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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 S-SSW swell mix slowly starts to combo up with the local windswell

New S-SSW swell mix slowly starts to combo up with the local windswell

Look for wave heights to increase and our overall surf conditions to improve as we move into Friday. We will see a combination of local windswell, building Southern Hemi swells, and light morning winds helping to improve shape, size and consistency as we start the day. It will get a little breezier in the afternoon but we can expect a little more size arriving despite the chunkier late-day onshore winds.

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A little more windswell and a touch of S-SW swell mix with cleaner conditions

A little more windswell and a touch of S-SW swell mix with cleaner conditions

Thursday will see our surf conditions improve a bit…morning winds are forecast to lighten up and stay on the light side for the first of the day while we see a mix of local windswell and slowly strengthening Southern Hemi swells.

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Incoming S-SW swells help to drive wave heights back up as we head toward the weekend

Incoming S-SW swells help to drive wave heights back up as we head toward the weekend

We have a whole crazy mix of incoming SSE-S-SSW swells on the way…many of which will start to arrive as we move through the rest of the week and over the upcoming weekend. While the first pulses aren’t all that strong there are enough of them in the water that we will see some fairly consistent, but playfully sized waves for the next several days. Stronger pulses will start to arrive late in the work week and will likely continue to peak and hold over the upcoming weekend. Again these aren’t the strongest looking swells we have had this summer, but there is enough energy being shotgunned at the region that we can expect plenty of rideable waves for the next week or so…

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Cleaner conditions and some slightly more rideable windswell move in on Wednesday

Cleaner conditions and some slightly more rideable windswell move in on Wednesday

Mix of leftover S-SW swells and local windswell will push in small surf on Wednesday. Overall it doesn’t look like much of a surf day, just not enough swell to generate much to ride, however morning wind conditions and early morning tide levels will at least offer up a little cleaner AM session which in turn should let a few rideable sets sneak through.

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Mostly small and windy as we move through the week…slow pickup in size starting on Friday

Mostly small and windy as we move through the week…slow pickup in size starting on Friday

Not much quality surf on tap for the next several days. The last swell in the string of Southern Hemi pulses that kept us riding last week and over the weekend is finally fading out…and there isn’t anything, besides local windswell, on tap to replace the SPAC swell. So for the next few days we can expect some trace shots of background S-SW energy but mostly we will see short-period NW windswell moving in from our outer waters. There will still be a few rideable pockets spread around but plan on using your small wave gear for much of the week. Further out the charts are showing the windswell tapering off later this week, just in time for a number of small S-SSW swells to start arriving from the Southern Hemisphere…they won’t be big, but it will push the surf up enough that we will be able to get some rideable conditions in place to help close out July.

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Onshore winds spin up early on Tuesday while the last of the weekend swells fades away

Onshore winds spin up early on Tuesday while the last of the weekend swells fades away

Tuesday is looking like a poor/marginal surf day. The last bit of our swell mix is fading out, the local winds are forecast to push onshore fairly early in the day, and we start out bogged down by peaking high tide right in the middle of the morning. Overall we can expect small, mostly textured/slow surf for much of the region.

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Swell mix continues to trail off on Monday…surf turns sluggish but stays rideable at the top breaks

Swell mix continues to trail off on Monday…surf turns sluggish but stays rideable at the top breaks

Monday will see smaller surf that we had over the weekend. The last of the S-SW energy will be on the way out while the local windswell continues to add in a little bit of combo swell into the background. Most spots will have relatively clean conditions but there will be a few pockets of onshore winds.

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Look for a slowly dropping swell mix and some light, but unstable winds moving through on Sunday

Look for a slowly dropping swell mix and some light, but unstable winds moving through on Sunday

Sunday will have a few rideable waves still moving in during the morning session. With the swell mix weakening and the morning winds still acting a little funky we can expect the shape/quality of the surf to be a little on the sketchy side…you will be able to find something to ride, but the more wind/tide sensitive spots may be a tad tricky.

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Mix of rideable S-SW swells and local windswell hold on Saturday

Mix of rideable S-SW swells and local windswell hold on Saturday

We will still have rideable, even somewhat fun shape at the more exposed spots on Saturday morning, but expect smaller sizes and less consistency as the Southern Hemi swells back down as we move through the second half of the day. Winds look manageable for the most part but there may be some pockets of onshore texture here and there thanks to some stronger NW flow in our outer waters.

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Mix of S-SW swells and local windswell hold into Friday but winds may be an issue

Mix of S-SW swells and local windswell hold into Friday but winds may be an issue

Friday will be another rideable surf day…however local winds are forecast to shift a bit more onshore and increase as we move through the morning, which will hamper shape at many of the more wind exposed beaches.

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