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Maui Surf Report for September 6th, 2010

Another day of flatness. Tiny windswell along our east and east-northeast facing shores won't be at rideable levels, only around 0-3 foot and probably won't be able to wrap around to any north shore breaks. Nothing but occasionally tiny background swell should be expected along our south facing shores with no real swell to mention at all. North and northwest facing shores will stay flat as well at only 0-2 foot. This pattern should persist through the week, although some tiny surf may appear from time to time, but don't expect anything. There are some hints of action in the future, but nothing is positive yet. Pray for surf... 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast Although the southern storm track will continue under a mostly zonal west to east pattern, we should see some small to moderate energy making its way toward our shores in the near future. It's looking like this entire week is going to be flat to tiny background swell, but we should be able to pick up a minor south-southwest pulse late in the week and into the weekend. The models show a rather strong storm brewing south of New Zealand today, but it is expected to track very rapidly to the east along the ice shelf, and will be mostly out of our swell window before it gets a chance to send any swell. However, I ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 4th, 2010

An overall lack of surf will keep us out of the water again today with flat conditions likely around the island. Some areas may pick up a little something now and again, but don't expect anything. A tiny bump out of the south-southwest is trying to hit some of our summer breaks but most south shores will only see surf around 0-2 foot, while those lucky enough to pick up up the low SSW may see an occasional waist-high set. The east facing shores may pick up a tiny bit of windswell around 0-3 foot but it will be weak and mostly knee-biters at best. THere is no swell whatsoever to mention along our north and northwest facing shores which will stay flat at 0-2 foot. This unfortunate pattern will continue through the week with only a slight bump expected from time to time. The hoped for bump from the north-northeast has completely fizzled, however, there is still a chance that we'll pick up a tiny northwest around Tuesday... nothing to get excited about though. We may also see a tiny to small south-southeast arriving overnight Tuesday into Wednesday with a another bump possible around Friday. 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast No real update. flat, with a slight chance of slightly less than flat. A low southeast of New Zealand tracked zonally from west to east sending up more of ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 1st, 2010

The Flatness continues. Aside from the tiny to small windswell out of the east-northeast, there will be no surf along any shore today as the long and frustrating flat spell goes on. Some east and east-northeast facing shores may see a tiny and weak windswell around the lower end of 1-3 foot but don't expect much. Our south facing shores will stay flat at only 0-2 foot with nothing more than a tiny background ripple here or there. North and northwest facing shores will also stay flat of course at only 0-2 foot. There is a very slight chance that we could see a small bump out of the south-southwest tomorrow, but whatever does appear would probably not be worth the effort. There is also a chance for some north-northeast swell arriving Sunday or Monday, so at least there is some hope on the horizon. 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast A low southeast of New Zealand tracked zonally from west to east sending up more of a background swell last Tuesday and Wednesday, potentially resulting in a small south-southwest swell arriving Thursday. If any of this energy does reach our shores, it will be well under head-high levels, so don't get excited about it. A much better storm pushed into the Tasman Sea last Friday, and it aimed severe gales nicely toward Hawai`i. Unfortunately, this swell window is heavily shadowed ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 30th, 2010

Aside from a minor tradeswell, the surf will stay flat today with no real sources of surf anywhere, and little on the way. Tiny to small windswell around 2-4 foot is possible at some better exposed east and northeast facing shores today, but don't expect much power. North and northwest facing shores will stay flat at only 0-2 foot but some breaks may pick up a little wrapping windswell if we're lucky. South facing shores should also stay flat at only 0-2 foot with no swell to mention. There is a slight chance for us to pick up some south-southwest swell over the weekend, but Kaho`olawe will block much of it. Odds are a little better for a moderate pulse arriving around Monday of next week out of the south. Details in the long-range forecast below. 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot 2-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast A decent storm pushing into the Tasman Sea late last week sent a nice swell toward Fiji and her sisters but the extreme travel distance and island shadowing will result in only a small to moderate south-southwest swell reaching Hawai`i around Saturday. Unfortunately, Maui probably won't see much of this energy due to Kaho`olawe blocking th vast majority of swell. As usual, those who know where and when to look may pick up some fun surf, but we shouldn't expect anything. A severe gale set up far south of ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 27th, 2010

Flat. Although we may see a little southeasterly windswell filling in today and into the weekend, don't expect to find anything good out there for a while. Unfortunately, the Big Island will block much of this energy as well, so finding any surf will be a challenge over the next couple of days, but those breaks that do pick anything up may rise close to moderate levels. South facing shores will mostly come in the 0-3 foot range with the potential for some of the best-exposed breaks to see a little extra bump if you know when and where to look. Windswell along our east facing shores should continue at tiny levels around 1-3 foot. North and northwest facing shores have no swell whatsoever to mention and will stay completely flat at only 0-2 foot. Our next chance for any surf won't be until late next week though, so get what you can while it's here. 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast The incoming southeast swell was produced by strong tradewinds near French Polynesia earlier in the week but it probably won't really offer too much excitement and much of it will be blocked by the Big Island and Kaho`olawe. The shorter-period swell won't pack as much punch either, so whatever does show up on our exposed breaks will likely be minor. But it's all that we have so make the ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 25th, 2010

