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Maui Surf Report for November 22nd, 2014

4-6 foot 2-5 foot 0-3 foot 2-5 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); Surf along the north shores should be a combination of small mid-period northwest swell mixed with moderate windswell out of the northeast, offering surf in the head-high range at many spots and possibly higher at the best locations. Nothing more than tiny southwest swell is likely for any of our south facing shores and much of this energy is blocked by Kaho`olawe. There is nothing of note expected out of the south hemisphere throughout the forecast period. A new north-northwest swell is expected to arrive overnight Saturday into Sunday to provide surf near double-overhead levels at the best exposed breaks, possibly increasing to near advisory levels Monday. An approaching frontal system will cause a decrease in the tradewinds over the next several days but this pattern will changed early next week as stronger northeast winds build behind this front. This swell was generated by a gyre near the dateline which developed a large fetch aimed in our direction. This should be a long-lived event stretching into the middle of the week. There is a potential for another minor north or north-northeast swell arriving later in the week if a low develops north-northeast ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 15th, 2014

5-8+ foot 3-5+ foot 0-2 foot 2-5 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); Our north and northwest facing shores will continue to see fading medium to short period swell out of the north-northwest Saturday, potentially holding onto similar wave heights through Sunday. The better exposed breaks could pull in sets reaching well overhead levels while other breaks come in closer to chest to head-high levels. Another large north-northwest swell is expected to arrive Monday to bring the surf back to advisory levels. This next swell will be an edge-pass though, so it won't stick around for more than a few days. The south facing shores have no swell to mention at the moment and nothing more the background swell and flatness is expected throughout the forecast period. The North Pacific has an unimpressive, yet complicated weather pattern stretching from the Kuril Islands into the Gulf of Alaska. A gale developed Friday that is producing a fetch aimed further east of the islands and it is expected to continue pushing southeast to within 1000 miles of Hawai`i later in the weekend. The resulting swell should reach us by before lunch Monday morning, increasing to upper-end moderate to low-end large levels when it peaks overnight into Tuesday. It ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 8th, 2014

7-10+ foot 5-8+ foot 0-3 foot 2-4+ foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory along the north and northwest facing shores of Maui effective through 6pm Sunday evening due to a large north-northwest swell arriving through the weekend. Saturday will start off fairly small with leftovers out of the north and a mix of easterly windswell but this new swell is expected to arrive this afternoon, slowly rising to well overhead levels by sunset, then continuing to rise past advisory levels overnight into Sunday. Another much larger swell is setting up far northwest of the islands and is expected to arrive late Monday into Tuesday with the potential of triggering a high surf warning. Not much will be found along the south shores as a mix of tiny to small southwest to south-southwest swell limps through with wave heights only maxing in the knee to thigh-high range at best. The first swell was generated by a combination of sources, mainly from a fast-paced low pushing east from the Kuril Islands earlier in the week. As this low tracked toward the east another low near the dateline nudged it toward the southeast allowing a captured fetch to set ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 1st, 2014

4-7+ foot 3-5+ foot 1-3+ foot 4-7+ foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory effective through 6pm Saturday evening along our east facing shores due to a mix of northerly swell with a large windswell. The combination of swells will likely produce sloppy surf reaching overhead levels at many surf breaks along the windward and north shores while the best exposed locations pull in much larger sets reaching well overhead levels. A small to low-end moderate south-southwest swell may offer surf in the thigh to chest-high range today, at least at the better exposed breaks. This energy should stick around through the weekend before slowly fading into the work week. The large windswell currently found along the windward and north shores has been generated by a strong high pressure cell north-northeast of the islands with a long fetch over a broad area aimed in our direction. This high will likely stick around through much of the upcoming week if not longer, so we can expect a long run of decent windswell through the forecast period. A low in the gulf of Alaska sent some energy northeast of Hawai`i and we are only seeing an edge-pass due to ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 26th, 2014

4-6 foot 1-4 foot 0-3 foot 3-5 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); The surf along the north and northwest facing shores should offer fun-sized sets in the chest to head-high range at the better exposed breaks. This energy is on the way down, however, and will likely drop to waist-high later in the day. Another round of northerly swell is expected to arrive around the middle of the week, potentially reaching advisory levels if all goes well. Windswell along the east and northeast facing shores should be around thigh to chest-high levels although a few larger sets may be found at the better exposed breaks. We may also get a minor south-southwest swell around the middle of the week as well. It's a bit early for confidence, but another upper-end small to moderate northerly swell is possible late in the week and over the weekend. The current north swell was produced by an Aleutian low with an associated fetch stretching from the central to eastern Aleutians around the middle of last week. Much of this energy was aimed further east of the islands leaving us with more of an edge-pass. This swell should slowly fade into Monday or possibly even Tuesday. The remnants of Ana ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 21st, 2014

