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Maui Surf Report for November 24th, 2010

No earthquakes yet today! A series of four tremors hit Hawai`i yesterday, the strongest measuring 4.7 centered just to the southeast of Kaho`olawe. A new northwest swell has arrived and should peak in the 4-7 foot range today along our north and northwest facing shores. The best locations could see slightly higher sets rolling through but the strong winds will really mess with the conditions so get on it early. Upper West breaks may see surf in the 2-5 foot if you know where to look. South facing shores may still see a little bump out of the south today around 1-3+ foot but don't expect much on this fading swell. The east and some northeast facing shores should continue to see some size with windswell in the 3-5+ foot range, potentially reaching overhead levels at the best exposed locations. This energy should stick around for several more days but is slowly on the way down. Nothing significant is on the horizon but there should be plenty small surf to play on over the next several days. 4-7 foot 2-5 foot 1-3+ foot 3-5 foot Extended Surf Forecast The current northwest swell was produced by a gale associated with a low pressure system that backtracked slowly toward the northwest late last week. The system shifted back toward the northeast over the weekend and was able to set up a minor fetch aimed toward Hawai`i. The ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 22nd, 2010

Our winter shores will continue to offer surf today at small to moderate overhead levels but this energy should have peaked already and will slowly fade over the next few days. North and northwest facing breaks should still see surf in the 4-6+ foot range today although the better exposed breaks could see larger sets rolling through from time to time. Upper West shores should also see some fun surf around the 2-5 foot range or potentially better. East facing shores will also continue to see some action out of the east-northeast around 3-5 foot and is expected to hold at similar levels over the next few days. A tiny south swell could sneak into select exposed south facing breaks around 1-4 foot, but don't expect much. Another round of decent northwest action is expected to arrive Wednesday. 4-6+ foot 2-5 foot 1-4 foot 3-5 foot Extended Surf Forecast A relatively unimpressive low now located to the north-northwest of the state managed to kick up what should be another moderate northwest swell when it arrives later Wednesday into the holiday. A low developing well east-southeast of Japan probably won't be able to send much swell in our direction due to its distance and short life. At the moment, it doesn't look like much, if any swell will even be sent toward Hawaiian shores at all, so don't expect anything. More details to come if anything ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 20th, 2010

Tiny surf all around today with nothing expected to change until Sunday. Select north and northwest facing shores may still pick up a few little ripples around 1-3 foot out of the northwest mixed with a little bump out of the northeast, just don't expect anything exciting. Upper West shores should come in near flat at only 0-2 foot. Even the typical background swell along our south facing shores should be flat at only 0-2 foot today. The only real chance for anything is along our east and some northeast facing shores which may still have a little small short-period action around 1-3 foot or slightly better at the best locations. Thankfully, a new northwest swell is expected to arrive Sunday as well as a potential tiny to small south-southwest swell. Details below. 1-3 foot 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast Sorry. No forecast update today. More surf on the way beginning Sunday, but nothing significant. Another is expected Wednesday as a combo of northwest and northeast swells meet. The current swell is a combination of fading west-northwest energy produced in a captured fetch originating from norther Japan and another low that followed a similar path later last week into the weekend. This new west-northwest swell was not nearly as impressive and didn't really bloom until it approached the dateline. The storm stalled and had a much narrower fetch aimed toward Hawai`i so ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 17th, 2010

More energy from the west-northwest is expected to arrive later today with a slow fade through the end of the work-week leaving small leftovers for the weekend. Our north and northwest facing shores may start out the day at smaller levels but should rise into the 7-10+ foot range at the better exposed breaks, but be aware of the direction and realize that many locations will be shadowed. Upper West shores should see little action but select exposed areas may see some small surf around 2-5 foot if we're lucky. Southern shores do have a tiny background swell out of the south around 1-3 foot and some breaks may be able to pick up some action out of the west-northwest if you know where to look. Windswell along our east and northeast facing shores should be around 2-5 foot or so out of the northeast, sticking around into the weekend. A complex area of low pressure far northwest of the state should keep surf heading toward our islands through the forecast period, but nothing significant is expected at the moment. 7-10+ foot 2-5 foot 1-3 foot 2-5 foot Extended Surf Forecast The current swell is a combination of fading west-northwest energy produced in a captured fetch originating from norther Japan and another low that followed a similar path later last week into the weekend. This new west-northwest swell was not nearly as impressive and didn't really ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 15th, 2010

A new near advisory level west-northwest swell will fill in today to offer large surf at the better exposed breaks over the next several days. This angle of swell is heavily shadowed by our neighbor islands though, so don't be surprised if your favorite break isn't working. On the other hand, those shores that are exposed should be able to pull in sets in the 10-15+ foot range. Most Upper West shores will be blocked but select breaks may get some action around 3-5+ foot or so, potentially larger at the better breaks that aren't blocked by Moloka`i. Windswell along east facing shores may still be around 3-5 foot or slightly better but it is on the way down. Although our south facing shores may only see a tiny background bump out of the south today around 1-3+ foot, some breaks exposed to the west-northwest may pick up some relatively large surf if you know where to look. This swell should stick around for a few days and another round is expected to arrive mid-week to keep the action going through the week. 10-15+ foot 3-5+ foot 1-3+ foot 2-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast The current west-northwest swell was produced by a powerful storm originating off of the northeastern coast of Japan last week that set up a captured fetch moving along at about the same speed as the gales. This energy was aimed very well ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 12th, 2010

