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Maui Surf Report for August 30th, 2010

Aside from a minor tradeswell, the surf will stay flat today with no real sources of surf anywhere, and little on the way. Tiny to small windswell around 2-4 foot is possible at some better exposed east and northeast facing shores today, but don't expect much power. North and northwest facing shores will stay flat at only 0-2 foot but some breaks may pick up a little wrapping windswell if we're lucky. South facing shores should also stay flat at only 0-2 foot with no swell to mention. There is a slight chance for us to pick up some south-southwest swell over the weekend, but Kaho`olawe will block much of it. Odds are a little better for a moderate pulse arriving around Monday of next week out of the south. Details in the long-range forecast below. 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot 2-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast A decent storm pushing into the Tasman Sea late last week sent a nice swell toward Fiji and her sisters but the extreme travel distance and island shadowing will result in only a small to moderate south-southwest swell reaching Hawai`i around Saturday. Unfortunately, Maui probably won't see much of this energy due to Kaho`olawe blocking th vast majority of swell. As usual, those who know where and when to look may pick up some fun surf, but we shouldn't expect anything. A severe gale set up far south of ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 27th, 2010

Flat. Although we may see a little southeasterly windswell filling in today and into the weekend, don't expect to find anything good out there for a while. Unfortunately, the Big Island will block much of this energy as well, so finding any surf will be a challenge over the next couple of days, but those breaks that do pick anything up may rise close to moderate levels. South facing shores will mostly come in the 0-3 foot range with the potential for some of the best-exposed breaks to see a little extra bump if you know when and where to look. Windswell along our east facing shores should continue at tiny levels around 1-3 foot. North and northwest facing shores have no swell whatsoever to mention and will stay completely flat at only 0-2 foot. Our next chance for any surf won't be until late next week though, so get what you can while it's here. 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast The incoming southeast swell was produced by strong tradewinds near French Polynesia earlier in the week but it probably won't really offer too much excitement and much of it will be blocked by the Big Island and Kaho`olawe. The shorter-period swell won't pack as much punch either, so whatever does show up on our exposed breaks will likely be minor. But it's all that we have so make the ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 25th, 2010

Overall flat conditions will continue today with little change expected through the end of the week. A small southeast swell is possible over the weekend but it is quite unlikely. Some spots may pick up a little southwesterly background swell through Thursday, but that too is quite unlikely. Most of our south facing shores will only see weak background surf around 0-3 foot at best, but a few breaks may pick up a freak waist-high set or two. Windswell along the east and northeast facing shores may be around 1-3 foot but the wave period is so low that most breaks will only see unrideable chop and slop. The north and northwest facing shores will stay completely flat at the low side of 0-2 foot with no swell to mention at all. 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast Although there is a miniscule chance that we could pick up a tiny to small southwest swell produced by gales pushing into the Tasman Sea last week, the typical shadowing in this swell window as well as Kaho`olawe will almost certainly prevent anything from reaching our shores. If anything does somehow make it, it will be too small to be worth any effort. Looking farther east in the South Pacific, an area of strong tradewinds sent some energy toward our islands last week, but much of this energy would be blocked by the ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 23rd, 2010

The moderate tradewinds are trying hard to product some small windswell along our east facing shores but most breaks won't see anything over 1-4 foot and it will be weak and mushy. A new bump arriving along our south-southeast facing shores should appear today but will probably only reach 1-4 foot or so, but the best exposed breaks may see slightly better sets if we're lucky. Take note of the direction and realize that few breaks will pick up this direction. North and northwest facing shores should stay flat at 0-3 foot although some tiny windswell may wrap in to some breaks... just don't expect anything. Upper West shores will of course come in flat at 0-2 foot. Another potential pulse may arrive out of the southwest tomorrow, but Maui rarely sees any action from this direction. 0-3 foot 0-2 foot 1-4 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast We are soon going to see another flat spell settling in around the islands due to a less than impressive pattern that set up in the South Pacific recently. Most storm and gale activity has been focused in the eastern half of the SP, far out of any swell window aimed toward Hawai`i. Although there is a slight chance that some angular spreading swell reaches some breaks, we shouldn't really expect anything more than tiny background swell through most of the forecast period. The models do show ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 20th, 2010

Finally some action along our south facing shores! The much needed south swell is putting big smiles on some of your faces while others are shrugging their shoulders wondering why they got half the size. The better exposed south shores should see surf in the 3-6+ foot range and some spots could pull in larger sets from time to time. As always, the swell will not come to you, so use your head when deciding where to paddle out. Weak windswell along our east facing shores may rise a little into the 1-4 foot range out of the east-northeast. This energy probably won't wrap much into our north shores, but a tiny bump out of the north-northwest may offer a little surf along our winter shores around 1-3 foot but the best breaks may see sets rolling in around chest-high if we're lucky. Upper West breaks may see a little something, but I wouldn't expect anything at only 0-2 foot. All of this energy will fade quickly into the weekend so be sure to get it while it's here. 1-3 foot 0-2 foot 3-6 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast The current south swell should reach overhead heights today but will fade rather quickly into Saturday and only maybe hanging on into Sunday at tiny levels. Another round of smaller surf is expected to reach our shores overnight Sunday but will most likely only reach waist ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 18th, 2010

