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Maui Surf Report for February 6th, 2016

5-8++ foot 3-5++ 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); })(); The latest ascat pass around midnight showed 20 to 25 kt northwest winds in the wake of a cold front that was located around 200 miles northwest of Kauai. This boundary will quickly sweep through the state later today through Sunday. Drier and slightly cooler air along with gusty NW to N winds will fill in over the marine areas through this time. As a result, a small craft advisory for winds and seas will remain in place from this afternoon through Sunday and will likely be expanded over the Big Island waters this afternoon as the front begins to move through. Although the winds will relax Monday and Tuesday as a ridge of high pressure sets up over the state, a moderate to large NW swell will likely result in the small craft advisory being extended through Monday night. This swell will generate near advisory-level surf along north facing shores through this time. The next large northwest swell is expected Wednesday through Thursday, which will likely generate well above warning-level surf along the exposed north and west facing shores. The latest ensemble wave guidance supports this swell building through the day Wednesday, peaking ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 30th, 2016

5-8++ foot 3-5++ 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); })(); Latest wavewatch data shows a large northwest swell reaching the islands from Sunday night to Monday morning, with surf heights likely reaching advisory levels over north and west facing shores of most islands. The swell will quickly subside from late Monday night and into early Tuesday morning. There is a chance that we'll see another similar swell developing around the middle of the week, but the models aren't looking all that great at the moment. If all goes well, this swell would arrive late Thursday or Friday at levels near or below advisory criteria. Looking further out into the model runs, there aren't any significant swells forecast, but there should still be plenty surf through the forecast period. Moderate trade winds will gradually return over the weekend which may produce a little windswell for our east and northeast facing shores. Periods of winds reaching small craft advisory levels are possible over the typically windier waters around the Big Island and Maui county, mainly on Sunday. A frontal boundary approaching from the northwest will again disrupt the trades and bring a lighter wind regime early next week. Tide Predictions High tide at Kahului was 1.7 foot at ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 22nd, 2016

4-7 foot 2-4 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); })(); Winds are expected to remain below the small craft advisory threshold into early next week. The current northwest swell continues to produce seas of near 10 ft over many sections of the Hawaiian waters early this evening. As a result, a SCA remains posted for all waters exposed to this swell. Seas are forecast to be below the SCA threshold by dawn Friday morning. The next large west- northwest swell will require a SCA for elevated seas once again for most Hawaiian waters starting Sunday and continuing into early next week. The large northwest swell also continues to cause surf heights to remain near the high surf advisory criteria along north and west facing shores of Kauai and Niihau and for north facing shores of Oahu, Molokai and Maui. Surf is forecast to be below the high surf advisory thresholds by sunrise Friday morning over all beaches as this swell continues to decline from later tonight through early Friday morning surf will likely remain below the high surf advisory criteria from Friday through Saturday. The latest guidance from the Wave Watch III model continues to show the next large west-northwest swell will spread across ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 16th, 2016

15-20++ foot 5-8++ 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); })(); Latest readings from the buoy far northwest of the islands early this morning continue to show a downward trend in swell heights as well as period, while readings from the near-shore buoys just north of Kauai and Oahu are still holding rather steady. Therefore have tweaked the highest surf heights to persist through this morning. A high surf warning remains in effect for north and west facing shores for much of the smaller islands through this evening, with advisory level surf conditions are expected for the west facing shores of the Big Island. Borderline advisory level surf may continue along north and west facing shores early next week as swell energy slowly declines. The next major northwest swell is expected to arrive early Wednesday morning, likely boosting surf back up to warning levels along north and west facing shores. Elsewhere, small to moderate south southwest swell will persist through much of the next week. A small craft advisory remains in effect for most coastal waters through early Sunday as the large swell passes the islands, bringing hazardous seas. Tide Predictions Low tide at Kahului was 0.9 foot at 12:20 AM just after midnight, rising to a high of ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 9th, 2016

15++ foot 8-12+ foot 2-5 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); })(); A large northwest swell associated with a low pressure system that rapidly strengthened east of the date line and well north of the state over the past 24 to 36 hrs is expected to impact the Hawaiian waters through the weekend with a peak through the overnight hours Saturday night into early Sunday morning. Recent altimeter passes near and just west of this low showed seas ranging from 30 to 38 ft and as high as 45 ft within the westerlies south of its center yesterday evening, which appear to be lining up well with the latest ww3 model guidance. Although the arrival time of the swell could vary from late this afternoon to late this evening over the northwest waters, the swell is expected to peak sometime after midnight through early Sunday morning as it spreads eastward through the islands. As a result, the small craft advisory has been expanded across most of the marine zones through the remainder of the weekend and a high surf warning has been included for the exposed north and west facing shores. A combination of the large northwest swell and higher than normal high tides that are ...

