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Maui Surf Report for July 15th, 2010

I'm working off-site on a big project so today's forecast will be short, I'm sorry to say. The south swells should continue to provide small to moderate surf today around 2-4 foot with some better sets possible at the best breaks for those who are patient and know when and where to look. Our north facing shores should continue to see tiny surf coming in from the northeast through the next week or so but only enough to play around on. This energy should also reach into our east facing shores as well mixed with windswell around 1-4 foot. ANother fun south swell is expected to arrive over the weekend that could stick around to the middle of next week if we're lucky. There isn't much action setting up on either side of the equator however, so get it while it's here! 1-3 foot 0-3 foot 2-4 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast THIS FORECAST IS OUTDATED, BUT STILL RELEVANT. A series of strong gales to weak storms pushed some swell toward Hawai`i last weekend and into the week. Enough energy was aimed toward our islands to provide us with plenty small to moderate summer surf this week. Although much of this energy was aimed primarily toward the Americas, we should see small to moderate surf arriving around Tuesday or Wednesday out of the south-southwest due to angular spreading, lasting for several days. As usual, ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 12th, 2010

Another round of small summer surf should arrive today to boost our south facing shores back into the 2-4 foot range today, possibly to slightly higher levels at the best locations. This energy may not arrive until later in the day, maybe even overnight, so don't be surprised to find small surf. Leftovers along the north facing shores may still be around 2-4 foot as well as the north-northwest energy fades away. Tiny east-northeasterly windswell will help to fill in the gaps around 1-4 foot as well but will quickly fade to near flat conditions this week. The south swell should stick around for several days, but won't be all that exciting. 2-4 foot 1-3 foot 2-4 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast A series of strong gales to weak storms pushed some swell toward Hawai`i last weekend and into the week. Enough energy was aimed toward our islands to provide us with plenty small to moderate summer surf this week. Although much of this energy was aimed primarily toward the Americas, we should see small to moderate surf arriving around Tuesday or Wednesday out of the south-southwest due to angular spreading, lasting for several days. As usual, Kaho`olawe will block much of this energy, so use your head while searching for a place to paddle out. Another round of similar or slightly better surf is expected to arrive over the weekend, but the source ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 8th-11th, 2010

I'm on vacation! Sorry, but I'm taking a short vacation Thursday through Sunday the 11th and probably won't have the chance to update the site during that time. I will have limited access to the 'net, but it is unlikely that I'll have the time needed to compile the forecast. No big surf is on the way but there should be enough small surf over the next few days to keep everyone out of trouble. Good luck! Previous surf report effective July 7th... The flat conditions will continue today with no surf expected along any shore. Even our windward shores will see only minimal windswell under the light to moderate tradewinds. Tiny, short period energy out of the south-southwest may limp into a couple of better exposed breaks at knee-high levels but most south facing shores will stay flat at only 0-2 foot. Tiny to small background swell should return to "normal" levels beginning Friday into the weekend. East facing shores should only pick up weak windswell around 0-3 foot but should rise to moderate levels again by the weekend. North and northwest facing shores are seasonally flat at only 0-1 foot but we may see some head-high sets rolling through our north-northwest shores over the weekend. Details below. 0-1 foot 0-1 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast Our south facing shores should remain flat today and tomorrow but there are low odds for a small south-southwest ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 7th, 2010

The flat conditions will continue today with no surf expected along any shore. Even our windward shores will see only minimal windswell under the light to moderate tradewinds. Tiny, short period energy out of the south-southwest may limp into a couple of better exposed breaks at knee-high levels but most south facing shores will stay flat at only 0-2 foot. Tiny to small background swell should return to "normal" levels beginning Friday into the weekend. East facing shores should only pick up weak windswell around 0-3 foot but should rise to moderate levels again by the weekend. North and northwest facing shores are seasonally flat at only 0-1 foot but we may see some head-high sets rolling through our north-northwest shores over the weekend. Details below. 0-1 foot 0-1 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast Our south facing shores should remain flat today and tomorrow but there are low odds for a small south-southwest swell to rise a little beginning Friday into the weekend. This minor episode is unlikely to hit Maui as the source was in the Tasman Sea, an area blocked by many islands in the south seas as well as Kaho`olawe locally. Some breaks may pick up waist-high sets, but that is hardly anything worth getting excited over. The source was much closer than usual, however, so we'll just have to wait and see how it plays out. On the other ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 5th, 2010

It may be possible that the flat surf will be so small today that it actually comes in at negative levels. I'm joking, of course, but this flat spell is going to be tough. Although some tiny background swell may edge in from the south-southeast around 0-3 foot, our south facing shores will be essentially flat. There will be little hope for any surfable waves through the work-week, but there could be a little action over the weekend if all goes well. Our north and northwest facing shores shouldn't rise above 0-2 foot as will Upper West shores. The minor windswell may offer tiny wavelets around 1-3 foot but won't have enough energy to wrap around to any other shores, at least not at rideable levels. 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast The South Pacific has been in a zonal west to east pattern recently and has not allowed much swell to take aim toward our shores. A low in the northern Tasman Sea has been trying to buck that trend and may be able to provide us with a small to potentially moderate southwest pulse around Thursday or Friday. Don't get your hopes up though, as this region is notorious for phantom swells due to the myriad of south seas islands blocking the energy. The source is much closer than usual though, so the odds are slightly higher. Emphasis ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 3rd, 2010

