Surf Forecast Archive

Maui Surf Report for February 17th, 2018

1-4 foot 0-3 foot 1-3 foot 1-3 foot A series of small west-northwest swells are expected over the next few days. Resultant surf will remain below advisory levels. A larger, long period swell is expected Tuesday night which will spread down the island chain on Wednesday and produce near advisory level surf. High pressure in the East Pacific will send a short period swell into east facing shores starting Monday which will continue into next week. This could produce advisory level surf along east facing shores. Winds and seas will remain below small craft advisory threshold through the holiday weekend. Tide Predictions A single tide at Kahului will be foot at tide at Kahului was foot at just after midnight, of foot at just ...

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Maui Surf Report for February 10th, 2018

4-6 foot 2-4 foot 0-2 foot 4-7 foot A northwest swell will continue to lower gradually through Saturday evening. However, a moderate sized northwest swell is expected to fill in overnight Saturday into Sunday. A slightly larger reinforcing northwest swell is expected on Monday with a second reinforcement expected Tuesday into Wednesday. Winds and seas have begun to drop across the western portion of the main Hawaiian islands, allowing for cancellation of the Small Craft Advisory for waters west of Oahu. The SCA remains in effect for remaining waters through this afternoon. Winds and seas will continue to decrease into early next week. Tide Predictions A single tide at Kahului will be foot at tide at Kahului was foot at just after midnight, of foot ...

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Maui Surf Report for February 3rd, 2018

10-15+ foot 4-6+ foot 2-5 foot 3-5 foot A large northwest swell has arrived and will produce warning level surf across north and west facing shores of most of the smaller islands and across west facing shores of the Big island. High Surf Warnings are therefore in effect for these areas through Sunday afternoon. Surf is forecast to drop below warning level by Sunday evening, but will likely remain above advisory threshold through Monday. A persistent east swell is slowly subsiding and will fade out today. A Small Craft Advisory remains in effect for most coastal waters. The northwest swell will boost seas above the 10-foot advisory threshold. A trough to the west and a ridge to the east will combine to produce southerly winds over the Hawaiian coastal waters through the weekend, locally reaching the 25 knot SCA threshold around the Big Island at times. A strong front is expected to move into the coastal waters Sunday night. Thunderstorms are possible across coastal waters beginning Saturday night. The front is forecast to stall over the central coastal waters and weaken to a trough early next week. ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 27th, 2018

2-4 foot 1-3 foot 0-2 foot 4-6 foot Surf is expected to remain below advisory levels for the next few days. A persistent east swell from strong winds east of 150W will gradually subside through next week. Lows to the north will send a series of small to moderate north swells through Hawaiian waters. The largest of the north swells is expected to peak around Monday night or Tuesday, with surf remaining below the advisory threshold. Distant storms off Japan will produce some small northwest swells for the next few days as well. A new storm low forming next week may finally produce a large northwest swell arriving next Thursday and possibly continuing to build into Saturday. Surf from this swell will likely be well above the advisory threshold along north and west facing shores. See the Collaborative Surf Discussion for more information. A front 100 nm northwest of Kauai is moving southeast at 5 to 10 kt and weakening. The subtropical ridge has shifted southeast ahead of the front. Gentle to fresh easterly trade winds persist near the Big Island, but a col, or neutral point is producing gentle and variable winds elsewhere around the main Hawaiian islands. These gentle and variable winds will persist through this evening. The front will dissipate ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 21st, 2018

4-6 foot 3-5 foot 0-2 foot 4-6 foot Moderate to fresh trade winds will continue over the coastal waters with a surface high located east-northeast of the state. Another high is forecast to build in from the NW, continuing the breezy trade wind pattern. A trade wind swell generated east of the state will keep seas above 10 feet through Monday, so the Small Craft Advisory remains in effect for most zones. The High Surf Advisory (HSA) for east facing shores continues through today as well. The current small northwest swell will be reinforced by a long period, west-northwest swell tonight. This swell will peak Monday night and gradually decline through Wednesday. This second swell may warrant an HSA for exposed west and north facing shores Monday and Tuesday. A smaller northwest swell is possible late in the week. ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 20th, 2018

2-5 foot 1-3 foot 0-2 foot 4-6 foot Moderate to fresh trade winds will continue with a surface high located northeast of the state. Trade wind swell generated to the east will keep seas above 10 feet, and the Small Craft Advisory has been extended through Sunday for most zones. The High Surf Advisory (HSA) for east facing shores will continue through Sunday. Surf will remain below advisory levels for the remaining shores through this weekend. A small northwest swell (330 degrees) is expected arrive tonight, with a reinforcing long period, west- northwest (300 degrees) swell expected Sunday night. The west-northwest swell will peak Monday night and gradually declining through Wednesday. This second swell may warrant an HSA for exposed west and north facing shores Monday and Tuesday. Tide Predictions A single tide at ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 14th, 2018

