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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.

New S-SSE swells help to drive up wave heights on the 4th of July

New S-SSE swells help to drive up wave heights on the 4th of July

The 4th of July will be a pretty good surf day for the S exposed spots and good combo breaks. We will have a mix of building swells moving in from both the tropics as well as the South Pacific, which will push larger waves into the exposed areas as we start the day and continue to increase size as we move into the afternoon.

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Swell Alert – Solid Southern Hemi swells hit over the holiday weekend

Swell Alert – Solid Southern Hemi swells hit over the holiday weekend

Unless you have been living in a cave, or under a rock, or (*gasp*) without internet…you probably already know we have some good sized Southern Hemi swells hitting all over the West Coast, Mexico, and Central America, during the next few days.

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Good-sized Southern Hemi swells drive in larger surf as we move through the weekend

Good-sized Southern Hemi swells drive in larger surf as we move through the weekend

After waiting what seems like forever (but was only about a week or so)…the new Southern Hemi swells are finally starting to arrive. We already have a mix of tropical SE energy mixing with some of the lead elements of our new swells, nothing major at this point but still enough that we are starting to get a little lift in size. Fortunately this is just the beginning…we can expect wave heights to continue to build through Friday and then continue to build over the weekend as a second shot of S-SSE swell overlapping the first before it even has a chance to back down. The S facing beaches can expect some healthy-sized surf to continue to show all the way into early next week before starting to slowly back down…but even then another smaller shot of SPAC swell will help extend the rideable sizes all the way through to the following weekend. Long-range charts are pretty positive as well…another strong storm is forecast to pull together over the next several days that will send yet another round of SSW-SW swell for right around the middle of the month. Make sure to read the full forecast for all the details!

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Wave heights start to creep up on Thursday with more on the way

Wave heights start to creep up on Thursday with more on the way

New swells start to arrive throughout the day on Thursday. We will see rideable conditions however plan on the surf starting off a little on the slow side and then gradually becoming more consistent and larger as we move throughout the day. There will be some light onshore texture for most beaches but despite slightly crumble shape most spots will stay clean enough to ride.

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Rideable mix of S-SSW swells and local windswell keeps us in the water on Wednesday

Rideable mix of S-SSW swells and local windswell keeps us in the water on Wednesday

Wednesday will be another rideable surf day. We have a couple of new swells moving in to replace the energy we have had fading out the last couple of days, which will help add some new size as we move through the day. There may be some light texture showing in the morning but most spots will stay fairly clean.

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Big S-SSW swells move into Central America and Mainland Mexico over the next several days…look for a long run of large waves

Big S-SSW swells move into Central America and Mainland Mexico over the next several days…look for a long run of large waves

Thanks to a very active South Pacific we have a number of new S-SSW swells moving into the region over the next several days. The first pulse will start filling in with some long-period energy on Wednesday and we can expect larger, more consistent, swells to follow closely on its heels. Basically we are looking at least 5-6 days of well-overhead to double-overhead+ surf for many spots and some even bigger bombs hitting the deepwater standout breaks. Weatherwise most of the region is pretty much in wet-season mode…but Central Mexico has Tropical Storm Elida sitting and spinning about 100 miles off the coast…fortunately for that region the storm will be weakening and moving away from land just in time for these S-SSW Southern Hemi swells to arrive.

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Modest waves stick around for a couple of days with bigger surf arriving over the 4th of July weekend

Modest waves stick around for a couple of days with bigger surf arriving over the 4th of July weekend

We will have a couple of rideable but sort of slow surf days as we move through the week…however we have a lot more on tap coming in as we head toward the holiday weekend. By the end of the week we will be seeing the first of a couple of good-sized Southern Hemi pulses, some out-of-season NW energy, increasing local windswell, and some background SE swell from newly formed Tropical Storm Douglas. These waves will continue into the weekend and before they even have a chance to back down they will get a whole new shot of large S-SSE swell steamrolling its way up from the SPAC. Basically we are looking at a number of days of good-sized surf with enough crossed up combo energy helping to keep halfway decent shape at the lesser exposed spots. Between warm water, decent weather, and plenty of waves this will be a pretty good first half of July.

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Rideable waves stick around through Tuesday

Rideable waves stick around through Tuesday

Tuesday will see a rideable/playful mix of combo swell and some light onshore winds. We can expect surfable conditions for most beaches with decent exposure to the swell mix and just a bit of light onshore texture crumble to the more wind sensitive spots.

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The stupid eddy returns on Monday while mix of swells stay about the same

The stupid eddy returns on Monday while mix of swells stay about the same

Monday will have a few rideable pockets but the strengthening eddy winds and slightly gutless swell mix will keep our surf from being all that interesting. Most of our beaches can expect crumbly shape with some southerly texture…while the few spots that have some S-SSE wind protection coming through a little cleaner. Overall not that great of a surf day, but between the warm water and semi-rideable waves it may still be worth paddling around if you have the time (and don’t mind smaller surf).

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More windswell combos up with some slightly stronger SSW swell on Sunday

More windswell combos up with some slightly stronger SSW swell on Sunday

Sunday’s surf will be a mixture of overlapping S-SSW swells and some slightly boosted WNW-NW windswell. Overall it looks rideable for most spots with a few of the more wind protected areas even seeing some playful shape. The eddy is forecast to hang around again on Sunday but it looks weaker than Saturday, which may leave conditions a little cleaner as we start the day.

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