Overall flat conditions will continue today with little change expected through the end of the week. A small southeast swell is possible over the weekend but it is quite unlikely. Some spots may pick up a little southwesterly background swell through Thursday, but that too is quite unlikely. Most of our south facing shores will only see weak background surf around 0-3 foot at best, but a few breaks may pick up a freak waist-high set or two. Windswell along the east and northeast facing shores may be around 1-3 foot but the wave period is so low that most breaks will only see unrideable chop and slop. The north and northwest facing shores will stay completely flat at the low side of 0-2 foot with no swell to mention at all. 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast Although there is a miniscule chance that we could pick up a tiny to small southwest swell produced by gales pushing into the Tasman Sea last week, the typical shadowing in this swell window as well as Kaho`olawe will almost certainly prevent anything from reaching our shores. If anything does somehow make it, it will be too small to be worth any effort. Looking farther east in the South Pacific, an area of strong tradewinds sent some energy toward our islands last week, but much of this energy would be blocked by the ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 23rd, 2010

The moderate tradewinds are trying hard to product some small windswell along our east facing shores but most breaks won't see anything over 1-4 foot and it will be weak and mushy. A new bump arriving along our south-southeast facing shores should appear today but will probably only reach 1-4 foot or so, but the best exposed breaks may see slightly better sets if we're lucky. Take note of the direction and realize that few breaks will pick up this direction. North and northwest facing shores should stay flat at 0-3 foot although some tiny windswell may wrap in to some breaks... just don't expect anything. Upper West shores will of course come in flat at 0-2 foot. Another potential pulse may arrive out of the southwest tomorrow, but Maui rarely sees any action from this direction. 0-3 foot 0-2 foot 1-4 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast We are soon going to see another flat spell settling in around the islands due to a less than impressive pattern that set up in the South Pacific recently. Most storm and gale activity has been focused in the eastern half of the SP, far out of any swell window aimed toward Hawai`i. Although there is a slight chance that some angular spreading swell reaches some breaks, we shouldn't really expect anything more than tiny background swell through most of the forecast period. The models do show ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 20th, 2010

Finally some action along our south facing shores! The much needed south swell is putting big smiles on some of your faces while others are shrugging their shoulders wondering why they got half the size. The better exposed south shores should see surf in the 3-6+ foot range and some spots could pull in larger sets from time to time. As always, the swell will not come to you, so use your head when deciding where to paddle out. Weak windswell along our east facing shores may rise a little into the 1-4 foot range out of the east-northeast. This energy probably won't wrap much into our north shores, but a tiny bump out of the north-northwest may offer a little surf along our winter shores around 1-3 foot but the best breaks may see sets rolling in around chest-high if we're lucky. Upper West breaks may see a little something, but I wouldn't expect anything at only 0-2 foot. All of this energy will fade quickly into the weekend so be sure to get it while it's here. 1-3 foot 0-2 foot 3-6 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast The current south swell should reach overhead heights today but will fade rather quickly into Saturday and only maybe hanging on into Sunday at tiny levels. Another round of smaller surf is expected to reach our shores overnight Sunday but will most likely only reach waist ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 18th, 2010

Some action should hit our south facing shores today as a new south swell arrives later in the day, peaking Thursday just below advisory levels. As with nearly all south swells, you will probably have to search a little to find the best spot to paddle out. Most of our exposed breaks should reach into the 1-4 foot range, but a few better exposed breaks could pick up larger sets if you know where and when to look. A small pulse out of the north-northwest may reach our north and northwest facng shores later today to offer a little action for our winter breaks, but we may need to wait for it, so don't expect much more than 0-3 foot. If we're lucky we could see larger sets, but maybe not until tomorrow. Upper West shores will probably stay flat at only 0-2 foot but some breaks could pick up some of the NNW swell tomorrow. Windswell along our east facing shores will continue to be absent and wave heights should stay near flat at only 1-3 foot. So we may need to wait a little longer today but both sides of the island should pick up some fun small surf over the next few days. 0-3 foot 0-2 foot 1-4 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast No forecast update today... little to no change. The combination of a storm off of the ice shelf ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 17th, 2010

Overall flat conditions will continue today but our south shores still have a slight chance of picking up a tiny pulse out of the south-southwest around 0-4 foot, but don't expect anything. Those who do find a little something will have to be satisfied with thigh slappers and long waits between sets. The weak windswell is also nothing to get excited about at only 0-3 foot along our east facing shores, not enough to wrap into any north shore locations, at least not at rideable levels. With no swell to mention, our north and northwest facing shores will stay flat at only 0-2 foot as will the Upper West breaks. Wednesday may see a little action later in the day on both sides of the island, rising to fun-sized levels Thursday if all goes well. 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-4 foot 0-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast The combination of a storm off of the ice shelf and another gale south of Tahiti should provide us with a moderate episode arriving as early as Wednesday afternoon if we're lucky, but more likely Thursday, potentially reaching near advisory levels at the better exposed breaks. It will be hard to say how big this swell will be, but I wouldn't expect anything overhead, although we certainly can hope for it... and it is possible in some areas. Whatever does arrive should peak overnight Thursday but will probably quickly fade ...

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