We may get lucky enough to see a tiny to small episode arriving out of the south-southeast today but wave heights won't be very impressive. This energy would be an edge-pass due to angular spreading and would offer surf along our south facing shores around 0-3 foot, although some of the better breaks could see a few slightly larger sets from time to time. The east-northeasterly windswell should stay rather small at only 1-3 foot and is on a downward trend to very tiny levels through at least mid-week. There is no swell whatsoever along our north and northwest facing shores at only 0-2 foot and even the windswell probably won't add much. The next few days will be nearly flat, so try to find something to keep from going insane from a lack of surf! 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast The minor south-southeasterly edge-pass, if it even reaches our islands, should stick around for a couple of days but it certainly won't amount to much. It was generated by an area of low pressure that strengthened into a broad fetch aimed toward the Americas over several days. Tahiti and her sisters blocked anything that was aimed in our direction, but as the swell propagated toward Central America, some energy spread at much lower levels. Hawai`i is just on the edge of that energy. There were no other sources for ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 1st, 2010

Tiny background swell is about off there will be on offer today, and it won't amount to much. Some south facing shores may pick up a tiny bump out of the south-southwest but the odds are quite low as would be any surf that does make it to our shores. Our south facing shores may see surf in the 1-3 foot, depending on location, tide, time of the day and a lot of luck or patience. The minor windswell along our east facing shores will also stay small at only 1-4 foot, leaning more to the lower end of the scale. Very weak long-period swell produced by former hurricane Celia is limping into some exposed east shores, but it's not strong enough to stand out from the windswell. Our north and northwest facing shores will continue with flat conditions around 0-2 foot with no swell to mention. Good luck. 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast There are no significant swells expected through the forecast period. Tiny to sometimes small background swell may keep our shores from going completely flat, but don't expect anything good any time soon. The system that produced the tiny background energy currently rippling into our south shores strengthened much further to the east out Hawai`i's swell window, taking aim toward the Americas. If we are lucky we may pick up a tiny to low-end small bump over ...

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Maui Surf Report for June 29th, 2010

Tiny leftovers along our southwest and south-southeast shores may still see some little sets rippling through around 1-3 foot today, maybe reaching waist-high at best. There is a chance that we could pick up some easterly hurricane swell later in the day out of the east, produced during former hurricane Celia's reign over the central East Pacific last week. Wave heights probably won't rise much above small levels and the Big Island will block much of this energy. Surf shouldn't be expected to be over 1-3 foot but exposed shores could see sets coming in around chest-high if we're lucky. Our north and northwest facing shores will continue to stay flat at only 0-2 foot with no swell to mention. Apart from small background swell, we shouldn't expect anything exciting through the week. 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast The South Pacific has not been very generous to Hawai`i recently and apart from some background swell and a minimal chance for an edge-pass from the south-southeast, there won't be much action along our summer shores through the forecast period. A low pressure system southeast of New Zealand quickly raced through the southeasterly New Zealand swell window without getting much of a chance to send any swell in our direction. If we are lucky, we could see a short-lived tiny to small bump arriving late Wednesday and maybe lasting until Friday, but ...

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Maui Surf Report for June 27th, 2010

Nothing but tiny leftovers should be expected today as all shores slide closer to flatness. Not much is expected through the week although tiny background pulses may show up along some south shores and there is a slight chance of some small action sent over from former Hurricane Celia. South facing shores may still have some sets rolling in around 1-4 foot but most breaks will probably come in smaller than that. The fading widnswell along the east facing shores should only reach into the 1-3 foot range at best. North and northwest facing shores will be lucky to see anything over 1-3 foot. In other words, today won't be a good day for surf, but get whatever you can while it's here... there isn't much hope on the horizon. 1-3 foot 0-2 foot 1-4 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast Little more than weak background pulses are expected out of the South Pacific through the forecast period. There is a very minimal chance of us receiving an edge-pass out of the east-southeast around the beginning of the weekend, but the odds are very low. This is due to a strong storm far to the east of New Zealand, but it is well out of our swell window. Whatever energy does spread in our direction will be blocked by the French Polynesian islands, so I would not place any bets on this possibility. But there isn't ...

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Maui Surf Report for June 25th, 2010

The south swell seems to have pooped out, missing the islands to the east. There is still a chance of small surf filling in today and into the weekend, but we probably should only expect surf in the 1-4 foot range, although some breaks may see larger surf. The tiny northwest to north-northwest swell probably won't amount to much today, as was expected, with wave heights probably only reaching into the 0-3 foot range if anything arrives at all. The source was very weak and the travel distance was long, so don't expect much. Some of the better breaks may see a little action, and hopefully the moderate easterly windswell of 2-5 foot will wrap into some of our north shore breaks. The windswell is on the way down but may still offer a little through the first half of the weekend if we're lucky. Upper West shores will likely come in near flat at only 0-2 foot. There isn't much action on the way, so get whatever you can while it's here and pray for surf! 0-3 foot 0-2 foot 1-4 foot 2-5 foot Extended Surf Forecast Well, the long-range outlook is not very promising, I'm sorry to say. Aside from a minimal chance of some south-southwest swell coming out of the Tasman Sea, there won't be much more than tiny to small background swell along our southern shores through the forecast period. Nothing is ...

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