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Maui Surf Report for April 25th, 2015

1-4 foot 0-3 foot 1-4 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 east and south facing shores will continue to subside through the weekend. A larger north northwest swell is expected to arrive Sunday, building and shifting from the north Monday night. This swell should produce surf near or potentially above the advisory threshold along north facing shores by Monday morning, and could produce advisory-level surf along east facing shores Tuesday as the swell direction shifts out of the north northeast. Strong northeast winds will spread down the island chain from Kauai to the Big Island from Sunday night through Monday night which will rough up the surf conditions quite a bit. Minor south-southwest swell may linger through the weekend, but don't expect anything good. The models show an intensely strong storm developing far outside of our swell window in the southern hemisphere over the next several days, but this energy will be sent toward South America and possibly Tahiti. There is a slight chance that we could pick up a little something around Friday or Saturday thanks to angular spreading but let's not count on it. The long-term forecasts hints toward the potential for smaller surf with better odds developing southeast of ...

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Maui Surf Report for April 18th, 2015

2-5+ foot 1-4 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); })(); Strong trade winds will push surf to near advisory levels along east and northeast facing shores this weekend and early next week. Regardless of whether advisory criteria is met, surf will be rough along east facing shores for the next couple of days. The current northwest swell will continue to gradually diminish today, but a new small northwest swell is expected on Sunday, followed by a similarly-sized small northwest swell on Tuesday. A long-period south-southwest swell will begin to arrive late this weekend and peak around Tuesday, then slowly diminish through the week. Surf along south facing shores is expected to approach advisory levels during the peak of the swell but surf heights along Maui's south shores may not reach quite that high. Although nothing significant is expected through the forecast period, there should be plenty surf to play on through the week. Today's Surf Summary North and northwest facing shores should still offer surf in the 2-5+ foot range mixed with larger but rough windswell, rising into Sunday. Upper West shores may see smaller surf around 1-4 foot. East and northeast facing shores should have rising surf in the 3-5+ foot range building near ...

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Maui Surf Report for April 11th, 2015

1-4 foot 0-2 foot 1-4 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); })(); Choppy surf from waves already built by the winds will continue to affect east-facing shores, but heights should remain below the criteria for a high surf advisory as they decline. Small background swells from the south and northwest will produce small surf through the weekend. The forecast models are predicting a compact but strong storm developing far southeast of Kamchatka Sunday evening, and if all goes well it will produce a decent northwest swell that would arrive on Wednesday.. Wave heighs should build surf near or potentially above advisory levels, then lowering on Thursday into Friday. Looking to the southern hemisphere, a fetch is developing near Tasmania that will push a southwest swell in our direction. This energy should reach Hawai`i around next weekend, but this swell direction is heavily shadowed here on Maui, so don't expect too much. Looking further out, the area southeast and east of New Zealand should provide a better chance for surf development around mid-week, bringing the possibility for a south swell arriving about a week later. Today's Surf Summary Small to near moderate windswell should still be found along east and northeast facing shores over the weekend around 2-5 ...

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Maui Surf Report for April 4th, 2015

1-4 foot 0-2 foot 4-6+ 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); })(); A nearly stationary high far northeast of the state is producing fresh to strong trade winds over an area 1200 nm east of the Big Island. A well-developed easterly wind swell produced by this upstream fetch combined with locally generated trade windswell will keep fairly large but rough and sloppy surf reaching near high surf advisory levels along Maui's east and northeast facing shores over the weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory has been issued for east facing shores effective until 6am Sunday morning. This surf is expected to slowly decrease through the first half of the upcoming week. A new south to south-southwest swell should build and peak later Saturday, but wave heights will likely only reach waist-high levels at best. Small west-northwest swells are expected to continue along most north and northwest facing shores through early next week as well. Another small northwest swell is expected to arrive late Wednesday night into Thursday, continuing through Friday. Background swells originating from the southern hemisphere will maintain small surf along south facing shores through most of next week. All in all there is nothing significant expected throughout the ...

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Maui Surf Report for March 28th, 2015

2-4 foot 1-3 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); })(); Weak north-northwest swell continues to fade with leftovers only expected in the waist-high range along our north shores. A new west-northwest swell will pass through the islands later in the day Sunday into Monday, peaking near double-overhead levels if we're lucky, but as with all swells from this direction much of this energy will be blocked by our neighbor islands. This energy will slowly clock to a more northwesterly direction as it fades through Tuesday, opening up more breaks along the north shores. Tiny south-southwest swell will fade away this weekend as a new but small south-southeast swell continues around waist-high levels at the better locations while most other locations come in closer to flat. Select areas may pick up wrapping windswell as well. The long-range outlook isn't looking all too promising with only a minor pulse of northwest swell forecast to arrive around Friday. The South Pacific is starting to come alive but still nothing is aimed well toward Hawai`i. Pray for surf! Today's Surf Summary North and northwest facing shores should be in the 2-4 foot range Saturday, with potentially higher sets from time to time in select areas. Wave heights should rise ...

