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Maui Surf Report for April 23rd, 2014

2-5 foot 1-3 foot 4-6 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); })(); Tiny surf should continue along our north and northwest facing shores today, but wave heights will likely only reach chest-high levels at the better breaks and will be quite a bit smaller at the lesser exposed locations. Moderate windswell should still be found near head-high levels along our windward shores, but it will be choppy and sloppy. This windswell should continue into the weekend but will then fade into next week. A low developed in the Northwest Pacific late last weekend and set up a fetch asimed fairly well toward our islands which should result in a moderate to near high northwest swell arriving late this afternoon or early evening. This energy should build overnight, holding through Thursday and then dropping to more lower-end moderate levels through Friday, but there should still be plenty of overhead surf to play on Saturday. The windswell should continue on into the weekend, but don't expect much. Nothing more than tiny background swell should be expected along the south facing shores, but don't be surprised if an inconsistent and small set or two limps into some breaks. We may get a little edge-pass Friday thanks to angular ...

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Maui Surf Report for April 19th, 2014

4-6 foot 1-4 foot 0-2 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 surf will give way to a small new swell arriving late in the day and through the overnight into Sunday, but wave heights will likely only reach a couple of feet overhead at best. Windswell along our east and northeast facing shores will be back on the rise over the next several days, potentially triggering another advisory Monday into Tuesday. The incoming northwest swell was generated by a low several days ago, but it was on a rapid track toward the east-northeast, greatly limiting any fetch aimed in our direction and most of this swell is coming out of the west-northwest. However, a secondary fetch developed shortly after, but again, this energy was not aimed well in our direction. Another area of low pressure developed near the dateline Thursday, but this too was not aimed well in our direction. This energy should simply help to keep head-high surf active through Tuesday or possibly Wednesday of next week. The models continue to show a low forming south of Kamchatka Sunday and early next week. A long-lived, but unimpressive fetch is expected to set up, aimed well toward Hawai`i. The resulting swell should ...

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Maui Surf Report for April 17th, 2014

3-5 foot 1-3 foot 0-2 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); })(); Small surf should continue around head-high levels along Maui's north and northwest facing shores today and Friday, possibly still holding on at waist to chest-high levels Saturday. Another small northwest to north-northwest swell is expected to arrive Sunday, but let's not expect too much. Moderate windswell out of the east-northeast will continue around head-high levels today as well, but it is expected to drop over the next couple of days. This should be a brief decline, however, and another round of short-period windswell is expected to rise to advisory levels once again Sunday into te upcoming week. The jetstream has take on a more zonal west to east-northeasterly pattern which will limit our surf through the forecast period. A minor low is currently crossing the dateline taking aim at the Pacific Northwest. Fetch from this low is not aimed well toward our shores. The resulting swell should arrive overnight Saturday into Sunday at small to low-end moderate levels. The models show another low forming southeast of Kamchatka late in the weekend. A short-lived fetch may produce a northwest swell that would arrive around next Thursday. It's too early to speculate about wave heights, ...

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Maui Surf Report for April 13th, 2014

4-6 foot 1-3 foot 0-2 foot 4-8 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 Monday evening due to a building short-period windswell. The current northwest swell should still offer plenty head-high surf along our north and northwest facing shores, slowly dropping through Monday and possibly into Tuesday. Another northwest swell should arrive around Wednesday. A Wind Advisory is also in effect as northeasterly winds howl in the 25-35 mph range, potentially gusting to 45 mph in some areas. This will, of course, blow out the surf at most breaks, so don't expect much out there. The current swell is on the way down, originating from a low near the Kuril Islands that aimed a strong gale and associated fetch in our direction over several days as the low tracked toward the east. This low occluded briefly, allowing a nice long fetch to take aim toward Hawai`i. Another low developed over the Kuril Islands Friday, and it is currently tracking toward the east to east-northeast. The resulting swell won't be as good as the current fading swell, but we should still be able to pull in a decent upper-end small ...

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Maui Surf Report for April 11th, 2014

1-4 foot 0-3 foot 0-2 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); })(); There should still be some tiny to small leftovers out of the north-northwest along our north facing shores this morning. A new west-northwest to northwest swell is expected to arrive later this afternoon, possibly raising the surf to head-high levels or slightly better at some breaks. This swell will continue to slowly build overnight into Saturday and will peak at levels a few feet overhead late Saturday, then slowly dropping over several days. A low developing over the Kuril Islands today is expected to build over the weekend, but it is doubtful that it will amount to much. As it drifts toward the east over the next several days, it should be able to aim a nice small to low-end moderate swell in our direction. This swell will likely arrive late Wednesday, but the long distance traveled will keep the waves from building much more than a few feet overhead at its peak. Nothing else is expected out of the North Pacific through the rest of the forecast period. Building upstream tradewinds may be able to produce a small to moderate windswell for the first half of next week, but it will be ...

