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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.

Overlapping S-SSW swells and background NW energy hold as we move into the weekend

Overlapping S-SSW swells and background NW energy hold as we move into the weekend

Small but rideable waves will continue to show at the better exposed breaks as we move into Saturday. For the most part conditions will be fairly average with the tides and periods of onshore texture slowing down surf shape.

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Small swells cruise in for the weekend…but the NPAC looks like it may come back to life

Small swells cruise in for the weekend…but the NPAC looks like it may come back to life

Look for small, but rideable waves as we move through the weekend. Our WNW-NW swell will drop back to mostly weak background levels while some overlapping pulses of S-SSW swell help to keep some of the better exposed spots rideable for the next few days. Further out the North Pacific long-range charts are showing some definite improvement compared to how they looked earlier this week. While none of this activity has actually formed yet…the forecast models are calling for a few very solid looking storms to form up inside Socal’s swell window, so the potential for bigger surf is out there, potentially arriving before the end of February.

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S-SSW energy and leftover WNW-NW swell keep things rideable on Friday

S-SSW energy and leftover WNW-NW swell keep things rideable on Friday

Friday will see fun but smaller surf as WNW-NW energy drains away leaving us with some less consistent S-SSW energy. Conditions look clean for the morning and we will start off with decent tides…but the lack of swell energy will keep things on the inconsistent side.

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Offshore winds and new S-SSW swell move in while WNW-NW energy loses a step

Offshore winds and new S-SSW swell move in while WNW-NW energy loses a step

Thursday will be a fun surf day…again it won’t be huge or spectacular everywhere…but the mix of swells, tides, and winds are going to work together to set up playful shape at the more exposed spots.

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Wave heights drop but exposed spots will still have a few rideable lines

Wave heights drop but exposed spots will still have a few rideable lines

Wednesday will be another rideable surf day…nothing outstanding…but playful enough at the exposed beaches to make it worth taking a look. Overall the size will be slowly dropping but some new southerly swell will start to fill into the background and potentially help improve the shape for some areas.

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WNW-NW swell peaks overnight and holds through Tuesday

WNW-NW swell peaks overnight and holds through Tuesday

Decent sized, rideable, but slightly textured surf will be on tap for Tuesday. New swell started filled in fast on Monday and will peak overnight into Tuesday. Conditions look OK for the morning but we can expect the winds to turn onshore earlier in the day and add more chop and texture as we move on through into the afternoon.

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Bigger WNW-NW swell sticks around for a couple of days

Bigger WNW-NW swell sticks around for a couple of days

New WNW-NW swell was filling in fast on Monday and we can expect it to start to peak tonight, holding steady energy through Tuesday and then eventually starting to weaken by the middle of the week. Another pulse of NW energy, mostly short-medium period stuff, will arrive on Thursday peaking late in the day and then be on the way out by Friday. Long-range forecasts for the North Pacific are showing the storm track weakening over the next several days, which means smaller surf as we head into next week and likely into the following week as well. The SPAC has some new S-SSW swell creeping up over the next few days…peaking through the second half of the week with some rideable, but fairly average sizes. The SPAC’s long-range outlook is actually starting to show more activity…however it will likely take a couple of weeks to actually move up into our region.

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New WNW-NW pulse fills in on Monday

New WNW-NW pulse fills in on Monday

For the exposed WNW-NW facing surf spots Monday is going to be a pretty decent surf day. New swell will already be filling in as we move through the morning and we will see size and consistency continue to increase as we head into the afternoon.

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Slow start in the morning but new swell and sketchy winds start to arrive by the afternoon.

Slow start in the morning but new swell and sketchy winds start to arrive by the afternoon.

Sunday will still be on the small side as we start the day. We will have a little bit of our new swell starting to show, but the bigger, more surfable chunks of swell don’t arrive till the afternoon. Unfortunately it looks like the storm passing to the north of the region will start to chop up our local conditions before the swell has much of a chance to fill in.

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Cooler weather and small WNW-NW swell mix sets up for Saturday.

Cooler weather and small WNW-NW swell mix sets up for Saturday.

Saturday is another small surf day…the storms out in the Pacific are starting to churn things up (and will be sending us some bigger swell) but we will have to wait a couple more days before it arrives. Expect a little more fog, a little more texture, and a little steeper swell mix as we move into the weekend…it won’t totally flatten the surf, but plan on sticking with your small wave gear for at least another day.

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