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Maui Surf Report for December 5th, 2010

The sloppy and choppy east-northeasterly swell will continue to fade today and is expected to be pau by Monday as the tradewinds weaken. East facing shores should only reach into the 1-4 foot range today and won't offer much power. For the most part, the surf will be flat to near flat island-wide. North and northwest facing shores may be able to pick up a ripple around 0-4 foot but definitely should not be expected. Upper West shores won't see a thing above 0-2 foot and south facing shores shouldn't see anything more than tiny and weak background swell around 0-3 foot at best. A tiny ripple may appear at select northwest facing breaks today but is highly doubtful and probably wouldn't be worth the paddle out anyway. A new north-northwest swell should arrive late Monday into Tuesday and a larger north-nortwest to north swell is expected to fill in late Tuesday into Wednesday at well over advisory levels. Details below. 0-4 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast A low pressure system near the Kuril Islands set up a weak gale earlier in the week that was loosely aimed toward our islands which would arrive some time today at tiny levels along select northwest facing shores. The odds are low for any of this energy to survive the long journey, so don't expect much, if anything. This same system grew stronger Wednesday ...

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Maui Surf Report for December 2nd, 2010

The continuing short-period swell will shift more to the north-northeast today but should still offer sloppy surf along our north and northeast facing shores around head-high levels of 4-7 foot. A High Surf Advisory has been issued through 6pm Friday. Don't expect good conditions and you should have fun. Upper West shores probably won't pick much up over 1-3 foot. Our east facing shores will be the best bet with a combination of north-northeast and windswell out of the east-northeast offering slop and chop around 4-7 foot as well. Both of these sources should continue through the weekend. A tiny bump out of the south-southwest may be found at select exposed south facing shores around 0-3 foot as more of a background swell that should slowly fade into Saturday. Several unimpressive swell sources are forecast through the period but nothing significant is expected. Details below. 4-7 foot 1-3 foot 0-3 foot 4-7 foot Extended Surf Forecast An area of strong high pressure has set up well north of the islands that is cutting off the typical storm track and is pushing any potential swell-producers into the Bering Sea or over the Aleutian Islands as well as blocking any lower latitude sources. The high is expected to slowly drift to the east then southeast then south toward the islands through the weekend which should then allow more energy to take aim at our islands. Unfortunately, the jet ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 30th, 2010

The flat to tiny surf won't offer much fun today but a tiny short-period north-northwest swell is expected to arrive overnight with a slow and slight build through the rest of the week. North and northwest facing shores may be around 0-3 foot today, give or take a foot. Upper West shores probably won't see any action at only 0-2 foot. Windswell along our east facing shores may still be found in some locations around 1-4 foot but it is on the way down after a nice long run. Select south facing shores may see a tiny bit of background swell around 0-3 foot but most areas will stay flat. A minor round of short-period north-northwest swell should fill in by tomorrow morning but won't be anything to get excited about. 0-3 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast The strong upstream tradewinds are weakening but the resulting windswell should continue through the next few days with a slow fade through Tuesday. The North Pacific is not looking very good as far as the surf is concerned. A weak feature far to the north-northwest of the islands may be able to send down a minor swell that would arrive around Wednesday, but the majority of this energy will miss the Hawaiian islands well to the east while providing us with more of an edge pass. Most storm activity will be near Kamchatka heading ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 28th, 2010

Tiny to flat conditions will continue around most of the island today with exception to the fading windswell along our east facing shores. Tiny leftovers fromt he north-northwest may limp into select north and northwest facing shores today but only in the 1-3 foot range... hardly exciting. Upper West shores should be flat or close to it at only 0-2 foot. East facing shores should still see plenty windswell in the 3-5 foot range but it will slowly fade over the first half of the week. South facing shores will also come in nearly flat although some select breaks could pull in tiny background swell around 1-3 foot. Unfortunately, there are no real swells expected through the foreast period although there are some tiny to small swells on the horizon. 1-3 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot 3-5 foot Extended Surf Forecast The strong upstream tradewinds are weakening but the resulting windswell should continue through the next few days with a slow fade through Tuesday. The North Pacific is not looking very good as far as the surf is concerned. A weak feature far to the north-northwest of the islands may be able to send down a minor swell that would arrive around Wednesday, but the majority of this energy will miss the Hawaiian islands well to the east while providing us with more of an edge pass. Most storm activity will be near Kamchatka heading into ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 24th, 2010

No earthquakes yet today! A series of four tremors hit Hawai`i yesterday, the strongest measuring 4.7 centered just to the southeast of Kaho`olawe. A new northwest swell has arrived and should peak in the 4-7 foot range today along our north and northwest facing shores. The best locations could see slightly higher sets rolling through but the strong winds will really mess with the conditions so get on it early. Upper West breaks may see surf in the 2-5 foot if you know where to look. South facing shores may still see a little bump out of the south today around 1-3+ foot but don't expect much on this fading swell. The east and some northeast facing shores should continue to see some size with windswell in the 3-5+ foot range, potentially reaching overhead levels at the best exposed locations. This energy should stick around for several more days but is slowly on the way down. Nothing significant is on the horizon but there should be plenty small surf to play on over the next several days. 4-7 foot 2-5 foot 1-3+ foot 3-5 foot Extended Surf Forecast The current northwest swell was produced by a gale associated with a low pressure system that backtracked slowly toward the northwest late last week. The system shifted back toward the northeast over the weekend and was able to set up a minor fetch aimed toward Hawai`i. The ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 22nd, 2010

