Surf Forecast Archive

Maui Surf Report for August 1st, 2018

1-3 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot 2-4 foot High pressure north of the islands will maintain strong trade winds through at least Friday. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for all coastal zones through Friday afternoon, but will likely need to be extended through Saturday due to the persisting strong trade winds. A slight decrease in trade winds is expected on Sunday, but breezy trade winds are expected for the foreseeable future. The elevated trade winds will produce choppy surf along east facing shores, with wave heights increasing through the day today as the winds strengthen. Surf is expected to hold steady through the rest of the week due to the persistent strong trade winds. Small southeast and south swells will maintain small background surf along south facing shores through the week. Small, short-lived west and northwest swells are expected to arrive today, providing a very small bump along exposed north and west facing shores. However, Kauai will help block most of the west swell energy from the other islands. ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 29th, 2018

0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-3 foot 1-3 foot High pressure far north of the islands will maintain moderate to breezy trade winds through the middle of the week. A Small Craft Advisory remains posted through Monday afternoon for the typically windier waters near Maui County and the Big Island. With breezy trades expected to continue beyond that, expect the SCA to be extended. Additional areas may need to be added to the SCA later in the week as the high pressure strengthens. Small, choppy breakers will continue along east facing shores through Monday. An uptick of trade winds during the middle of the week is expected bring an increase in wind swell to east facing shores. Small southeast and south swells will maintain small background surf along south facing shores through the week. Otherwise, no significant swells are expected. ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 28th, 2018

1-3 foot 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot Breezy trade winds will continue into early next week due to surface high pressure far north of the islands. A Small Craft Advisory remains in effect through Monday afternoon for the typically windier waters adjacent to the islands of Maui County and the Big Island. The latest forecast indicates that SCA winds will likely persist for most of these same waters from Monday night through the middle of next week. The breezy trade winds will generate modest choppy surf along east facing shores of the islands from this weekend into early next week. A long fetch of strong trades developing east and northeast of the islands next week may cause a slight increase in surf heights along east facing shores by the middle of next week. Small southeast and south swells will maintain small background surf along south facing shores through the middle of next week. ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 25th, 2018

1-3 foot 0-2 foot 1-3 foot 1-4 foot Surface high pressure far north of the islands will continue to produce breezy trade winds into the weekend. The Small Craft Advisory has been extended through Thursday afternoon for the typically windy zones around Maui County and south of the Big Island. However, it will likely be extended beyond Thursday as winds are forecast to remain somewhat elevated. Rough, choppy trade wind swell, and small short-period southeast and northeast swells will produce modest surf along east facing shores. Only small background swells are otherwise expected through early next week. Tide Predictions High tide at Kahului was 1.28 foot at 2:00 PM early this afternoon, dropping to a low of -0.18 foot at 2:00 PM early this afternoon, then rising to a high of 2.50 foot at 2:00 PM early this afternoon, before once ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 21st, 2018

0-3 foot 0-2 foot 1-4 am | 4-6+ pm 1-3 foot Moderate to fresh trade winds will hold through the weekend over the coastal waters. A disturbance is expected to pass south of the state early next week, which will tighten the pressure gradient over the state, and result in an increase of trade winds speeds and seas. A new long period south swell is expected to build late today, peak on Sunday and fade during the first half of next week. A High Surf Advisory has been issued for all south facing shores beginning at 6 pm HST this evening and continuing through Monday. No other significant swells are expected for next week. Tide Predictions Low tide at Kahului was 0.23 foot at 2:00 PM early this afternoon, rising to a high of 1.86 foot at ...

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Maui Surf Report for July 7th, 2018

1-3+ foot 1-3 foot 3-5+ foot 5-8 foot Strong trade winds combined with both east and south swells will maintain rough conditions through the weekend. A Small Craft Advisory remains in effect for all Hawaiian waters through 6 AM Sunday morning, and this advisory may need to be extended for some waters through Sunday afternoon. Winds and seas should drop below advisory levels across most or all of the waters by Monday. Advisory-level winds may return to the typically windy areas around Maui County and the Big Island on Tuesday or Wednesday. With Barber's Point still reporting 4 feet at 13 seconds as of 2 AM, the NWS has extended the High Surf Advisory (HSA) for south facing shores through today. Offshore buoy reports suggest that the swell and surf should begin to decrease during the afternoon. Along east facing shores, expect a mixture of long period swell from former Hurricane Fabio and short period trade wind swell to generate rough surf today and tonight, and the High Surf Advisory remains in effect through 6 AM Sunday morning. ...

