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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.

One last shot of finicky NW swell hits over the New Year holiday…long-range charts look interesting but aren’t showing much yet

One last shot of finicky NW swell hits over the New Year holiday…long-range charts look interesting but aren’t showing much yet

Yet another long-period NW swell will fill in and peak on Tuesday, hold into Wednesday, and then fade out as we move through the end of the week. Like the last several NW swells this one will come in from a steep enough swell angle that it will only hit a few of the best winter spots, leaving the rest of the region to try and make due with leftovers and fringe energy from this swell that will leak around the corners. Long-range has some storms in the NPAC that might just break down some of the high-pressure that is causing us so much grief, but at this point they don’t look like they will produce much swell. The SPAC continues to be…well just sort of there…you know, capturing people in ice and causing other environmental issues, but overall continuing its summer slumber.

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Good news is that NW swell pushes back up again on Tuesday…the bad news is that it is still too steep for most of Socal

Good news is that NW swell pushes back up again on Tuesday…the bad news is that it is still too steep for most of Socal

Good weather and fickle NW swell will continue on Tuesday. Once again the steeper angle of the NW swell will only really hit a handful of well-exposed breaks while the rest of the region stays relatively small.

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Monday sees a mix of weekend leftovers and another new finicky NW swell

Monday sees a mix of weekend leftovers and another new finicky NW swell

Monday will continue the trend of clean conditions, mostly nice beach weather, and a somewhat picky NW swell mix that occasionally offers up some fun waves at the well exposed spots and leaves the average/below-average breaks struggling with smaller surf.

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NW swells peak Sunday morning…expect fun, but still somewhat inconsistent surf at the winter breaks

NW swells peak Sunday morning…expect fun, but still somewhat inconsistent surf at the winter breaks

Sunday will see a little more NW energy move in, but like the last few days it will be pretty steeply angled, which means that we will really only see much of an increase at spots with true NW exposure.

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More NW energy creeps in on Saturday…expect it to be fickle but starting to slowly improve

More NW energy creeps in on Saturday…expect it to be fickle but starting to slowly improve

We will have a fun, but occasionally frustrating, run of surf this weekend. Overlapping NW swells will move in and strengthen over the next couple of days, but their dominant swell direction will only allow select breaks to pull in the full amount of swell energy. Other, lesser exposed breaks, will be smaller and less consistent.

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New NW swell moves in more on Friday but expect more shadowing issues and inconsistent sets

New NW swell moves in more on Friday but expect more shadowing issues and inconsistent sets

A new, steep NW swell moves in on Friday, adding some bigger surf to a few select spots while the other lesser exposed breaks see rideable but small waves. Weather and winds will help make it an excellent beach day but the finicky nature of the swell will hamper surf shape and size for many of our beaches.

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Run of overlapping NW swells on tap through the end of 2013 and into early 2014

Run of overlapping NW swells on tap through the end of 2013 and into early 2014

Over the next several days we are going to see a decent set of NW swells that will hold playful waves at the exposed spots through the weekend and into early next week. These swells will have a lot of similar characteristics to the swell that hit before Christmas…long swell periods, inconsistent sets, and a healthy level of shadowing from our local islands and coastal features that will work hard to knock down the size if your spot isn’t one of the lucky winter breaks. Fortunately even with the swells’ issues there will still be enough energy to keep some sort of rideable surf showing at most of the WNW-NW facing spots AND we will have some incredibly nice weather and decent winds that will help make hanging out at the beach even more appealing.

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Leftover NW swell lingers through Christmas Morning

Leftover NW swell lingers through Christmas Morning

Christmas Day will have rideable surf and clean conditions…but the swell mix will be on the way down so we can expect fairly small surf at the average spots and only slightly better waves at the standouts.

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Longboard waves trickle in from the South Pacific as we move through the week

Longboard waves trickle in from the South Pacific as we move through the week

We will have a rideable, but overall pretty small, series of S-SW pulses moving in over the next week. Long-range charts don’t show much improvement…but they don’t really get worse either. Looks like we can count on some longboard sized surf to stick around as we start to head into 2014.

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WNW-NW swell sticks around through early Tuesday before slowly fading out.

WNW-NW swell sticks around through early Tuesday before slowly fading out.

Tuesday will be fun, even playful in a few spots. The WNW-NW’er, (while not as good as it was forecast to be), will still hold through the morning, showing best at the true NW facing spots.

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