from Amanda starts to show by sundown

Wednesday will see more fun, rideable waves showing at the average exposed spots. The standout S-SE facing breaks will see a new boost in tropical SE swell from Hurricane Amanda in the morning…but won’t really get going until it fills in…so plan on the SE exposed spots seeing some extra size and consistency as we move through the day.

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The overlapping mix of S-SW energy continues on Tuesday

The overlapping mix of S-SW energy continues on Tuesday

Tuesday will be a decent surf day. We will have a mix of light/variable morning winds helping keep conditions on the clean side while new Southern Hemi swell starts to fill in and blend with the leftovers from the holiday weekend.

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More Southern Hemi swell arrives Monday while beach weather improves

More Southern Hemi swell arrives Monday while beach weather improves

Monday will see some gradually improving surf thanks to a combination of nicer morning winds and slowly building SSW energy.

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Tropical Alert – Amanda is now a CAT-4 Hurricane moving through Socal’s swell window

Tropical Alert – Amanda is now a CAT-4 Hurricane moving through Socal’s swell window

It looks like our little Amanda is growing all up…she started Friday as a newly formed tropical storm…and now, just about 36-48 hours later she is MAJOR HURRICANE AMANDA

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S-SW energy holds into Sunday…winds stay on the fickle side

S-SW energy holds into Sunday…winds stay on the fickle side

Sunday will be another rideable surf day with a few playful pockets spread around as the mix of Southern Hemi swells and modest eddy conditions make the hunt for super-clean waves a little challenging.

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More swell and cleaner conditions…my two favorite phrases

More swell and cleaner conditions…my two favorite phrases

New swell continues to fill in overnight and will start to peak on Saturday, sending some playful waves to the average S-SW facing beaches and some bigger/faster sets to the standout S-SW exposed spots. Winds finally start to mellow out…and while we will still see some light eddy flow conditions will be cleaner for most areas.

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Tropical Alert – Tropical Storm Amanda becomes first storm of the season

Tropical Alert – Tropical Storm Amanda becomes first storm of the season

If you have had your eye on the tropics (or have been reading the long-range forecasts) you know that our first Tropical Depression of the season formed on Thursday. Well we have good news…TD-1E strengthened even more overnight and has now reached Tropical Storm strength…officially becoming TS Amanda, our first ‘named’ storm of the season.

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