Surf Forecast Archive

Maui Surf Report for February 4th, 2011

Another much smaller northwesterly bump should keep the small surf going along our north and northwest facing shores today and into Saturday and an above advisory level west-northwest to northwest swell is expected to arrive Saturday. Our north and northwest facing shores should be in the 4-6+ foot range, nothing to get excited about, but plenty to have fun with. Upper West shores won't see too much action over 2-4 foot, but some of the better break may see a little extra bump. The tiny background swell from the south should be pau today and won't offer much, but some south facing shores could see tiny surf in the 0-3 foot range. East facing shores may see a little windswell action in the 1-4 foot range. 4-6+ foot 2-4 foot 0-3 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast Forecast for February 2nd-4th A compact low just crossed over the dateline while aiming a fetch in our direction but it is rapidly tracking east and won't be able to generate anything too impressive. Regardless, we should see a fun-sized northwest swell arriving later Friday at well-overhead levels, probably shy of advisory heights though. A broader and more energetic low can be found between the previously mentioned low and Japan, and it is forecast to strengthen today and over the next several days while aiming a very nice and broad fetch in our direction. The resulting swell should reach Hawai`i ...

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Maui Surf Report for February 2nd, 2011

The High Surf Advisory posted by the National Weather Service continues today and is effective through 6pm Thursday evening for Maui's north facing shores. Maui probably won't see much surf at those levels although the best breaks may see a few good sized sets. Our north and some northwest facing shores should see surf in the 6-10+ foot range. Upper West shores may see some of this energy around 3-5 foot or slightly better at the best exposed locations. Windswell along our east facing shores should stay tiny at only 1-3 foot but some breaks may be able to pick up some wrapping northwest swell near head-high levels. A tiny bump from the south is trying to offer something along our south shores but it is doubtful anything will be worth paddling out for at only 0-2 foot. Another reinforcement from the northwest is expected Friday and a slightly larger northwest should fill in Sunday with no shortage of surf to follow next week. 6-10+ foot 3-5 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast Forecast for February 2nd-4th A compact low just crossed over the dateline while aiming a fetch in our direction but it is rapidly tracking east and won't be able to generate anything too impressive. Regardless, we should see a fun-sized northwest swell arriving later Friday at well-overhead levels, probably shy of advisory heights though. A broader and more energetic low can be ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 31st, 2011

The arrival of a large new northwest swell has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a High Surf Warning for Maui's north facing shores, effective through 6am Tuesday morning. The close proximity of the swell source will result in a mix of long and short period swells making for rough, dangerous and unpredictable conditions. Use your better judgment before paddling out. Our north and northwest facing shores will have surf breaking in the 12-18+ foot range at the better exposed locations, closing out most breaks. Upper West shores should see smaller sets likely around the 6-10 foot range, but the best breaks could see much larger sets rolling through. Windswell along our east facing shores should remain on the tiny side around 1-4 foot, but some areas will likely see larger surf wrapping in from the northwest. South facing shores should stay close to flat at only 0-2 foot with no swell to mention. Another large northwest swell is expected around Thursday. 12-18+ foot 6-10 foot 0-2 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast Forecast for January 31st-February 1st The current northwest swell was produced by a gale forming near the dateline several days ago, continuing through the weekend and is now just a few hundred miles north of the islands tracking toward the east. Large and unruly surf is expected due to the closeness of the wind as a combination of short to long period wavelengths ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 30th, 2011

The swell will continue to drop today while swinging more from the northwest, offering 3-6 foot surf along our north and northwest facing shores, although the best locations may still see a few larger sets rolling through from time to time. Upper West shores may see a little bump around 1-3 foot, possibly higher at the best exposed breaks. South facing shores should be near flat at only 0-2 foot while east facing shores come in only around 0-3 foot. A large northwest swell is expected to arrive overnight into Monday which will easily reach advisory levels and may need the warning flags posted. The close proximity of its source will result in closely spaced sets and rough conditions. Another longer period northwest is expected to arrive Wednesday. 3-6 foot 1-3 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast Forecast for January 27th-29th A strong gale set up Tuesday well east of Japan while aiming a fetch toward Hawai`i. The resulting west-northwest swell is expected to reach Hawai`i Friday afternoon and should reach advisory levels overnight. Of course, Maui will be heavily shadowed as usual, so we most likely won't see any action until Saturday. If you were lucky enough to find a good spot over the recent run of WNW swells, I would suggest checking there as this episode will be similar in direction, but not size. The source of this swell quickly raced off ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 29th, 2011

Although a high surf advisory is in effect for Kaua`i, neighbor islands will be heavily shadowed and won't see surf heights near advisory levels. Another west-northwest swell is passing through the islands but will be mostly blocked again. Exposed north and northwest facing shores could see surf in the 5-8 foot range, and some breaks could see potentially larger sets. Most Upper West breaks will be blocked, but some could pick up surf in the 2-4 foot range. Although there is nothing coming out of the south hemisphere, select exposed south shores could see some action out of the west-northwest at 0-4 foot, and some of the best exposed breaks could see overhead sets. Our east facing shores won't see too much action at only 1-3 foot. A much larger northwest swell is expected to hit Hawai`i overnight Sunday, possibly to warning levels and an even larger northwest swell is likely to develop for Wednesday. The close proximity of these swells sources will make for rough and dangerous conditions though. 5-8 foot 2-4 foot 0-4 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast Forecast for January 27th-29th A strong gale set up Tuesday well east of Japan while aiming a fetch toward Hawai`i. The resulting west-northwest swell is expected to reach Hawai`i Friday afternoon and should reach advisory levels overnight. Of course, Maui will be heavily shadowed as usual, so we most likely won't see any action until Saturday. ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 27th, 2011