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Maui Surf Report for April 7th, 2014

7-10+ foot 4-6 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); })(); The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory effective through 6pm this evening along Maui's north facing shores. The current northwest to north-northwest swell is expected to peak Monday around double-overhead levels with a slow fade over the next few days. Another northwest swell is setting up for a Friday arrival, building into Saturday to likely reach advisory levels. Building upstream tradewinds are expected to produce a rough windswell over the second half of the week as well. Although there is a small south swell currently active along our south facing shores, don't expect too much action. A low forming near the Kuril Islands today is expected to build over the next few days, then slowly tracking toward the east. This should set up a nice fetch aimed in Hawai`i's direction, and the resulting swell should arrive Friday, most likely near or just exceeding advisory levels at its peak. The long-range forecast models are predicting another low forming closer to Japan next weekend that should be able to produce another late-season northwest swell for next week, but it is too early to discuss with any confidence. The South Pacific is in ...

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Maui Surf Report for April 5th, 2014

7-10+ foot 2-4+ 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 new long-period west-northwest to northwest swell will peak today with well overhead sets likely at most of the better exposed breaks, possibly a little larger at the best breaks. The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for Maui's north facing shores effective through 6am Sunday morning. Another slightly smaller northwest swell is expected to arrive overnight Sunday into Monday which should keep the moderate to large surf going through the first half of the upcoming week. A cold front is expected to reach the islands overnight tonight into Sunday, and high pressure north of the islands may produce a moderate windswell over the next few days. Thankfully, the North Pacific is pulling together better than previous forecast models predicted, and there is a good chance for another low to develop southeast of the Kuril Islands around Tuesday that could potentially whip up another long-period west-northwest to northwest swell. If all goes well, this energy would reach our winter shores early next weekend, likely near or exceeding advisory levels. It's still a bit too early for confidence, so check back in a couple of days for more updates. The South ...

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Maui Surf Report for April 3rd, 2014

3-6 foot 1-4 foot 2-5 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 as the windswell rises into the 5-8 foot range. This advisory is in effect through 6am Friday morning. A moderate to large northwest swell is also expected to arrive later tonight into Friday that may also trigger an advisory for the north shores. Currently, a minor northwest swell is expected to peak around the middle of the day Thursday with head-high surf expected at most north shore breaks. Larger well-overhead sets are possible at the best exposed breaks, and wrapping windswell will both up the odds and unfortunately rough it up as well. The incoming northwest swells should be solid, offering plenty surf through the weekend. The peak Saturday may approach triple-overhead levels if we're lucky. This series of overlapping swells was produced as a low developed just east of Japan early this week, setting up a captured fetch of severe gales aimed fairly well in our direction. As the system tracks toward the Gulf of Alaska, another round of surf should set up for a late Sunday into Monday arrival, potentially reaching advisory levels once again. Small ...

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Maui Surf Report for April 1st, 2014

3-6 foot 1-3 foot 0-2 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); })(); A moderate to near large windswell has set up along our east and northeast facing shores due to strengthening local tradewinds as well as an upstream fetch, but it will be choppy and sloppy and relatively short-period. There are currently no winter swells to mention, so don't expect anything more than wrapping windswell along the north and northwest facing shores today. However, a new moderate northwest swell should arrive overnight Wednesday into Thursday, followed by another reinforcing northwest swell overnight Thursday into Friday. The second swell may flirt near advisory levels at its peak, but this is unlikely along Maui's shores. The odds should rise a bit Saturday as yet another reinforcing swell arrives out of the northwest. The storm responsible for this run of swells is currently building far to our west-northwest, peaking Wednesday before reaching the international dateline while tracking toward the east-northeast. The long-range models aren't showing much action later in the period, so be sure to get as much surf as you can from this episode. A small but fun south-southwest to south swell may offer some fun surf over the second half of the week, arriving late Wednesday ...

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Maui Surf Report for March 30th, 2014

2-4 foot 1-3 foot 0-2 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 period of small surf will continue today with surf heights only reaching around chest-high levels at best along our north facing shores. We won't see any action until Wednesday, when a small to moderate northwest swell arrives, with a peak Thursday. Strong upstream tradewinds northeast of Hawai`i has produced a short-period windswell, but this energy will affect the western half of the state more than it will for Maui and the Big Island. This windswell should last a few days, so hopefully it fills in a bit more for Maui. An area of low pressure far northwest of the islands is developing just south of the Aleutians around the international dateline. The models show a short-lived fetch taking aim in our direction, potentially setting up a small to moderate northwest swell that would reach our shores late Wednesday into Thursday. A much more promising storm is developing just off the east shores of Japan, and it is forecast to build over the next several days while slowly tracking toward the east along the 40° latitude. The limiting factor of the resulting swell will be the long distance traveled to reach our shores, ...

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