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Maui Surf Report for January 2nd, 2011

A very large west-northwest swell will rapidly rise today but Maui will be heavily shadowed by the neighbor islands making it very difficult to say where there will and won't be surf. The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for Maui's north and west facing shores while a warning has been issued for Kaua`i. This could be a dangerous and unpredictable swell, so please use your better judgement. Exposed north and northwest facing shores could see surf rising into the 10-15+ foot range, but as mentioned before, island shadowing will be a factor. Exposed Upper West breaks will vary widely between small and potentially large around 4-10+ foot. Select breaks along Maui's south shores could rise to large and well overhead levels mixed with a minor south-southwest swell at 2-4++ foot. Windswell along east facing shores will be minor at only 1-3 foot. This swell will continue to build through the day to peak overnight and slowly fade over the next few days. Be careful, and be smart to score the best surf. Another similar large swell is expected to arrive Wednesday. 10-15+ foot 4-10+ foot 2-4++ foot 1-3 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 ...

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Maui Surf Report for December 31st, 2010

Happy New Year! Be safe and have fun...The first of a series of incoming west-northwest swell should be on the rise today but this direction is heavily blocked by our neighbor islands, so use your head if you want to score. Select northwest facings shores may rise to heights around 6-10 foot while other more northerly breaks stay smaller. Those who know where to look should have fun. Some Upper West breaks may be able to pick up some of this energy around 3-5? foot but Moloka`i will keep most breaks flat. Although there shouldn't be any leftover energy coming out of the southeast, some of our "south shore" breaks should be able to pick up some of the west-northwest at decent levels. Island shadowing will be frustrating, but there should be some fun stuff out there for those who know where to go. Another much larger round of west-northwest swell is expected to arrive Sunday... potentially at epic proportions well above advisory levels. 6-10 foot 3-5? foot 0-3+ foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast This forecast is out of date but will be updated later in the day today... lots of surf on the way! The long-lived blocking pattern is finally breaking up in the North Pacific which should lead to a period of above average surf beginning shortly. A small to low-end moderate northwest swell developed far to the northwest of the state over ...

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Maui Surf Report for December 30th, 2010

We'll have to deal with small fading surf left over from the north-northwest today but a near advisory level northwest swell is expected to arrive for the holiday. Today our north and northwest facing shores should be in the 2-4 foot range although some of the better breaks could still pick up some larger sets. Upper West shores should be smaller at only 0-3 foot but again, some breaks may see a little extra. The east facing shores should stay on the flat to tiny end around 1-3 foot which may build a little over the next couple of days. And finally, south facing shores should also be tiny at only 0-3 foot with a slight chance of southeasterly background swell lingering. Plenty of action is on the way as the North Pacific finally breaks out of the blocking pattern. 2-4 foot 0-3 foot 0-3 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast The long-lived blocking pattern is finally breaking up in the North Pacific which should lead to a period of above average surf beginning shortly. A small to low-end moderate northwest swell developed far to the northwest of the state over the weekend that should give us a little something to ride through the week, first arriving Tuesday, hopefully ramping slowly up through the week to a peak around Friday. Don't expect too much from this episode but there could be some fun ones out there. ...

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Maui Surf Report for December 27th, 2010

Leftover surf from the north swell will continue today around 3-5 foot along most north facing shores but some of the better breaks could still pick up some decent sized sets from time to time. This energy should fade into Tuesday but another series of small to low-end moderate northwest swells are expected to begin arriving Tuesday and should slowly build through the end of the week. Upper West shores probably won't see too much action at only 1-3 foot, but again, some breaks could see an occasional slightly higher set. Still no windswell for our east facing shores but select breaks exposed to wrapping swell from the north may be around 1-4 foot. Nothing should be expected along our south facing shores aside from tiny background swell around 0-3 foot. The models are suggesting a potentially significant swell to develop east of Japan around Thursday... details below. 3-5 foot 1-3 foot 0-3 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast The long-lived blocking pattern is finally breaking up in the North Pacific which should lead to a period of above average surf beginning shortly. A small to low-end moderate northwest swell developed far to the northwest of the state over the weekend that should give us a little something to ride through the week, first arriving Tuesday, hopefully ramping slowly up through the week to a peak around Friday. Don't expect too much from this episode but ...

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Maui Surf Report for December 25th, 2010

Merry Christmas to all! Santa brought another round of surf to the islands so we can try our new boards. The new north swell should fill in through the day today, reaching wave heights around 7-10+ foot at most exposed breaks with peak sets potentially reaching into the 15 foot range at the best locations. The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for our north facing shores effective 6am today through 6pm Sunday evening. Upper West shores should be able to pick up some of this action somewhere in the 4-6+ foot range, depending on your break's exposure. Although there will still be a lack of windswell along our east facing shores, some exposed breaks should pick up surf in the 3-5+ foot range, possibly higher at the better breaks. South facing shores should stay flat to tiny at only 0-3 foot with no swell to mention. Another more moderate northwest swell should arrive Tuesday into Wednesday and the North Pacific is finally breaking out of the persistant blocking pattern which should lead to a period of above average surf in the near future. Happy Holidays, have a great time out there... and share a wave or three! 7-10+ foot 4-6+ foot 0-3 foot 3-5+ foot Extended Surf Forecast A low pressure system west of northern California aimed a fetch toward Hawai`i out of the north-northeast but we will probably only see an ...