Minor leftovers may still be found along our north and northwest facing shores today out of the north-northwest in the 3-5 foot range although some of the better exposed breaks may see some larger sets rolling in occassionally. Upper West shores probably won't see much of this energy at only 1-3 foot but some areas may see slightly larger sets at the best exposed breaks. This energy will continue to slowly weaken to tiny levels tomorrow while swinging more to the north. The easterly windswell should continue around 2-4 foot but is slowly dropping to tiny levels Saturday. Moderate windswell should return again beginning Sunday. Our south facing shores should stay nearly flat in most areas at only 0-3 foot but some minor background swell is possible at the best exposed breaks, just don't expect it. A large west-northwest to northwest swell is on its way for the end of the weekend that could reach warning levels Monday. Details below... 3-5 foot 1-3 foot 0-3 foot 2-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast A powerful low pushing directly toward Hawai`i is setting up another significant swell set for a Sunday arrival. The storm is expected to peak today as it approaches the international dateline around the 35°N latitude while developing a captured fetch. The storm originated near northern Japan earlier in the week, quickly raging to severe gales aimed very well toward our islands. The storm has been ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 10th, 2010

A new north-northwest swell should fill in further today, peaking well below head-high levels but with a slow fade into Friday. Our best north and northwest facing breaks may pick up weak but fun surf in the 2-5 foot range and if we're lucky, maybe a few slightly higher sets will roll through once in a while. Upper West shores probably won't see much action over 1-3 foot although a couple better exposed spots may see a little more size. Weak and choppy windswell along our east facing shores should continue to drop but will still have a little leftover in the 1-4 foot range, holding at similar levels well into the weekend. There is no swell to mention along our south facing shores at only 0-2 foot but background swell may offer a little ripple in some breaks. Another north-northwest swell is expected to arrive Friday but it too will probably peak around head-high levels at best. Details below. 2-5 foot 1-3 foot 0-2 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast An unimpressive low formed east of the Kuril Islands several days ago that has been tracking zonally west to east under the Aleutian Islands through the week. Its fetch was aimed better toward the Mainland than toward Hawai`i but we should still be able to pick up some surf around head-high levels. Don't expect much out of this episode but it should be enough to ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 8th, 2010

A new north-northwest swell is on the rise today and should provide our north an northwest facing shores with some surf in the 6-10 foot range at our better breaks, potentially a little better at the best breaks. Upper West shores should pick up some of this action as well around 3-5 foot or slightly higher, depending on where you paddle out. Windswell along east facing shores should stay low in the 1-4 foot range, but some areas may pick up some wrapping north-northwest swell if you know where to look. A tiny south-southwest swell on our south facing shores may provide a little bump around 1-3 foot but select breaks may see higher sets from time to time. Get what you can while it's here as this week will be rather small and uneventful but at least it won't be flat. Big stuff is on the horizon again though... details below. 6-10 foot 3-5 foot 1-3 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast A storm originating near the Kuril Islands late last week packed strong gales aimed nearly due east but then weakened as it crossed the dateline later Thursday and then raced toward the Gulf of Alaska. This energy arrived in Hawaiian waters late Sunday and should rise through the day today peaking at decent moderate levels but then dropping rather quickly into Tuesday. Thankfully, another gale formed near the international dateline Saturday, but it ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 5th, 2010

Aloha `oe Andy Irons. The National Weather Service has continued the High Surf Advisory through 4pm this afternoon as some breaks may still be near the criteria height of 15 foot on the face. Although the great surf will fade into the weekend, we should continue to see plenty surf today along our north and northwest facing shores around 8-12 foot. Upper West shores won't see as much action but some breaks may pick up something around 3-5 foot. Another much smaller northwest swell is expected to reach our shores overnight Sunday into Monday, details can be found below in the long-range forecast. Our east facing shores should still pick up plenty action and an advisory remains in effect for those shores as well with surf around 5-8 foot. South facing shores have no swell to mention and most breaks will only be around 0-3 foot but select exposed breaks may get some wrapping swell if you know where to look. 8-12 foot 3-5 foot 0-3 foot 5-8 foot Extended Surf Forecast A rather unimpressive storm developed near the Kuril Islands several days ago and it has been tracking steadily to the east along the Aleutian Islands. The majority of its wind has been pushing a fetch toward the upper northwest Mainland with little swell of significance aimed toward Hawai`i. That being said, we should still see another round of fun-sized surf arriving overnight Sunday into ...

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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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