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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.

Large new W-WNW swell moves in fast on Friday

Large new W-WNW swell moves in fast on Friday

New winter swell fills in fast on Friday driving up wave heights at the W-NW facing beaches as we move through the day. Expect plenty of size and consistency to this incoming swell as it continues to strengthen by the late afternoon (and into the weekend). The lesser exposed spots will also see some decent waves thanks to a background mix of smaller South Pacific swell and some bleed-over from the bigger NPAC energy. Conditions look foggy, but clean, thanks to mostly light morning winds.

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Old swells fade while new ones step up to replace them on Thursday

Old swells fade while new ones step up to replace them on Thursday

Thursday will start off a little smaller than the last couple of days…it won’t be a huge difference, but we can expect a little less consistency and power as we move through the morning (and the morning high tide). A new round of North Pacific and South Pacific swells will gradually build in later in the day.

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WNW swell holds into Wednesday while S-SSW swell creeps up a little more…fog and high tide may cause issues in the morning

WNW swell holds into Wednesday while S-SSW swell creeps up a little more…fog and high tide may cause issues in the morning

Wednesday will be another decent surf day as our mix of swells both fill in a bit more and conditions stay clean. Again we will have to contend with a big morning high tide, but there will be enough energy in the water to keep the surf working at the better WNW-NW facing beaches.

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Good sized storms begin to pull together in the North Pacific while the South Pacific picks up some steam as well.

Good sized storms begin to pull together in the North Pacific while the South Pacific picks up some steam as well.

A whole train of new North Pacific swells will begin to fill on Tuesday…it won’t be super big at first, but the following systems, which are in the process of pulling together right now, look like they will bring some much larger sizes as we move further in February. At the same time the South Pacific has been keeping a steady rhythm of modest ‘summer’ storms moving through our swell window that will send us a fairly long run of combo S-SW energy over the next couple of weeks. The long-range charts for both sides of the Pacific have storm activity picking up quite a bit over the next week+, so the odds are getting better and better that we see get to rack up some serious surf time for much of the month.

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More WNW swell fills in while small S-SSW hangs in the background

More WNW swell fills in while small S-SSW hangs in the background

Tuesday will see building surf as a mix of overlapping WNW-NW energy strengthens through the day while crossing up a small but steady Southern Hemi swell. Conditions look clean for the morning with mostly light winds but we will have to get past the 5’+ high tide that peaks right in the middle of the morning session.

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Overlapping WNW energy and small SSW swell continues into the weekend

Overlapping WNW energy and small SSW swell continues into the weekend

More WNW-NW swell and some small SSW swell will hold through the weekend setting up fun waves at the more exposed spots. Weather is looking fairly decent with just a few showers lingering early Saturday and clean conditions on tap for most of the morning. High morning tides will cause a few issues with the dawn patrol but shape will improve as we head toward the middle of the day.

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New mix of combo energy fills in over the weekend…more WNW-NW swell moving in next week

New mix of combo energy fills in over the weekend…more WNW-NW swell moving in next week

While the surf is currently smaller than it was earlier in the week we will see our wave heights stabilize on Friday and then start to build back up as we move into the weekend. Conditions look a little tweaked on Friday but more offshore flow is forecast to start up over the weekend and likely continue at least through the beginning of next week. Long-range charts are looking very active right now…both the North and South Pacific are forecast to produce some swell generating storms over the next week+ and should be able to set up a nice blend of energy that will last at least through the first part of February.

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Cloudy skies, some swirly winds, and touch of drizzle mix with building WNW and SSW swells on Friday

Cloudy skies, some swirly winds, and touch of drizzle mix with building WNW and SSW swells on Friday

Forecast Overview Friday will see rideable surf but there will be a few hurdles we will need to navigate in order to find the more playful waves. Look for the morning high-tide, changing weather conditions, and swirly winds to cause a few issues at the more sensitive spots…however we will also see some newly arriving [...]

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Still some decent leftover WNW energy but watch out for the morning swampthing

Still some decent leftover WNW energy but watch out for the morning swampthing

The surf will continue to slowly back down on Thursday…however once we move away from the tide-swamped dawn patrol there will still be a few playful waves showing at the better WNW facing beaches. Winds look mild for much of the day but we can expect cooler air temps and steady cloud cover to keep the coastal areas on the chilly side.

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WNW-NW swell slowly fades on Wednesday but fun surf sticks around through the day

WNW-NW swell slowly fades on Wednesday but fun surf sticks around through the day

Wednesday is looking like a pretty decent surf day for the better WNW facing spots. The swell mix will be slowly fading but there will be plenty of energy holding through the morning that will keep things playful and even good sized at the winter breaks.

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