Surf Forecast Archive

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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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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