Surf Forecast Archive

Maui Surf Report for September 24th, 2010

There should still be plenty surf on both sides of the island today. Our north and northwest facing shores should see lots of action in the 4-6+ foot range at most exposed breaks and the best locations could see sets arriving at well-overhead levels. Upper West breaks may pick up some of this swell around 2-4 foot but don't count on it. The light winds should offer nice conditions. Our south facing shores should also see some action as a southwest swell swings a little bit further to the south-southwest and opens up some more breaks into the 2-4+ foot range. Some better exposed breaks could see larger sets while Kaho`olawe blocks other breaks from any swell. Waits between sets will be long due to the long travel distance, so be patient. East facing shores shouldn't see much windswell but wrapping swell from the north-northwest may hit some breaks if you know where to look. We may see the advisory flags posted later in the weekend when our next north-northwest swell arrives... details in the long-range forecast below. 4-6+ foot 2-4 foot 2-4+ foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast The North Pacific seems to be trying very hard to make up for a really poor summer season. Another round of north-northwest swell is setting up courtesy of a low and its associated winds entering the Gulf of Alaska today. The primary fetch is aimed just a ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 22nd, 2010

Although a new southwest swell is expected to reach Maui as later today, most breaks will likely stay on the flat to tiny side. Select exposed southwest shores not blocked by Kaho`olawe may pick up some action around 1-4 foot if we're lucky, building further Thursday to just under advisory levels. Maui may not see much of this swell due to island blockage, so keep your fingers crossed. Windswell along our east facing shores will stay tiny at around 1-3 foot. Another round of smaller pre-season northwest swell should arrive Thursday and yet another round of north swell is setting up for a late weekend arrival. The models also show an extra-tropical storm recurving into the storm track over the weekend with the potential to create a decent swell too... more details in the long-range forecast below. Plenty surf is on the way! 2-4 foot 0-3 foot 1-4 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast Next in line for our pre-season swell fest will be a smaller but still fun-sized northwest swell produced by a low originating east of Kamchatka over the weekend and peaking just south of the central Aleutian Islands a couple of days ago. The windspeeds were similar to the previous swell, but its fetch was shorter and had a longer distance to travel and weaken. The swell generated by this low will be a little smaller than what we just had, arriving overnight ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 20th, 2010

Leftover energy on our north and northwest facing shores will likely only reach into the 3-6 foot range and will be much weaker, fading to background surf into Tuesday. Another round of northwest swell is expected to arrive late Thursday into Friday. Not much more than weak background swell is expected along our exposed south facing shores around 0-3 foot but a few breaks may be able to pick up a little extra. The windswell will stay rather weak and tiny along our east facing shores, only reaching 1-3 foot or so, and little change is forecast. A decent sized southwest swell may arrive around Wednesday, but this direction is notorious for teasing us here on Maui, no thanks to shadowing by Kaho`olawe. However, those who know where to look may score some nice surf. 3-6 foot 1-3 foot 0-3 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast A combination of leftover surf from the north-northwest may combine with short-period north-northeast energy to provide at least some rideable surf today, but don't expect too much. The first swell of the upcoming season was fun for some and disappointing for others while the rest of us just take whatever we can get with a smile. Another pre-season northwest is setting up along the central Aleutian Islands, but it will be smaller than the previous swell, arriving later Thursday into Friday well under advisory levels. Further out in the model ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 19th, 2010

The anticipated early season northwest swell should rise through the day today, potentially reaching well-overhead levels later in the day. Our better exposed north and northwest facing breaks should pick up surf in the 4-8+ foot range. Nothing too big, but it should be a great way to kick off the upcoming season. Windswell along our east and east-northeast facing shores should be minimal at only 1-3 foot, but some breaks may be able to pick up a little wrapping northwest swell if you know where to look. Not much more than tiny leftovers should be expected along our south facing shores, mainly as background swell around 0-3 foot. There should be plenty action through the week as a decent sized southwest swell arrives around Wednesday and a smaller northwest swell comes in around the end of the week. 4-8+ foot 2-4+ foot 0-3 foot 1-3+ foot Extended Surf Forecast The forecast is being prepared. Please check back shortly. Long-period south swell will get another boost today which should push the late-summer surf close to advisory levels. This energy was pushed toward our islands by a pair of lows south-southeast of New Zealand nearly 5000 miles from Hawai`i. This long travel distance is keeping the surf height from building to higher levels and longer waits between sets. Those who are patient should have good sessions. The gale veered strongly to the north-northeast toward French Polynesia, aiming ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 16th, 2010