15-25++ foot 10-15++ foot 0-3 foot 10-15+ foot The largest northwest (315-325 deg) swell of the season continues to impact the islands this morning. The offshore buoy (51101) northwest of Kauai peaked through the early evening hours Saturday at 23 ft, which is corresponding to peak seas and surf over the exposed waters and beaches this morning over the smaller islands. For the Big Island, a peak around noon is anticipated before a slow downward trend begins later today. Warning-level surf associated with this northwest swell will likely hold through Monday for exposed north and west facing shores, trend down to advisory levels Monday night through Tuesday, then drop below advisory levels through midweek as the swell eases. The latest wave model guidance appears to have backed off on the previously advertised large north-northwest swell filling in by midweek as a reinforcement. Impacts associated with the large surf will include the potential for overwash onto vulnerable roadways (mainly at and around high tides through tonight) and significant beach erosion. Local winds will remain light into tonight, then begin to strengthen through the week as high pressure builds north of the islands. Advisory-level winds will be possible as early as Monday/Tuesday for the windier channel waters east of Molokai, then across all or ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 13th, 2018

15-25++ foot 8-12++ foot 0-3 foot 8-12++ foot Long period swell energy has arrived at Buoy 51101 during the past several hours, and the swell height is now rising quickly there, with the buoy reporting 16 feet at 21 seconds as of 3 AM. This is only a few hours behind the timing indicated by the latest Wavewatch guidance. Satellite altimetry passes during Friday evening also showed the significant wave heights remaining on target with Wavewatch guidance. Therefore no significant changes are anticipated from earlier thinking with the incoming northwest swell event. The High Surf Warning remains in place for the north and west facing shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, and Molokai; and north facing shores of Maui and the Big Island. A High Surf Warning for the west facing shores of the Big Island will go into effect this morning. The extra-large northwest swell will build rapidly, bringing surf heights well above warning levels to exposed shores on the smaller islands by this morning, and to the Big Island areas in the afternoon. Warning level surf should be expected to continue through the weekend and possibly into Monday. As the swell subsides, surf should remain at advisory levels into mid- week before another northwest swell arrives Wednesday night. A Small Craft Advisory ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 6th, 2018

4-7 foot 1-3 foot 1-3 foot 2-4 foot A new west-northwest swell is arriving in island waters this morning, but latest observations from buoy 51101 (NW of Kauai) indicate swell/wave heights slightly lower than anticipated. The expectation is that the swell will continue to rise to forecast values, and a High Surf Advisory (HSA) is in effect for north and west facing shores of Kauai County. This particular swell direction places Oahu and Maui County in the "swell shadow" of Kauai and Oahu respectively, where increasing surf is expected today, but heights will remain below advisory levels. This swell will bring advisory-level surf to the west facing shores of the Big Island by tonight, and the HSA has been expanded to include these shores. The swell will peak tonight then gradually diminish through Monday. A larger west-northwest swell is expected to arrive Tuesday and continue into Friday, producing advisory-level surf along most north and west facing shores, especially when it becomes increasingly northwest by Thursday. Surf heights may reach warning levels, and the forecast will be fine-tuned as the explosively-developing low tracks across the north Pacific. Latest guidance is suggesting an even larger north-northwest swell arriving next weekend as another powerful low emerges off the coast of Japan. High pressure to the northeast ...

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Maui Surf Report for December 30th, 2017

2-4 foot 0-3 foot 0-2 foot 1-4 foot Small northwest swell will continue through Monday, with resulting surf remaining well below advisory levels on north and west facing shores. A larger northwest swell is due to arrive early Tuesday, then peak Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night, producing surf near advisory levels for north and west facing shores. This swell could also bring combined seas in excess of the small craft advisory criteria of 10 feet for exposed waters. The swell will then decline late Wednesday through Thursday. Short period wind swell and rough surf will continue along east facing shores through the next several days as trade winds persist. Surf along south facing shores is expected to decrease today, then remain at typical very small wintertime levels through the upcoming week. Trades may back off a bit Monday night and Tuesday as a weak front passes across the North Pacific well to the north of the state. SCA winds will probably then return to the windy areas around midweek, when a new high is forecast to build to our north. ...

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