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Maui Surf Report for October 3rd, 2015

8-12++ foot 4-6+ foot 2-4+ foot 5-8+ foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory in effect through 6pm Sunday evening for Maui's north and east facing shores due to a rising large north to north-northwest swell. this large swell and strong trades will keep surf heights above advisory levels over north and east facing shores now through Sunday evening and will likely remain elevated from Sunday night through the first half of next week thanks to another smaller northwest swell which is expected to arrive Monday evening. A moderate south-southeast swell is expected to arrive Monday through Wednesday of next week due to an oriented fetch created by a tropical disturbance currently south of the Big Island. Conditions will not be very favorable due to strong local winds. An exceptionally strong storm is passing under New Zealand this weekend with the potential to send up some significant energy, but its track is fairly zonal. The storm is expected to rapidly track from west to east which limits the fetch aimed in our direction. However, angular spreading should allow some decent energy to be sent our way, arriving around Friday the 9th. Additional activity through the rest of ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 26th, 2015

1-4 foot 0-2 foot 2-4+ foot 4-7+ foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); A High Surf Advisory is in effect for east facing shores due to rapidly rising surf produced by tropical storm Niala, currently east-southeast of Hawai`i. Although tropical storm Niala is expected to pass south of the Big Island and weaken over the weekend as it continues on a westward track, coastal impacts are anticipated, especially along the southeast coast of the Big Island and the adjacent waters. The wave model guidance driven by the official Central Pacific Hurricane Center wind forecast associated with Niala supports this and indicates seas rapidly rising through the day Saturday, peaking between tonight and Sunday night in the 10 to 15 ft range over the southeast Big Island waters, then slowly subsiding through the first half of the upcoming week as Niala weakens and passes south of the islands. Wave heights on Maui will likely come in at smaller levels due to island shadowing, but we should still anticipate large and potentially dangerous surf. This surf could rise near warning levels along the southeast facing beaches of the Big Island Saturday night through Sunday night, and similar timing is expected on Maui. We may also see a small ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 19th, 2015

0-4 foot 0-2 foot 3-5 foot 2-4+ foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); A moderate south-southwest swell will continue through the weekend, potentially reaching overhead levels at the best exposed breaks. Tiny north swell mixed with easterly windswell may offer surf around waist to maybe chest-high levels in some of the windward exposed breaks, if we're lucky. Most north shore breaks not exposed to this windswell will stay flat or very close to it. Another south swell is expected to arrive overnight into Sunday which will likely raise the advisory flags due to well-overhead surf. This swell was generated when a los pressure system tracked out of the Tasman Sea to the area southeast of New Zealand last weekend, developing a captured fetch of strong gales aimed well toward Hawai`i. This energy will have a bit more of a southerly component as compared to the current swell, peaking early Monday morning with a slow decline through Wednesday. Looking further out there doesn't seem to be much surf through the remainder of the forecast period. Get what you can while it's here. Today's Surf Summary South facing shores should have surf in the 3-5 foot range Saturday, likely rising to overhead levels Sunday. Windswell mixed with a tiny north ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 12th, 2015

1-2 foot 0-2 foot 2-4 foot 2-4 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); A new round of south-southwest swell is expected to fill in through Sunday with wave heights peaking around waist to near head-high levels at the best exposed locations. East and northeast facing shores may pull in small windswell but wave heights will likely not exceed waist-high levels. A series of small to moderate south-southwest swells will continue through the upcoming week, potentially reaching near advisory levels by the end of the week. A fetch is setting up east and southeast of New Zealand this weekend which should send a decent swell in our direction, arriving around Sunday of next week. No other sources of surf are expected throughout the forecast period. Today's Surf Summary South facing shores should pull in a moderate swell around 2-4 foot, possibly reaching chest high+ in some areas. East and northeast facing shores will be around 2-4 foot this weekend, rising to near head-high levels through mid-week. North and northwest facing shores will be more or less flat at 1-2 foot but select shores may get wrapping windswell at slightly higher levels. Upper West shores will stay flat at 0-2 foot. Wind and Tide Information High tide at Kahului was 2.0 foot ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 5th, 2015

1-5+ foot 1-4 foot 4-7+ foot 10-15 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); A High Surf Warning is in effect for Maui's east facing shores with rough and very dangerous surf expected in the 10-15+ foot range due to nearby Hurricane Jimena. This warning is in effect through 6pm Monday evening, but large surf will persist through at least the middle the week. Only the most experienced and capable surfers should think about paddling out, please know your limits and be safe. South facing shores may pull in wrapping surf combined with a large south swell offering well overhead surf at select breaks. Expect strong currents and dangerous riptides. A High Surf Advisory is also in effect for Maui's south facing shores through early next week. Jimena is taking on a more northwesterly track and is still expected to pass by the islands through the middle of the week, beginning to dissipate around Tuesday through the end of the week. Additional swells may continue through most of the upcoming week. Another round of southerly swell is anticipated to arrive Sunday, peaking Monday with a slow fade through Wednesday. Small supplemental westerly swell is possible from now distant typhoon Kilo. Long range models are predicted a broad ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 29th, 2015

