Surf Forecast Archive

Maui Surf Report for October 30th, 2010

The only source of surf today will be from the fading windswell along our northeast facing shores with tiny, sloppy sets coming in only in the 1-4 foot range. North and northwest facing shores won't do too well with no swell to mention aside from potential windswell wrap with surf only in the 0-3 foot. An epic swell is in the makings this weekend that should easily reach advisory levels on Monday and could very likely reach warning levels Tuesday. The mainland West Coast is going to be absolutely insane! Tiny background swell out of the south may limp into select south facing shores around 0-3 foot but most breaks will stay flat as a lake. Sunday may see a little ripple out of the northwest but it won't be anything to get excited over. 0-3 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast Although it doesn't look like much at the moment, a massive low pressure system is developing east-southeast of Kamchatka expected to take over most of the central North Pacific over the next several days. A long and persistant fetch should pump out a lot of swell aimed very well toward Hawaiian shores and even more toward the mainland. Hurricane-force winds exceeding 75 knots (86+ mph) are forecast to reach within 1000 miles of Hawai`i. The extreme wind and relatively close proximity of the fetch should result in an extra-large to ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 28th, 2010

The High Surf Advisory issued for our windward shores will stay in effect through 6am Friday morning due to rough and choppy surf reaching overhead or higher levels. Our east-northeast facing shores should continue to see large windswell in the 4-6+ foot range and some of the better breaks could pull in a few larger sets from time to time. The episode has peaked and will slowly fade into the weekend. North and northwest facing shores don't have any real swell to mention and would otherwise be flat, but select breaks should pull in some wrapping windswell at 1-3+ foot. Upper West shores may also see a little wrap around 1-3 foot. South facing shores will start off flat today but a tiny new south swell may rise later in the day to 0-4 foot. Although this minor swell should stick around for several days it certainly won't amount to much. A close-together series of northwest swells should raise the advisory flags Monday or Tuesday... details below. 1-3+ foot 0-3 foot 0-4 foot 4-6+ foot Extended Surf Forecast A strong storm in the Bering Sea has managed to keep some of its windfield within the Pacific although not aimed well toward Hawai`i. Hopefully enough of energy is transferred to the sea to push a small northwest bump that would arrive Sunday. If the models are correct we could see another round of advisory swell building over ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 26th, 2010

The increasing windswell has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a High Surf Advisory for our east facing shores and effective through 6am Thursday morning. Rough and choppy windswell will build over the next few days and should easily reach into the 3-5+ foot range along our windward shores. There isn't much swell left over for our north and northwest facing shores with minor sets likely only reacing 2-4 foot at the better breaks, but some locations may pick up wrapping easterly windswell if you know where to look. Upper West shores should be more or less flat at 0-2 foot but again, some breaks may pick up some wrapping windswell. Our south facing shores will also come in flat with no swell to mention at 0-2 foot. 2-4+ foot 0-3 foot 0-2 foot 3-5+ foot Extended Surf Forecast It looks like we're going to have to wait until the end of the week before we see any kind of swell along our north shores, besides windswell of course. A tiny low well north-northwest of the state is skirting around the upper half of the high pressure responsible for the current strong tradewind event, but very little energy is being put into the water at the moment. This low is modeled to strengthen after it has passed Hawai`i but should then dive toward the southeast along but well off of the West Coast mainland through ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 24th, 2010

Another round of northwest swell should offer some fun surf today although it will be relatively small. Our north and northwest facing shores may see sets around 3-5 foot at most exposed breaks but the best breaks could see slightly overhead sets rolling in from time to time. Upper West shores probably won't see much action over 1-3 foot so don't expect much action. The windswell along our east and northeast facing shores will probably stay on the tiny end today around 1-3 foot but as the tradewinds return to strong levels we should see an increasing windswell through the week, potentially building near advisory levels. It looks like we won't see any real swell until late next weekend but we may be able to pull in an edge-pass around Friday if all goes well. Keep those fingers crossed. 3-5 foot 1-3 foot 0-3 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast A gale developed near Kamchatka around Tuesday of last week that weakened before reaching the international dateline. The weak winds and long travel distance will only allow for a tiny to small episode peaking today. A source closer to the islands developed in association with a cold front about 1000 miles to the northwest of Maui that may add a little extra short-period energy Monday to push the surf near or just above head-high levels. A low developing near the Kuril Islands this weekend is modelled ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 22nd, 2010

Leftover swell from the north-northwest should still offer up some fun surf along our winter shores today but it is on the way down. The better exposed north and northwest facing shores should still pull in surf in the 4-6 foot range and some breaks could potentially see larger sets from time to time. Upper West shores will probably only see surf around 2-4 foot but again, some breaks may see a few larger sets rolling through the lineup if we're lucky. Little windswell is likely along the east facing shores at only 1-3 foot but select breaks may see some action coming in from the north-northwest. The current swell will fade through the day and should be mostly pau by Saturday, however, another tiny northwest pulse may appear Saturday around head-high levels. 4-6 foot 2-4 foot 0-3 foot 1-3+ foot Extended Surf Forecast A ridge of high pressure that has been dominating the Central North Pacific over the past few weeks has finally weakened allowing the jet stream to take better aim toward Hawai`i. A series of lows are modeled in the northwest that should provide us with a few minor swells through the upcoming week. The first was produced by a Kamchatka gale earlier in the week. The resulting swell will likely reach our shores later Saturday into Sunday but will only reach head-high levels or slightly higher. Winds behind a cold ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 20th, 2010

