Surf Forecast Archive

Maui Surf Report for August 9th, 2010

Flatness has settled in. There are no sources for surf today on any shore besides the tiniest of windswell limping in to east and east-northeast facing shores. South facing shores should stay near flat at only 0-3 foot with nothing rolling in aside from very weak and unrideable background swell. As mentioned before, the easterly windswell may reach around 0-3 foot, but that too would be more or less unrideable. There is no swell whatsoever to mention along our north and northwest facing shores though, which will stay flat at only 0-2 foot, same with Upper West shores. Although there is a slight chance for a minor south swell arriving on Friday, there won't be anything exciting on the way for quite some time I sorry to say. 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot 0-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast We may see a tiny to small swell arriving later in the week, produced by a low southeast of New Zealand before the past weekend. Don't expect much, but it's about all that we have to look forward to at the moment. A minor low currently playing out to the east of New Zealand may be able to produce another minor round of south swell after next weekend, but the source is hugging the coast of New Zealand and won't be able to set up much of a fetch. Although the flow down in the South ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 6th, 2010

Some areas may still be able to pick up a little of the fading south swell if we're lucky, but don't expect much of anything today. Our south facing shores will vary from flatness to waist or maybe chest-high at the best breaks around 0-4 foot, and you'll have to use your head to know where and when to look for it. Waits between sets will be quite long today and for most people won't be worth the effort. The weakening windswell along our east and east-northeast facing shores will also continue to fade to around 2-4 foot at best, fading more into the weekend. There is no swell to mention along the north and northwest facing shores and wave heights will be flat at 0-2 foot, same with the Upper West. There is little to look forward to on the horizon, so get ready for another flat spell. 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-4 foot 2-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast The surf along our south facing shores is again returning to flat to low background swell conditions. A poorly aimed, weak and small low is currently east of New Zealand which has only produced a short and tiny fetch aimed in our direction. The resulting swell will probably not even be able to reach Hawai`i around next Friday or Saturday and if anything does show up, it will be small at best. The same can be ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 4th, 2010

The High Surf Advisory remains in effect for our south facing shores through 6pm Thursday evening. As always, those who know when and where to look will score. Our best exposed south shores should see surf in the 3-6+ foot range while lesser breaks come in at smaller levels. This energy has been slow to build but should peak overnight tonight with plenty surf holding on into the weekend. Remember that this energy has travelled a very long distance and the wait between sets will be long as well. Windswell along our east facing shores should stick around 3-5 foot or so, peaking tomorrow then slowly dropping into the weekend. With no swell to mention aside from wrapping windswell, our north and northwest facing shores should stay flat at only 0-3 foot while Upper West breaks stay smaller at 0-2 foot. There isn't much action on the horizon, so get what you can while it's here. 0-3 foot 0-2 foot 3-6+ foot 3-5 foot Extended Surf Forecast The current south swell has taken its time filling in as was expected but we should start seeing more widespread surf today, peaking overnight or early Thursday morning then slowly fading into the weekend. This episode was generated by a strong gale that reached storm-force in the area southeast of New Zealand last week. A decent fetch was set up over a broad area but was aimed just to ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 2nd, 2010

The easterly windswell will continue to dominate the surf over the next few days but it has likely peaked and will slowly start fading. Our best exposed areas on the east and northeast shores should see sloppy but fun windswell around 3-5 foot and some spots could even pick up a few head-high sets. The long-lived south swell should still have some breaks in the 1-4 foot range but it is on the way down and out. There are very low odds that we could pick up a tiny to small bump out of the southwest later today, but that is quite doubtful. A large south-southwest swell is on the way and should arrive some time Tuesday, most likely raising the advisory flags. Our north and northwest facing shores have no swell to mention aside from potential wrapping windswell and will vary in size from 0-4 foot, most likely leaning toward the lower end of the scale. Have fun... 0-4 foot 0-2 foot 1-4 foot 3-5 foot Extended Surf Forecast Another low developed in the area southeast of New Zealand last week, pushing up a sizeable south-southwest swell expected to hit our summer shores Tuesday into Wednesday, possibly exceeding advisory levels. But first, we may pick up a smaller pulse out of the southwest... if Kaho`olawe doesn't block it. This energy was produced southeast of Tasmania, pushing through the Tasman Sea past many south seas islands ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 1st, 2010

As the south swell fades further to tiny to small levels, the windswell is holding at moderate levels. Our east and northeast facing shores should see surf in the 3-5 foot range and some better exposed breaks may see larger sets from time to time. Leftover surf along our south facing shores may still be around 1-4 foot at the better exposed breaks, but it is on the way down. Although there is no swell to mention along our north and northwest facing shores, some areas may see a little wrapping windswell around 0-4 foot. Upper West shores will likely stay flat around 0-2 foot but some spots may pick up some refracted windswell, just don't expect anything. A fairly nice sized south-southwest swell is on its way! 0-4 foot 0-2 foot 1-4 foot 3-5 foot Extended Surf Forecast Another low developed in the area southeast of New Zealand last week, pushing up a sizeable south-southwest swell expected to hit our summer shores Tuesday into Wednesday, possibly exceeding advisory levels. But first, we may pick up a smaller pulse out of the southwest... if Kaho`olawe doesn't block it. This energy was produced southeast of Tasmania, pushing through the Tasman Sea past many south seas islands on the long journey to our shores. This region is notorious for hit-or-miss swells, so as always, don't expect anything and keep those fingers crossed. As this system passed under New ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 30th, 2010

