Surf Forecast Archive

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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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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