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Maui Surf Report for October 9th, 2010

We should continue to see a tiny north-northwest bump along our winter shores today but don't expect anything exciting. A weak shot of south-southwest swell may also give a little something to play on along our summer shores as well. North and northwest facing shores may see surf around the 3-5 foot range as a new reinforcing swell fills in through the weekend. Upper West shores will probably stay on the flat to tiny side around 1-3 foot but better exposed breaks may see a little something if you know where to look. Windswell along our east facing shores will stay on the flat to weak side around 1-3 foot but some breaks may see a little north-northwest swell. The windswell should slowly pick up to moderate levels through the upcoming week. South facing shores may build into the 1-3+ foot range today but possibly not until late in the day. We'll take what we can. 3-5 foot 1-3 foot 1-3+ foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast Another cold front pushed a minor pulse of north-northwest swell toward Hawai`i but most of the energy was aimed east of the islands. This episode should build overnight into Sunday to peak around just overhead levels with a slow fade over the next few days. The models are not looking too good for the upcoming period. A fast-moving low is expected to rapidly track from the east of Kamchatka ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 7th, 2010

It won't amount to much, but a new north-northwest swell is expected to arrive later today. Our north and northwest facing shores will probably only reach into the 2-5 foot range, but this energy may build close to head-high levels Friday with a slow fade through the weekend as another minor reinforcing pulse arrives mid-weekend. Upper West breaks may pick up a little of this swell around 1-3 foot but some better exposed breaks may see a little extra size if we're lucky. The south facing shores should fade down to complete flat levels around 0-2 foot with no swell to mention. Windswell along our east facing shores will also continue to fade and should only reach 1-3 foot at best today. The windswell won't likely return until after the weekend. 2-5 foot 1-3 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast The incoming swell on our north shores was produced by a weak low pressure aiming a minor fetch in our direction. This fetch is still being aimed our way so we can expect a few days of surf out of this episode. A secondary low is modeled to develop close behind as the first low weakens. If all goes well we would see another round of head-high surf arriving late Saturday into Sunday, also out of the north-northwest. The source would be a little closer to the islands, so conditions may be a little ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 5th, 2010

Not much surf to mention today. The north shore action is now only a fading memory and only minor action is on the way. Residual weak ripples may be found along our north and northwest facing shores only reaching into the 1-3 foot range, give or take a foot or two. Upper West breaks should come in flat at only 0-2 foot at best. Only weak background swell is likely along our south facing shores, maybe reaching around 0-3 foot. Weak and choppy windswell along our east facing shores might reach 2-4 foot but the short wavelengths will probably only produce slop. A tiny to small north-northwest is forecast for a Thursday arrival, peaking Friday around head-high levels. 1-3 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot 2-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast The good news is that the northern storm track is aimed quite nicely toward Hawai`i, but the bad news is that the low pressure systems are expected to be weak and barely able to produce any swell. One such system is currently located north-northwest of the state and is already falling apart. It should have produced a minor north-northwest swell expected to arrive later Thursday, peaking Friday near head-high levels. The models do show another low developing near the international dateline tomorrow which has the potential to kick up a larger swell that would likely arrive near the end of the weekend, but it's too early for ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 3rd, 2010

Leftover energy from the north-northwest may still be found today along our north shores but it is definitely on the way down. Most exposed breaks should still see surf in the 2-5 foot range but some of the best breaks could still see larger sets rolling through. Upper West shores will probably only reach into the 1-3 foot range. Leftovers from the south-southwest should also be found along some summer shores around 2-4 foot although many breaks will stay near flat. Weak windswell and wrapping north-northwest swell may produce tiny surf along east facing shores around 1-3 foot. Not much action is expected through the week so get what you can while it's still here. 2-5 foot 1-3 foot 2-4 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast The North Pacific will slowly wind down over the next couple of days and will then return to near flat to tiny levels again. A few weak lows are appearing in the long-range models but nothing more than tiny to small surf is expected through the period. It looks like the storm track will be aimed quite favorably toward Hawai`i this week, but unfortunately, there just won't be any significant gales or storms through the period. I hope that you got a decent share of surf over the past week or so because we're going to have to endure a relatively flat spell for a while. It shouldn't be totally ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 1st, 2010

