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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.

Lingering S swell and small NW/SW combo help keep things rideable on Saturday.

Lingering S swell and small NW/SW combo help keep things rideable on Saturday.

Saturday looks like a playful surf day…nothing spectacular…but still with enough energy that if you pick your spot, keep an eye on the tides, and catch the cleaner morning conditions you will be able to pick off a few fun ones.

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Dropping WNW and S swell will mix with cleaner conditions on Friday

Dropping WNW and S swell will mix with cleaner conditions on Friday

Our surf will slowly drop off on Friday while morning conditions clean up and overall beach weather improves.

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Fading combo swell trails off over the weekend while our weather improves

Fading combo swell trails off over the weekend while our weather improves

We will have a run of smaller surf on tap for the next few days as our current blend of WNW/S swell fades away leaving us with weaker, less consistent background energy from both the NW and the SW. Conditions do look like they will return to a warmer Fall pattern…light offshore winds and sunny skies will creep back in as we move through the weekend and into the first part of next week. Longer-range forecast charts are showing increasing activity in the North Pacific, zonal storm traffic in the SPAC, and even an outside chance for a little bit of tropical swell from TS Raymond who eventually wanders into our SE-S swell window.

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WNW-NW and S swell stick around while the weather gets a little funky

WNW-NW and S swell stick around while the weather gets a little funky

Look for fun surf to hold at the exposed spots on Thursday. Conditions won’t be quite as good thanks to a weak front moving through the area…but it isn’t enough to junk it up too much and many of the more protected spots will stay nice and rideable.

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Ian Walsh attempts to throw a hot dog down a hallway

Ian Walsh attempts to throw a hot dog down a hallway

To get hyped for the new season, Ian Walsh takes over the Red Bull surfing channel for a day to show video evidence from his insane attempt to surf Jaws on an inflatable hot dog, as well as a few of his other favorite big days from last year.

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Raymond soaks Central Mexico while the rest of the region sees a mix of fading S and modest SW swells

Raymond soaks Central Mexico while the rest of the region sees a mix of fading S and modest SW swells

Central Mexico is getting a lovely cleansing from Hurricane Raymond, who despite being a pretty strong hurricane was very small and located very close to the coast, which severely limited the amount of swell he was able to produce. Already Raymond is starting to shear apart and move off slowly to the west, which will continue to weaken any swell making potential, eventually shutting it down all together. For the rest of the region we are seeing the tail end of a decent shot of S swell that peaked early in the week and will be fading out over the next few days. As the S swell drops off a series of SW pulses, from a weaker and more zonal SPAC will move in to help keep the exposed spots rideable, but overall not that exciting.

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New NW swell and more S swell move in on Wednesday

New NW swell and more S swell move in on Wednesday

Building wave heights and improving surf conditions will be on tap for Wednesday. A nice mix of new NW and S swells will arrive through the day, eventually peaking in the afternoon. While tides still won’t be ideal the increasing swell and clean morning conditions will help to push fun surf into the exposed breaks.

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New swells slowly fill on Tuesday…expect slow morning surf, with a little more pep to the sets by the evening

New swells slowly fill on Tuesday…expect slow morning surf, with a little more pep to the sets by the evening

Most spots will start slow on Tuesday but new energy from both the North and South Pacific will just start to arrive as we move through the morning. Look for a gradual increase in surf size and consistency at the top spots as we head into the afternoon.

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Slowly building NW swell mixes with a playful shot of S swell and clean morning conditions

Slowly building NW swell mixes with a playful shot of S swell and clean morning conditions

Our surf improves this week as a stronger NPAC storm track finally begins to push new swell our way and another pulse of S swell moves up from the SPAC. Long-range charts are showing a lot of strong activity in the North Pacific…but it is still struggling to push some of the best looking fetch past Hawaii. In the tropics Hurricane Raymond just spun up over the last day or so…and while he isn’t in our swell window yet it does look like he might be able to reach the SE portion later this week. Overall the long-range outlook is showing plenty of potential…we just need a few more pieces to slide into place.

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Mostly small surf continues into Monday but expect some new energy to slowly fill in late in the day

Mostly small surf continues into Monday but expect some new energy to slowly fill in late in the day

Monday will start off with mostly small waves thanks the weak swell mix that continues through the morning. Conditions look clean and the high tide moves further away from the dawn patrol so if you don’t mind small waves the morning may have a slightly better surf window.

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