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Maui Surf Report for August 29th, 2015

2-4+ foot 0-3 foot 3-6+ 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); })(); This week should be a rather wild one as the current west-northwest swell slowly fades through the weekend and the approaching Hurricane Ignacio tracks quite closely past Hawai`i, as well as a potentially decent south to south-southeast swell arrives later in the week. West-northwest swell produced by former super-typhoon Atsani has reached the islands and is providing large surf along some of Maui's west facing shores this weekend, reaching overhead levels at the better breaks. This energy should slowly fade into Monday. Our north facing shores also have a northerly short-period swell providing some fun surf at overhead levels as well, likely holding through Sunday. Low-pressure far northeast of the islands and closer to Oregon aimed a fetch in our direction but the resulting surf will likely stay on the small side when it arrives Sunday into Monday. As of Saturday morning, the majority of surf generated by Hurricane Ignacio will be impacting the Big Island. The forecast models are suggesting that the storm will pass just to the north of the islands and it is expected to provide very large surf and very dangerous conditions through the upcoming week. A lot can ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 22nd, 2015

2-4 foot 0-2 foot 2-4 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); })(); Minor south swell may linger along our south facing shores Saturday. A ridge of high pressure in the South Pacific has prevented any decent south swells from developing recently. However, swells from Tropical Depression Kilo should begin to arrive along south-facing shores on Sunday. Depending on the track and intensity of Kilo, surf could potentially reach warning levels on south- or west-facing shores by the middle of the week. Former super typhoon Atsani continues to produce a small to moderate westerly swell which should arrive early next week along Hawaii's west-facing shores. Since Kilo will dominate the forecast over Hawaiian waters well into next week, even small changes in the track or intensity of this storm may lead to big changes in the forecast for any given area. High pressure north-northeast of the islands produced a long-lived windswell that should last through Sunday but will diminish Monday. The forecast models hint toward Atsani shifting its track toward the northeast Monnday which could aim a more significant swell in our direction, which would arrive around Friday and perhaps another reinforcement Sunday. The long-range models are showing a fast moving but strong storm pushing under ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 15th, 2015

0-3 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 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); })(); Nothing more than small and rough windswell should be expected this weekend and well into the upcoming week although minor background swell may be found along select south facing shores. Overall, there won't be much surf to mention for a while. The only real source for swell this week will come from a tropical storm near Japan, but it appears that most of its fetch was aimed toward Alaska. However, some energy was pushed in our direction and should arrive overnight Monday into Tuesday out of the west-northwest. We should not expect much size, peaking at small levels or low-end moderate at best. Low pressure near French Polynesia may be able to provide us with a small to possibly moderate south swell arriving around Friday. The long-range models don't look too promising, but there may be some activity southeast and east of New Zealand later in the week. A building typhoon far to the west of Hawai`i may offer some potential for surf later next week, but it's too early to discuss. Today's Surf Summary East and northeast facing shores may see minor rough windswell around 2-4 foot, but it's on the way down. South ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 8th, 2015

1-3 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 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); })(); Not much more than small to moderate windswell should be expected along our north and east facing shores today while south facing shores see small south-southwest to southerly swell in the knee-waist high range. Minor background swell and a few short-lived pulses should keep a little surf along the south facing shores through most of the forecast period, but nothing significant should be expected. Although the models show a little activity far east of New Zealand around the middle of the week, any fetch that is aimed in our direction will be limited and will probably not result in any surf above small levels early next week. An area of high pressure system northeast of the state aimed a fairly large area of fresh breezes in our direction and this energy should provide us with plenty short-period windswell through the next several days. Hurricane Hilda is churning toward the islands may affect our local winds and weather around the middle of the week, but at this time it is uncertain what affect it will have on our surf. It should be safe to assume that we'll see some kind of surf arriving Wednesday ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 1st, 2015

1-4 foot 0-3 foot 1-4 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); })(); Windswell out of the east-northeast will continue to provide small to moderate but sloppy surf along our east and northeast facing shores. Fading south-southwest swell may be found along select south facing shores as a new small south swell arrives. However, wave heights should not exceed waist-high levels, so don't expect much action. Hurrican Guillermo continues to churn out a large easterly swell that should reach our windward shores late Sunday or more likely Monday, quite possibly triggering a high surf advisory. Moderate to large surf should continue through the middle of the week, but the storm's track may bring it close to the islands which could greatly impact the quality of the surf. Another round of southwest swell is expected to arrive Monday through the middle of the week thanks to a strong low east of Tasmania last week, however, swell from this direction tends to be shadowed by Kaho`olawe. Another fetch set up east of New Zealand last Tuesday and although it was aimed fairly well in our direction, its swell is only expected to reach small to low-end moderate levels at best when it arrives Friday into the weekend. Today's Surf ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 25th, 2015