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Maui Surf Report for June 29th, 2018

1-3 foot 1-3 foot 1-3+ foot 1-3 foot High pressure centered over the northeast Pacific will keep fresh breezes locally and upstream of the islands through tonight. Terrain-induced accelerations across the channels and typically windier waters will continue to support rough boating conditions. Winds are expected to decrease into the light to moderate range beginning Friday night and continue through the upcoming weekend. Seas will respond and trend down over the weekend as well. The Small Craft Advisory, which includes the windy channels around Maui County and the Big Island, remains in effect through Friday afternoon. Surf along east facing shores will remain rough through tonight, then trend down this weekend as the trades relax. Some exposed beaches may remain near the advisory threshold for east facing shores tonight due to a combination of a background southeast swell and the trade wind source. The current south swell is expected to gradually ease Friday into the weekend, with surf following suit. Looking ahead into the upcoming weekend and the first week of July, the active trend for south facing shores will persist due to another pair of systems passing south of the Tasman Sea and New Zealand. The Tasman source (210-220 deg) is expected over the weekend, which will become reinforced early next week ...

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Maui Surf Report for June 23rd, 2018

0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-2 foot 0-2 foot Trades are forecast to steadily increase through the weekend and hold in the fresh to strong category as high pressure builds north of the state. The small craft advisory remains in effect for most waters east of Oahu through Sunday. Seas will respond and become rough, potentially reaching the advisory level of 10 ft across the Alenuihaha Channel and waters south of the Big Island. Although the trades may slightly back off briefly by Monday, locally strong trades will remain likely over the typical channels around Maui County and south of the Big Island. Surf along east facing shores will become rough through the weekend as the trades increase locally and upstream across the eastern Pacific. After the trades briefly weaken around Monday, a surge upstream and locally will likely translate to increasing surf that may near the advisory level by midweek. Surf along south facing shores is expected to trend back up next week as overlapping long-period south swells fill in due to recent activity across the southern Pacific. The first swell is currently building at the American Samoa buoy within the 14-16 second bands this morning, which should continue through the weekend as the second source fills in. The latest WAVEWATCH III ...

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Maui Surf Report for June 16th, 2018

2-3 foot 1-2 foot 2-3 foot 2-3 foot A weak ridge of high pressure will remain nearly stationary around 150 nm north of Kauai through the weekend, keeping light to locally moderate trade winds in place across the marine area. A dissipating front will sag southward and close to Kauai early next week, weakening the ridge and potentially diminishing the winds further. The current south swell is expected to peak just below advisory levels along south facing shores today, then slowly decline through Monday. Only small south shore surf is expected Tuesday through the end of next week. A pair of long-period west-northwest swells will peak today, with a slow decline through early next week. Only small north shore surf is expected Tuesday through the end of next week. The combination of long period south and west-northwest swells is expected to push surf heights to the advisory level of 8 feet along west facing shores of the Big Island today and tonight. As a result, a High Surf Advisory (HSA) has been issued for this area. We will continue to monitor observations closely, as the HSA may eventually need to be extended through Sunday by later shifts. Short-period trade wind swell will remain small through the middle of next week. A small long-period east ...

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Maui Surf Report for June 9th, 2018

1-3 foot 1-3 foot 4-6 foot 2-4 foot Surface high pressure far northeast of the islands will maintain locally breezy trade winds for the next several days. A Small Craft Advisory remains in effect through Sunday afternoon for the typically windier waters adjacent to the Big Island and the islands of Maui County. The latest forecast indicates these SCA conditions will likely persist across these same areas through early next week. The latest observations from the Barbers Point buoy near the south shore of Oahu continue to show the significant wave height is near 4 feet with a wave period of about 17 seconds, which is due to a south swell. As a result, a High Surf Advisory (HSA) remains in effect for the south facing shores of all islands. Surf may briefly drop below the advisory criteria by late this afternoon, but a new reinforcing south swell is forecast to arrive early this evening. This reinforcing swell will likely cause surf to reach the HSA threshold again starting tonight. Therefore, the HSA is now in effect for south facing shores through early Sunday morning. The south swell will gradually subside early next week. The latest model guidance continues to show another long-period south swell spreading across the state next Thursday and Friday. Near ...

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