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Maui Surf Report for December 19th, 2014

8-12+ foot 5-8+ foot 2-4 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 National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for Maui's north shores effective through 6pm Friday evening due to a large northwest swell producing surf approaching 15 foot on the face. Another larger northwest swell is expected to arrive Sunday and it will likely reach warning levels with a slow fade through the middle of the week. A fun sized south to south-southwest swell over the weekend should provide some fun sets at select breaks through the weekend and into the upcoming week. The current swell was produced as a deep low aimed a fetch of strong gales toward the islands, with a small area of hurricane-force winds embedded within. The system raced across the central North Pacific so we should expect the swell to fade rather quickly over the weekend. Further west, a large low pressure system bombed last Tuesday setting up a fetch of strong gales reaching near hurricane speeds aimed nicely toward the islands. The resulting swell is expected to arrive while we sleep Saturday into Sunday morning, beginning out of the west-northwest and then slowly shifting out of the northwest later Sunday and Monday. This will be ...

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Maui Surf Report for December 13th, 2014

8-12++ foot 8-12 foot 1-3 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 6pm Sunday evening. The swell is expected to rise through the evening into Sunday and the advisory may need to be upgraded to a warning. The north shores will come alive as another west-northwest to northwest swell arrives and builds to above advisory levels today. A fun-sized south swell is expected to arrive overnight to slowly fill in Sunday along select south facing shores. Some west facing shores could see larger than normal surf if you know where to look. The bad news is that strong winds howling over the islands will produce poor conditions at many breaks, and some areas could have gusts approaching 50 mph. This also means that we'll see rising windswell along the windward shores, which also may trigger a high surf advisory. A strong low pressure cell packing hurricane-force winds developed east of Japan last Wednesday and pushed a captured fetch out of the west-northwest and in our direction. The system tracked rather quickly toward the east-northeast while the fetch spread out, reaching just within 1000 miles from the islands and this ...

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Maui Surf Report for December 5th, 2014

8-12 foot 5-8+ foot 0-2 foot 5-8+ 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 and East facing shores effective through 6pm Friday evening due to a combination of elevated windswell along the east and northeast facing shores and an incoming northwest to north-northwest swell expected to build through the day. Wave heights along our winter shores should rise to double-overhead levels at the better exposed breaks with occasional higher sets at the best locations. The morning surf will likely stay smaller, so be patient as this new event fills in. Another much larger north-northwest swell is expected to arrive Sunday, potentially flirting near warning levels. South facing shores will stay seasonably flat with no swell to mention. The long-range forecast is hinting toward an out of season south swell developing early next week, more details to follow. Several rounds of good winter surf is on the way through the forecast period thanks to several low pressure cells within the North Pacific. The first of these lows pushed southeasterly from the central Aleutians earlier this week while aiming a fetch of near gales in our direction. This energy is expected to slowly fill in Friday, ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 29th, 2014

5-8++ foot 4-6+ foot 0-3 foot 5-8+ 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 Sunday evening due to a moderate to large windswell. A combination of this north-northeasterly windswell and northwest to north-northwesterly swell will continue to fill in along our winter shores with head-high surf expected at many breaks. Select exposed breaks could pull in sets a few feet overhead or even better if you know where to look. A new west-northwest to northwest swell is expected to arrive early this week to keep the action going into December. Although there isn't any south swell to mention, wrapping windswell could bring fun-sized surf to select south shores, if you know where to go. Low pressure northeast of the islands interacting with an area of strong high pressure north of the islands has produced a good fetch of gale-force winds aimed well toward Hawai`i over the past week. The low intensified on Thanksgiving Day which is providing the increase in wave heights Saturday into Sunday with a fairly quick drop in wave heights expected early in the week. However, the low is forecast to intensify once again later in ...

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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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