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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.

SSW swell sticks around for a few days and then trails off later this week

SSW swell sticks around for a few days and then trails off later this week

The latest round of SSW swell moved in on Monday and will be peaking with some fun surf over the next several days. Unfortunately that swell will begin to taper off later in the weekend, getting smaller over the upcoming weekend, and we don’t really have any other significant swells on the way to replace the SSW’er once it leaves. Don’t get me wrong I am seeing storm activity all over the Pacific, but it is either in the wrong place to send swells to Socal or hasn’t been able to fully develop yet. With Hurricane Odile now out of the picture as a swell-maker we are slipping into a little bit of a swell-gap…keep your fingers crossed that this won’t be the case for very long.

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More SSW swell fills in on Tuesday, expect more size and consistency at the top breaks

More SSW swell fills in on Tuesday, expect more size and consistency at the top breaks

Bigger surf moves in on Tuesday thanks to a building mix of SSW-SW swells. Look for fun, mostly clean shape through the morning, though you will want to keep an eye on the tides…it stays a bit swampy and the more sensitive spots may stay slow through the first half of the day.

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Tropical Update: Major Hurricane Odile gets ready to steamroll Cabo

Tropical Update: Major Hurricane Odile gets ready to steamroll Cabo

Hurricane Odile gets ready to make landfall in Baja Sur

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New SSW-SW swell fills in throughout the day on Monday

New SSW-SW swell fills in throughout the day on Monday

Monday starts to see a few more rideable waves as new long-period SSW swell gradually fills in through the day. Don’t expect a fast start in the morning…but we will have some larger sets sneaking in by the end of the day.

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Slow start to Sunday morning but long-period SSW energy starts to hit the buoys in the evening

Slow start to Sunday morning but long-period SSW energy starts to hit the buoys in the evening

Look for mostly small, but rideable, waves showing at the S-SSW facing spots on Sunday. Conditions will be clean with a touch of light texture at a few of the really wind sensitive spots. Overall it will be a decent day for cruising on a bigger board and/or taking the family to the beach.

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Clean conditions mix with slowly fading swell on Saturday

Clean conditions mix with slowly fading swell on Saturday

Our mix of Southern Hemi swells will fade slowly over the weekend. We can still expect rideable, even fun surf for the better exposed spots, but we will need to keep a close eye on both the tides and the winds in order to score the best quality surf.

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Southern Hemi swell sticks around for a few days with more on tap for next week…meanwhile the tropics start to get worked up (again)

Southern Hemi swell sticks around for a few days with more on tap for next week…meanwhile the tropics start to get worked up (again)

We have a new Southern Hemi swell in the water this evening that will hold through Friday and over the upcoming weekend. It isn’t a huge swell, but it has a nice swell direction and will work alongside some background energy to keep most of our summer spots fairly playful. Further out we are looking at a mix of new South Pacific energy moving up our way around the middle of the month. This new swell will hit with some very long-period forerunners early next week and then start to peak by mid-week. That isn’t all we have going on either…the tropics have come roaring back to life and have Odile (pronounced ‘Oh-Deal’) who is currently forecast to become a strong hurricane while tracking toward Baja, and eventually the Socal SE swell window. Close behind is tropical depression 16E who formed this morning and looks like it may become TS Polo before the weekend. All this new tropical activity is already starting to show some swell for Socal in the forecast models but plan on keeping an eye on Odile and TD-16E as we move through the weekend to see how it is really going to play out. Will Odile be another Hurricane Marie…or a Norbert? Check the full forecast for the details.

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Friday Funday! SSW swell holds through the day while beach weather and clean conditions help start us off right

Friday Funday! SSW swell holds through the day while beach weather and clean conditions help start us off right

Fun surf continues to show on Friday thanks to a steady mix of S-SSW energy, low morning tides, and clean conditions.

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Clean conditions, low morning tide and building SSW swell will help keep Thursday surfable

Clean conditions, low morning tide and building SSW swell will help keep Thursday surfable

Clean conditions and a new bump of SSW swell will help keep our surf playful on Thursday. We can expect mostly light winds and lower tides as we start the day…new SSW energy will be filling in as well. Look for slower shape and a bit more texture as the tides and winds increase around midday.

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Central America and Mainland Mexico see wave heights increase through the week and then get bigger over the weekend

Central America and Mainland Mexico see wave heights increase through the week and then get bigger over the weekend

The Southern Hemi continues to keep Mainland Mexico and Central America in decent sized waves for the next several days. Currently we are just winding down from a bigger shot of SW swell that hit late last week and held through the weekend. The trailing elements of that swell will keep the surf rolling through as we move through the middle of the week, finally backing all the way down by the weekend. Before the lack of swell has a chance to even settle a little bit we will have two new South Pacific swells pushing wave heights right back up into the well overhead+ range…and if that wasn’t enough we also have another tropical system spinning to life just off the coast of Central Mainland Mexico that has the potential to spread around some stacked up local tropical energy as we head into the weekend, helping some areas see healthy sized, but questionable shaped surf for the second part of the week. This tropical system is forecast to move away from land (at this point), but you will still want to keep an eye on it, just in case it decides to swing back toward Mainland Mex.

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