4-7+ foot 2-4 foot 0-3am 1-4 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); Fading northerly swell should be expected today with overhead surf still likely at the better exposed breaks and occasional higher sets at the best locations. This energy should slowly drop through Wednesday and into Thursday. A new swell is expected to arrive late Thursday into Friday out of the northwest to north-northwest but the size will be rather small, most likely barely even reaching chest-head high levels. A more west-northwesterly swell is forecast to arrive Saturday, but it too will probably stay on the small side. Tropical Storm Ana is modeled to recurve to the northwest of the islands later in the week before racing off toward the Gulf of Alaska through the weekend. This shouldn't aim much surf toward our islands, but a little extra bump is possible over the weekend. All-in-all, tiny to small surf is possible along the winter shores through most of the period but nothing signficant is expected. There is no surf expected out of the southern hemisphere through at least Tuesday of next week. Get it while it is here as there won't more than small stuff. Today's Surf Summary North and northwest facing shores should have surf in the ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 17th, 2014

2-5+ foot 1-4+ foot 1-3am | 6-10++ pm 4-7+ foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); Tropical Storm Ana will be passing by just a few hundred miles south of the islands over the next couple of days, currently located about 250 miles south of the Big Island and tracking toward the west-northwest with sustained winds over 70 mph. Although a direct impact on Maui is very unlikely, coastal areas along the south side of the islands may be affected. Large and unruly surf may approach or exceed double-overhead levels or even higher at select locations. This will be short-period and dangerous, so please use your head if you paddle out. Strong currents and little to no time between sets will make the conditions quite dangerous. Rising swell along our north and northwest facing shores over the weekend will provide us with a better swell out of the northwest with the potential of rising to well overhead levels likely exceeding advisory levels late Saturday and Sunday. More details to come over the weekend. Today's Surf Summary North and northwest facing shores should offer surf in the 2-5 foot range today with rising surf expected over the weekend. Upper West shores should also see surf in the 1-4+ foot range ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 12th, 2014

5-8+ foot 1-4 foot 1-4 foot 1-4 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); Our north and northwest shores should still offer plenty surf in the overhead range and select breaks could even offer surf nearing double-overhead if we're lucky. This energy has peaked and is on the way down, but it should slowly fade over the next few days. The fun-sized southwest to south-southwest swell will continue over the next few day with surf in the waist-high to shoulder-high range expected at the better locations. Many breaks will be closer to flat, however, due to island shadowing. The current northwest swell was generated around the middle of last week as a low pressure cell formed in the wake of another fading low near the Aleutians. The resulting moderate northwest swell is expected to peak overnight Sunday or early Monday morning with a slow drop through Tuesday. Low pressure forming south of the Alaskan Peninula and it is forecast to build into a broad low filling most of the Gulf of Alaska. Although much of the energy will miss Hawai`i, and edge-pass is expected to arrive Thursday at small levels. Another low forming just east of the international dateline should be able to aim some energy in ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 4th, 2014

4-6 foot 1-4 foot 2-4 foot 1-4 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); Small to moderate south-southwest swell will continue today with waist to shoulder-high surf possible at the better breaks, depending upon exposure. Select breaks may even pull in a head-high set or two if we're lucky. This energy will fade through the weekend. Our north and northwest facing shores also have a fun-sized northwest swell today, but it is also on the way down. However, a new west-northwest swell may arrive later in the day. Wave heights should be around chest-head high at the better breaks, potentially a little better at the best exposed locations. The new west-northwest swell will be heavily shadowed so don't expect much Saturday, but wave heights should rise as this energy shifts more out of the northwest later in the weekend. A low southeast of New Zealand last week set up a captured fetch aimed toward the islands, but wind speeds barely reached gale-force so wave heights will probably only reach moderate levels when this swell arrives Monday. The forecast models are predicting a low developing over the Kuril Islands and just southeast of Kamchatka this weekend, deepening over the next couple of days while sending a nice fetch ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 26th, 2014

2-5 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot 3-5 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); The northeasterly swell will continue around knee-waist high levels but a few better exposed breaks could reach into the chest-shoulder high range if we're lucky. There is also a very small easterly windswell mixed in with this energy, but that will really only add a bit of slop to the mix. We ma see a very small bump along the north and northwest shores Saturday but it won't amount to much. Not much more than tiny to small, heavily shadowed southwest swell is possible along our summer shores, and it is unlikely any break will pull in any surf larger than knee-high and weak. A larger round of south-southwest swell is expected to arrive Sunday. Action in the southern hemisphere near New Zealand has sent up a pair of south swells, beginning with the arrival of a small to moderate south-southwest swell Sunday. A larger swell is expected to arrive Tuesday, packing more power as well as more consistent sets, but it probably won't reach advisory levels. The long-range forecast models don't show much else coming out of the South Pacific through the period but minor background swells may offer tiny surf in ...

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