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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-SSW energy, local windswell, and eddy winds will continue into Saturday

Mix of S-SSW energy, local windswell, and eddy winds will continue into Saturday

Our current conditions will hold as we move into the weekend. Saturday will be rideable but finding cleaner shape will take some extra work thanks to the local coastal eddy and the swirling winds it will spin up over the region.

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Plenty of waves holding through the weekend and macho sized swell setting up for later next week

Plenty of waves holding through the weekend and macho sized swell setting up for later next week

Over the next several days we will see a blend of overlapping, and decent sized S-SSW swells. Our surf will stay consistently in the playful range with some occasionally bigger sets still filtering into the standout deepwater spots. Local weather looks good for most of the region but Southern and Central Mainland Mexico may be a bit funky as new tropical activity (including lots of thunderstorms) continues to develop. Further out…a large, intense, and well-positioned storm will be moving through our S-SSW swell window over the next few days, which will end up sending a sizeable dose of new swell for later next week and right on in to the following weekend. Looks like early July is going to see some fireworks whether you celebrate the 4th of July or not. Make sure to check out the full forecast for all the details.

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Playful run of S-SW energy and local windswell holds through the weekend while the SPAC gets ready to light up July

Playful run of S-SW energy and local windswell holds through the weekend while the SPAC gets ready to light up July

We will see a blend of S-SSW-SW swells and local WNW-NW windswell as we move through the next several days. It won’t be the biggest swell combo, but it will still have the potential to keep some rideable waves showing at most of the S-SW exposed beaches as well as the better S-SW/WNW combo breaks. The longer-range charts are looking much better than they were a couple of days ago…in fact some NPAC storm activity has actually managed to strengthen enough that it will be sending a bit of steep angled NW swell for next week. The real show is what is going on in the South Pacific…the weaker more zonal pattern that was showing in the forecast earlier this week has been replaced by a number of very strong looking storms that are expected to form up in the S-swell portion of our swell window. Already the first of these systems have managed to put together some decent fetch for Socal and if things hold together over the next few days it looks this group of storm will be producing a couple of good-sized S-SSE swells for early July. Make sure to check out the full forecast for all the details

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Eddy winds spin up, WNW windswell increases, and S-SW energy holds on Friday

Eddy winds spin up, WNW windswell increases, and S-SW energy holds on Friday

Mix of combo swell and eddy winds will make for an interesting surf day on Friday. The quality of the surf will depend a lot on what beach you are at and where the eddy-low decides to center itself. There will be a few pockets of rideable, even fun waves, but with the swirling winds and swell-shadowing you may have to hunt around to find them.

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S swell finally starts to get a little more traction but local winds could cause some issues

S swell finally starts to get a little more traction but local winds could cause some issues

While the S swell has been lagging the last couple of days it will be on the rise a bit more overnight and will eventually start to peak on Tuesday. S facing spots will have some fun surf, but we will also have some pockets of wind texture and bump that may hinder the shape at the more exposed areas. Plan on some more consistent surf, but watch out for earlier winds and increasing chop as we move through the day.

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S swell peaks on Tuesday then slowly trails off through the week while mixing with smaller SW pulses and local windswell

S swell peaks on Tuesday then slowly trails off through the week while mixing with smaller SW pulses and local windswell

The S swell has been moving in a bit slower than it originally looked like it would…but it is still on the way up this afternoon and will eventually peak overnight into Tuesday. We can expect this S swell to linger through Wednesday and then taper off as we move through the week…fortunately, thanks to a couple of smaller SSW-SW pulses, the wave heights won’t drop off too fast and we can expect some rideable sizes all the way through the upcoming weekend. Weather looks a little funky for the next few days as stronger winds push through the outer waters (driving in some extra windswell), which actually pulls together some eddy spin closer to the coast…it won’t totally wreck conditions but the early summer crumble will likely settle over many of the more exposed beaches. Long-range has the SPAC starting to weaken a bit, but still keeping enough storm activity in place that we will be able to get out and surf as we move into July.

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Saturday starts off a little slow but building swell mixing with our work-week leftovers will keep us surfing

Saturday starts off a little slow but building swell mixing with our work-week leftovers will keep us surfing

We will see a couple of decent surf days over the weekend. A new round of overlapping S-SW swells will continue to increase our wave heights through the day on Saturday and will eventually peak later Sunday evening. While Saturday might start a little slow we can expect more size and more consistency as the swell fills in throughout the day.

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Slow start to the weekend but bigger waves will fill in and hold through early next week

Slow start to the weekend but bigger waves will fill in and hold through early next week

We will be seeing a gradual increase in our wave heights over the next couple of days thanks to the arrival of a couple of new S-SW pulses as well as some building local windswell. A bigger S swell begins to arrive later in the weekend, eventually peaking early next week, and will be followed by another decent shot of SSW energy that will help keep decent sized waves rolling through for a few days afterwards. Long-range charts still have some more storm activity moving through the South Pacific, which if all goes well, will have more S-SW swell heading our way for the end of June and the start of July.

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Clean morning conditions (but stronger afternoon winds) mix with new slowly building swell

Clean morning conditions (but stronger afternoon winds) mix with new slowly building swell

Our surf slowly starts to build on Friday…we will start off slow, but new Southern Hemi swells and some increasing local windswell will help to push up wave heights as we slowly move through the day. Conditions look clean for the morning but stronger onshore winds are expected through the afternoon so watch for breezy conditions to start to move in a little before midday.

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S-SW swell weakens on Thursday…expect small (but clean) surf for the top breaks

S-SW swell weakens on Thursday…expect small (but clean) surf for the top breaks

We will see cleaner conditions and slightly smaller surf on Thursday. The mix of S-SW swells will weaken slightly while the additional NW windswell continues to back down as well. Winds and weather look decent through the morning but the mix of tides and increasing onshore flow will hurt surf shape through the second half of the day.

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