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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.

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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Smaller, but still playful waves mix with some building eddy winds on Sunday

Smaller, but still playful waves mix with some building eddy winds on Sunday

Sunday will be an ok surf day…there will continue to be some fun surf showing at the better exposed spots, but plan on smaller waves and less consistency than we have been seeing the last several days. Conditions will be decent for most beaches but stronger outer water winds are threatening to spin up some eddy circulation.

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Look for smaller but still fun surf to hang around on Saturday

Look for smaller but still fun surf to hang around on Saturday

The tropical energy from Marie will continue to fade out as we move through Saturday. Fortunately some new swell from the South Pacific as well as local windswell will increase slowly over the next couple of days to help reinforce the tropical leftovers. Overall conditions look pretty clean for the start of the day with some building onshore texture moving in around midday.

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Our surf drops back into playful sizes for the weekend but a bigger Southern Hemi is on the way

Our surf drops back into playful sizes for the weekend but a bigger Southern Hemi is on the way

Well Hurricane Marie happened…yeah that was crazy. We will probably still be seeing photos from that swell for (at least) the next few months. Already her swell is fading and it looks like we will have some remnant leftovers mixing with a blend of inconsistent SW swell and local windswell as we move through the weekend. It will actually be fairly fun…just much smaller and really more workable for most of us normal surfers. The good news is that there will be enough Southern Hemi swell on tap for the next week to keep us in the water and having a good time. Further out, a better aimed, bigger, and more consistent South Pacific swell is pulling together and will help to push in some decent sizes as we head into the later parts of next week.

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Last bits from Marie mix with some new SW swell and a touch more local windswell

Last bits from Marie mix with some new SW swell and a touch more local windswell

Wave heights will continue to back down on Friday as the last of the tropical swell from former Hurricane Marie trails off and leaves us with some smaller pulses of Southern Hemi swell and local WNW-NW windswell. We will still have surfable waves, even clean morning conditions to go with them, however compared to the last couple of days it will feel like the ocean has mellowed considerably.

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