Surf Forecast Archive

Maui Surf Report for December 1st, 2018

4-6+ foot 2-4 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot A weakening front will move through Maui today, then dissipate over the eastern end of the island chain tonight. Light to moderate northerly winds are expected behind the front, with the wind direction shifting around to the northeast tonight. Ahead of the front, light and variable winds are expected today, with winds becoming northeasterly tonight. High pressure will then build north of the island chain Sunday through early next week, bringing a return of moderate to locally breezy trade winds through the first half of the work week. The trades may diminish a bit Wednesday into early Thursday as a weakening cold front approaches from the northwest. Strong high pressure building northwest of the state is then forecast to usher in strong trade winds across the island chain late Thursday into the next weekend. The latest buoy observations as of 3 AM indicate that the current northwest swell is beginning to peak at Hanalei, while continuing to build at Waimea Bay. The swell will bring High Surf Advisory (HSA) level surf to north and west facing shores of Kauai and Niihau through the morning hours, but should drop below advisory levels by noon based on upstream buoy observations at NOAA Buoys 51001 and 51101. Also due to ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 26th, 2018

10-15+++ foot 8-12++ foot 1-3 foot 2-4+ foot A ridge will remain just north of Kauai through today, while a front enters and dissipate over the far northern offshore waters. The ridge will maintain a light easterly wind flow across the main islands through today. The demise of the front will allow for the ridge to strengthen and the trades to rebound to moderate to locally strong speeds tonight. There is a possibility that the strong trades may extend beyond the typically windy marine zones of Maui County, the Alenuihaha Channel and waters south of the Big Island. A Small Craft Advisory is currently in effect for most of the near-shore waters across the main Hawaiian Islands due to above normal seas related to the large northwest swell. An SCA due to the strengthening trades will be issued later today. The moderate to locally strong trade collapses on Wednesday as a front approaches the islands from the W. While the winds weaken over the immediate waters, they will also be veering to the south and south-east between Wednesday night and Thursday. During this time, breezy southerly winds will develop over the western offshore waters, ahead of a front that will be entering the far northwest portion of the offshore waters Thursday evening. Strong southerly winds ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 17th, 2018

5-8+ foot 3-5 foot 0-2 foot 2-4 foot Trades are forecast to hold in the fresh to strong category through the weekend as high pressure builds north of the state in the wake of a dissipating front pushing south across the islands. Overnight satellite data showed this frontal boundary extending west-southwest across the Oahu and Kauai waters with wind speeds up to 25 knots surrounding it. Trades may reach the strong category across most waters Tuesday through Wednesday with near gales possible across the typically windier waters between Maui County and the Big Island. Seas will remain around the advisory level (10 ft) over most waters into tonight before lowering Sunday through Monday as the large north-northwest swell lowers. As a result, a small craft advisory will remain up through tonight across most waters due to a combo of winds and seas, then across the windier zones through the day Sunday. Surf along north and west facing shores will hold around advisory levels at least through the first half of the day before gradually lowering through the rest of the weekend as the swell eases. Observations at the PacIOOS nearshore buoys are remaining steady in the 9-12 ft range this morning, which is well above predicted levels. As a result, the high surf advisory has ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 10th, 2018

6-10+ foot 5-8+ foot 1-4 foot 2-4 foot Fresh to strong northerly winds will continue to fill in across the waters today as a front moves down the island chain. Seas have already responded at the exposed nearshore PacIOOS buoys, which are expected to remain around the advisory mark (10 ft) through the weekend. As a result, the small craft advisory remains in place for all waters to account for a combination of winds and seas. Winds will shift to a more typical trade wind direction Sunday night into early next week, potentially holding in the fresh to strong category as high pressure builds north of the islands. A combination of strong northerly winds and a reinforcing northerly swell filling in above predicted levels will keep surf heights around advisory levels for exposed north and west facing shores of the smaller islands. These conditions will hold through Sunday, then slowly ease early next week. A small northwest swell is expected to fill in Monday with a larger reinforcing north- northwest swell expected Tuesday through midweek. This reinforcement will likely support advisory-level surf for exposed north and west facing shores by Tuesday night. A moderate long-period southwest swell filling in will peak today at heights around the summer average, then gradually ease into early next ...

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Maui Surf Report for November 3rd, 2018

1-4 foot 0-3 foot 0-3 foot 1-3 foot High pressure northeast of Hawaii will continue to drive moderate to breezy trades through the weekend, then weaken slightly early next week. A Small Craft Advisory remains in effect for the typical windier coastal zones around Maui County and the Big Island through Sunday. Winds in these areas should fall below SCA criteria by early next week. An upper level low centered about 200 miles northeast of Hilo is causing scattered showers across the coastal waters and isolated thunderstorms across the windward waters of the Big Island this morning. As the upper low tracks westward, isolated thunderstorms will remain possible mainly across the eastern coastal zones through Sunday morning. The upper level low is then forecasted to weaken and move north Sunday into Monday. No major swells are expected through the next week. The current northwest swell will gradually fade today. Another small west- northwest swell will arrive Sunday and continue into the first half of next week followed by another small reinforcement during the second half of the week. Small background south swells will continue through next week. Breezy trade winds will produce small to moderate surf along east facing shores into early next week. ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 27th, 2018

