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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.

Cold front gets ready to serve up some more onshore winds and maybe some drizzle

Cold front gets ready to serve up some more onshore winds and maybe some drizzle

Tuesday is not looking like much of a surf day. We have a new cold front pushing down the coast, which will drive in stronger onshore winds and possibly even hit us with a little rain before it clears the region. There may be a few pockets of light winds in the morning, if the front stalls out…but don’t expect them to last very long.

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Fun surf continues on Saturday but starts to fall apart on Sunday

Fun surf continues on Saturday but starts to fall apart on Sunday

We will have a bit of a mixed bag surfwise this weekend. Saturday will be a decent day with light offshore winds and a playful sized combo swell mix driving in our surf. Sunday will see a new trough of low-pressure move over the Central/Northern Cal Coast, which will drive some stronger onshore winds, increasing cloudy conditions, and cool down the beach air temps. There may still be some waves to ride on Sunday but they will be harder to find.

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Spring combo swell mix continues through the weekend…similar conditions lining up for next week

Spring combo swell mix continues through the weekend…similar conditions lining up for next week

We will see a decent run of smaller spring surf over the next few days. Swellwise we are looking at a series of overlapping SSW-SW swells that will continue to push in some playful sizes to our S-SW beaches while the North Pacific sends down some pulses of WNW-NW windswell to cross it up. Overall it will stay playful, if not downright fun, if local conditions can stay on the mellow side…unfortunately for Socal the weather doesn’t look as stable as it could be, so there may be a few days over the next week+ that will have funky winds, and possibly even some strong eddy circulation. Long-range has a few swell producing storms moving around in the South Pacific, enough to keep some waves at the southerly facing beaches, but nothing super exciting…at least at this point.

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Offshore winds increase through parts of Socal while combo swell mix keeps things fun

Offshore winds increase through parts of Socal while combo swell mix keeps things fun

Playful surf continues to show at the better exposed spots again on Friday. Our combo swell mix of smaller S-SW swells and local NW windswell will continue to push in fun surf throughout the day…but it looks like the (mostly) light offshore winds will make or break the morning session.

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Combo swell continues to hold fun surf through Thursday…winds and tides will still be issues.

Combo swell continues to hold fun surf through Thursday…winds and tides will still be issues.

Crossed up combo swell continues to push in fun surf on Thursday. Our outer water winds continue to spin up some decent sized WNW-NW windswell to mix with our S-SSW swells that are hanging in the background. Most beaches will have some clean conditions early in the day…but winds are still a bit unstable so expect some building onshore bump as we head into the afternoon.

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WNW-NW swell bumps up a bit more while the S swell slowly fades

WNW-NW swell bumps up a bit more while the S swell slowly fades

Fun surf continues into Wednesday but we will need to watch the blend of swells since they are changing their direction and power as we move through the day. Look for clean conditions early in the morning, however strong winds in the outer water may make the nearshore winds a little less stable.

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Combo swell sticks around through the week…smaller surf for the weekend but more waves are brewing out back

Combo swell sticks around through the week…smaller surf for the weekend but more waves are brewing out back

We can expect a decent run of combo energy over the next few days. Our current S swell, which peaked over the weekend, will be on the way slowly down while new WNW-NW energy moves in from some late season cold fronts moving through the NPAC. We can expect the surf to gradually lose steam over the next several days with a couple of quick pulses of local windswell and other background S-SW/WNW-NW swells keeping things rideable even though the overall energy will be weakening. Long-range isn’t showing anything all that interesting in the North Pacific…however the Southern Hemi has a new storm in the forecast run that could generate another nice sized spring SSW swell for the tail-end of the first week of April.

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More WNW-NW joins the combo swell on Tuesday while our S swell slowly fades

More WNW-NW joins the combo swell on Tuesday while our S swell slowly fades

Tuesday is looking like a solid surf day…we will continue to have a steady mix of S swell and increasing WNW-NW swell…both of which will do a good job sending waves into all of our S-SW and WNW-NW facing beaches. Winds and weather look pretty clean in the morning, there will be some fog and higher tides early but both should ease back by mid-morning.

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S swell peaks over the weekend while beach temps cool down

S swell peaks over the weekend while beach temps cool down

New S swell will continue to fill in over Friday night and will peak over the upcoming weekend. We will also see a mix of building background WNW-NW swell along with some cooler beach weather as local weather starts to slip into more of a spring pattern. Expect decent sized surf at the S facing beaches as well as the better combo spots.

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Healthy sized S swell peaks over the weekend…more combo swell energy brewing in the long-range

Healthy sized S swell peaks over the weekend…more combo swell energy brewing in the long-range

We are already starting to see some of the new energy from our incoming S-SSW swells showing on the buoys this afternoon. Most of this new energy is from a smaller system that moved through right before the larger storm, so later tonight (and throughout the day on Friday) we will see another spike in long-period energy as the bigger pulse begins to arrive. The string of S-SSW swells will hold through the weekend mixing with some shifty WNW-NW energy. There are good and not-so-good things happening in the long-range charts, on the positive side we have some new NPAC energy starting to pull together that may be able to produce a decent combo to cross up the Southern Hemi swell. On the not-so-good side the South Pacific is backing off the intensity of the storms that were forecast to follow the bigger system, and while we won’t see swell from the region totally shut off, it will dip down a bit more than expected as we move into the first part of next month.

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