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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.

Summer surf continues as S-SSW swell hangs around through the week while Tropical Depression 3E forms in the East Pacific

Summer surf continues as S-SSW swell hangs around through the week while Tropical Depression 3E forms in the East Pacific

New SSW swell will stick around for a couple of days before starting to back off later this week. We can expect that SSW’er to blend in with some smaller pulses of S-SW energy as well as some fluky NW windswell, which will help to add a little extra size and consistency that we normally wouldn’t see out of a single Southern Hemi swell. Long-range charts are looking a little weak in terms of storm activity…there are a few modest swell makers moving through the SPAC, but they aren’t as strong or as lined up as we would like them to be. On a more positive note…Tropical Depression 3E formed this afternoon and is likely to become Tropical Storm/Hurricane Cristina over the next couple of days. TD-3E isn’t in our window yet, but forecasts have her moving our way…

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Onshore winds push in some more texture while SSW swell fills in a bit more

Onshore winds push in some more texture while SSW swell fills in a bit more

Tuesday will see some textured but still rideable waves as a mix of new SSW energy slowly fills in and a weak area of low-pressure bends our local winds a bit more onshore.

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Light winds and patchy fog mix with some playful S-SSW swell on Monday

Light winds and patchy fog mix with some playful S-SSW swell on Monday

Monday will be another rideable/playful surf day…it won’t be particularly big (much like the weekend) but the swell mix, including a new SSW swell in the water that will add a little more kick, will manage to push in enough surf that we will be able to have some fun.

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Sunday Funday…S-SW swell shows with a little more kick

Sunday Funday…S-SW swell shows with a little more kick

Sunday is actually looking like a little more of a surf day than I was expecting. After a nice little afternoon session down at my local S facing beach break I can already see there is touch more Southern Hemi energy in the water. This swell will continue into Sunday where it will mix with some fairly clean morning conditions, a bit of local windswell, and a whole new SSW pulse by late in the afternoon. Overall it looks like we will see some more consistent surf for the S-SSW facing breaks and even a little more size at the standout beaches.

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Rideable mix of S-SW surf sticks around on Saturday…little bit of windswell mixing in too

Rideable mix of S-SW surf sticks around on Saturday…little bit of windswell mixing in too

We will see the small but playful surf continue over the weekend. The current swell mix will hold into Saturday before weakening slightly Sunday morning. Winds and weather look pretty moderate for this time of year with some overcast skies early and light winds forecast for the mornings. Expect a new swell to fill later on Sunday that will help to add a little more size by the end of the weekend.

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Small combo of S-SW swells and local windswell keep us surfing through the weekend with a bigger SSW’er lined up for next week.

Small combo of S-SW swells and local windswell keep us surfing through the weekend with a bigger SSW’er lined up for next week.

The SPAC hasn’t quite got the perfect summer rhythm set up yet. In an ideal summer we would have the Southern Hemi cycling some better looking storms through the swell window every 7-10 days (lasting a few days as they develop), which would leave some gaps in our surf but would still keep things interesting. At the same time the tropics and our windswell would be active enough to try and help enhance the Southern Hemi swells or at least help to fill in the gaps between SPAC swells. Unfortunately, while we are seeing some steady SPAC storm action, the storms have been less organized and weaker than we need to produce good sized waves…and the tropics seem to be struggling…so there is less swell to fall back on when the downtime in-between the Southern Hemi energy arrives. Oh we will still end up seeing some rideable waves over the next several days and will even get a boost in size as we move into next week…we just aren’t seeing as much juice as we could. Keep your fingers crossed that the South Pacific and the tropics will get in sync a bit better as we move closer to the end of June.

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Small combo of S-SW swell and local NW windswell continues to push in on Friday

Small combo of S-SW swell and local NW windswell continues to push in on Friday

Look for the small but playful run of surf to hold into Friday. Our mix of S-SW swells and local NW windswell will peak through the first part of the day but we will see that energy extend into the afternoon and likely into the weekend as well. Looks like conditions will be mostly clean…however there will be a little bit of onshore flow in the mix, so don’t be surprised to see a little more texture at the wind sensitive breaks.

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Cleaner morning winds and a little mix of building S-SW energy

Cleaner morning winds and a little mix of building S-SW energy

Wave heights will continue to slowly increase on Thursday as more S-SW energy moves in from the Southern Hemi and mixes with some of our local windswell. Conditions look clean through the morning but expect onshore winds to add texture and increasing chop as we move through midday into the afternoon.

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Solid waves on tap for the next week along with some nasty weather from Boris

Solid waves on tap for the next week along with some nasty weather from Boris

We will have a blended mix of S-SW swells holding through the next week (and likely longer) that will keep plenty of surf showing at the exposed areas throughout the region. The long-range charts, while not quite as exciting as the last couple of weeks, are still pretty active with the potential for at least a few more swell-producing storms brewing in the mix that will very likely keep the Southern Hemi swells rolling on in. About the only bummer in the forecast at this point is Tropical Storm Boris who is slowly moving toward Southern Mainland Mexico and will likely cause plenty of weather and run-off issues over the next several days…

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New swells slowly fill in on Wednesday but local winds look to add some texture

New swells slowly fill in on Wednesday but local winds look to add some texture

Wednesday will see a slow increase in our surf size…however it won’t be a big increase, and we will still have to deal with some slight onshore winds as well as some occasional tide issues. Overall it will be rideable but not that memorable.

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