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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.

New little WNW swell mixes with more offshore winds and some background SW swell on Monday

New little WNW swell mixes with more offshore winds and some background SW swell on Monday

Monday will have some playful waves thanks to a new pulse of WNW energy that moves in and mixes with weekend leftovers and some background Southern Hemi energy. The waves will be a little more playful thanks to the steady offshore winds and warming beach temps that will come along with another modest set of Santa Ana conditions.

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Offshore winds crank up while our WNW-NW swell slowly fades out

Offshore winds crank up while our WNW-NW swell slowly fades out

Sunday will see building offshore flow that will gradually increase to Santa Ana style winds and conditions. At the same times the winds begin to gust offshore our WNW-NW swell will be backing down, so while we can expect cleaner conditions on Sunday we should also expect the surf to taper down as well.

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WNW-NW swell holds through Saturday morning

WNW-NW swell holds through Saturday morning

Our newest round of WNW-NW swell will peak overnight, hold through Saturday morning and then start to slowly taper off as we move through the rest of the weekend. Conditions look a little squirrelly for Saturday morning, but winds will remain light enough to keep things rideable.

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WNW-NW swell piles in over the weekend while the NPAC gets ready to send more for next week

WNW-NW swell piles in over the weekend while the NPAC gets ready to send more for next week

The North Pacific continues to pick up in intensity and will be the dominant swell source for Southern California through the upcoming weekend, most of next week, and pretty much all of the activity we have forming up in the long-range charts. The newest round of WNW-NW energy will begin to arrive on Friday, eventually peaking overnight into Saturday and then slowly tapering off early next week. There won’t be much break between swells thanks to a newly arriving mix of NPAC energy that jumps onto the end of the weekend’s swell mix…in fact it will help to keep things rideable for most of next week. Long-range charts are showing a number of storms forming around the Aleutians, but more importantly it has a couple of those storms dropping into a pretty kick-ass location just off the West Coast, which if they can truly form will have some series swell-making potential. Keep your fingers crossed…if everything can stay more or less on track we could be looking at a pretty active second half of November.

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More WNW swell fills in on Friday while the tides, weather and wind still remain sort of an issue

More WNW swell fills in on Friday while the tides, weather and wind still remain sort of an issue

More swell moves in on Friday helping to drive up surf heights at the better WNW-NW facing beaches. Our morning weather looks a little drizzly and damp, but winds will remain on the light side and should keep things clean enough for us to have some fun at the better exposed beaches.

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New swell starts to arrive later in the day but the morning leftovers should be enough to push through the bigger tides

New swell starts to arrive later in the day but the morning leftovers should be enough to push through the bigger tides

Thursday will be another semi-decent surf day…with the potential for some better waves starting to show at the better winter breaks and the combo spots as new swell starts to fill in. Conditions look ok, a bit cloudy and foggy early, but with light enough winds that most spots will remain clean.

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WNW-NW swell fills in a touch more but big morning tides and dreary weather will hamper surf shape

WNW-NW swell fills in a touch more but big morning tides and dreary weather will hamper surf shape

Wednesday will see some slowly building WNW-NW swell gradually add some size to our surf as it slips in to replace the leftover energy from earlier in the week. There will be some more cloudy/drizzly weather on tap for the morning but winds look pretty light and most areas will have fairly rideable shape through the first part of the day.

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Small blend of combo swell keeps us surfing through the week with bigger surf heading our way for the weekend

Small blend of combo swell keeps us surfing through the week with bigger surf heading our way for the weekend

We won’t see a lot of change in our conditions and swell mix over the next couple of days…fortunately it looks like that will be changing as we move toward the end of the week and into the upcoming weekend. We can expect rideable, even occasionally playful surf as we move through the work week thanks to a blend of WNW-NW swells and some less consistent SW energy tracking in from the South Pacific. Stronger storm activity in the North Pacific will push close to the West Coast later in the week, potentially setting up a decent sized shot of WNW-NW energy that would help to drive up wave heights as we head into the weekend. Further out there are several more storms forecast to brew up in the NPAC storm track, which means we will have at least some potential for rideable energy moving in as we start to move into the second half of the month. The SPAC has been on the quiet side lately so plan on getting most of our new surf at spots with good exposure to the WNW-NW.

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Funky morning weather with some rideable waves hiding in the fog

Funky morning weather with some rideable waves hiding in the fog

Tuesday will be a rideable surf day…but we will have some more early morning fog, drizzle, and a quickly building high tide that will keep conditions from being all that great. Despite the weather/tide mix the morning winds look manageable, just don’t be surprised to have a little more southerly texture creeping into the more exposed spots.

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Mix of overlapping swells and mostly clean conditions will help keep Monday surfable

Mix of overlapping swells and mostly clean conditions will help keep Monday surfable

Monday will be an ok surf day…nothing great…just rideable at the average spots with some more playful waves at the standouts. Weather starts off a little funky with areas of dense fog and even a little drizzle. Winds look ok, but expect a little more SE-SSE’erly angle to some of the more exposed spots.

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