2-4+ foot 0-3 foot 3-6+ foot 2-4 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); This week should be a rather wild one as the current west-northwest swell slowly fades through the weekend and the approaching Hurricane Ignacio tracks quite closely past Hawai`i, as well as a potentially decent south to south-southeast swell arrives later in the week. West-northwest swell produced by former super-typhoon Atsani has reached the islands and is providing large surf along some of Maui's west facing shores this weekend, reaching overhead levels at the better breaks. This energy should slowly fade into Monday. Our north facing shores also have a northerly short-period swell providing some fun surf at overhead levels as well, likely holding through Sunday. Low-pressure far northeast of the islands and closer to Oregon aimed a fetch in our direction but the resulting surf will likely stay on the small side when it arrives Sunday into Monday. As of Saturday morning, the majority of surf generated by Hurricane Ignacio will be impacting the Big Island. The forecast models are suggesting that the storm will pass just to the north of the islands and it is expected to provide very large surf and very dangerous conditions through the upcoming week. A lot can ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 22nd, 2015

2-4 foot 0-2 foot 2-4 foot 2-4 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); Minor south swell may linger along our south facing shores Saturday. A ridge of high pressure in the South Pacific has prevented any decent south swells from developing recently. However, swells from Tropical Depression Kilo should begin to arrive along south-facing shores on Sunday. Depending on the track and intensity of Kilo, surf could potentially reach warning levels on south- or west-facing shores by the middle of the week. Former super typhoon Atsani continues to produce a small to moderate westerly swell which should arrive early next week along Hawaii's west-facing shores. Since Kilo will dominate the forecast over Hawaiian waters well into next week, even small changes in the track or intensity of this storm may lead to big changes in the forecast for any given area. High pressure north-northeast of the islands produced a long-lived windswell that should last through Sunday but will diminish Monday. The forecast models hint toward Atsani shifting its track toward the northeast Monnday which could aim a more significant swell in our direction, which would arrive around Friday and perhaps another reinforcement Sunday. The long-range models are showing a fast moving but strong storm pushing under ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 15th, 2015

0-3 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot 2-4 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); Nothing more than small and rough windswell should be expected this weekend and well into the upcoming week although minor background swell may be found along select south facing shores. Overall, there won't be much surf to mention for a while. The only real source for swell this week will come from a tropical storm near Japan, but it appears that most of its fetch was aimed toward Alaska. However, some energy was pushed in our direction and should arrive overnight Monday into Tuesday out of the west-northwest. We should not expect much size, peaking at small levels or low-end moderate at best. Low pressure near French Polynesia may be able to provide us with a small to possibly moderate south swell arriving around Friday. The long-range models don't look too promising, but there may be some activity southeast and east of New Zealand later in the week. A building typhoon far to the west of Hawai`i may offer some potential for surf later next week, but it's too early to discuss. Today's Surf Summary East and northeast facing shores may see minor rough windswell around 2-4 foot, but it's on the way down. South ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 8th, 2015

1-3 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot 2-4 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); Not much more than small to moderate windswell should be expected along our north and east facing shores today while south facing shores see small south-southwest to southerly swell in the knee-waist high range. Minor background swell and a few short-lived pulses should keep a little surf along the south facing shores through most of the forecast period, but nothing significant should be expected. Although the models show a little activity far east of New Zealand around the middle of the week, any fetch that is aimed in our direction will be limited and will probably not result in any surf above small levels early next week. An area of high pressure system northeast of the state aimed a fairly large area of fresh breezes in our direction and this energy should provide us with plenty short-period windswell through the next several days. Hurricane Hilda is churning toward the islands may affect our local winds and weather around the middle of the week, but at this time it is uncertain what affect it will have on our surf. It should be safe to assume that we'll see some kind of surf arriving Wednesday ...

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Maui Surf Report for August 1st, 2015

1-4 foot 0-3 foot 1-4 foot 2-4 foot (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })(); Windswell out of the east-northeast will continue to provide small to moderate but sloppy surf along our east and northeast facing shores. Fading south-southwest swell may be found along select south facing shores as a new small south swell arrives. However, wave heights should not exceed waist-high levels, so don't expect much action. Hurrican Guillermo continues to churn out a large easterly swell that should reach our windward shores late Sunday or more likely Monday, quite possibly triggering a high surf advisory. Moderate to large surf should continue through the middle of the week, but the storm's track may bring it close to the islands which could greatly impact the quality of the surf. Another round of southwest swell is expected to arrive Monday through the middle of the week thanks to a strong low east of Tasmania last week, however, swell from this direction tends to be shadowed by Kaho`olawe. Another fetch set up east of New Zealand last Tuesday and although it was aimed fairly well in our direction, its swell is only expected to reach small to low-end moderate levels at best when it arrives Friday into the weekend. Today's Surf ...

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