Some action should hit our south facing shores today as a new south swell arrives later in the day, peaking Thursday just below advisory levels. As with nearly all south swells, you will probably have to search a little to find the best spot to paddle out. Most of our exposed breaks should reach into the 1-4 foot range, but a few better exposed breaks could pick up larger sets if you know where and when to look. A small pulse out of the north-northwest may reach our north and northwest facng shores later today to offer a little action for our winter breaks, but we may need to wait for it, so don't expect much more than 0-3 foot. If we're lucky we could see larger sets, but maybe not until tomorrow. Upper West shores will probably stay flat at only 0-2 foot but some breaks could pick up some of the NNW swell tomorrow. Windswell along our east facing shores will continue to be absent and wave heights should stay near flat at only 1-3 foot. So we may need to wait a little longer today but both sides of the island should pick up some fun small surf over the next few days. 0-3 foot 0-2 foot 1-4 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast No forecast update today... little to no change. The combination of a storm off of the ice shelf ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 17th, 2010

Overall flat conditions will continue today but our south shores still have a slight chance of picking up a tiny pulse out of the south-southwest around 0-4 foot, but don't expect anything. Those who do find a little something will have to be satisfied with thigh slappers and long waits between sets. The weak windswell is also nothing to get excited about at only 0-3 foot along our east facing shores, not enough to wrap into any north shore locations, at least not at rideable levels. With no swell to mention, our north and northwest facing shores will stay flat at only 0-2 foot as will the Upper West breaks. Wednesday may see a little action later in the day on both sides of the island, rising to fun-sized levels Thursday if all goes well. 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-4 foot 0-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast The combination of a storm off of the ice shelf and another gale south of Tahiti should provide us with a moderate episode arriving as early as Wednesday afternoon if we're lucky, but more likely Thursday, potentially reaching near advisory levels at the better exposed breaks. It will be hard to say how big this swell will be, but I wouldn't expect anything overhead, although we certainly can hope for it... and it is possible in some areas. Whatever does arrive should peak overnight Thursday but will probably quickly fade ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 15th, 2010

The Flatness continues. Although a very tiny pulse may appear out of the south-southwest later today, there will be little to no action on any shore today. If we are lucky, our south facing shores may see some thigh-slappers coming in around 0-3 foot but that is definitely not worth getting excited over. Even the windswell has dropped to flat to tiny levels only around 0-2 foot and will stay absent for a while. Of course, north and northwest facing shores will also stay flat at only 0-2 foot as well. Hopefully we will see a larger south swell arriving around the middle of the week... keep those fingers crossed. 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot 0-2 foot Extended Surf Forecast The flat conditions are going to continue for a few more days, but there is some hope way off on the horizon. A storm southeast of New Zealand last Wednesday pushed a small swell toward the northern hemisphere, combining with another area of low pressure south of Tahiti. These two sources may be able to push up a moderate episode arriving overnight Wednesday into Thursday of the upcoming week, and could potentially make it to low-end high levels at our best exposed breaks when it peaks. Yet another swell source closer to the ice shelf could keep at least some action going into the weekend more from the south-southwest. Looking into the long-range models however, ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 13th, 2010

Although the surf will stay quite tiny today, we could potentially see a little bump arriving out of the south to south-southwest today, maybe peaking around waist-high levels. It won't be much, but we'll take anything we can get at this point. Don't expect our best exposed south shore breaks to be any better than 1-3 foot, but maybe some of you will find some slightly better sets. The easterly windswell is the only other source for surf which may keep a little action going over on the east facing shores around 1-4 foot or so, but it will be on the way down and out as we move into the weekend. Although some north and northeast facing shores could pick up a little of this windswell wrapping in, most other winter breaks will stay flat at only 0-2 foot. It looks like we'll have to wait until early next week for any more surf, with the arrival of a small to maybe moderate south-southwest swell. 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot 1-4 foot Extended Surf Forecast The South Pacific was relatively quiet last week and didn't send much energy in our direction. A weak gale did develop east of New Zealand around last Thursday but its small fetch wasn't aimed well toward our shores. Unfortunately, that's the best thing we have at the moment, so lets hope that we at least pick up a small ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 11th, 2010

Nothing but weak windswell will be found today as the flat spell continues. The easterly windswell is about the only source for any movement today and it will stay tiny to small. Our best exposed east facing shores may see weak ripples around 1-3 foot but nothing rideable should be expected. There is a very slight chance of some of this energy wrapping around to select north and northeast facing shores, but don't bet on it. With no other source of surf, our north and northwest facing shores should stay flat around 0-2 foot. Upper West shores even closer to flatness at the low end of 0-2 foot. There really isn't even any background swell coming up along our south facing shores which will stay flat at 0-2 foot until a small south-southwest pulse arrives later Friday into Saturday. Pray for surf... 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot Extended Surf Forecast The South Pacific was relatively quiet last week and didn't send much energy in our direction. A weak gale did develop east of New Zealand around last Thursday but its small fetch wasn't aimed well toward our shores. Unfortunately, that's the best thing we have at the moment, so lets hope that we at least pick up a small episode arriving Friday into Saturday out of the south-southwest. Additional minor lows have been active east of New Zealand earlier in the week, but ...

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