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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.

Slowly fading S swell gets propped up with some small WNW-NW energy on Monday

Slowly fading S swell gets propped up with some small WNW-NW energy on Monday

Monday looks like another decent surf day. Winds and weather will start off nice (though a couple of areas may have a little bit of fog early) and there will be enough swell in the water to keep the well-exposed spots in fun/playful sizes. Looks like we will see the best shape through mid-morning but we will need to wait for the tide to drop at least a little before it starts to click.

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Great weather and a fun combo swell set up playful surf for the weekend

Great weather and a fun combo swell set up playful surf for the weekend

Plan on a playful surf weekend…we have a decent mix of combo swell that will continue to stick around (in one form or another) for the next couple of days. And if that wasn’t enough we will also see some great beach weather for both Saturday and Sunday…very warm inland with light to moderate offshores at least through Saturday and then even glassier conditions on Sunday.

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Playful combo swell on tap for the weekend…more combo energy expected next week

Playful combo swell on tap for the weekend…more combo energy expected next week

Our surf picks up a couple of notches as we move into the weekend thanks to a blend of new Southern Hemi swell as well as a mix of WNW-NW energy still leaking out of the North Pacific. Weatherwise it looks like a pretty kick-ass weekend…sunny and warm at the coasts with some light to moderate offshore flow showing at least for the mornings. Our surf will drop down later in the weekend and through the first part of next week but more energy from the Southern Hemi as well as some background WNW-NW leftovers will eventually push back in and help to put our surf back into the playful range.

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Offshore winds increase on Friday while S-SSW swell holds and local windswell fills in the background

Offshore winds increase on Friday while S-SSW swell holds and local windswell fills in the background

Friday will be a decent surf day…the new S-SSW swell will fill in, more WNW-NW windswell will start to arrive, and the nice beach weather (along with some pockets of offshore winds) will heat up the coasts. Looks like the summer breaks and good combo spots will throw together some playful lines.

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Cleaner conditions and new S-SSW swell slowly improve our surf on Thursday

Cleaner conditions and new S-SSW swell slowly improve our surf on Thursday

Our surf conditions switch back around on Thursday…it will still be a little slow in the morning but new swells from both the South and North Pacific will be filling in throughout the day. It also looks like some building high-pressure will start to push the winds back offshore for several regions…so we can expect some better and bigger surf by midday with more on tap as we start to head into the weekend.

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Weak and close to shore…Wednesday looks like a decent day to get caught up on work

Weak and close to shore…Wednesday looks like a decent day to get caught up on work

Wednesday will be a slow beach day…and even the ‘beach day’ is sort of questionable as a new cold front starts to move toward the area. Overall the surf is going to be very small and very inconsistent…morning winds won’t be too bad (for all of our areas) but most of the more open beaches will have some extra crumble/texture showing through the first part of the day.

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Small surf for a couple of days and then new combo energy starts to pick things up

Small surf for a couple of days and then new combo energy starts to pick things up

Not a lot of swell in the water right now…we have some leftovers from the weekend as well as some smaller background pulses of North Pacific and South Pacific energy that is working to keep at least a few rideable waves showing at the top spots over the next couple of days. Later this week we will see an increase in both Southern Hemi swell and local short-period WNW-NW windswell…it won’t end up being a huge combo mix but it should make things a little more exciting than the swell mix we have in the water right now. Long-range is showing some new wrinkles in the SPAC forecast that could turn into something in a few days…the NPAC is still working but you can tell that it is shifting gears to its more mellow spring/summer role.

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Small and clean with some overcast skies

Small and clean with some overcast skies

Tuesday will see a mix of small leftover swells still hanging on from the weekend and some background pulses from both the NPAC and the SPAC. Overall conditions, while foggy in the morning, look mostly clean. You should be able to get out and ride a few small ones if you time the winds and the tides just right.

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Clean conditions and fading S swell on tap for the weekend

Clean conditions and fading S swell on tap for the weekend

We will have small but rideable surf on tap this weekend. Unfortunately for our surf size the dominant S swell is dropping and only a couple of smaller reinforcing swells are in the water to take its place. There will still be a few fun waves at the standout spots but weather, tides, and winds will all need to be clicking just right to get the most out of it.

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Fading S swell is propped up by small WNW-NW combo mix over the weekend

Fading S swell is propped up by small WNW-NW combo mix over the weekend

Looks like our surf is going to back down a bit this weekend, but thankfully the current swell mix will take its time fading out, and will even see some small reinforcements (from both sides of the Pacific) that will help string out our run of playful waves. Look for the fading trend to continue through most of next week, with just a handful of small Southern Hemi pulses and local NW windswell doing most of the work. Long-range charts are showing a pick-up in North Pacific and South Pacific activity over the next few days…looks like more spring combo swell is on the way.

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