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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.

More Southern Hemi swell heading our way…looks like better winds and even a hint of tropical activity setting up for later in the week.

More Southern Hemi swell heading our way…looks like better winds and even a hint of tropical activity setting up for later in the week.

Decent-sized S-SW swells will continue to push through Socal over the next several days. We have a swell in the water right now that will stick around through mid-week before starting to back down. The good news is that there are at least a couple more pulses of S-SW energy that will move in as our current swell begins to trail off…so we will have plenty of rideable waves for the next week (at least). Weatherwise the eddy flow is forecast to weaken, if not completely burn off in a few days, likely leaving us with some warmer water and cleaner conditions as we move through the holiday weekend. Further out there is a little tropical disturbance forming in the EPAC that may actually develop into something bigger later this weekend (possibly over the weekend). Could it be our first tropical swell maker? We will have to see how it behaves.

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S-SW energy holds into Tuesday while local weather continues tweak shape in some areas

S-SW energy holds into Tuesday while local weather continues tweak shape in some areas

Tuesday will see rideable but crumbly shape (in the more exposed areas) as a blend of overlapping S-SW swells mixes with eddy conditions and moderate southerly winds.

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Local winds will continue to add some texture on top of our building SSW swell

Local winds will continue to add some texture on top of our building SSW swell

Monday will be rideable…very similar to Sunday in a lot of ways. Our coastal eddy will continue to push in some southerly texture for a few of the more wind sensitive spots while the blend of S-SW swell and local windswell push in some fun, if somewhat crumbly shape.

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Eddy sticks around on Sunday but will leave us with some playful surf

Eddy sticks around on Sunday but will leave us with some playful surf

Sunday will end up being a decent surf day. We will still see the coastal eddy spinning in some overcast skies and areas of patchy fog, but it looks like it will center itself a little further out to sea, which in turn will keep winds light along the coast and let more spots enjoy the mix of Southern Hemi energy and increasing local windswell.

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Weak eddy starts to spin up while our S-SW swell holds and NW windswell increases

Weak eddy starts to spin up while our S-SW swell holds and NW windswell increases

Cooler temps and some slight eddy conditions will mix with some playful sized surf as we move into Saturday. We can expect a little more texture at the really exposed breaks but many spots will only have light winds blowing through the morning, so most breaks will be relatively clean and rideable.

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SPAC continues to crank out swell and it looks like our heat wave is about break

SPAC continues to crank out swell and it looks like our heat wave is about break

Look for the mix of S-SW swells to continue to roll in rideable waves right on through the weekend. At the same time we can expect the hot-dry weather to finally start to level off, setting up a slightly more normal spring pattern with some cooler afternoon ocean breezes and the return of the local NW windswell. Long-range charts are showing a whole string of storms setting up in the South Pacific that will easily keep us in playful surf for the foreseeable future…they are also showing a bit more WNW-NW windswell starting to creep back up, which could mean the resurgence of our more typical eddy conditions, but at the same time would also help add some combo shape to the more lined up S-SW energy.

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Friday funday!

Friday funday!

Light winds mix with some new S-SSW energy on Friday and will help set up clean conditions and playful sized surf for the better exposed spots.

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Clean S swell continues to push in playful waves on Thursday

Clean S swell continues to push in playful waves on Thursday

Temps cool down (slightly) while S swell and light/moderate offshore winds keep things fun and surfable.

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Surfer Profile – Elijah Fox…one of Kauai’s Rising Stars

Surfer Profile – Elijah Fox…one of Kauai’s Rising Stars

I have a good feeling that we will be hearing a lot from Elijah Fox over the next several years…so I thought it might be fun to ask him a few questions to get to know him a bit better

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Stacked up S-SW swells will keep solid waves showing through the week and upcoming weekend

Stacked up S-SW swells will keep solid waves showing through the week and upcoming weekend

The SPAC has been cranking out some decent storm action over the last week+…and while most of it was a little too zonal for regions like California (and even Northern Baja) these systems set up some good-sized fetch for Central America and Southern Mainland Mexico. We already have one pulse of swell in the water that is pushing in some well-overhead waves for the standout spots…and moving forward we aren’t going to see much of a break, at least for the next 7-9 days. A second and third round of S-SW energy will be arriving later this week and over the upcoming weekend…and it looks like they may come in as big or even a little bigger than what we are currently seeing.

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