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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.

Tropical Alert – Hurricane Norbert starting to inch into Socal’s swell window

Tropical Alert – Hurricane Norbert starting to inch into Socal’s swell window

Late Friday night Norbert actually started to intensify, reaching a respectable CAT-3 strength…unfortunately he still wasn’t far enough west to move the swell making side of the storm into our swell window. The bad news is that his brief strengthening didn’t last that long, and he is already starting to back down a bit here on Saturday morning.

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SSW swell peaks through the day on Saturday…looks fun, but tides may slow things down in the morning.

SSW swell peaks through the day on Saturday…looks fun, but tides may slow things down in the morning.

On Saturday most of our surf will be from a new Southern Hemi swell that begins to peak in the morning and holds strong through the day. Conditions look decent for the morning with mostly light/variable winds…but keep an eye on the tides…we have a 4.5’ high peaking right around 8am, which will slow a lot of spots down.

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Decent shot of SSW swell peaks over the weekend while Hurricane Norbert inches toward our swell window

Decent shot of SSW swell peaks over the weekend while Hurricane Norbert inches toward our swell window

New long-period energy is already arriving from the Southern Hemi this afternoon and more is on tap for the next several days. The SSW facing spots can expect fairly consistent, even occasionally healthy sized sets starting to show by Friday afternoon and continuing right on through the weekend. At the same time we have Hurricane Norbert harassing the waters off the tip of Baja while showing the potential that he might be able to make it into our SE swell window before he starts to fall apart. If that is the case we may be looking at a new burst of tropical energy for early next week…but we will still have to wait and see how Norbert (worst hurricane name ever) behaves. Long-range charts are showing some gradually increasing activity in the North Pacific…but the South Pacific is still looking like the primary swell producer for at least the next couple of weeks.

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Friday Funday! New SSW swell fills in while conditions stay clean for the morning

Friday Funday! New SSW swell fills in while conditions stay clean for the morning

Wave heights continue to build on Friday as more SSW swell fills in and helps to combo up the existing swells already in the water. Overall conditions look pretty fun for the morning…the tide may be a bit on the boggy side, but winds will be light and you will be able to find some decent sections at breaks that can handle a little extra water from the building tide swing.

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SSW swell starts to fill in faster on Thursday but both building tides and increasing winds will slow things down in the afternoon

SSW swell starts to fill in faster on Thursday but both building tides and increasing winds will slow things down in the afternoon

Playful waves continue to show as we move into Thursday morning, most of which is being set up by the existing swell mix…however new long-period energy from the South Pacific will gradually help to increase surf size as we move into the afternoon. Look for decent morning conditions and light winds as we start the day, which will help the surf shape for the first few hours after sunrise. Higher tides and more wind will start to mix things up around midday.

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Good sized SSW-SW swell fills in this week…expect bigger waves by the weekend

Good sized SSW-SW swell fills in this week…expect bigger waves by the weekend

There is a decent string of SSW-SW swells on the way to Mainland Mexico and Central America…some of which is already showing and more that will be arriving as we start to move into the upcoming weekend. The South Pacific is staying active enough that even though the surf is forecast to drop a little next week there will still be plenty of energy hanging around to keep things playful and fun. On the tropical side of things we have TS Norbert who just pulled together off the coast of Central Mainland Mexico…he doesn’t look like that great of a wave maker at this point, but he is close enough to land that we may have some weather and wind issues both for parts of Mainland Mexico but Baja as well…(make sure to keep an eye on his behavior if you are in the area).

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SSW-SW swell builds on Wednesday while conditions clean up for the morning

SSW-SW swell builds on Wednesday while conditions clean up for the morning

Wednesday will see conditions clean up a bit more while some new SSW-SW swell moves in to help prop up our wave heights through the middle of the week. Overall conditions look rideable, even sort-of playful, through the morning, but keep an eye on the winds and tides…they will shut things down as we move into the afternoon.

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Slow start to the week but new SPAC swells fill in with fun waves as we head toward next weekend

Slow start to the week but new SPAC swells fill in with fun waves as we head toward next weekend

We will have a few days of small, but rideable waves hanging around as we move through the middle of the week. The second half of the week our surf will get a lot more interesting as a new round of SSW swell arrives from the Southern Hemi and helps to push in some bigger wave heights as we start to head into the weekend. That isn’t all we have going on either…the tropics are starting to show a few new signs of life as well, even to the point of potentially spinning up a new storm sometime in the next 3-5 days. If that new system can live up to these initial forecasts we will have some more swell to layer onto the energy we will already be pulling in from the South Pacific.

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Rideable but textured waves continue to slip through on Tuesday…look for a little bit of eddy wind in the morning

Rideable but textured waves continue to slip through on Tuesday…look for a little bit of eddy wind in the morning

Tuesday will see a mix of slightly shifting S-SW swells, while NW windswell hangs in the background. While most spots will have rideable waves the conditions look a little more textured thanks to the slight eddy spin starting to swing in out of the S to SW. Overall not the most exciting surf day, but still serviceable if you stick to the right spot and bring the right boards.

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Small SW swell peaks while new S-SSW energy and more windswell arrive on Monday

Small SW swell peaks while new S-SSW energy and more windswell arrive on Monday

Monday will be an ok surf day…sort of a decent holiday surf day for the morning…but overall nothing all that special. Our current SW swell will have hit its peak while mixing with some new long-period SSW swell and local windswell. We will also see the slight eddy circulation conditions continue to add a little bit of texture to the more exposed beaches.

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