The surf will turn more northwesterly today and should still be above overhead levels. No advisories are posted. The better exposed north and northwest facing shores should see surf in the 5-8 foot range today, although a few breaks may see larger sets from time to time. Upper West breaks may see surf around 2-5 foot or slightly higher at the best locations. Windswell along our east facing shores should only be around 1-4 foot and isn't expected to rise much anytime soon. Our south facing shores are back to seasonal flatness at only 0-2 foot with no swell to mention at all. Another round of west-northwest swell is expected to arrive late Friday into Saturday, but as usual, island shadowing will make it difficult to find any action. A larger northwest to north-northwest swell is expected to arrive Monday. 5-8 foot 2-5 foot 0-2 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast Forecast for January 27th-29th A strong gale set up Tuesday well east of Japan while aiming a fetch toward Hawai`i. The resulting west-northwest swell is expected to reach Hawai`i Friday afternoon and should reach advisory levels overnight. Of course, Maui will be heavily shadowed as usual, so we most likely won't see any action until Saturday. If you were lucky enough to find a good spot over the recent run of WNW swells, I would suggest checking there as this episode will be similar in direction, ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 25th, 2011

The action along our west-northwest and northwest facing shores should continue today, and the National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for select north and northwest shores on Maui, effective through 6pm this evening. Another round of similar surf is expected Wednesday and a larger and much needed northwest swell is expected late Friday or early Saturday. North and northwest facing shores should be in the 7-10+ foot range today, depending on exposure. Upper West breaks will be mostly blocked, but some areas may see surf in the 2-5 foot range. South facing shores could still see a little bump around 1-3 foot as the fading tiny south swell fades away. Windswell along our east facing shores should be minimal around 1-3 foot. 7-10+ foot 2-5 foot 1-3 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast Forecast for January 25th-27th A series of low pressure systems moving across the northwest Pacific will keep our the surf going through the week along our north and northwest facing shores. The long run of primarily west-northwest swell will continue Tuesday and likely into Wednesday but a run of more northwesterly swell is finally on the horizon. The models are certainly not suggesting any shortage of swells through the forecast period. The next swell is expected to arrive late Wednesday into Thursday out of the northwest around advisory levels. Another source is forecast to develop today well east of Japan around ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 23rd, 2011

All advisories have expired for Maui County. Fading surf won't offer too much action around Maui due to the continued poor west-northwest angle of the dropping swell. Island shadowing will keep blocking most of the swell from reaching our shores, although Kaua`i and O`ahu will continue at advisory levels. North and northwest facing shores here on Maui will probably only come in around 3-6 foot at our better exposed breaks. Select exposed Upper West breaks may see small surf around 1-4 foot but should not be expected. continuing small south swell may provide some of our south facing shores with a little bump around 1-3+ foot. The easterly windswell should continue around 2-4 foot. Another large west-northwest swell is expected to arrive Monday, followed by a large and much needed northwest swell arriving Wednesday. 3-6 foot 1-4 foot 1-3+ foot 2-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast Forecast for January 22nd-24th Energy out of the west-northwest will continue through most of the week as the current swell fades and a new near-advisory level west-northwest arrives Monday. This new swell is being generated well east of Japan as another low acts upon existing but fading seas whipped up by the previous storm system. Although nowhere near the intensity of the former storm, we should see plenty more swell pumping out over the next couple of days. The bad news is that the models show this system tracking away from the ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 22nd, 2011

The long-lived warning has been downgraded to a High Surf Advisory effective through 6am Sunday morning for Maui's north facing shores. However, most breaks will see surf well under the 15 foot criteria for an advisory, more likely in the 5-8 foot range but still with a long and slow fade over the next several days. Upper West shores will continue to be blocked by Moloka`i, but select breaks could pick up 3-5 foot sets if we're lucky. Our east facing shores should start to see a slight and brief increase in the long absent windswell, possibly rising into the 2-4 foot range today. South facing shores will stay mostly flat at 1-3 foot but select breaks could still pick up some head-high energy out of the west-northwest if you know where to look. Another round of west-northwest swell is expected to arrive Monday which should keep the action going past mid-week. 5-8 foot 3-5 foot 1-3+ foot 2-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast Forecast for January 22nd-24th Energy out of the west-northwest will continue through most of the week as the current swell fades and a new near-advisory level west-northwest arrives Monday. This new swell is being generated well east of Japan as another low acts upon existing but fading seas whipped up by the previous storm system. Although nowhere near the intensity of the former storm, we should see plenty more swell pumping out over the ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 20th, 2011

The National Weather Service has continued the High Surf Warning through 6pm Friday evening but will continue through the weekend at large levels. As with all west-northwest swells, this energy will be hard to predict where it will fire and where it will be blocked, so use your head and don't expect the swell to come to you. North and northwest facing shores that are exposed to the west-northwest should see surf in the 10-15++ foot range, but many of Maui's breaks are facing the wrong direction to get the best of this swell. Upper West shores will be heavily shadowed by Moloka`i but select breaks could see surf in the 3-5+ foot range or better. South facing shores do have a tiny bump out of the south-southwest and the more westerly breaks should pick up well-overhead sets in the 1-6+ foot range with dangerous conditions. Windswell along our east facing shores should be in the 2-4 foot range today. Once again, understand that Maui is heavily blocked in this swell direction but there will be plenty out there. 10-15++ foot 3-5+ foot 1-6+ foot 2-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast Forecast for January 18th-20th An exceptionally powerful storm erupted late last weekend in the area east of Japan. The low pressure system occluded and grew to fill most of the northwestern North Pacific while setting up a broad and long fetch aimed very well toward our islands. ...

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