There should continue to be plenty surf today as the energy on our north shores fades and another round of moderate south-southwest swell arrives along our south facing shores. More north-northwest action is expected over the weekend too. North and northwest facing shores will probably come in around the 4-6 foot range but some of the better exposed breaks could pull in some larger sets. Upper West shores won't be so lucky but may see surf around 2-4 foot. Of course, those who know where to look will have more luck. South facing shores should continue with some decent moderate energy around 3-5 foot at most exposed breaks although some spots may see larger sets if you know where to look. East facing shores are still lacking any windswell but select breaks may pull in some wrapping energy from the NNW around 2-4 foot. 4-6 foot 2-4 foot 3-5 foot 2-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast The current action found along our north shores was produced by a storm-force gale that was well-aimed toward Hawai`i although slightly to the east of the islands. The bad news is that we should see a combination of long and medium period swell arriving simultaneously which will likely result in rough seas and not the best conditions. This energy is expected to peak later today and should fade to more moderate levels by Wednesday morning. But a new episode is expected ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 28th, 2010

Another round of big early season surf will be found along our north and northwest facing shores today, reaching well-overhead levels around 8-12+ foot with potentially higher sets possible from time to time at the best breaks. The National Weather Service has again issued a High Surf Advisory effective through 6am Wednesday morning. Upper West shores should also see some action at smaller levels around 4-6+ foot but some breaks could see larger sets if you know where to look. Although there is still no windswell to mention, some east and east-northeast facing shores could pick up some wrapping swell in the 3-5 foot range. Another round of south-southwest swell should pick up along our south facing shores today as well with surf reaching into the 2-5 foot range, potentially higher at the best locations. The surf should stick around through the rest of the work-week. 8-12+ foot 4-6+ foot 2-5 foot 3-5 foot Extended Surf Forecast The current action found along our north shores was produced by a storm-force gale that was well-aimed toward Hawai`i although slightly to the east of the islands. The bad news is that we should see a combination of long and medium period swell arriving simultaneously which will likely result in rough seas and not the best conditions. This energy is expected to peak later today and should fade to more moderate levels by Wednesday morning. But a new episode ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 27th, 2010

The advisories have expired but there should still be plenty surf leftover on our north and northwest facing shores today as the north-northwest swell fades. Another round of larger surf is expected to arrive overnight into Tuesday from about the same direction. Surf along our north and northwest facing shores should still be around the 5-8 foot range at the better locations. Upper West shores may see surf in the 3-5 foot range while some breaks get missed. Small surf may still be found along select south facing shores in the 1-4 foot range, but most breaks will stay tiny. A new south-southwest swell is expected to arrive tomorrow at moderate levels. Although our east facing shores won't see any windswell, select exposed breaks may pick up some energy wrapping in from the north-northwest around 1-4+ foot. The new north-northwest swell arriving tomorrow should easily pass advisory levels and there is more on the way! 5-8 foot 3-5 foot 1-4 foot 1-4+ foot Extended Surf Forecast A very active North Pacific will keep our boards wet for quite some time! Another decent low is tracking to the east-southeast out of the central Aleutian Islands, aiming its primary fetch just east of the Hawaiian islands but still aiming a significant swell in our direction. The resulting swell is expected to reach our winter shores later Monday, easily reaching advisory levels and possibly flirting just below warning levels. ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 26th, 2010

Our north and northwest facing shores should see plenty action today with surf in the 7-10+ foot range out of the north-northwest. Some of the best breaks could see sets nearing the 15 foot criteria which has prompted the National Weather Service to issue the first High Surf Advisory of the season. Select Upper West shores could see some action as well, potentially around 4-6 foot if we're lucky. Although there still isn't any windswell to mention, some east facing shores may pick up some wrapping swell out of the north-northwest around 1-3+ foot, potentially more. Our south facing shores should still be able to pull in some 1-4 foot surf and possibly a little better at the best locations. Another larger north-northwest is expected to arrive late Monday. What a great way to kick off the Autumn season! 7-10+ foot 4-6 foot 1-4 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast A very active North Pacific will keep our boards wet for quite some time! Another decent low is tracking to the east-southeast out of the central Aleutian Islands, aiming its primary fetch just east of the Hawaiian islands but still aiming a significant swell in our direction. The resulting swell is expected to reach our winter shores later Monday, easily reaching advisory levels and possibly flirting just below warning levels. Residual energy should continue through Thursday. Meanwhile, Typhoon Malakas is absolutely raging far to the west-northwest ...

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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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