The current south swell will continue to pass through the Hawaiian islands today but it is quite inconsistent. Long waits between sets, wind, and tides are all conspiring to frustrate many, but there are waves for those who know where and when to look. Our exposed south facing shores should see surf in the 3-6 foot range today and the odds should be better. The easterly windswell will also continue around 2-4 foot along our east facing shores, potentially wrapping into some southeast and northeast exposed breaks. With no swell to mention, the north and northwest facing shores will stay flat at only 0-2 foot. Upper West shores will also be flat at 0-2 foot but some areas may pick up a little south swell wrap. Good luck and have fun! 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 4-6 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast Another storm south of New Zealand last week tracked northeast into our swell window and produced a captured fetch aimed nicely toward our Hawaiian islands, although aimed better to the east of the state. The long distance this swell has traveled will make for long waits between sets, so be sure to stay patient. Friday should see slightly smaller wave heights but better set frequency dropping through the weekend. Another system tracked south of the Tasman Sea last weekend which could add some background swell later in the weekend that could build a little ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 29th, 2010

The new south swell should build along our south facing shores to heights around 4-6 foot and could potentially offer higher sets at the best exposed breaks. There have been no advisories posted however, so don't expect too much and just have a good time. This swell should slowly fade over the next few days and may last through much of the weekend. Another decent south is on its way for the middle of next week... details below. Windswell along our east facing shores should stay around 1-4 foot but will likely increase a little over the next several days, still well under advisory levels though. There is no swell to mention along our north and northwest facing shores and wave heights should be flat around 0-2 foot. 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 4-6 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast Another storm south of New Zealand last week tracked northeast into our swell window and produced a captured fetch aimed nicely toward our Hawaiian islands, although aimed better to the east of the state. The long distance this swell has traveled will make for long waits between sets, so be sure to stay patient. Friday should see slightly smaller wave heights but better set frequency dropping through the weekend. Another system tracked south of the Tasman Sea last weekend which could add some background swell later in the weekend that could build a little higher. Currently, a ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 28th, 2010

I'm back from vacation and have hopefully deleted and banned all of the bad posts on the Discussion Board... I apologize to anyone who was offended by the postings, which were mostly from one sad little kid seeking attention. Although the surf will continue to be flat to tiny today, a new south swell is on its way toward our shores and should arrive overnight to build through the day tomorrow. Our south shores today should stay around 0-3 foot with just a tiny bump leftover from the south-southwest. Our east facing shores may pick up tiny windswell around 1-3 foot, but it probably isn't enough to ride. North and northwest facing shores will stay flat as a lake at only 0-2 foot, leaning more toward flatness. 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast A broad area of winds set up last week stretching from around Tasmania all the way to the south of French Polynesia. The beginnings of this energy was better aimed to the east of Hawai`i but some wrapping energy made it to select shores around the state over the past couple of days. But a nice fetch developed in our favored swell window just southeast of New Zealand around Wednesday of last week. Although we should probably only expected moderate surf here on Maui, the potential for high surf is there and the advisory flags may be posted ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 21st-27th, 2010

SORRY! I am on vacation (again) until Tuesday the 27th. I will have limited internet access but will try to update the site when I can. It'll be mostly flat anyway! Aloha... Well it had to come to an end. There should be little to no surf to be found anywhere around the island today although there may still be a little leftover northeast swell out there. Select northeast facing shores may see surf around waist-high if we're lucky, but most north facing shores will only come in around 1-3 foot. The long-lived round of northeasterly swell should clock to a more east-northeasterly direction today which could open up a few more east facing breaks, allowing our east facing shores to pick up sets around 1-4 foot. There may also still be some tiny background swell along our east facing shores around 1-3 foot but don't expect it. It looks like the weakened east-northeast swell may stick around at tiny to small levels into the weekend and tiny background swell may slap some thighs over the next few days, but that is about it. There is nothing significant on the way. 1-3 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast Aside from the possibility of a weak edge-pass out of the south-southeast arriving around Saturday, there won't be much surf to speak about through the forecast period. Weak activity in the Tasman Sea last week ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 19th, 2010

There won't be very much surf to speak of later this week, so be sure to get what you can while it's here. We should still see some leftovers along our south facing shores today around the 1-4 foot range, potentially a little better at the best exposed breaks, fading through Tuesday. The north facing shores may still see a little action out of the northeast as well, around 1-4 foot or slightly higher, potentially continuing through the middle of the week. Although the windswell is rather weak, our east facing shores should continue to see some fun surf wrapping in from the northeast as well, around 2-4 foot or a little better. Have fun while it lasts. 1-4 foot 0-3 foot 1-4 foot 2-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast The series of south swells will continue passing by the islands through Tuesday before dropping to minimal levels again Wednesday, and you may need to search for something decent to ride. Tiny to small and weak background swell may arrive around Thursday or Friday, but don't bet on it. Most of the swell energy produced over the past 5 days was too weak to reach our shores so don't expect much action throug the rest of the forecast period. A zonal pattern has set up in the South Pacific that will keep the surf on the tiny to small side through the period. Pray for surf. There really ...

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