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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.

WNW-NW swell tapers off but more swell expected later this week

WNW-NW swell tapers off but more swell expected later this week

Look for the current WNW-NW swell to stick around through Tuesday before weakening on Wednesday. Fortunately our surf won’t completely disappear…there will be a series of smaller, but still fun pulses that will help to keep things rideable all the way through the upcoming weekend. Weather will also be cooperating all week…setting up clean conditions and quite a few days of morning offshore winds (especially considering that we are moving into early spring). Long-range charts promising as well…with the NPAC potentially setting up a beefier WNW-NW pulse for early next week and the SPAC pushing a better round of SSW-SW swell our way for the later parts of March. Odds are looking decent that we may see some combo action as we get close to the end of the month…(hmmmmm combo swell).

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Clean conditions and WNW-NW swell hang around through Tuesday

Clean conditions and WNW-NW swell hang around through Tuesday

Tuesday will have some still healthy-sized surf showing at the WNW-NW facing beaches along with some excellent wind/weather conditions. Wave heights will start to slowly back down as we move into the afternoon but overall we can expect a good surf day.

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Monday sees a mix of clean conditions and building WNW-NW swell

Monday sees a mix of clean conditions and building WNW-NW swell

Look for bigger surf to return on Monday as more WNW-NW swell moves in and mixes with the leftovers from the weekend. Conditions will continue to be nice, with mostly calm winds and a few early morning clouds as we start the day.

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Sunday sees smaller, but still playful mix of WNW-NW swell and offshore winds

Sunday sees smaller, but still playful mix of WNW-NW swell and offshore winds

Our current swell is going to back down pretty quickly overnight and while there will still be plenty of fun rideable waves at the more exposed areas, Sunday morning’s surf is going to be quite a bit smaller.

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WNW-NW swell holds strong on Saturday

WNW-NW swell holds strong on Saturday

The latest round of WNW-NW swell will peak before dawn on Saturday and continue to roll in healthy-sized waves at the well-exposed breaks as we move throughout the day. Conditions continue to improve as well and we can expect better weather and cleaner winds to go along with the increase in surf.

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New WNW-NW swell fills in as we move through Friday

New WNW-NW swell fills in as we move through Friday

Large surf returns on Friday as a new round of WNW-NW swell arrives and fills in throughout the day. Conditions do look cleaner as we move toward mid-morning but there is a chance for some texture-crumble to creep into the dawn patrol.

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Bigger WNW-NW swell and good conditions lined up for the weekend

Bigger WNW-NW swell and good conditions lined up for the weekend

More WNW-NW swell arrives on Friday, driving in bigger wave heights as we move through the day, eventually peaking overnight into Saturday. This new swell will pile in on top of the leftover energy from earlier in the week as well as some smaller local windswell and a touch of Southern Hemi swell. We can expect this pulse to hold through much of the weekend, slowly backing off as we move into Sunday. Further out we have yet another round of WNW-NW energy arriving early next week that will help to prop up the fading swell from the weekend and keep things fun and rideable for another few days. Conditions while a touch squirrelly on Friday will settle into a cleaner pattern, with some morning offshore winds helping to groom up the surf shape over the weekend and through much of next week. Long-range charts still show some decent activity in the NPAC, which is nice, but they are also calling for some stronger activity starting to crop up in the South Pacific. Cross your fingers…we might be looking at some spring-time combo swell before too long.

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A slightly smaller, but still fun swell mix holds through Thursday

A slightly smaller, but still fun swell mix holds through Thursday

Thursday will see the nice run of surf continue…our current swell mix will fade slightly but still hold on to plenty of size throughout the day. Winds look clean for most areas in the morning with just a handful of beaches seeing some modest onshore texture.

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Fun waves stick around as modest S-SW swells overlap throughout the week

Fun waves stick around as modest S-SW swells overlap throughout the week

We have a few S-SW pulses that will be filling in over the next several days…in fact we already have one in the water, which is slowly on the way down and a new one queued up to arrive as we move through the middle of the week. None of these swells look particularly big or gnarly, but they are nice pre-season (late winter) appetizers that should go nicely with warmer water. Further down the line it looks like we will get at least another couple pulses of playful S-SSW energy…and then things will taper off a bit more as we head into Mid-March.

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Waves from a stormy weekend

Waves from a stormy weekend

Sometimes, even when it seems all of the elements are working against you, a big stormy swell can serve up a few gems. Benjamin Ginsberg shows us a few glimpses of what you can find hidden in the mess

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