4-6+ foot 2-4+ foot 3-5+ foot 1-4 foot Fresh to strong trades will persist through the weekend as high pressure passes north of the state. Strongest winds are expected over the typically windy waters around Maui County and the Big Island, where a Small Craft Advisory remains in place through Sunday. Winds are forecast to shift out of the southeast Sunday night through Monday, then out of the south by Monday night into Tuesday as a front approaches and moves into the area. The front will likely bring an active weather pattern across the local waters Monday through Wednesday with heavy showers and chance of thunderstorms Monday night through Tuesday night. Surf along south facing shores will gradually ease through early next week as the south swell declines. The latest guidance supports mainly background sources through the upcoming week, which will support small surf each day beginning around Tuesday. Surf along north facing shores will be on the rise tonight as a new north-northwest swell quickly fills in and peaks Sunday morning near advisory levels. A similarly-sized reinforcing northwest swell will arrive on Tuesday and may produce advisory level surf late Tuesday and Wednesday. ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 20th, 2018

4-6 foot 3-5+ foot 4-6+ foot 3-5+ foot High pressure building northwest of the marine area will lead to a gradual increase in the trades through the weekend. Winds should remain below Small Craft Advisory levels through Sunday, with moderate to locally strong trade winds potentially requiring a SCA for the windier zones around Maui and the Big Island developing Sunday night and continuing through much of next week. A persistent upper-level trough over the area will keep conditions unstable through the weekend, bringing the potential for heavy showers and thunderstorms, particularly over the waters surrounding Maui and the Big Island. The latest nearshore NDBC buoys show the incoming south swell continuing to inch up early this morning. This swell is expected to produce well above normal surf right through early next week. The long period south swell will continue to build today, then peak tonight and Sunday, before lowering slightly for Monday. As a result, a High Surf Advisory remains in effect for south facing shores of all islands through 6 PM Monday. Re-enforcing south swells will keep south shore surf elevated through much of next week, with another Advisory level event possible by late next week or next weekend. Elsewhere, surf heights will remain below advisory levels through the middle to latter part of next ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 13th, 2018

2-4 foot 0-2 foot 1-2 foot 0-0 foot Light winds will continue through much of the weekend as a front approaches and moves into the area from the northwest. Near the coasts, expect land and sea breezes to continue. Showers and thunderstorm coverage will begin to shift eastward and focus over Maui County and the Big Island by tonight and Sunday. A gradual drying trend with light to moderate northerly winds filling in is anticipated over Oahu and Kauai come Sunday as the front makes its way down the island chain and dissipates. Moderate northerly winds will continue to fill in late Sunday, then veer to a more typical trade wind direction and strengthen into the moderate to fresh range across all waters Sunday night through midweek as high pressure builds to the north. The large south-southwest swell that peaked Thursday will slowly ease over the weekend. Recent nearshore PacIOOS buoy observations at Lanai and Barbers continue to reflect a decent amount of energy within the lower frequency bands (18-22 and 16-18 sec), which will likely translate to this source holding through the day today before lowering further through the second half of the weekend. A reinforcement (slightly smaller) out of the same direction is expected to fill in by the end of the day ...

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Maui Surf Report for October 6th, 2018

2-4+ foot 1-3 foot 2-4 foot 1-3 foot Light to moderate east to southeast winds will hold across the waters through much of the weekend as Tropical Storm Walaka continues northward and away from the region. Near the coasts, land and sea breezes developing each day will be the result for most areas, especially the western end of the island chain across leeward waters. A return of fresh trades is anticipated across all waters by Monday, which should hold through midweek. Winds and seas are forecast to remain below advisory levels through the forecast period. Although the large and anomalous westerly swell associated with former Hurricane Walaka that brought large surf to the islands continues to ease, a series of sources from the northwest Pacific will keep the active phase in place for exposed north and west facing shores through the weekend and even much of next week. The first in the series filled in today, which was from former Typhoon Trami recurving in the western Pacific earlier this week. This source will hold into Saturday, then slowly fade through the second half of the weekend. A large area of near gale-force west-northwest winds has emerged over the far northwest Pacific near the Kurils/south of the western Aleutians over the past couple of days ...

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Maui Surf Report for September 29th, 2018

4-6 foot 1-3 foot 1-4 foot 1-3 foot High pressure will build to the north of the island chain this weekend, keeping a moderate to fresh trade wind flow in place across the coastal waters. Winds may briefly approach Small Craft Advisory levels across the typically windy waters around Maui County and the Big Island, but the forecast currently reflects winds just below SCA thresholds. A trough of low pressure is expected to develop well west of the state during the early to middle part of next week, with a potential tropical cyclone lifting northward in the vicinity of this trough, but well west of the marine area. This should ease the trade winds across the coastal waters beginning on Monday, with winds shifting around to more of a southeasterly direction Tuesday through late next week. Small long-period south-southwest swells are expected to hold into early next week. A larger reinforcing south-southwest swell is expected to fill in Tuesday and peak on Wednesday at heights slightly above the summer average. The current short period (10-12 sec) north-northwest swell is expected to gradually decrease Sunday into Monday. A slightly larger and longer period northwest swell is expected to arrive Monday night or Tuesday and linger through mid week. A small but longer period east swell generated ...

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