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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.

S swell finally starts to get a little more traction but local winds could cause some issues

S swell finally starts to get a little more traction but local winds could cause some issues

While the S swell has been lagging the last couple of days it will be on the rise a bit more overnight and will eventually start to peak on Tuesday. S facing spots will have some fun surf, but we will also have some pockets of wind texture and bump that may hinder the shape at the more exposed areas. Plan on some more consistent surf, but watch out for earlier winds and increasing chop as we move through the day.

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S swell peaks on Tuesday then slowly trails off through the week while mixing with smaller SW pulses and local windswell

S swell peaks on Tuesday then slowly trails off through the week while mixing with smaller SW pulses and local windswell

The S swell has been moving in a bit slower than it originally looked like it would…but it is still on the way up this afternoon and will eventually peak overnight into Tuesday. We can expect this S swell to linger through Wednesday and then taper off as we move through the week…fortunately, thanks to a couple of smaller SSW-SW pulses, the wave heights won’t drop off too fast and we can expect some rideable sizes all the way through the upcoming weekend. Weather looks a little funky for the next few days as stronger winds push through the outer waters (driving in some extra windswell), which actually pulls together some eddy spin closer to the coast…it won’t totally wreck conditions but the early summer crumble will likely settle over many of the more exposed beaches. Long-range has the SPAC starting to weaken a bit, but still keeping enough storm activity in place that we will be able to get out and surf as we move into July.

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Saturday starts off a little slow but building swell mixing with our work-week leftovers will keep us surfing

Saturday starts off a little slow but building swell mixing with our work-week leftovers will keep us surfing

We will see a couple of decent surf days over the weekend. A new round of overlapping S-SW swells will continue to increase our wave heights through the day on Saturday and will eventually peak later Sunday evening. While Saturday might start a little slow we can expect more size and more consistency as the swell fills in throughout the day.

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Slow start to the weekend but bigger waves will fill in and hold through early next week

Slow start to the weekend but bigger waves will fill in and hold through early next week

We will be seeing a gradual increase in our wave heights over the next couple of days thanks to the arrival of a couple of new S-SW pulses as well as some building local windswell. A bigger S swell begins to arrive later in the weekend, eventually peaking early next week, and will be followed by another decent shot of SSW energy that will help keep decent sized waves rolling through for a few days afterwards. Long-range charts still have some more storm activity moving through the South Pacific, which if all goes well, will have more S-SW swell heading our way for the end of June and the start of July.

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Clean morning conditions (but stronger afternoon winds) mix with new slowly building swell

Clean morning conditions (but stronger afternoon winds) mix with new slowly building swell

Our surf slowly starts to build on Friday…we will start off slow, but new Southern Hemi swells and some increasing local windswell will help to push up wave heights as we slowly move through the day. Conditions look clean for the morning but stronger onshore winds are expected through the afternoon so watch for breezy conditions to start to move in a little before midday.

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S-SW swell weakens on Thursday…expect small (but clean) surf for the top breaks

S-SW swell weakens on Thursday…expect small (but clean) surf for the top breaks

We will see cleaner conditions and slightly smaller surf on Thursday. The mix of S-SW swells will weaken slightly while the additional NW windswell continues to back down as well. Winds and weather look decent through the morning but the mix of tides and increasing onshore flow will hurt surf shape through the second half of the day.

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Solid run of S-SSW swell heading our way for the weekend and much of next week…more energy out the back too!

Solid run of S-SSW swell heading our way for the weekend and much of next week…more energy out the back too!

Plenty of swell on tap for the next few days…in fact we already have a decent shot of S-SSW swell that has been holding the last couple of days and will be slowly dropping as we move toward the weekend. Fortunately that isn’t the only swell in the water. A new, quickly building, S-SSW pulse arrives over the weekend, continues to build all the way till early next week and will manage to put some healthy, well-overhead surf on our beaches. The hits just keep on coming as well…before next week’s S-SSW’er even gets a chance to start to fade out a new round of SSW energy moves in and helps to keep the overhead+ surf rolling all the way through the following weekend. Long-range is looking promising as well…more well-positioned, fairly intense storms are forecast to move through the SPAC over the next week+…so the odds are good that we will have plenty of good sized surf holding till the end of June and likely into the start of July.

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Eddy winds and modest combo swell filter through on Wednesday

Eddy winds and modest combo swell filter through on Wednesday

Wednesday will continue to see a rideable mix of Southern Hemi swell and local windswell. Conditions look relatively clean for most areas as we start the day but there will be a bit of eddy circulation that will add in some texture to the spots a little more sensitive to southerly winds.

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Modest but playful S-SW swells and local windswell on tap for the week. Look for bigger S swell arriving over the weekend.

Modest but playful S-SW swells and local windswell on tap for the week. Look for bigger S swell arriving over the weekend.

Without the potential tropical activity Socal’s long-range forecast is a bit dull. Don’t get me wrong we still have waves on the way…the South Pacific has been more active over the last several days and will keep the rideable waves flowing for a while…it is just that the weather is less dramatic. Plan on surfing rideable/playful sized S-SW energy (mixed with some local windswell) for the next several days…nothing super exciting, but still big enough to have some early summer fun. Longer-range looks better…we have a bigger S swell moving in as we start next weekend with the peak of the energy holding into early next week. The extreme long-range charts even have some new storms on them…and if we are lucky (and these storms stay on track) we will be looking at some sort of playful sized energy sticking around through the end of the month.

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Wave heights continue to slowly build on Tuesday

Wave heights continue to slowly build on Tuesday

Wave heights continue to slowly increase on Tuesday as more energy from both the Southern Hemisphere and the local outer water winds moves into the region. Winds and weather conditions look manageable through the morning with clean shape for most areas along with a few patches of crumbly texture mixed in at the more sensitive beaches.

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