Surf Forecast Archive

Maui Surf Report for January 19th, 2011

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for all islands as a giant west-northwest to northwest swell arrives and pummels our islands. The surf will start off on the smaller side this morning and most likely through the afternoon hours before this swell reaches Maui which will build overnight to very large and dangerous levels. Don't be surprised if we don't see much happening until after the sun sets. Thankfully, leftover energy from the northwest should still linger today, offering surf in the 3-6 foot range along our north and northwest facing shores, possibly a little better at the best locations. Upper West shores should only be around 2-4 foot at the better breaks. A minor south-southwest bump may appear at some south facing breaks in the 1-4 foot range. The lack of windswell will keep our east facing shores near flat at only 1-3 foot although some breaks may see a little wrapping swell from the northwest. Be patient, the big stuff is almost here and so is better weather. 3-6 foot 2-4 foot 1-4 foot 1-3 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. It appears that the system ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 18th, 2011

The west-northwest swell should continue to provide surf to those who know where to go while other breaks stay flat or sloppy. As usual, much of this energy is blocked by our neighbor islands. North and northwest facing shores may still see surf in the 5-8+ foot range, and some breaks could see well overhead sets. Upper West breaks are mostly shadowed by Moloka`i but some may pick up surf in the 2-5 foot range or occasionally higher. The more westerly exposed south shore breaks not blocked by Kaho`olawe or Lana`i should still see surf in the 1-5 foot range and some could still see overhead sets. A lack of windswell will keep our east facing shores mostly flat at 0-3 foot but those who know where to look could pick up wrapping swell. A giant west-northwest is on her way and should arrive Wednesday night into Thursday at warning levels and will stick around for many days. More details below... 5-8+ foot 2+5 foot 1-5 foot 0-3 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. It appears that the system has peaked in intensity and will slowly fade over the next few days ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 16th, 2011

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for Maui County due to a large west-northwest swell building throughout the day today. The buoys continue to rise and are already near 15 foot 19 seconds early this morning. Although island shadowing will still be a factor, we should see plenty surf today due to the size and power of this swell. Dangerous conditions are possible so use your head before paddling out. North and northwest facing shores should see surf in the 10-15++ foot range at many breaks and the potential for much larger sets at the best exposed locations is high. Upper West shores will be heavily blocked by Moloka`i but some breaks could see large surf rolling through around 5-8+ foot. Some south shore breaks could see well overhead surf around 5-8+ foot at the more westerly exposed breaks while other breaks stay flat. Windswell along our east facing shores will stay absent at only 0-3 foot. The potentially massive storm predicted below is rapidly building east of Japan and is still expected to produce an exceptionally large swell... keep those fingers crossed! 10-15+ foot 5-8+ foot 5-8+ foot 0-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast Forecast for January 14th-16th The next swell is still in the making as a tightly packed low spins far to the west-northwest of our islands, aiming its peak winds just to the southwest of Hawai`i. This low originated ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 14th, 2011

Sloppy leftover northwest swell should stick around today but conditions will probably stay nasty. North and northwest facing shores may see surf in the 4-6 foot range, and if we're lucky we could see larger sets at the better breaks. Upper West shores probably won't see much over 2-4 foot but select breaks could see a little extra size. Windswell along our east facing shores should stay tiny but some areas may see wrapping northwest swell around 1-4 foot. South facing shores may see some action around 2-4 foot out of the south-southwest, but conditions will probably still be junk. We'll continue to see fading surf over the weekend, but another very large west-northwest is on its way and should arrive later Sunday, well above advisory levels. 4-6 foot 2-4 foot 2-4 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast Forecast for January 14th-16th The next swell is still in the making as a tightly packed low spins far to the west-northwest of our islands, aiming its peak winds just to the southwest of Hawai`i. This low originated off the coast of Japan a couple of days ago and has been sending plenty surf in our direction. Central pressure is expected to peak later this afternoon as the system crosses the dateline below the 30°N latitude and is then predicted to sharply veer to the northeast through the weekend while still aiming plenty energy toward Hawai`i. The resulting swell ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 11th, 2011

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for Maui's north facing shores effective through 6pm Wednesday due to a series of large and rough west-northwest to northwest swells. This energy will have a mix of long- and short-period swells which should produce dangerous conditions, so know your limits before paddling out. Although surf heights may still be in the tiny range this morning, the new swell should quickly rise into the 8-12+ foot range today and our best breaks could pull in larger sets if we're lucky. Upper West shores will likely get blocked by Moloka`i as usual but select breaks may see sets in the 4-6 foot range or larger if you know where to go. Windswell along our east facing shores will stay minimal to tiny at only 1-3 foot with no change expected any time soon. Although south facing shores have no energy coming up from the South Pacific, select south shore breaks could see some action out of the west-northwest for those who know where to look. This series of swells should stick around for a few days, but the weather may get nasty tomorrow. 8-12+ foot 4-6 foot 0-6? foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast Forecast for January 11th-13th More energy is pushing our way from the northwest as a nearby low passes by to the north of the state which should keep our boards in the water through ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 10th, 2011

