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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.

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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S-SSW swell drops while a new shot of WNW-NW swell arrives…could turn into combo fun Friday

S-SSW swell drops while a new shot of WNW-NW swell arrives…could turn into combo fun Friday

Wave heights, particularly at the S facing beaches, will dip down a bit on Friday. There will still be plenty of fun waves and playful surf…it will just be a little smaller and less consistent than the last couple of days. We will see a new, slightly stronger WNW-NW swell move into the background swell mix, so expect a little better shape at the combo spots.

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Sunny skies, morning offshore winds, and still steady S-SSW swell on tap for Thursday

Sunny skies, morning offshore winds, and still steady S-SSW swell on tap for Thursday

Clean morning conditions and holding S-SSW swell will help to keep playful surf showing at the S facing beaches on Thursday. There will be some tide issues in the morning thanks to a high tide peak around 8:45am…however winds look light enough that we should be able to work around the high tide and still find some fun waves.

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S-SW swell settles in this week with more SPAC activity in the long-range

S-SW swell settles in this week with more SPAC activity in the long-range

Some wild weather today…looked like the East Coast for about 30 minutes in HB today (thanks to the hail) of course it was sunny and getting close to the mid-60’s by the afternoon, so go figure. The good news is that our weather will improve over the next couple of days and it will be nice and toasty by the end of the week…just in time for our first semi-legit shot of spring S-SW swell. That energy will start to fill in on Tuesday and then peak later in the week. At the same time there will be some background pulses of WNW-NW swell still lingering around the edges of the swell mix, so if winds can cooperate we should be looking at decent little combo mix for the next few days.

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Weather starts to mellow out while new S-SSW swell begins to slowly fill in

Weather starts to mellow out while new S-SSW swell begins to slowly fill in

Weather will continue to be a little unstable on Tuesday, but if you don’t mind the questionable water-quality, it does look like the morning winds will remain fairly clean and the newly building S-SSW swell will help to add in some more size. We will still need to keep an eye on the localized winds as well as the higher morning tide, but there will be a few pockets out there.

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Onshore winds, building windswell, and messy conditions

Onshore winds, building windswell, and messy conditions

Sloppy weather and poor surf conditions move into the region on Saturday-Sunday. We will get a boost in local windswell (as well as some more organized swells) but that will come with a steady dose of onshore winds, pockets of rain, and generally junky conditions. The main part of the storm will hit on Saturday and likely linger into Sunday so there won’t be much improvement until we start to move into next week.

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Building windswell and funky weather on tap for the weekend…cleaner conditions and building S swell moving in next week

Building windswell and funky weather on tap for the weekend…cleaner conditions and building S swell moving in next week

A few more storms started to move through our swell windows over the last couple of days, however the NPAC energy is still struggling to get into position to send us much swell…and the SPAC swell, while decent, isn’t up to full summer strength (yet). A lot of our weekend’s surf is going to be built up by a cold front moving down the California Coast on Friday…this will move into our area over the next couple of days bringing rounds of showers, cold weather, and southerly winds. Fortunately it looks like this storm will be moving out of the region by late in the weekend so we will see cleaner conditions for next week, just in time for our bigger shot of Southern Hemi swell.

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Slowly building surf with stormier weather starting to stack up on the horizon

Slowly building surf with stormier weather starting to stack up on the horizon

Wave heights will increase on Friday as a mix of several new swells start to slowly trickle in. There won’t be a huge jump in the morning size, however we can expect increasing wave heights and more consistency out of the swell-mix as we move into the afternoon.

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Our swell mix shifts around a bit on Thursday but stays rideable during the morning

Our swell mix shifts around a bit on Thursday but stays rideable during the morning

The surf will settle down into a little smaller range on Thursday. There will still be some rideable waves thanks to the leftover swell mix and relatively clean conditions…however you may want to switch up to your small wave gear just so you can pick off some of the weaker waves…otherwise you might get stuck waiting around for inconsistent bigger sets.

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WNW-NW swell fades slightly but looks like fun surf will still show at the standouts

WNW-NW swell fades slightly but looks like fun surf will still show at the standouts

Not much change in our surf on Wednesday. The mix of overlapping WNW swells will continue with the main swell backing down and some reinforcements moving in to help prop up the remnants. Our weather will also warm up a bit more along with a mix of mostly offshore flow setting up for the morning.

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