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Maui Surf Report for November 3rd, 2010

Aloha `oe Andy Irons. The very large surf will continue today out of the north-northwest and the High Surf Warning remains firmly in place for Maui's north facing shores through 4pm Thursday afternoon. North and northwest facing shores will continue to see surf well exceeding the 10-15++ foot range but as always, there will be plenty of breaks with more manageable surf. Be aware of cleanup sets and know your limits. Upper West shores should also continue to see surf in the 5-8+ foot range depending on exposure. Our east facing shores should see more action as a more northerly component to the swell filters in around 5-8+ foot. South facing shores only have tiny background swell at 0-3+ foot but select breaks are picking up some fun head-high surf if you know where to look. This action will continue well into the weekend! Have fun and be safe... 10-15++ foot 5-8+ foot 0-3+ foot 5-8+ foot Extended Surf Forecast The current north-northwest swell will continue to slowly drop over the next couple of days and may even still be around head-high levels Saturday. A secondary low developed closely behind the deep low that was responsible for this first big swell of the season, it is currently just a few hundred miles north of the state still sending energy in our direction. Unfotunately, the close proximity of the source will make for sloppy and disorganized surf, ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 2nd, 2010

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for all north facing shores of Maui County due to a large north-northwest swell potentially peaking with waves in the 25-35 foot range on the outer reefs. Most surf breaks won't see surf that large, but double- to triple-overhead surf is very likely which should keep most people out of the water and watching from the safety of dry land. Those who do paddle out should use extra caution and be aware that conditions can change quickly. Our north and northwest facing shores should rise into the 15-20+ foot range today although there should be plenty of breaks offering more managable surf if you look for it. Be aware of clean-up sets and know your limits! Upper West shores should also pick up this swell with surf in the 5-8+ foot range and some spots may see double-overhead+ sets rolling through. Our east facing shores only have mimimal windswell but wrapping surf should pump into some breaks around 4-6+ foot and potentially larger. South facing shores have a tiny background swell around 0-3 foot but again, wrapping swell may make it to some areas. Use your head when paddling out and please share your photos and videos. 15-20+ foot 5-8+ foot 0-3 foot 4-6+ foot Extended Surf Forecast No updated forecast Tuesday. The big news of course is the development of a warning level swell that ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 1st, 2010

Most of the day today will see tiny surf at best along all shores, but a monster is on its way! A tiny pulse from the north-northwest may continue to offer 3-5 foot sets at the better breaks while Upper West shores only come in around 1-3 foot this morning. The incoming north-northwest swell will rise very quickly and dangerously, so please be aware and keep your eyes on the horizon. Surf should rapidly rise into the 10-15+ foot range by sunset and will keep rising through the night. The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning effective at 4pm this afternoon through 4pm Thursday. Find a protected break and have fun, otherwise leave this swell to the experienced! South facing shores may still pick up a little background swell around 0-3 foot but some breaks may also pick up some wrapping swell, just don't count on it. Windswell along our east facing shores should only be around 1-3 foot but some breaks should pick up this north-northwest energy as well. Be careful out there! 3-5 am | 10-15+ pm 1-3 am | 6-10+ pm 0-3 foot 1-3+ foot Extended Surf Forecast The big news of course is the development of a warning level swell that is still pumping out major swell toward our islands and an absolutely epic swell toward the mainland West Coast. A deep hurricane-force low formed rapidly over ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 30th, 2010

The only source of surf today will be from the fading windswell along our northeast facing shores with tiny, sloppy sets coming in only in the 1-4 foot range. North and northwest facing shores won't do too well with no swell to mention aside from potential windswell wrap with surf only in the 0-3 foot. An epic swell is in the makings this weekend that should easily reach advisory levels on Monday and could very likely reach warning levels Tuesday. The mainland West Coast is going to be absolutely insane! Tiny background swell out of the south may limp into select south facing shores around 0-3 foot but most breaks will stay flat as a lake. Sunday may see a little ripple out of the northwest but it won't be anything to get excited over. 0-3 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast Although it doesn't look like much at the moment, a massive low pressure system is developing east-southeast of Kamchatka expected to take over most of the central North Pacific over the next several days. A long and persistant fetch should pump out a lot of swell aimed very well toward Hawaiian shores and even more toward the mainland. Hurricane-force winds exceeding 75 knots (86+ mph) are forecast to reach within 1000 miles of Hawai`i. The extreme wind and relatively close proximity of the fetch should result in an extra-large to ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 28th, 2010

The High Surf Advisory issued for our windward shores will stay in effect through 6am Friday morning due to rough and choppy surf reaching overhead or higher levels. Our east-northeast facing shores should continue to see large windswell in the 4-6+ foot range and some of the better breaks could pull in a few larger sets from time to time. The episode has peaked and will slowly fade into the weekend. North and northwest facing shores don't have any real swell to mention and would otherwise be flat, but select breaks should pull in some wrapping windswell at 1-3+ foot. Upper West shores may also see a little wrap around 1-3 foot. South facing shores will start off flat today but a tiny new south swell may rise later in the day to 0-4 foot. Although this minor swell should stick around for several days it certainly won't amount to much. A close-together series of northwest swells should raise the advisory flags Monday or Tuesday... details below. 1-3+ foot 0-3 foot 0-4 foot 4-6+ foot Extended Surf Forecast A strong storm in the Bering Sea has managed to keep some of its windfield within the Pacific although not aimed well toward Hawai`i. Hopefully enough of energy is transferred to the sea to push a small northwest bump that would arrive Sunday. If the models are correct we could see another round of advisory swell building over ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 26th, 2010