Small to tiny leftovers may still linger at some of our better breaks today but overall there won't be much to talk about today. Select north and northwest facing shores could see surf in the 2-5 foot range with an occasional larger set or two possible. Upper West shores will likely come in near flat at only 1-3 foot. Windswell along our east facing shores will stay weak at only 1-3 foot with no real swell to mention at all. South facing shores will stay flat at 0-2 foot as well. We should see another round of northwest swell arriving Tuesday building into Wednesday which could raise the advisory flags and may hold on into the weekend. A smaller northwest is forecast for a Saturday arrival followed by another Monday and yet another more north-northwesterly one Tuesday. The long-range models show the potential for a significant swell developing late in the weekend, but it's too early for any confidence. 2-5 foot 1-3 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast The current swell should be down to small levels later today and early Friday morning. A nearby low north of the islands may give us a little boost later Friday from the north-northwest to north, but we shouldn't expect too much. Much farther to the northwest is a swell-producing low aimed at Alaska and heading into the Aleutian Islands. Energy from this system should reach ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 8th, 2011

The current northwest to north swell should still provide plenty surf today along our winter shores and another is on the way. Our north and northwest facing shores should see surf in the 5-8 foot range but the better breaks could see larger sets rolling through. Upper West shores should also be in the 3-5 foot or slightly better range today. A new northwest swell is expected to arrive overnight into Sunday at similar levels as the current swell. South shores should return to near flatness at only 0-3 foot but some leftovers may still linger. Select east facing shores could pick up some energy from the north but most areas will stay tiny to small around 1-4+ foot. Another round of northwest swell should arrive over the middle of the week with more predicted for the weekend. Enjoy! 5-8 foot 3-5 foot 0-3 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast The current swell should be down to small levels later today and early Friday morning. A nearby low north of the islands may give us a little boost later Friday from the north-northwest to north, but we shouldn't expect too much. Much farther to the northwest is a swell-producing low aimed at Alaska and heading into the Aleutian Islands. Energy from this system should reach our islands overnight Saturday into Sunday out of the northwest, probably at moderate to large levels. Much of this energy ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 6th, 2011

The National Weather Service has continued the High Surf Advisory through 6pm tonight for our north facing shores due to a large but fading northwest swell. Our north and northwest facing shores may still see surf in the 6-10 foot range at the better exposed breaks and a few clean-up sets are still likely. Select Upper West shores could see some action in the 2-5 foot range or slightly better at the better locations. As the swell direction becomes more northwest to northerly the potential for south shore action goes down. Some areas may see surf in the 1-5 foot range if we're lucky, but most spots will probably come in flat. Windswell along our east facing shores will stay small at only 2-4 foot with no increase expected soon. A minor bump out of the north may arrive Friday into Saturday but probably won't amount to much. Another northwest swell should arrive Sunday, with plenty more expected through the week. 6-10 foot 2-5 foot 1-5 foot 2-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast The current swell should be down to small levels later today and early Friday morning. A nearby low north of the islands may give us a little boost later Friday from the north-northwest to north, but we shouldn't expect too much. Much farther to the northwest is a swell-producing low aimed at Alaska and heading into the Aleutian Islands. Energy from this system ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 5th, 2011

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for Maui, effective through 6pm Thursday evening while most of the other Hawaiian islands are under a Warning. Those who know where to look should be able to score some pretty fun surf, but know your limits as this is a powerful swell. As usual for west-northwest swells, the neighbor islands will block much of this energy, so use your head and don't expect the surf to come to you. The better exposed north and northwest facing shores could see surf in the 10-15 foot range. Upper West shores will be heavily shadowed, but select breaks could pick up some decent head-high sets around 3-6+ foot. Select south shore breaks exposed to the west-northwest could see some pumping surf around 3-6+ foot if you know where to go while south facing shores see minimal action. Windswell along our east facing shores should stay tiny to small at only 1-4 foot. Good luck today, and keep in mind that we should have better luck with the north swell arriving this weekend. 10-15 foot 3-6+ foot 3-6+ foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast This forecast is out of date and will be updated later today. The next and larger in a series of east-northwest to northwest swells arrived in Hawaiian waters around 9pm last night as indicated by the buoys reaching near 13 foot at 17 seconds this ...

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Maui Surf Report for January 4th, 2011

Leftovers should still be found along our north and northwest facing shores today as the swell fades out, but a new round of west-northwest is expected to arrive overnight tonight, flirting with advisory levels again. However, this energy will be similar in direction as the previous swell so expect a lot of island shadowing here on Maui. North and northwest facing shores could still pick up surf in the 3-6 foot range today as the swell fades away, but a few of the better exposed breaks may still see an occasional larger set rolling through. Upper West shores may pick up some surf in the 1-4 foot range or slightly better, depending on exposure. South facing shores shouldn't see anything more than 1-3 foot. Windswell along our east facing shores may be in the 2-4 foot range. There should be plenty action along the north shores through the weekend and beyond. 3-6 foot 1-4 foot 1-3 foot 2-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast The next and larger in a series of east-northwest to northwest swells arrived in Hawaiian waters around 9pm last night as indicated by the buoys reaching near 13 foot at 17 seconds this morning. Unfortunately for us on Maui, island shadowing will be a major factor on whether we score or complain. The source of this swell developed near Japan last Tuesday and aimed a nice fetch of severe gale to storm-force winds toward ...

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