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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 round of WNW-NW energy helps to slowly increase surf through the weekend

New round of WNW-NW energy helps to slowly increase surf through the weekend

We will see a gradual improvement in our surf as we move into the weekend. It won’t be a big jump in size, but thankfully (mercifully) we will start to pull in a bit more WNW-NW energy from the North Pacific while some additional SW energy filters up from the South Pacific, both of which will begin to push our local waves back into more rideable sizes. Further out the North Pacific is looking very active, but the current forecast charts are showing a lot of the new storm activity staying too far to the north and out of the Socal swell window. Eventually the storm track does drop into a better position and we should get at least some NW swell wrapping around the corner of Point Conception. Overall we can expect a slow build in wave heights as we move through the weekend, a little more consistent activity early next week, and the potential for some bigger swells setting up for the middle of the month.

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Small increase in SSW-SW swell on Friday but don’t expect much to push through the high tide swampthing

Small increase in SSW-SW swell on Friday but don’t expect much to push through the high tide swampthing

We will have a slow increase in swell on Friday…it won’t end up amounting to much rideable surf but a few of the better exposed spots will eventually have a few semi-workable waves once the tide drops. Conditions will be clean through the morning and the morning high tide returns to swamp out most of the average breaks.

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Weak swell, clean conditions, and another high morning tide…please look around for the on button for the wave machine

Weak swell, clean conditions, and another high morning tide…please look around for the on button for the wave machine

Small inconsistent surf continues on Thursday. Unfortunately there just isn’t much swell in the water and that lack of any significant energy combined with a large morning high tide will keep most spots nearly unrideable, or very close to it. The conditions will be decent again on Thursday, we just don’t have much surf to go along with the nice weather.

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Clean morning conditions, high tide, and a small swell mix on tap for Wednesday

Clean morning conditions, high tide, and a small swell mix on tap for Wednesday

Clean conditions and mostly small surf will continue on Wednesday. We will see a little bit of tropical energy arriving from Hurricane Vance at a few select areas but between the lack of other swells and the high morning tide there won’t be much more than weak lines showing even at the most exposed spots.

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Clean conditions and small surf on tap for a few days…bigger NPAC storm forming out the back

Clean conditions and small surf on tap for a few days…bigger NPAC storm forming out the back

Not a ton of swell on tap for this week…unfortunately we are sort of stuck in the classic fall/winter catch-22, where we need high-pressure to set up clean conditions and nice beach weather, but the same ridge of pressure blocks out all of our storm activity. After the fast moving storm this weekend the high-pressure is locking down this side of the North Pacific, so while we are going to see a few days of really nice winds and beach weather we aren’t going to have much surf to go along with it. The good news is that a much stronger set of storms are forecast to develop near the Aleutian Islands over the next several days, if these stay on track there is some decent potential for larger NW swell setting up for next week. In the meantime we are going to be working with mostly small leftover NPAC energy, some very weak S-SW swells, and just a touch of minor tropical swell (a last gift from our very active tropical season) that will help at least keep things rideable while we push through several days of offshore winds and sunny skies.

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Santa Ana winds help to keep the fading swell mix rideable, but watch out for the morning high tide

Santa Ana winds help to keep the fading swell mix rideable, but watch out for the morning high tide

Santa Ana winds will mix with a mostly small blend of swell on Tuesday, leaving us with rideable, clean, but somewhat gutless waves. Early morning high tides will continue to be an issue for many spots but the offshore flow should help to keep conditions clean enough to let the tide drop to a more workable level through midday.

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Fading stormswell, offshore winds, and a few playful leftovers at the standouts

Fading stormswell, offshore winds, and a few playful leftovers at the standouts

Monday will be a much cleaner surf day…winds will be offshore through most of the morning and while air temps start chilly it will warm up as we move through lunchtime. Surfwise we will see some smaller waves as weekend’s swell continues to drop…fortunately enough energy will still be on tap to keep things playful at the better exposed spots.

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Weather still a bit unstable on Sunday but bigger storm swell on tap for the morning

Weather still a bit unstable on Sunday but bigger storm swell on tap for the morning

The cold front/storm is forecast to be on the way out by Sunday morning, leaving behind some N-NW clearing winds that usually swing in on the backside of the passing low-pressure. Sunday looks like it will have some pockets of cleaner conditions as winds shift more northerly and even lighten up in a few spots. Between the cleaner conditions and still active swell mix it looks like a few areas could have some fun ones as we start the day.

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Stormy weather and building swell move in on Saturday

Stormy weather and building swell move in on Saturday

A fast approaching cold front will make for interesting, but not particularly good, weather and conditions for the weekend. We can expect a building lump of W-NW stormswell moving in along with the weather, but onshore winds look to be an issue during the biggest part of the swell. At this point we can expect sloppy conditions for most of Saturday.

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Thereeee baaaack! The annual Blackies Halloween surf/costume contest returns…and with warm water and fun waves the gang upped the costumes a notch this year!

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