1-3 foot 0-2 foot 4-8+ foot 1-3 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 for Maui's south facing shores effective through 6am Monday morning due to a pair of large south swells arriving over the weekend. The first of these swells will continue to build through Saturday, peaking sometime overnight into Sunday. We should see surf near head-high levels this morning with a rise to several feet overhead at the better exposed breaks. The best breaks may pull in larger sets from time to time if you know where to look. The second swell is expected to arrive Monday, reinforcing the then fading first swell around similar heights. Wave heights should remain elevated along south facing shores through early next week. A tiny to small east-northeast swell may offer weak short-period surf along the windward shores, but don't expect anything good. This series of south swells was generated by a strong storm near New Zealand last weekend that aimed a significant long fetch in our direction over several days. Another low developed southeast of New Zealand last Sunday, tracking toward the northeast and eventually merging with the first storm. We should continue to see surf through Wednesday. ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 18th, 2015

4-6+ foot 0-3 foot 2-4 foot 4-6+ 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 east facing shores should get a fun litle bump from long period swells from northeast Pacific tropical cyclones Enrique and Dolores. The first swell to arrive will be a short-period swell out of the east which will be mostly weak and sloppy. This swell will soon be reinforced by a smaller but longer period swell shortly after. Another reinforcing longer period swell is expected to arrive late Sunday night. Yet another round of moderate sized short period swell is forecast to arrive Monday night and continuing into Tuesday. The combination of swells is not expected to reach advisory level for the east facing shores, but it should come close. A potentially large long period south swell is expected to arrive around Thursday or Friday beginning out of a more southwesterly direction and then becoming more southerly by Saturday thanks to a storm currently spinning up near and over New Zealand. The models forecast this storm to bomb in central pressure Monday in the area east of New Zealand with a very favorable fetch aimed in our direction. The resulting swell will likely exceed advisory levels at its peak. Today's Surf ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 11th, 2015

1-6 foot 0-2 foot 2-4 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); })(); A High Surf Advisory is in effect for Maui's east facing shores through 6am Sunday morning. Minor leftovers from the northwest will be overshadowed by larger east-northeasterly windswell produced by former Tropical Storm Ela. Some north and east exposed breaks may receive surf at head-high to occasionally well overhead levels. A small mix of old south-southwest and a new southwest swell should be found in some areas along the south facing shores this weekend, and select areas may pull in some wrapping swell from Ela if you know where to look. Ela will pass by just to the north of the islands this weekend, weakening the local winds and ushering in very hot humid conditions. Activity in the south Tasman Sea last week sent up two minor southwest swells in our direction, but Maui is heavily blocked from this direction by Kaho`olawe and little energy is expected to reach our shores. However, we may see short-period surf filling in late Sunday, produced by tropical depression Two-C as it passes by to our south. We may pick up some additional swell out of the west beginning around Tuesday courtesy of Typhoon Nangka far ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 3rd, 2015

3-5 foot 1-4 foot 2-4 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); })(); Fading leftovers out of the northwest may still provide surf in the knee-chest high range along select north facing shores today, but it is on the way down and out. Windswell out of the east is on the rise, potentially offering small and sloppy surf around waist-high. Leftover south-southwest swell may also be found at the better exposed south shore breaks. A new south-southwest swell is expected to arrive Saturday that could build to advisory levels at its peak, filling in to offer surf around waist-overhead levels, possibly larger at the best breaks. Yet another similar south-southwest swell is expected to arrive Monday. And finally, another small northwest swell is also expected to arrive Monday evening. The long-range models are hinting toward the development of a tropical system building far east-southeast of the islands around the middle of the upcoming week. Although it's way too early for any confidence, the models forecast this system could possibly pose a direct threat to the Hawaiian islands next weekend. stay tuned for updates through the week. Today's Surf Summary South facing shores may still offer small surf around 2-4 foot, rising near advisory levels over the second half ...

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Maui Surf Report for June 27th, 2015

1-3 foot 0-2 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); })(); South facing shores should see a mix of fading swell out of the south-southwest as a new southwest swell tries to reach our shores. Surf from this direction is heavily shadowed, so don't expect much. Nothing more than tiny to small windswell out of the east-northeast should be expected along the east and northeast facing shores today, with wave heights barely reaching knee- to waist-high if we're lucky. These small south-southwest swells will maintain modest surf along Maui's south facing shores through most of this weekend, with surf declining to small background heights from Sunday night through Monday. Small to moderate reinforcing south southwest swell energy will likely produce a modest increase in surf along south facing shores of the state from Tuesday through Thursday. The light background trade wind flow will likely keep short period easterly windswell below typical summertime heights through early next week. Finally, a small out of season northwest swell is expected late next week thanks to a minor low near the dateline. The models show lots of promise in the area south and east of New Zealand later in the week that could potentially produce large south swells ...

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