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Maui Surf Report for March 21st, 2015

6-10+ foot 4-6+ 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); })(); The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for Maui's north shore, effective through 10am Sunday morning. Leftover swell is expecetd to gradually subside through Saturday, but a new slightly larger and longer-period north northwest swell will spread down across the islands over the weekend. Surf produced by this swell is expected to build along Maui's north facing shores through Saturday, peaking near high surf advisory levels, so a high surf advisory has been issued starting late Saturday morning for north facing shores of Maui. This swell is expected to gradually subside on Sunday. A small pulse from the northwest is possible on Monday, with a potentially larger north northwest swell arriving Wednesday. A small to moderate long-period south southwest swell is forecast to arrive early next week, and then persist for much of the week. Although the surf won't go flat next week, we shouldn't expect much size in any of these upcoming swells. The winter season is winding down and we are already starting to see some pre-season energy out of the southern hemisphere. Today's Surf Summary North and northwest facing shores should rise into the 6-10+ foot range Saturday, then ...

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Maui Surf Report for March 15th, 2015

10-15 foot 4-7+ foot 1-4 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); })(); The large northwest swell will continue to drop but should still offer plenty surf in the 10-15 foot range, dropping to 6-10+ foot Sunday. The National Weather Service has downgraded the warning to a High Surf Advisory effective through 6pm Saturday. Several more much smaller northwest swells should arrive throughout the next week. We may see a tiny to small bump out of the southwest, but much of this energy will be blocked by Kaho`olawe. The long-range forecast is not looking very promising, so be sure to get as much surf as you can over the next several days. Today's Surf Summary North and northwest facing shores should still offer surf in the 10-15 foot range today, fading over the next several days. Upper West shores should also offer surf in the 4-7+ foot range, larger at the better exposed breaks. South facing shores may see surf in the 1-4 foot range although most breaks will be closer to flat. Windswell along the east and northeast facing shores may be around 2-5 foot range. Wind and Tide Information Low tide at Kahului was 0.2 foot at 3:22 PM early this afternoon, rising to a high of 2.0 ...

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Maui Surf Report for March 7th, 2015

4-7 foot 1-3 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); })(); Fading west-northwest and north-northwest swell will be found along our north shores today, mixed with northeasterly windswell in some areas. Head-high surf should be expected at many locations, but the jumble of differing directions will likely result in sloppy conditions. A mix of tiny to small south-southwest to south-southeast swell may be found around select south shores, but don't expect much more than weak thigh-high waves at best. Our next chance for surf will arrive out of the north overnight Sunday into Monday, potentially reaching near advisory levels at its peak. This energy should stay well above overhead levels through the middle of the week. A large high pressure system northeast of the islands is forecast to remain nearly in place throughout the weekend before fading early next week. A long fetch associated with this high has been aimed toward Hawai`i out of the north and is responsible for the current north-northwest to northerly swell. As this shorter-period swell fades away Sunday, new swell should fill in to keep the surf around similar levels as Saturday. A gyre north-northeast of the islands should keep a steady supply of moderate surf through the week. ...

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Maui Surf Report for February 28th, 2015

2-4 foot 1-3 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); })(); Small and short-period northwest swell will only offer surf around waist-high levels, potentially reaching chest-high at the best locations. A small to low-end moderate windswell may provide a little something to ride along our east and northeast facing shores and maybe even wrapping into select north shore breaks. The weather will be rather unsettled today with scattered showers across the island, likely heavy at times. Tiny leftovers may still be found along select south and west shores today, but nothing over waist-high should be expected. We may see a new south-southeast swell arriving overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, but wave heights are not expected to rise above small levels. Our next chance for any decent surf will arrive overnight Sunday into Monday reaching moderate levels at best. This swell was produced as a low developed near the international dateline late last week, occluding Friday while aiming a captured fetch toward Hawai`i. We may see forerunners arriving as early as sunset Sunday, but it is far more likely that we'll have to wait until Monday morning here on Maui. This energy will peak Monday morning and will then slowly fade into Wednesday. Another low developed ...

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Maui Surf Report for February 20th, 2015

6-10 foot 1-3 foot 3-5+ 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 building west-northwest to northwest swell has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a High Surf Advisory effective only through 6am Saturday morning along Maui's north shores. However, surf heights will probably not reach levels of more than a few feet overhead here on Maui due to island shadowing, and many breaks will come in much smaller than that. The best surf should be found Saturday morning with higher odds of reaching closer to double-overhead levels early. Some of this energy may filter in to select exposed south shore breaks at waist-chest high levels. This swell should stick around through the weekend while slowly transitioning out of the northwest. Our next round of surf is developing far west-northwest of the state as a low east of Japan slowly churns toward the east. Winds associated with this low are not expected to reach impressive levels and it is forecast to fade while crossing the dateline Monday. The swell should reach Hawai`i Tuesday at small to moderate levels, similar in direction to the current swell. Looking further into the model runs doesn't offer a lot of hope, so as always, be sure to get ...

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