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Maui Surf Report for December 22nd, 2010

Fading surf island-wide will drop to small levels today but will still offer something to ride. The combination of north and northeast swell should still be found along our north shores in the 2-5 foot range but it is definitely on the way down. The short period swell won't have much power, so don't expect too much. Upper West shores probably won't see much left over but may still pull in tiny sets around 1-3 foot at the better breaks... hardly worth it. Select east facing shores may be able to pull in some of the fading north and northeast swell around 2-4 foot if we're lucky, but don't count on it. South facing shores may see a tiny bump around 0-3 foot at the better exposed breaks. A minor bump out of the north-northeast may arrive Thursday around head-high levels and another near advisory level swell is expected to arrive late Christmas Day but not much action is forecast after that. 2-5 foot 1-3 foot 0-3 foot 2-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast A low pressure system west of northern California aimed a fetch toward Hawai`i out of the north-northeast but we will probably only see an upper-end small to maybe low-end moderate swell when it reaches our winter shores Thursday and it should fade rather quickly into Friday. A developing low in the Gulf of Alaska should be able to send down a near advisory ...

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Maui Surf Report for December 20th, 2010

The north shore will continue to see action today as the High Surf Advisory remains in effect through 6am Tuesday morning. Another round of north swell is providing some fun surf out there but it is not as good or big as the neighbor islands are getting. Still, our north, northeast and some northwest facing shores should pick up surf in the 6-10+ foot range and the best exposed breaks could see sets approaching advisory levels of 15 foot on peak sets. Upper West shores should be much smaller but still offer surf in the 2-4+ foot range. Some east facing breaks could pull in a bit of this action in the 4-7 foot range if you know where to look. South facing shores may see another small pulse out of the southwest, but Kaho`olawe will block much of this energy. Select breaks may see surf in the 1-4 foot and the best breaks may even see a little extra size, just don't count on it. A little extra energy leftover from the northeast should stick around today as well. 6-10+ foot 2-4+ foot 1-4 foot 4-7 foot Extended Surf Forecast A low developing in the Gulf of Alaska is already sending down what should be an advisory level north swell and it is expected to continue producing swell through the weekend. The main focus of this energy will be aimed mostly to the east of ...

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Maui Surf Report for December 19th, 2010

The large north swell will build to near advisory levels today and should offer plenty action along both our north and northeast facing shores. A High Surf Advisory has been issued for all islands and is effective through 6am Tuesday morning. North facing shores should reach into the 8-12+ foot range at the better exposed breaks and select breaks may occasionally see sets approaching advisory levels of 15 foot. Upper West shores may see a little wrapping action around 3-5+ foot in some areas, likely higher at some breaks. East facing shores will still not see any windswell, but wrapping swell out of the north should offer relatively large surf in the 5-8+ foot range at the better exposed breaks. A High Surf Advisory has been issued for east facing breaks as well. Nothing should be expected along our south facing shores at only 0-3 foot but localized rough windswell could get whipped up from the southeast. Be careful with all the rain expected today and the things that lurk in the muddy water. 8-12+ foot 3-5+ foot 0-3 foot 5-8+ foot Extended Surf Forecast A low developing in the Gulf of Alaska is already sending down what should be an advisory level north swell and it is expected to continue producing swell through the weekend. The main focus of this energy will be aimed mostly to the east of the islands but plenty should reach ...

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Maui Surf Report for December 17th, 2010

Fading surf along our north facing shores will be the only action today but a new north swell should begin to appear late Saturday and should offer plenty surf near or above advisory levels through the next several days. Today our north facing shores should be in the 2-5 foot range with a few sneaker sets still possible at the better breaks. Upper West shores should also see some small action in the 1-4 foot range, at least at the good breaks. Little action along our east facing shores with a lack of windswell and only wrapping north swell around 1-3 foot. The minor south-southwest swell is being blocked on Maui so our south shores should only expect to see weak surf in the 1-3 foot if you can find it, otherwise most spots will be flat. There is plenty action on the way through the week, but still no "normal" northwest action expected through the period. 2-5 foot 1-4 foot 1-3 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast A low developing in the Gulf of Alaska is already sending down what should be an advisory level north swell and it is expected to continue producing swell through the weekend. The main focus of this energy will be aimed mostly to the east of the islands but plenty should reach our shores beginning Sunday. THe models show a secondary low forming just a few hundred miles west ...

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Maui Surf Report for December 14th, 2010

Although some breaks may still see a tiny ripple leftover along our north shores, there won't be much action today. A minor bump may arrive out of the west-northwest late today, but will be more likely to arrive overnight. North and northwest facing shores should only reach into the 1-4 foot range today while Upper West shores come in even smaller at only 0-3 foot. Whatever swell is leftover will be weak and short-period so don't expect much. The windswell will remain out of the picture again so our east facing shores will come in near flat around 1-3 foot, possibly picking up a tiny amount of wrapping leftovers from the north. South facing shores should continue to see a tiny swell around 1-3 foot today and a long-lived round of south-southwest swell is expected to fill in late Wednesday, possibly reaching moderate levels. Nothing to get excited over today, but it could be worse. 1-4 foot 0-3 foot 1-3 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast Continuing small surf along our north and northwest facing shores was produced by a fetch of sub-gale winds south of the Aleutian Islands over the middle of the week. Another low developing in the Gulf of Alaska over the next several days should be able to produce another round of small to low-end moderate swell arriving around the middle of the week. The typical storm track in the North Pacific ...

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