The increasing windswell has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a High Surf Advisory for our east facing shores and effective through 6am Thursday morning. Rough and choppy windswell will build over the next few days and should easily reach into the 3-5+ foot range along our windward shores. There isn't much swell left over for our north and northwest facing shores with minor sets likely only reacing 2-4 foot at the better breaks, but some locations may pick up wrapping easterly windswell if you know where to look. Upper West shores should be more or less flat at 0-2 foot but again, some breaks may pick up some wrapping windswell. Our south facing shores will also come in flat with no swell to mention at 0-2 foot. 2-4+ foot 0-3 foot 0-2 foot 3-5+ foot Extended Surf Forecast It looks like we're going to have to wait until the end of the week before we see any kind of swell along our north shores, besides windswell of course. A tiny low well north-northwest of the state is skirting around the upper half of the high pressure responsible for the current strong tradewind event, but very little energy is being put into the water at the moment. This low is modeled to strengthen after it has passed Hawai`i but should then dive toward the southeast along but well off of the West Coast mainland through ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 24th, 2010

Another round of northwest swell should offer some fun surf today although it will be relatively small. Our north and northwest facing shores may see sets around 3-5 foot at most exposed breaks but the best breaks could see slightly overhead sets rolling in from time to time. Upper West shores probably won't see much action over 1-3 foot so don't expect much action. The windswell along our east and northeast facing shores will probably stay on the tiny end today around 1-3 foot but as the tradewinds return to strong levels we should see an increasing windswell through the week, potentially building near advisory levels. It looks like we won't see any real swell until late next weekend but we may be able to pull in an edge-pass around Friday if all goes well. Keep those fingers crossed. 3-5 foot 1-3 foot 0-3 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast A gale developed near Kamchatka around Tuesday of last week that weakened before reaching the international dateline. The weak winds and long travel distance will only allow for a tiny to small episode peaking today. A source closer to the islands developed in association with a cold front about 1000 miles to the northwest of Maui that may add a little extra short-period energy Monday to push the surf near or just above head-high levels. A low developing near the Kuril Islands this weekend is modelled ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 22nd, 2010

Leftover swell from the north-northwest should still offer up some fun surf along our winter shores today but it is on the way down. The better exposed north and northwest facing shores should still pull in surf in the 4-6 foot range and some breaks could potentially see larger sets from time to time. Upper West shores will probably only see surf around 2-4 foot but again, some breaks may see a few larger sets rolling through the lineup if we're lucky. Little windswell is likely along the east facing shores at only 1-3 foot but select breaks may see some action coming in from the north-northwest. The current swell will fade through the day and should be mostly pau by Saturday, however, another tiny northwest pulse may appear Saturday around head-high levels. 4-6 foot 2-4 foot 0-3 foot 1-3+ foot Extended Surf Forecast A ridge of high pressure that has been dominating the Central North Pacific over the past few weeks has finally weakened allowing the jet stream to take better aim toward Hawai`i. A series of lows are modeled in the northwest that should provide us with a few minor swells through the upcoming week. The first was produced by a Kamchatka gale earlier in the week. The resulting swell will likely reach our shores later Saturday into Sunday but will only reach head-high levels or slightly higher. Winds behind a cold ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 20th, 2010

A new swell arriving from the north-northwest will light up our winter shores today but will probably stay below advisory levels here on Maui. Our better exposed north and northwest facing shores should start off around the 3-6 foot range this morning but will build through the day to hopefully reach into the 8-12 foot range by sunset. Similarly, Upper West breaks may start off around 1-3 foot but could build through the day to reach 5-8 foot later in the day. This energy should peak Thursday while swinging more to the north-northeast and should be mostly pau by the end of Friday, although tiny leftovers may linger into the weekend. Our east facing shores will likely stay tiny at only 1-3+ foot with little to no windswell to mention, but some exposed breaks could pull in wrapping north-northwest swell at larger levels. South facing shores won't see much action with only weak minor background swell slapping at your knees likely. Most summer breaks will stay near flat at only 0-2 foot. Another northwest pulse should arrive Sunday... details below. 3-6 am | 8-12 pm 1-3 am | 5-8 pm 0-2 foot 1-3+ foot Extended Surf Forecast Today's swell was generated south of the Aleutian Islands and slightly to the east of the international dateline last Sunday, aiming most of its energy just to the northeast of Hawai`i. This system was guided closer to the islands ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 18th, 2010

A small to low-end moderate south-southwest swell may be found along select exposed south facing shores today around 2-4 foot but may not amount to much and will likely have very long waits between sets. The light tradewinds will keep the windswell on the flat to tiny side around 0-3 foot. There is still no swell to mention for our north and northwest facing shores with surf only coming in around the 0-2 foot range. Upper West shores will also come in flat but some lucky breaks may be able to pull in a little south-southwest swell around 0-3 foot, just don't expect anything. An advisory level north-northwest swell is developing nicely and is already on its way for a Wednesday arrival. 0-2 foot 0-3 foot 2-4 foot 0-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast A broad and fairly powerful low pressure system is building far to the north-northwest of Hawai`i with winds aiming a nice fetch toward the islands. This storm is expected to peak later today as it track east-southeast toward California from the central Aleutian Islands. If this episode continues as predicted, we should see an advisory level swell arriving mid-week that should stick around for a few days. More activity near Kamchatka may be able to kick up some additional northwest swell later in the week as a series of lows follow the outer perimeter of the Pacific Basin. The jetstream is expected to ...

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