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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.

Funky Friday…waves stick around but winds will too

Funky Friday…waves stick around but winds will too

Friday will be another rideable but not completely clean surf day. Our mix of overlapping Southern Hemi swells and background WNW-NW energy will keep the waves showing at the exposed beaches while stronger winds in the outer waters spin up enough of a coastal eddy to add some southerly/onshore texture to the more sensitive spots.

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Still a little textured through the morning but S-SW swell sticks around

Still a little textured through the morning but S-SW swell sticks around

Thursday will continue to see some rideable, even fun, overlapping Southern Hemi swell. We will still see a little bit of overcast skies, areas of fog, and a few pockets of bumpy wind texture…but overall the conditions won’t be total deal breaker, and if you know where to look you should be able to find a decent patch of beach to hang out on.

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Expect a foggy Wednesday with a few S-SW lines hiding in the soup

Expect a foggy Wednesday with a few S-SW lines hiding in the soup

Wednesday will have a few playful waves though weather conditions won’t be ideal. Our current swell mix will hold through the morning and then start to creep up slightly in the afternoon as new energy arrives. Winds look OK…maybe a bit fluky at times but not horrible…however it looks like some fog and a bit of a marine layer will keep things pretty cool along the coast as we start the day.

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Clean conditions and S-SW swell holds into Tuesday

Clean conditions and S-SW swell holds into Tuesday

We will see some playful surf on Tuesday thanks to a mix of holding S-SW swell energy and decent wind/weather conditions. High tide will slow things down through mid-morning but overall there will still be enough energy to push rideable waves into the better exposed breaks.

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The South Pacific continues to intensify…more Southern Hemi swell on the way

The South Pacific continues to intensify…more Southern Hemi swell on the way

Steady S-SW swells will move in and overlap as we move through the rest of the week. The first couple of swells, while playful, are pretty modest pulses of Southern Hemi energy…they will help keep things rideable at the average spots while the standout breaks see some occasionally bigger sets. Fortunately for us the South Pacific storm-track is continuing to intensify and has already put a decent S swell in the water for this upcoming weekend. Even better news is that the weekend’s S swell isn’t the only swell in the pipeline…new storms are forecast to form over the next week that will have a good chance at producing larger S-SSW pulses for much of next week and probably even further out.

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Building S-SSW swell and cleaner conditions help to start off the work week

Building S-SSW swell and cleaner conditions help to start off the work week

Monday will see some better surf…it still won’t be outstanding, the combo of high tide and slow start to the new swell will keep the morning a bit on the boring side. However the winds throughout the region will improve overnight and if things go as planned they should stay that way long enough for this new swell to fill in.

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Sunday sees SSW swell and local windswell mix with some early onshore texture

Sunday sees SSW swell and local windswell mix with some early onshore texture

Sunday will have some rideable waves as we move through the morning. It won’t be super clean for most spots thanks to a bit of onshore W winds that start up pretty early…however there will be a few pockets of lighter winds scattered around, which will at least give us a few options during the first part of the day.

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Modest Southern Hemi peaks on Saturday but struggles with winds and the tides

Modest Southern Hemi peaks on Saturday but struggles with winds and the tides

Look for rideable surf as we move into Saturday, however, thanks to a passing upper-level low-pressure our conditions will be a touch unstable, which will add some fluky pockets of onshore texture and even the potential for more fog/drizzle in some areas.

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New SSW swell moves in on Friday along with some AM fog texture

New SSW swell moves in on Friday along with some AM fog texture

Friday will be another rideable surf day…and while our morning winds aren’t as ideal as they were at the beginning of the week we will have a little more swell in the water to keep the occasionally playful sets rolling in.

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SSW-SW swell slowly gains some momentum over the weekend with more Southern Hemi energy on the way

SSW-SW swell slowly gains some momentum over the weekend with more Southern Hemi energy on the way

We will have some playful, if occasionally inconsistent, Southern Hemi swell on tap as move into the weekend. There will be some WNW-NW energy lingering in the background, but overall it looks like the North Pacific is starting to quiet down and shift into spring-mode. Look for this small combo swell to keep the well exposed spots rideable for the next several days. Fortunately for the summer spots the SPAC has been active enough that we will continue to see some modest energy pulsing in as we move through next week and then a bigger shot of S swell as we head into Easter Weekend. Extreme long-range charts continue to show a very typical spring-y pattern…however the SPAC seems to be picking up in intensity, which could help it push out some bigger S-SW swells if the storms can form in the right places.

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