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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.

Modest but playful S-SW swells and local windswell on tap for the week. Look for bigger S swell arriving over the weekend.

Modest but playful S-SW swells and local windswell on tap for the week. Look for bigger S swell arriving over the weekend.

Without the potential tropical activity Socal’s long-range forecast is a bit dull. Don’t get me wrong we still have waves on the way…the South Pacific has been more active over the last several days and will keep the rideable waves flowing for a while…it is just that the weather is less dramatic. Plan on surfing rideable/playful sized S-SW energy (mixed with some local windswell) for the next several days…nothing super exciting, but still big enough to have some early summer fun. Longer-range looks better…we have a bigger S swell moving in as we start next weekend with the peak of the energy holding into early next week. The extreme long-range charts even have some new storms on them…and if we are lucky (and these storms stay on track) we will be looking at some sort of playful sized energy sticking around through the end of the month.

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Wave heights continue to slowly build on Tuesday

Wave heights continue to slowly build on Tuesday

Wave heights continue to slowly increase on Tuesday as more energy from both the Southern Hemisphere and the local outer water winds moves into the region. Winds and weather conditions look manageable through the morning with clean shape for most areas along with a few patches of crumbly texture mixed in at the more sensitive beaches.

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New SSW swell and more windswell help to slowly increase our surf on Monday

New SSW swell and more windswell help to slowly increase our surf on Monday

Monday will see slowly building wave heights as some new energy from the Southern Hemi arrives and new WNW-NW windswell moves in from our outer waters.

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Slower start on Sunday but watch for a small increase late in the day

Slower start on Sunday but watch for a small increase late in the day

The mix of S-SW and WNW-NW swells will drop a bit as we move into Sunday. Conditions will still be clean and the morning tides will help out the wave shape…but overall we can expect things to be little smaller and a little less consistent.

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Tropical Alert –Cristina drops back to CAT-1

Tropical Alert –Cristina drops back to CAT-1

Turns out Hurricane Cristina is a bit of a tease…she has definitely blasted some swell to Cabo and Baja Sur, however she is starting to weaken pretty fast, dropping from CAT-4 to CAT-1 over the last 24 hours.

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Combo of S-SW swell and local windswell keep us surfing on Saturday

Combo of S-SW swell and local windswell keep us surfing on Saturday

We will see some decent, but relatively small, surf as we move into Saturday. Overall the wave heights won’t be that big, but there are a number of swells working together that will help keep rideable waves at the more exposed beaches and the morning winds look fairly clean. The tide will be pretty drained out in the morning, but it will be filling in at sunrise so keep an eye on the spots that are more sensitive to lower tides as we start the day.

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The playful run of surf continues through the weekend…more SPAC swell and some potential tropical swell on tap for next week.

The playful run of surf continues through the weekend…more SPAC swell and some potential tropical swell on tap for next week.

We will continue to see plenty of rideable summer waves as we move through the next several days. The ongoing mix of overlapping Southern Hemi swells will hold as we move into the weekend and then start to slowly increase as we move into early next week. Longer-range charts are showing some better looking storms developing in the South Pacific that will have waves headed our way for the second half of June. In the tropics we have CAT-4 Hurricane Cristina, who isn’t quite in the Socal swell window (yet)…but she is slowly going to track toward it over the next couple of days…if things play out correctly we could be looking at another little boost of tropical SE swell as we move into early next week.

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Cleaner conditions swing back through while more S-SW energy and local windswell keep things surfable

Cleaner conditions swing back through while more S-SW energy and local windswell keep things surfable

Wave heights will continue to creep slowly back up on Friday…not a huge jump since part of our swell mix will still be fading out…but enough that most S-SW facing breaks and the better combo spots will stay rideable/playful through the first part of the day.

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Tropical Alert – Hurricane Cristina hits CAT-4 strength

Tropical Alert – Hurricane Cristina hits CAT-4 strength

Hurricane Cristina has done a lot of growing over the last 24 hours. She has gone from a relatively modest CAT-1 hurricane and intensified all the way up to a full CAT-4, which means winds near the core of the storm are staying steady at 125-knots with gusts close to 155-knots. Check out the swell forecast for Baja Sur and Southern California in the new Tropical Alert.

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The surf slowly drops on Thursday while the morning texture returns

The surf slowly drops on Thursday while the morning texture returns

Thursday will continue to see rideable waves but we can expect a little less swell and a little more onshore wind both of which will hamper surf shape in some areas.

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