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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.

Friday looks cleaner but watch out for potential morning sickness

Friday looks cleaner but watch out for potential morning sickness

Friday will start off with some pockets of rideable, even fun surf. Our swell mix will be slowly fading…however conditions will be cleaner than the last couple of mornings. There may be a little residual funkiness still holding on from Thursday but we can expect a few fun lines at the spots that can filter out the leftover shorter-period texture.

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A couple of decent sized S-SSW swells on tap for the week and over the weekend

A couple of decent sized S-SSW swells on tap for the week and over the weekend

The South Pacific has been slowly grinding back to life over the last week…and in the process it has set up at least two relatively solid early season S-SSW swells that will be arriving over the next several days. If that wasn’t enough to get excited it also looks like at least one more set of storms will move through the swell window by the end of the week…likely tacking on at least one more pulse of SW energy that will arrive on the heels of the two swells already on the way. If we are lucky we may even have enough surf to keep us in the water through the first 1/3 of April.

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Stupid onshore wind…

Stupid onshore wind…

Our surf will build overnight but the onshore wind will continue to hack it apart. Look for poor surf quality as we move through Thursday without really any hope for improvement.

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Wednesday looks messy with some rain and plenty of onshore wind

Wednesday looks messy with some rain and plenty of onshore wind

With the new cold front fast approaching and the likely hood of both some rain and onshore winds developing as it passes through it looks like Wednesday’s surf will be pretty poor. The wave heights will be on the way up thanks to this new storm but wind and weather conditions will do a solid job of hacking it apart.

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Bumpy WNW-NW swell arrives mid-week and drives up wave heights

Bumpy WNW-NW swell arrives mid-week and drives up wave heights

Look for a building mix of WNW-NW swell as well as some funky weather as head toward the middle of the week. Overall Tuesday looks pretty mellow, but we will see increasing wave heights starting on Wednesday that will peak on Thursday and then trail off slowly later in the week. Unfortunately it looks like weather will come along with this new swell, so keep an eye out for potential onshore winds and even the possibility of rain as the mid-week swell arrives. Long-range has some steady, but sort of warbly WNW-NW energy sticking around for the next week+…while the South Pacific sets up some more organized S-SSW swell on tap for the beginning of April.

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Winds shift a bit more southerly on Tuesday while small swell mix continues

Winds shift a bit more southerly on Tuesday while small swell mix continues

Tuesday will see some funky conditions. We will have some small waves thanks to a blend of Southern Hemi SSW swell mixing with some NW leftovers and increasing local windswell. Most of the region, at least most of the spots that are good at pulling in our incoming swell mix, will see some early onshore texture. Unfortunately that bump/texture looks like it may swing in before sunrise and then continue to get worse as we move through the day.

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SSW-SW fills in a little more on Monday

SSW-SW fills in a little more on Monday

Look for a little more size at our SSW-SW facing spots as we start the week. It won’t be a huge jump…just a little more energy showing at the well exposed spots. It is a southern hemi swell so count on some inconsistency, but the decent combo breaks that also pull in some of the weaker WNW-NW energy will produce a few more rideable sets.

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Saturday sees a small blend of NW and SSW-SW swells

Saturday sees a small blend of NW and SSW-SW swells

Mostly weak waves expected as we move through the weekend. Our blend of swells stay about the same for the next couple of days…but we do see a couple of little refresher pulses from the NW and the SSW that will help to keep the small/rideable waves showing at the top spots.

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Weak combo of NPAC and SPAC swells hang around for a few days

Weak combo of NPAC and SPAC swells hang around for a few days

Our surf for the weekend will be on the small side. We have a couple of weak swells, one being a steep NW’er and the other a slightly better aimed but less consistent SSW-SW pulse that sort of bubbles up from the South Pacific. Neither of these swells are very strong, but they have some trailing pulses of energy that move in as the initial energy fades away, so while our waves stay small they won’t go completely flat. The weather is promising to be a bit unstable, (yeah thanks for nothing Mother Nature), as a couple of weak low’s move through the area…so along with the small surf we are going to see some periods of texture/crumble…it isn’t going to be ruining any great surf but it isn’t going to be doing us any favors either. Long-range charts have a couple of better shots of WNW-NW energy heading our way for next week along with some potential for more Southern Hemi swell too.

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Small surf sticks around on Friday and brings along some pockets of onshore wind

Small surf sticks around on Friday and brings along some pockets of onshore wind

The surf stays small on Friday while we also pick up a little more onshore texture at the more wind sensitive spots. Look for mostly marginal surf for much of Southern California and only a handful of occasionally rideable sets showing at the best breaks.

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