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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.

Swell shifts a little more to the SW and starts to slowly build on Friday

Swell shifts a little more to the SW and starts to slowly build on Friday

Wave heights continue to climb for some areas on Friday as new energy from the Southern Hemisphere arrives and mixes with some building local windswell. Look for mostly small increases as we start the day, but with relatively clean conditions and decent tides the well-exposed breaks will see some occasionally playful/workable peaks.

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Small but playful waves keep us riding on Thursday

Small but playful waves keep us riding on Thursday

Thursday will be another rideable surf day. Look for the swell mix to slowly shift around as the tropical swell from Hernan drops off and we see an increase in both local windswell and a slight bump in new, more SW’erly Southern Hemi swell. Conditions look fairly clean with mostly light winds spread throughout the region in the morning.

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New SW swells slowly drive up surf through the week, but bigger waves are setting up for early next week

New SW swells slowly drive up surf through the week, but bigger waves are setting up for early next week

The SPAC, while not completely quiet, has been a little slow the last few days…fortunately new storm activity is starting to pull together right in the middle of the Mainland Mexico and Central America SSW-SW swell window. We can expect some smaller, initial swells to begin to arrive over the next several days, slowly driving up the wave heights at the exposed spots. An even bigger storm is forecast to develop as we move through mid-week…this will help set up a good-sized bump of new SSW-SW swell for late this weekend and early next week. There is plenty more activity out the back as well…so expect healthy wave sizes as we move toward the middle of August.

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Tropical SE swell peaks through the morning while SW and NW swells hang in the background

Tropical SE swell peaks through the morning while SW and NW swells hang in the background

Wednesday will be a rideable, but sort of tricky surf day. Thanks to some sub-tropical cast-off from former tropical system Hernan we will have a bit of moisture and pockets of onshore winds adding some texture to some of our beaches. At the same time we will have some new SE swell peaking through the morning while mixing with some SW energy as well as some local windswell. Unfortunately the SE swell won’t hit every beach so you will want to take a good look at the charts to see where it will be filtering in.

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Small SW swells mix with a short tropical SE swell this week while bigger surf sets up for early August

Small SW swells mix with a short tropical SE swell this week while bigger surf sets up for early August

We continue to see a number of overlapping shots of swell energy in the short-range forecast. Most of this energy will be smaller, and somewhat inconsistent SW swell kicked out by storms hanging off to the east of New Zealand…but there is a quick shot of tropical SE swell (from former Hurricane Hernan) that will blend into our swell mix midweek. Unfortunately the tropical energy doesn’t last all that long, and will be tapering off by the weekend. Long-range is where things are starting to get really interesting again. New storms in the Southern Hemi are forecast to pull together over the next several days and they are showing some decent swell-making potential. If these new storms can stay on track it looks like we will see a pretty good start to August.

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Southern Hemi swells and local windswell keep pushing in a few playful waves

Southern Hemi swells and local windswell keep pushing in a few playful waves

Tuesday will have a mix of small, but playful surf and mostly clean morning conditions. Expect the surf to be a little weak and inconsistent at times through the start of the day, but select spots will begin to see a boost of both new SW energy and some building tropical SE swell late in the afternoon.

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Monday sees a mix of overlapping S-SSW swells and some background NW windswell

Monday sees a mix of overlapping S-SSW swells and some background NW windswell

Monday will be another rideable day…nothing super exciting, but playful enough at the well exposed spots that we can get out and pick off a few ones in the morning.

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Tropical Alert – Hurricane Hernan pulls together in Socal’s SE swell window

Tropical Alert – Hurricane Hernan pulls together in Socal’s SE swell window

Good news on the tropical swell front…TD-8E, who strengthen into Tropical Storm Hernan Saturday afternoon, has continued to intensify and is now a CAT-1 Hurricane…a hurricane that has just slipped over into Socal’s extreme SE swell window.

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The small (but playful) mix of S-SW swell and leftover local windswell continues into Sunday

The small (but playful) mix of S-SW swell and leftover local windswell continues into Sunday

Sunday will be mostly rideable…a little small at times…but still surfable if your break has exposure to the mix of Southern Hemi swells and local windswell. Look for some more fog, and fog-wind texture, to linger around the coast in the morning but mostly we can expect fairly clean conditions.

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Tropical Alert – TD-8E forms south of the tip of Baja

Tropical Alert – TD-8E forms south of the tip of Baja

There has been a lot of increasing tropical activity over the last few days, but nothing that was organized enough to reach ‘named storm’ status. Finally on Friday we saw the tropics gain a little traction.

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