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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.

Look for smaller but still fun surf to hang around on Saturday

Look for smaller but still fun surf to hang around on Saturday

The tropical energy from Marie will continue to fade out as we move through Saturday. Fortunately some new swell from the South Pacific as well as local windswell will increase slowly over the next couple of days to help reinforce the tropical leftovers. Overall conditions look pretty clean for the start of the day with some building onshore texture moving in around midday.

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Our surf drops back into playful sizes for the weekend but a bigger Southern Hemi is on the way

Our surf drops back into playful sizes for the weekend but a bigger Southern Hemi is on the way

Well Hurricane Marie happened…yeah that was crazy. We will probably still be seeing photos from that swell for (at least) the next few months. Already her swell is fading and it looks like we will have some remnant leftovers mixing with a blend of inconsistent SW swell and local windswell as we move through the weekend. It will actually be fairly fun…just much smaller and really more workable for most of us normal surfers. The good news is that there will be enough Southern Hemi swell on tap for the next week to keep us in the water and having a good time. Further out, a better aimed, bigger, and more consistent South Pacific swell is pulling together and will help to push in some decent sizes as we head into the later parts of next week.

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Last bits from Marie mix with some new SW swell and a touch more local windswell

Last bits from Marie mix with some new SW swell and a touch more local windswell

Wave heights will continue to back down on Friday as the last of the tropical swell from former Hurricane Marie trails off and leaves us with some smaller pulses of Southern Hemi swell and local WNW-NW windswell. We will still have surfable waves, even clean morning conditions to go with them, however compared to the last couple of days it will feel like the ocean has mellowed considerably.

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Big Wednesday (Aug 27, 2014)…Just a taste

Big Wednesday (Aug 27, 2014)…Just a taste

Lots of Photographers will be editing photos for days after this last massive shot of tropical swell, courtesy of Hurricane Marie…and I am sure that we will have some incredible photo galleries going up shortly, but in the meantime here is just a taste of what we saw yesterday…

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Swell from Hurricane Marie backs down on Thursday but plenty of surf will stick around

Swell from Hurricane Marie backs down on Thursday but plenty of surf will stick around

The hurricane swell from Marie will have passed its peak as we move into Thursday…while there will still be plenty of good sized waves hanging around through the morning it will be quite a bit smaller than we saw on Wednesday. Along with the dropping wave heights we will see the primary swell direction change to a more southerly angle (compared to the SE-SSE), which will shift the focus of the swell’s energy to wider range of spots. Overall there will still be lots of waves to ride along with a few big sets in the morning…however it will drop to more manageable and reasonable sizes as we move through the day.

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Fun run of SW swell sticking around for a while…better storms setting up more swell for September

Fun run of SW swell sticking around for a while…better storms setting up more swell for September

While a few areas are still feeling the leftover effects from Hurricane Marie for the most part we are looking at some fairly mellow, but still fun, surf for the next several days, and another round that will help push us through the weekend into early next week. Long-range charts are showing a much more active South Pacific developing over the next several days that will likely set up a whole train of new SSW-SW swells that will arrive at the start of September and likely hang around for at least a couple of weeks…these storms still have some development to undergo but the odds are looking good that we will see a nice end to summer and strong start to the fall season.

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S-SSE swell from Hurricane Marie peaks through the day on Wednesday

S-SSE swell from Hurricane Marie peaks through the day on Wednesday

Solid SSE-S swell from Hurricane Marie will peak on Wednesday sending large waves into the exposed beaches and even some good-sized surf into spots with only partial exposure to the swell mix. Morning conditions look clean with light/variable to slightly offshore winds…however the surf shape will range from marginal/hazardous to good depending on how much swell is hitting and if your spot is able to handle that much energy.

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Swell Alert – Hurricane Marie kicks out big SE-S swell

Swell Alert – Hurricane Marie kicks out big SE-S swell

Big surf on tap for the next couple of days as the energy from Hurricane Marie moves into the region.

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Tropical swell lights up Socal this week while the South Pacific gets ready to send us more swell for September

Tropical swell lights up Socal this week while the South Pacific gets ready to send us more swell for September

After what seems like an eternity talking about it…the swell from Hurricane Marie begins to hit on Tuesday, eventually peaking through mid-week, and then slowly fading through the second half of the week. While the tropical swell gets a relatively slow start on Tuesday once it peaks it will end up being one of the biggest summer swells we have seen in several years, and definitely one of the best hurricane/tropical swells we have had in a long time. The tropics aren’t the only swell-region looking good right now…the South Pacific has started to spin back to life and if things stay on track we are going to see a number of storms swinging through Socal’s swell window over the next week that will set up a loooong run decent sized Southern Hemi swell for September…just in time for school to start back up!

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Tuesday will start off in the playful range, but then tropical SE swell from Marie pours it on for the afternoon

Tuesday will start off in the playful range, but then tropical SE swell from Marie pours it on for the afternoon

Tuesday will start off with new surf from Hurricane Marie already beginning to arrive. It won’t be huge at first, but the energy fills in fast and we can expect surf size and consistency to build quickly at the SE facing beaches as we move through the day. The swell shifts a bit more to a southerly direction and begins hitting the S-SSW facing spots harder by late Tuesday evening and right on into Wednesday morning.

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