Our winter shores will continue to offer surf today at small to moderate overhead levels but this energy should have peaked already and will slowly fade over the next few days. North and northwest facing breaks should still see surf in the 4-6+ foot range today although the better exposed breaks could see larger sets rolling through from time to time. Upper West shores should also see some fun surf around the 2-5 foot range or potentially better. East facing shores will also continue to see some action out of the east-northeast around 3-5 foot and is expected to hold at similar levels over the next few days. A tiny south swell could sneak into select exposed south facing breaks around 1-4 foot, but don't expect much. Another round of decent northwest action is expected to arrive Wednesday. 4-6+ foot 2-5 foot 1-4 foot 3-5 foot Extended Surf Forecast A relatively unimpressive low now located to the north-northwest of the state managed to kick up what should be another moderate northwest swell when it arrives later Wednesday into the holiday. A low developing well east-southeast of Japan probably won't be able to send much swell in our direction due to its distance and short life. At the moment, it doesn't look like much, if any swell will even be sent toward Hawaiian shores at all, so don't expect anything. More details to come if anything ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 20th, 2010

Tiny surf all around today with nothing expected to change until Sunday. Select north and northwest facing shores may still pick up a few little ripples around 1-3 foot out of the northwest mixed with a little bump out of the northeast, just don't expect anything exciting. Upper West shores should come in near flat at only 0-2 foot. Even the typical background swell along our south facing shores should be flat at only 0-2 foot today. The only real chance for anything is along our east and some northeast facing shores which may still have a little small short-period action around 1-3 foot or slightly better at the best locations. Thankfully, a new northwest swell is expected to arrive Sunday as well as a potential tiny to small south-southwest swell. Details below. 1-3 foot 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast Sorry. No forecast update today. More surf on the way beginning Sunday, but nothing significant. Another is expected Wednesday as a combo of northwest and northeast swells meet. The current swell is a combination of fading west-northwest energy produced in a captured fetch originating from norther Japan and another low that followed a similar path later last week into the weekend. This new west-northwest swell was not nearly as impressive and didn't really bloom until it approached the dateline. The storm stalled and had a much narrower fetch aimed toward Hawai`i so ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 17th, 2010

More energy from the west-northwest is expected to arrive later today with a slow fade through the end of the work-week leaving small leftovers for the weekend. Our north and northwest facing shores may start out the day at smaller levels but should rise into the 7-10+ foot range at the better exposed breaks, but be aware of the direction and realize that many locations will be shadowed. Upper West shores should see little action but select exposed areas may see some small surf around 2-5 foot if we're lucky. Southern shores do have a tiny background swell out of the south around 1-3 foot and some breaks may be able to pick up some action out of the west-northwest if you know where to look. Windswell along our east and northeast facing shores should be around 2-5 foot or so out of the northeast, sticking around into the weekend. A complex area of low pressure far northwest of the state should keep surf heading toward our islands through the forecast period, but nothing significant is expected at the moment. 7-10+ foot 2-5 foot 1-3 foot 2-5 foot Extended Surf Forecast The current swell is a combination of fading west-northwest energy produced in a captured fetch originating from norther Japan and another low that followed a similar path later last week into the weekend. This new west-northwest swell was not nearly as impressive and didn't really ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 15th, 2010

A new near advisory level west-northwest swell will fill in today to offer large surf at the better exposed breaks over the next several days. This angle of swell is heavily shadowed by our neighbor islands though, so don't be surprised if your favorite break isn't working. On the other hand, those shores that are exposed should be able to pull in sets in the 10-15+ foot range. Most Upper West shores will be blocked but select breaks may get some action around 3-5+ foot or so, potentially larger at the better breaks that aren't blocked by Moloka`i. Windswell along east facing shores may still be around 3-5 foot or slightly better but it is on the way down. Although our south facing shores may only see a tiny background bump out of the south today around 1-3+ foot, some breaks exposed to the west-northwest may pick up some relatively large surf if you know where to look. This swell should stick around for a few days and another round is expected to arrive mid-week to keep the action going through the week. 10-15+ foot 3-5+ foot 1-3+ foot 2-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast The current west-northwest swell was produced by a powerful storm originating off of the northeastern coast of Japan last week that set up a captured fetch moving along at about the same speed as the gales. This energy was aimed very well ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 12th, 2010

Minor leftovers may still be found along our north and northwest facing shores today out of the north-northwest in the 3-5 foot range although some of the better exposed breaks may see some larger sets rolling in occassionally. Upper West shores probably won't see much of this energy at only 1-3 foot but some areas may see slightly larger sets at the best exposed breaks. This energy will continue to slowly weaken to tiny levels tomorrow while swinging more to the north. The easterly windswell should continue around 2-4 foot but is slowly dropping to tiny levels Saturday. Moderate windswell should return again beginning Sunday. Our south facing shores should stay nearly flat in most areas at only 0-3 foot but some minor background swell is possible at the best exposed breaks, just don't expect it. A large west-northwest to northwest swell is on its way for the end of the weekend that could reach warning levels Monday. Details below... 3-5 foot 1-3 foot 0-3 foot 2-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast A powerful low pushing directly toward Hawai`i is setting up another significant swell set for a Sunday arrival. The storm is expected to peak today as it approaches the international dateline around the 35°N latitude while developing a captured fetch. The storm originated near northern Japan earlier in the week, quickly raging to severe gales aimed very well toward our islands. The storm has been ...

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