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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.

Small run of S-SW energy and local windswell will keep wave heights playful

Small run of S-SW energy and local windswell will keep wave heights playful

We will continue to see a few small pulses of Southern Hemi energy arriving throughout the next few days that will help to keep rideable (but not large) surf showing along many of our usual summer spots. There will be some background WNW-NW windswell that will add a little more size and consistency to the combo spots, but overall we are looking at a fairly mellow week. Long-range charts continue to show some misplaced storm activity occurring in the SPAC, that while not great will still be able to send us some rideable pulses as we move toward the second half of July. Both the North Pacific and the Tropics are less active but showing a few little signs of life…there isn’t any swell to worry about at this point, but it is still nice to see some pieces moving around in those regions.

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Crumbly conditions mix with slowly building SSW-SW energy on Tuesday

Crumbly conditions mix with slowly building SSW-SW energy on Tuesday

Tuesday will see a blend of small combo swell and some fairly steady onshore wind texture blowing in mainly from the S-SW. Overall surf conditions will still be rideable, but surf quality will be more on the marginal side for many of the more exposed areas.

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A bit more onshore texture to go with some slowly building S-SW swells and increasing windswell

A bit more onshore texture to go with some slowly building S-SW swells and increasing windswell

Monday will be another rideable summer beach day. It won’t be very big, or even very consistent or punchy, but there will be a few makeable lines that sneaking through on the lower tides. The winds are forecast to stay on the light side through the morning but with a touch more onshore flow than they have been the last couple of days.

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Sunday sees a mix of local windswell and some smaller SSW-SW swells

Sunday sees a mix of local windswell and some smaller SSW-SW swells

The surf won’t be all that exciting on Sunday…it won’t be totally flat, but at the same time most spots will have smallish waves breaking pretty close to shore. There will be a bit of combo swell in the water that will keep some occasional, more workable lines showing at the better exposed spots.

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Fun-size rideable lines mix with some good beach weather on Saturday

Fun-size rideable lines mix with some good beach weather on Saturday

Small but fun waves will be on tap for Saturday. We have a number of new swells starting to creep up and replace the last bits of the energy we saw through the work week. While the weekend’s surf won’t be all that exciting there will be a few playful peaks at the better combo spots.

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Mentawai Islands Drone Reconnaissance

Mentawai Islands Drone Reconnaissance

Mentawai Islands Boat Trip + Drone = awesome

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Wave heights slide back to more mellow sizes over the weekend and into next week

Wave heights slide back to more mellow sizes over the weekend and into next week

With the last little bit of the bigger S-SSE swell finally fading away we can expect our surf to shift back to the more common mix of smaller summer swells. Don’t get too discouraged though…we will see a number of overlapping swells that it will help to keep things rideable, even playful, at the top spots. Long-range charts are still showing a pretty active Southern Hemi…however most of the storms are either moving the wrong way or aren’t positioned well enough to send us much more than intermittent energy. That being said I am not totally ready to write-off the SPAC just yet…it is one of the stormiest patches of water on this little planet, and we are square in the middle of its winter, so there is always a chance we could see something new and better spring to life relatively quickly.

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Friday starts off a little swampy, but still throws together a few rideable waves at the top breaks

Friday starts off a little swampy, but still throws together a few rideable waves at the top breaks

Friday will see a small but playful mix of combo swell…most of our average spots will be rideable (on the lower tides), while the standout breaks see some faster more workable lines. Winds and weather look good for the morning but watch for increasing onshore winds and a funky tide swing to hamper shape at some of the more sensitive surf breaks.

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Smaller surf on tap for Thursday but it will still be plenty rideable if you hunt around

Smaller surf on tap for Thursday but it will still be plenty rideable if you hunt around

Look for smaller, less consistent surf on Thursday. Despite the drop in size there will still be some fun/rideable waves showing at the better S exposed beaches…we will just have to keep a closer eye on the tide and the winds since the swell will have backed down enough that they will play a pretty big role in the quality of the surf.

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The big swell is winding down but plenty of playful sized S-SW pulses keep us riding through July

The big swell is winding down but plenty of playful sized S-SW pulses keep us riding through July

The larger S-SSW swell is on the way down…it still has a lot of energy in the water but it is quite a bit smaller than what we were seeing over the last weekend. Over the next few days we can expect the trailing end of this S-SSW’er to continue to back down, dropping us into more playful sizes…however we won’t see things go totally flat…there are a number of new modest sized S, SSW, and SW swells on the way that will keep the surf consistent and even push wave heights back up into the overhead range as we head toward the middle of the month.

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