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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.

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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Socal slips into a summer holding pattern

Socal slips into a summer holding pattern

Look for a mix of slowly fading S-SW swells to stick around for the next few days while our local NW windswell tries to bump up a couple of notches. Overall there isn’t a ton of swell in the water right now and it doesn’t look like we are going to see much of an increase over the next week or so. Before you get too depressed most of our traditional summer spots won’t go completely flat…there will be some small waves sneaking through, particularly if the windswell can push in a bit more energy…but it does look like we will be riding our small wave gear for the upcoming weekend and most of next week. Long-range is showing at least a little life in the South Pacific…if things go well we will see some new energy arriving (and building up wave heights) as we move into the last week of July.

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A few small, but fun, combo peaks sneak through on Thursday

A few small, but fun, combo peaks sneak through on Thursday

Expect relatively rideable conditions on Thursday thanks to a mix of lighter morning winds, decent tides, and a small (but playful) blend of S-SW/NW swells. Overall it won’t be outstanding in terms of size but the cleaner conditions will offer up a few more playful peaks.

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Mix of S and SW swells keep the better Mainland Mexico and Central American spots rideable

Mix of S and SW swells keep the better Mainland Mexico and Central American spots rideable

Compared to the activity we saw at the end of June (the storms that produced the mega July swell) the South Pacific feels like someone has hit the mute button, or at least turned the volume waaaaay down. There are still a number of storms moving through the swell window for both Mexico and Central America, but in general they are smaller, aren’t sticking around as long, and are not positioned all that well. Still, there has been enough fetch to set up a number of modest sized S and SW swells that will be moving in over the next week and will help to keep the region in playful surf as we head toward the end of the month.

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Chunky onshore winds continue to blow over the region on Wednesday

Chunky onshore winds continue to blow over the region on Wednesday

Wednesday is looking like a marginal surf day…there will be rideable waves, even a little more size than we saw the day before, but onshore winds will get an early start and there will be plenty of texture at the more exposed beaches.

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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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