A new swell arriving from the north-northwest will light up our winter shores today but will probably stay below advisory levels here on Maui. Our better exposed north and northwest facing shores should start off around the 3-6 foot range this morning but will build through the day to hopefully reach into the 8-12 foot range by sunset. Similarly, Upper West breaks may start off around 1-3 foot but could build through the day to reach 5-8 foot later in the day. This energy should peak Thursday while swinging more to the north-northeast and should be mostly pau by the end of Friday, although tiny leftovers may linger into the weekend. Our east facing shores will likely stay tiny at only 1-3+ foot with little to no windswell to mention, but some exposed breaks could pull in wrapping north-northwest swell at larger levels. South facing shores won't see much action with only weak minor background swell slapping at your knees likely. Most summer breaks will stay near flat at only 0-2 foot. Another northwest pulse should arrive Sunday... details below. 3-6 am | 8-12 pm 1-3 am | 5-8 pm 0-2 foot 1-3+ foot Extended Surf Forecast Today's swell was generated south of the Aleutian Islands and slightly to the east of the international dateline last Sunday, aiming most of its energy just to the northeast of Hawai`i. This system was guided closer to the islands ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 18th, 2010

A small to low-end moderate south-southwest swell may be found along select exposed south facing shores today around 2-4 foot but may not amount to much and will likely have very long waits between sets. The light tradewinds will keep the windswell on the flat to tiny side around 0-3 foot. There is still no swell to mention for our north and northwest facing shores with surf only coming in around the 0-2 foot range. Upper West shores will also come in flat but some lucky breaks may be able to pull in a little south-southwest swell around 0-3 foot, just don't expect anything. An advisory level north-northwest swell is developing nicely and is already on its way for a Wednesday arrival. 0-2 foot 0-3 foot 2-4 foot 0-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast A broad and fairly powerful low pressure system is building far to the north-northwest of Hawai`i with winds aiming a nice fetch toward the islands. This storm is expected to peak later today as it track east-southeast toward California from the central Aleutian Islands. If this episode continues as predicted, we should see an advisory level swell arriving mid-week that should stick around for a few days. More activity near Kamchatka may be able to kick up some additional northwest swell later in the week as a series of lows follow the outer perimeter of the Pacific Basin. The jetstream is expected to ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 15th, 2010

The near flat conditions will continue around the island today although a weak south-southeasterly background swell may reach select south shore breaks. Weak and ultra-tiny ripples may be found on some north and northwest facing shores around 0-3 foot but we're talking knee-slappers at best. Upper West shores will of course stay flat at only 0-2 foot with no real swell reaching any break. Weak south-southeasterly background swell may reach into the 1-3 foot range but it will hardly be worth paddling out for. Even the windswell along our east facing shores will stay on the weak side around 1-4 foot but the short-period slop won't really be rideable. It looks like we'll have to wait until the middle of next week before we see any decent swell arriving. 0-3 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast No change in the surf forecast unfortunately. Not much is heading in our direction aside from a small to potentially moderate southwest swell that will likely get blocked by Kaho`olawe. The North Pacific has been in a blocking pattern as the jetstream follows the Pacific basin guiding any potential swell producers away from the islands. However, it continues to look like a broad low will develop over the Central Aleutians later in the weekend and early next week. If all goes well we could see a fairly significant north swell getting whipped up which would arrive ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 13th, 2010

Small background swell may filter in to some south facing shores through the week, today out of the south then shifting more to the south-southeast into the weekend. Wave heights should stay on the small side around 0-3 foot range but some better exposed breaks could see waist to occasionally chest-high sets if we're lucky. Weak windswell may continue along our east facing shores around 1-4 foot but there won't be much power. The windswell is unlikely to wrap into any north shore breaks which will come in nearly flat at 0-2 foot with no swell to mention. Upper West breaks of course will stay flat at the lower end of 0-2 foot. Aside from small and inconsistant background swell along our south shores, there won't be much surf action through the rest of the week. If all goes well we could see a modest southwest arriving Sunday but the odds are low. 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast A ridge of high pressure has taken over much of the northwest and central North Pacific which will keep surf activity very low through much of the forecast period. The only hope for surf in the near future is a potential tiny bump arriving Thursday, produced by relatively weak winds associated with a front passing by far north of the state earlier this week. Most of its energy was aimed well east ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 11th, 2010

Not much action today with surf coming in well below head-high levels at the best breaks. The only surf on the horizon may appear over the second half of the week along north and south shores but both of these potential swells would be edge-passes and won't amount to much. Today, we may see leftovers around the 1-4 foot range along our north and northwest facing shores but don't expect much. Upper West shores should stay flat around 0-2 foot. Slowly building windswell may reach into the 2-4 foot range today but will probably stay weak and choppy. South facing shores may still have a little background swell coming in off-and-on around 1-3 foot. Pray for surf. 1-4 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot 2-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast There isn't too much on the way aside from another weak north-northwest swell produced by a weak and poorly aimed low far northwest of the state over the past couple of days. There is little chance of this swell making it above waist-high levels if it even reaches our shores at all, but it's all that we have to look forward to through the entire forecast period. If we are extremely lucky this swell would reach us around Thursday and it probably won't stick around for too long either. Unfortunately, high pressure will block almost any swell from developing in the North Pacific as it pushes whatever weak ...

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