A second round of south swell is expected to peak today just under advisory levels with a slow fade into the weekend. As with all south swells, those who know when and where to look will score the best surf, so use your head. The best exposed south shore breaks should pick up surf around 3-6 foot while lesser breaks see smaller surf. Windswell along our east and northeast facing shores may rise a little into the 1-4 foot range but will stay weak. Although our north and northwest facing shores will stay mostly flat at only 0-3 foot with only super-tiny background swell likely, the first decent swell of the upcoming season is developing nicely for a Sunday arrival. A significant storm is entering into the Tasman Sea as well, but from a poor direction for Maui. More details can be found in the long term forecast. 0-3 foot 0-2 foot 3-6 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast Long-period south swell will get another boost today which should push the late-summer surf close to advisory levels. This energy was pushed toward our islands by a pair of lows south-southeast of New Zealand nearly 5000 miles from Hawai`i. This long travel distance is keeping the surf height from building to higher levels and longer waits between sets. Those who are patient should have good sessions. The gale veered strongly to the north-northeast toward French Polynesia, aiming ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 15th, 2010

We should see a building south swell today potentially reaching head-high levels at the better exposed breaks. South facing shores should see surf rising into the 2-5 foot range with a secondary, large pulse expected later in the day or overnight into Thursday, peaking under advisory levels. This should be a long lived and much needed swell, hopefully sticking around into the weekend. Windswell along our east facing shores should stay about the same around 1-3 foot and weak, with little wrap expected for our north and northeast facing shores. North and northwest facing shores will stay more or less flat around 0-3 foot with no swell to mention... yet. Our first swell of the upcoming Autumn season is developing far northwest of Hawai`i and it's showing some great potential. Details below... 0-3 foot 0-2 foot 2-5 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast Small to moderate surf is expected to build today along our south facing shores, produced by a storm south-southeast of New Zealand last week. Much of this energy was aimed better toward the east of the state so we are expected to only receive more of an edge-pass due to angular spreading rather than a direct shot. However, the same system took a sharp turn toward the north-northeast around Thursday of last week. Although this occurred a little out of our swell window, a decent amount of this energy should fill in overnight ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 13th, 2010

There may still be some south swell leftover today but it is on the way down and out, thankfully to be replaced by another round beginning Tuesday and a larger pulse arriving Wednesday. Exposed south facing shores may see surf in the 1-3 foot range and the best breaks could still potentially pull in a few chest-high sets if you know where and when to look. The easterly windswell should stay quite weak at only 0-3 foot with little chance of wrap along our north shores. Although a tiny bump may provide a little something along some north and northwest facing shores, the odds are pretty low. Don't expect much more than 0-2 foot, but if we're lucky we could see a few breaks pulling in some tiny surf. Upper West shores should stay flat at 0-2 foot. Keep those fingers crossed for the first potential swell of the early Autumn season developing later in the week! 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot 0-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast Our south facing shores may still be picking up a little energy around waist-high levels out of the south-southeast but it's on the way down and out. A pair of storms southeast of New Zealand sent up another round of summer swell, expected to begin Tuesday at small to moderate heights. The first source tracked on a more zonal path which aimed more of its fetch out of ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 10th, 2010

The long and painful flat spell is almost at an end, but we will have to wait through yet one more day of flatness today before a waist-high south swell arrives overnight into Saturday. A larger south-southwest swell should fill in over the first half of next week... details in the long-range forecast. Today however, will stay mostly flat. South facing shores will stay around 0-2 foot or so with only background swell likely. East and east-northeast facing shores should still only offer tiny windslop around 0-3 foot but some of the better exposed breaks may pull in slightly larger, but still weak sets. Most north and northwest facing shores will stay closer to flat at only 0-3 foot but some areas may be able to pull in a little windswell around waist-high levels but don't expect much. 0-3 foot 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast Well-aimed but heavily shadowed energy out of the Tasman Sea may pick up over the next few days along our south and west facing shores. As usual, Kaho`olawe will block much of any surviving energy though, so we shouldn't expect too much here on Maui. I think at best we may see chest-high sets at the best exposed breaks. Another round of more southerly swell is expected to arrive around Tuesday which could potentially reach head-high if we're lucky. A nice swell is setting up to the ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 8th, 2010

Still no surf as we drag through an extended flat spell along all shores. The only potential source for surf will be along our east facing shores as tiny windswell around the 0-3 foot range. Weak, short period windslop is simply not rideable though. Our summer shores will stay flat as a lake today at only 0-2 foot with no swell to mention aside from occasional tiny background swell. Our north and northwest facing shores will stay flat as well at only 0-2 foot but there is a chance we could see a little bump arriving later Thursday if we're lucky. A small to possibly moderate south swell is likely to arrive later Friday into the weekend, but still nothing significant is on the charts. 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast Our next chance for any surf along our south shores will hopefully arrive Friday into the weekend, but it will probably start off slow and on the small side. A long fetch developed in the Tasman Sea late last week and the parent low set up another fetch after passing over New Zealand, aiming a decent amount of swell to the east-northeast aimed just east of Hawai`i. If we are lucky, some breaks may pick up some head-high sets but most exposed areas should reach about waist- to chest-high levels through the weekend. The odds should be increased a little ...

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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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