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Maui Surf Report for December 19th, 2015

4-7 foot 2-4 1-3+ foot 7-10+ 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 east facing shores effective through 6pm Monday evening due to a large windswell producing well overhead surf along windward exposed shores. A broad area of high pressure anchored far northeast of the main Hawaiian islands will keep strong tradewinds in place during the next several days. These strong easterlies will continue to generate advisory level surf along most east facing shores of the islands, and the rough seas and choppy conditions are expected to continue through early next week. Conditions will not be favorable for surfing due to the strong winds. A small north swell may add a little surf to our north shores over the weekend but don't expect much. Another small northwest may fill in early next week as well. We may even get a small northwest swell for Christmas, if we're lucky. The models continue to show nearly all activity hugging the Aleutian Island chain as high pressure north of the state pushes the storm track toward the north. As a result, we should not expect any significant swell through the forecast period, although there is some hope around the ...

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Maui Surf Report for December 12th, 2015

4-7 foot 2-4 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 for Maui's east facing shores effective through 6pm Saturday evening due to strong tradewinds whipping up a large windswell. The strong trades upstream of the islands will gradually decrease today, but will still produce surf above advisory levels along our east and northeast facing shores through Saturday. This surf will remain elevated along east facing shores through the rest of the weekend with a slow fade into the work-week. A new northwest swell is expected to arrive late Monday evening and will continue into Wednesday with wave heights reaching near advisory levels along exposed north and northwest facing shores at its peak. Although the low generating this swell will be quite deep, the largest swells will unfortunately pass north of Hawaii. Looking farther out, we won't see much action for quite a while. The long-range models aren't showing any potential swells arriving until at least Monday the 21st. There should at least be windswell through this waiting period. Surf Summary North and northwest facing shores will be in the 4-7 foot range this weekend as the current swell gradually fades away. Upper West shores will come ...

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Maui Surf Report for December 5th, 2015

5-8 || 15++ foot 4-6+ | 10-15 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); })(); The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for Maui's north facing shores effective through 6pm Sunday evening. A large northwest swell will reach Hawai`i Saturday and will build throughout the day on Kaua`i and O`ahu. however, this energy will likely not reach Maui until later in the day, peaking Sunday morning with surf heights reaching above triple-overhead levels. A slow fade is then expected into the work-week. Leftover surf from the north-northwest will still be found Saturday with surf still holding at overhead levels, which should keep us happy until the new swell arrives. Minor easterly windswell and tiny lingering south-southwest swell may be found along east and south facing shores this weekend. Another round of potentially larger northwest swell is setting up for mid-week arrival with overlapping events expected to keep the large surf going through the following weekend. The first swell should arrive Wednesday, followed closely behind by another more north-northwesterly swell arriving late Thursday or Friday morning, with yet another large swell arriving next Saturday. There will be plenty surf to get excited over through the forecast period... have fun and stay safe. Surf Summary North ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 28th, 2015

10-15+ foot 8-12+ foot 1-4 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); })(); The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for Maui's north shores effective through 6am Sunday morning. Surf heights will reach into the 10-15 foot range through the day today peaking Sunday around triple-overhead levels or higher at select breaks, possibly triggering a high surf warning. Continuing south-southwesterly swell will decrease along our south shores although some areas may still pull in waist-high or below sets from time to time. Leftover north-northeasterly windswell will still be found along windward shores as well as strong onshore winds whip up large and sloppy surf. Another round of large northwest swell is expected to arrive Tuesday into Wednesday around similar levels as the current swell. The new long-period northwest swell was generated earlier this week by a very powerful storm packing hurricane-force winds near the Kuril Islands. A long-lived fetch was aimed in our direction over several days and is just now leaving our swell window. The resulting swell will last for several days reaching near extra-large levels at its peak. Another low developed closer to Japan and is currently approaching the international dateline Saturday on an east to east-northeasterly track. The resulting swell ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 14th, 2015

2-4 foot 1-3 foot 1-4 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); })(); Short-period windswell and a slightly longer period easterly swell are combining to bring rough and elevated surf to Maui's east facing shores, and a High Surf Advisory remains in effect through 6pm Sunday evening. The advisory may need to be extended again as tradewinds are expected to stay elevated east of the state well into next week. Wave heights should come in around head-high levels along the better exposed east and northeast facing breaks. North and northwest facing shores may see sloppy surf in the knee to waist-high range at most exposed breaks but some areas may see slightly larger sets from time to time. Tiny to small leftover surf from the south-southwest may still be found along select south facing shores, but it is on the way out. Some south facing shores may pull in wrapping windswell as well. No other significant swells are expected until a long-period northwest swell arrives on Tuesday, peaking Wednesday with a slow fade through Thursday. This northwest swell is expected to peak near advisory levels along exposed north and northwest facing shores. With the windswells from the east continue to arrive, these combined seas may exceed ...

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