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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.

Mix of WNW-NW swells and weak SSW pulses on tap for the weekend. Larger surf starts to arrive next week

Mix of WNW-NW swells and weak SSW pulses on tap for the weekend. Larger surf starts to arrive next week

The North Pacific is definitely getting more active…however we will still have to slog through a few days of smaller WNW-NW swells before the bigger waves start to arrive. Don’t expect a lot of change in size as we head into the weekend…the blend of WNW-NW windswell/medium-period energy will continue to stick around, setting up some rideable but mostly forgettable little pockets of surf for the well exposed spots. Stronger storms, that are forecast to pull together over the next couple of days, will begin to push in more WNW-NW energy as we move into the early parts of next week, with wave heights steadily rising from Monday onward. We will have to keep an eye on the weather/conditions as these new swells arrive…the storms producing them will be very close to the coast and will probably throw a cold front (or two) our way before pushing further inland. Still, despite the possibility of funky weather it will be nice to see some larger waves finally returning.

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Winds get shifty on Thursday while we struggle through more morning tide issues

Winds get shifty on Thursday while we struggle through more morning tide issues

Thursday will have a few rideable pockets…but between a bit of eddy circulation, the sort-of mixed up nature of the swell, and a high morning tide, it doesn’t look all that fun.

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Slowly building S-SW swells start to fill in while some decent ENE swell hits the Caribbean Side

Slowly building S-SW swells start to fill in while some decent ENE swell hits the Caribbean Side

We are finally going to see a nice trend of building Southern Hemi swell as we move through the next couple of weeks. New storms have been slowly gaining strength and are starting to break out of that seemingly endless zonal pattern that had the SPAC locked down over the last few months. We can expect the new S-SW swells to start to slowly fill in as we move through the rest of the week with more on tap as we head into the weekend. At the same time there have been some pretty steady winds blowing across the Caribbean, just to the North of South America that will send in a good dose of E-ENE swell pretty much all week long (and probably even further out). Either way you decide to go it looks like there will be fun waves…though the Caribbean side looks a little more lively.

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High Tide Swampthing tries to drown our small but rideable mix of WNW-NW energy

High Tide Swampthing tries to drown our small but rideable mix of WNW-NW energy

Wednesday will be another rideable surf day…not great…but still fun if you have the right attitude and equipment. Wave heights will stay pretty much the same as the last couple of days but conditions look a little cleaner. Unfortunately we have another fat morning high tide that peaks right around 7:30, which is going to swamp out a lot of spots and slow down the dawn patrol throughout Socal.

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Cleaner morning winds and some holding WNW windswell will offer up a few rideable waves.

Cleaner morning winds and some holding WNW windswell will offer up a few rideable waves.

Cleaner conditions will mix with some still steady windswell on Tuesday. Look for some playful, but somewhat soft waves to show at the better WNW-NW facing spots along with a few faster lines setting up at the standout breaks.

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Chunky windswell keeps us in the water…but long-range charts are starting to get interesting

Chunky windswell keeps us in the water…but long-range charts are starting to get interesting

Mix of overlapping windswells and some marginal WNW-NW energy from sub-par NPAC storms will keep things rideable for the next few days. It won’t be great surf, but the winds and weather are forecast to improve becoming more stable and warmer, which will help at least keep the top spots playful. Long-range charts are finally starting to look up…both the North and the South Pacific are becoming more active…with storms forecast to move into our swell windows over the next week or so. While not every storm is completely locked in (yet) it does look like we are going to have some bigger and hopefully better surf lining up as we move into the second half of February. (Hell yeah Pacific…get it in gear!)

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NW winds spin up the local windswell…looks like some morning sickness as well

NW winds spin up the local windswell…looks like some morning sickness as well

Monday will see a boost of new windswell but the winds generating aren’t going to be far behind it. Expect some funk to be showing at the more wind sensitive areas as we start the day, and early onshores to develop for most of the region.

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Cleaner conditions mix with small WNW-NW swells

Cleaner conditions mix with small WNW-NW swells

Conditions clean up while our mix of swells remain on the small side…looks like there will be a few rideable waves at the better spots, but plan on smaller surf at the lesser exposed breaks.

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WNW-NW pulse and NW winds arrive as our storm leaves

WNW-NW pulse and NW winds arrive as our storm leaves

Friday is looking like a marginal surf day. The storm front that hit mostly Thursday afternoon will slowly be exiting the region and the trailing WNW-NW winds will move in as the front moves out. Look for a mix of mostly smaller windswell and increasing onshore winds to hurt the surf shape across most beaches.

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Small WNW-NW pulses and shots of local windswell mix with unstable weather

Small WNW-NW pulses and shots of local windswell mix with unstable weather

The next several days aren’t looking all that great surfwise. We will see a mix of small WNW-NW swells that filter in from some poorly positioned storms that moved through the NPAC over the last week or so. We will also have a steady stream of short-period local windswell, much of which will get driven in by stronger winds moving through both or inner and outer waters. Needless to say the blend of smaller WNW energy and local windswell won’t be all that great at producing surf…and when you add in unstable winds and weather our chances of getting decent waves basically goes into the toilet. Long-range charts are showing a couple more storm fronts possibly moving over the West Coast as we move through next week and the SPAC is starting to show at least a little improvement…but overall there aren’t any significant looking swells currently in the forecast.

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