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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.

Wednesday will be a little smaller, but still clean, rideable, and even a little playful at the standouts

Wednesday will be a little smaller, but still clean, rideable, and even a little playful at the standouts

Wednesday will be another rideable surf day, but wave heights will be down a touch from the day before and we can expect both power and consistency to back down as well. Conditions look good for the morning and the tides are decent then as well. We will also see some additional WNW-NW swell arriving in the afternoon, but it doesn’t look like it will fill in fast enough to help prop wave heights up during the AM session.

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Clean conditions and playful sizes stick around for the work week, lumpy windswell and stormier weather lining up for the weekend

Clean conditions and playful sizes stick around for the work week, lumpy windswell and stormier weather lining up for the weekend

The current shot of WNW-NW swell will slowly fade as we move through the next couple of days but it will be mixing with a blend of smaller NW energy and some background S-SSW swell that will help to keep some playful waves showing for most of the work week. A new cold front is forecast to push down the West Coast starting Friday night and has the potential to add in some sloppy windswell and junky weather over the upcoming weekend. Long-range charts continue to show some decent, but not outstanding activity in the North Pacific, and a more zonal track in the South Pacific…finally it looks like the tropics, (mostly because it hates me), will get at least one more shot at producing another named storm just before the ‘official’ tropical season ends.

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WNW-NW swell begins to back off on Monday but conditions stay clean and the tides get a little more balanced out

WNW-NW swell begins to back off on Monday but conditions stay clean and the tides get a little more balanced out

Tuesday will be a fun surf day…nothing all that big…but we will see a playful mix of swells, clean morning conditions, and more balanced morning tide.

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WNW-NW swell begins to back off on Monday but conditions stay clean and the tides get a little more balanced out

WNW-NW swell begins to back off on Monday but conditions stay clean and the tides get a little more balanced out

Our shot of WNW-NW swell is peaking here Sunday night and will be slowly dropping as we move through Monday. The good news is that our surf looks pretty fun for the well exposed spots, the morning tide is lower, the winds are mostly offshore, and there will still be enough energy in the water that things will stay pretty workable through the first part of the day.

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New WNW-NW swell moves in fast on Sunday

New WNW-NW swell moves in fast on Sunday

Look for wave heights to build in quickly at the WNW-NW facing beaches on Sunday. A new round of energy starts to arrive later tonight and will fill in even more as we move through the day. Conditions look decent…could end up being a pretty fun surf day.

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New WNW-NW swell holds into Saturday morning while a bigger swell starts to arrive late in the day, weather and winds may be an issue

New WNW-NW swell holds into Saturday morning while a bigger swell starts to arrive late in the day, weather and winds may be an issue

More WNW-NW swell arrives over the weekend driving up wave heights while the storm producing much of the incoming swell comes right along with it. Look for building surf sizes but funky conditions as a mix of onshore winds and high tides hamper shape for the more exposed spots.

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More NPAC swell hitting over the weekend but weather looks a bit sketchy, more waves and better weather next week

More NPAC swell hitting over the weekend but weather looks a bit sketchy, more waves and better weather next week

We aren’t even done with October and we are starting to see more NPAC storm activity moving into position to send the West Coast and Socal more surf as we pony up to the weekend. A new round of WNW-NW swell will be filling in slowly on Friday but as we move into Saturday will begin to transform into a bigger spike of new swell energy as the cold front generating the swell pushes closer (and over) the California Coast. We can expect this energy to peak on Sunday and then taper off as we move into the early parts of next week. Further out the NPAC continues to churn out at least one more decent storm early next week that is likely to put more waves on our beaches for early November. The tropics and the South Pacific are pretty quiet right now but there are some grumblings on the charts that could become swell makers if things play out in a good way over the next several days.

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Slow swampy start to the morning but more WNW-NW swell arrives through the day on Friday

Slow swampy start to the morning but more WNW-NW swell arrives through the day on Friday

Friday will start off a little on the slow side but a new round of WNW-NW swell will fill in as we move through the day and start to add some more size and consistency to the well exposed spots. Conditions look good for the morning but once again we will need to keep an eye on the high tide.

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Slightly smaller swell mix on Thursday but conditions look good

Slightly smaller swell mix on Thursday but conditions look good

Our surf mellows a touch more on Thursday but a new reinforcement of swell and clean conditions will help keep some playful waves showing at the better exposed spots. High tide will still be an issue during the mid-morning, so make sure to stick to spots that can push through it.

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Wednesday sees playful surf but we will suffer through another high tide morning

Wednesday sees playful surf but we will suffer through another high tide morning

Wednesday will be another decent surf day…of course it will have some similar issues to the last few days. Our current swell is actually peaking here on Tuesday and will be fading slowly on Wednesday while we try to muscle through another morning high tide…but conditions continue to stay clean and winds will be mostly light to light offshore for the morning. Basically if you can get out early, before the tide sets in, or have a protected spot that will let you wait out of the tide, you should be able to find plenty of rideable waves.

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