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Maui Surf Report for May 13th, 2017

1-4 foot 1-3 foot 1-3 foot 4-6 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 bump on the south swell is expected Saturday as additional long period energy is expected to arrive. This should maintain heights along south facing shores similar to what was seen Friday. The incoming swell will likely wrap to some west facing shores. Additional impulses along the south shore are possible during the end of next week. The trade wind swell will continue to bring surf near advisory levels to the east facing shores into early next week. Surf along the north facing shores will remain small through the start of the new week. A gale east of Japan is expected to track to the northeast, and then stall near the western Aleutian islands. This could generate a small northwest swell that would reach the islands during the second half of the week. A strong high pressure system remains far northeast of the islands, and is expected to remain nearly stationary into the first half of next week. This will maintain fresh to strong trade winds over the coastal waters. A Small Craft Advisory (SCA) remains posted for the channels east of Oahu, Maalaea Bay, the windward Maui County waters, and the waters south of ...

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Maui Surf Report for May 6th, 2017

1-4 Sat|6-10 Sun 0-3 foot 1-2 foot 1-3 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); })(); Surf along south facing shores will remain small through the weekend and early next week. Mainly small background energy is expected over the next several days. A more notable, out of season, northwest swell is expected to arrive Sunday. This swell is associated with a broad low pressure system currently centered over the Aleutian islands just east of the Date Line. A decent sized area of gales were focused within the 300 to 330 deg directional band relative to the islands. A large batch of winds just below gale-force criteria were still focused toward the local area south of the Aleutians, which should make for more of a long-lived event locally. We should expect to see rising surf along north and west facing shores Sunday and Sunday night, that should hold through Tuesday before gradually dropping through midweek. Surf should remain just below advisory levels through the peak of this event late Sunday through early Monday. However, if buoys end up coming in slightly larger than predicted, as we have seen often through the course of the winter, surf heights will near advisory levels by Sunday night. Surf along east facing shores will hold ...

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Maui Surf Report for April 29th, 2017

4-6 foot 0-3 foot 1-4+ foot 1-4 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); })(); Surf along north facing shores, especially on Kauai and Oahu, has been increasing somewhat from a short-period, choppy swell associated with stronger winds that have been occurring behind the front, but it has remained below advisory conditions. A series of small, longer-period northwest swells are expected next week, and also expected to remain below advisory levels. A series of long-period south swells will affect the south facing shores into next week. The first of these swells will continue to bring advisory level surf (8 ft) to exposed south facing shores through today. A High Surf Advisory has been posted for these areas. A reinforcing south swell will fill in Monday and Tuesday, and keep surf borderline for advisory conditions. With a front and upper trough in the area, the chance for thunderstorms over the coastal waters will persist through Saturday and beyond. Tide Predictions High tide at Kahului was 1.3 foot at 3:37 AM late last night, dropping to a low of -0.4 foot at 10:03 AM this morning, then rising to a high of 2.4 foot at 5:31 PM late this afternoon. The sunrise was at 05:54 am this morning and will set at 06:51 pm this ...

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Maui Surf Report for April 15th, 2017

8-12 foot 3-5 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); })(); The current north-northwest swell is on the decline and both the High Surf Advisory and Small Craft Advisory for seas has been cancelled. Swell and surf from this event will continue a slow decline through the weekend. As the north-northwest swell continues to subside this weekend, a small north swell is expected to arrive Saturday. In addition, the first of a series of small west-northwest swells will arrive Sunday night and continue through first half of next week. Elsewhere, small south swells will bring a bump to surf heights along south facing shores into next week. Strengthening trade winds will cause a slight increase in short-period choppy surf into next week. Tide Predictions Low tide at Kahului was 0.2 foot at 6:29 AM early this morning, rising to a high of 1.5 foot at 12:21 PM just after noon, then dropping to a low of 0.3 foot at 6:03 PM early this evening, before once again rising to a of foot at just after midnight The sunrise was at 05:59 am this morning and will set at 06:48 pm this evening. The Moon is currently 25 days old, and is in a ...

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Maui Surf Report for April 15th, 2017

4-6 foot 1-3 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); })(); Long-period northwest swell will continue Saturday, then gradually ease through the rest of the weekend. Surf along north and west facing shores is expected to remain below advisory levels. Another fairly small northwest swell is expected to arrive late Monday and linger through Wednesday. Surf along south facing shores will remain a bit above normal, but below advisory levels through the weekend due to a long-period south swell. A similar south swell is possible during the first half of next week due to a recent active pattern across the southern Pacific. Surf along east facing shores will remain small through Saturday due to the rather light trade winds, but will begin to rise once again by the end of the weekend as the trades return and a small north-northeast swell fills in due to a gale far north-northeast of the area. In the long term, the latest wave model guidance continues to depict a large northwest swell impacting the islands beginning next Thursday. This source will result from a broad gale to storm force low that is projected to develop near the Date Line Monday night into Tuesday, passing far north of the state ...

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Maui Surf Report for April 8th, 2017

3-5 foot 2-4 foot 0-2 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); })(); Several north and northwest swells will provide small to moderate surf to north facing shores into next week, while trade winds deliver short-period surf of varying (mostly small) sizes to east facing shores. Some slight swell energy from the southern hemisphere is expected to provide small surf to south facing shores, with a larger long-period pulse possible in just under a week from now. Surf along all shores is expected to remain below advisory-level heights through the next week. A low passing well north of the islands will drag an associated front toward Kauai through the weekend, suppressing a surface ridge southward over the islands, with winds veering and weakening. The front will stall north of Kauai early next week and gradually dissipate as a new high builds northwest and north of the islands, leading to increasing trade winds from late Monday into Wednesday. Tide Predictions High tide at Kahului was 2.1 foot at 1:05 AM late last night, dropping to a low of 0.1 foot at 7:29 AM this morning, then rising to a high of 1.7 foot at 1:25 PM early this afternoon, before once again dropping to a low of 0.1 foot ...

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Maui Surf Report for March 25th, 2017

3-5 am | 6-10+ pm 0-3 foot 0-3 foot 3-5 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); })(); Forerunners of a large incoming west-northwest swell have been arriving on schedule at buoy 51101 to the northwest of Kauai as of Saturday morning. A Friday evening satellite altimetry pass showed that this swell appears to be running close to the Wavewatch guidance levels, and the latest wave model has also come into much better agreement with the Wavewatch on the timing of this swell. Surf on Kauai is expected to build to warning levels (25 ft north/20 ft west) during the day, then peak Saturday night into Sunday morning. Warning level surf should continue through the day Sunday, before gradually subsiding early next week. The more westerly direction of the swell will likely cause Kauai to shadow the other smaller islands. The current forecast continues to hold surf for exposed north and west facing shores of Oahu and Maui County just under warning levels. A slightly larger more northwest swell could bring warning level surf to Oahu and Maui County as well. Surf along west facing shores of the Big Island is also forecast to reach low-end warning level (12 ft) Saturday night through Sunday night. A high surf ...

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Maui Surf Report for March 18th, 2017

2-5 am | 6-10 pm 0-2 foot 0-3 foot 3-5 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 current swell has started to shift to the north at buoy 51101 over the last couple of hours, but remains out of the north-northwest at buoy 51001. Wave heights will be mostly in the waist- to head-high range, potentially higher from time to time at the better exposed breaks. As the swell shifts to the north and then north-northeast, we could see surf rise to near advisory levels on some east facing shores late Saturday or overnight into Sunday. With the northerly switch just starting to show at one of the buoys, there is no advisory posted at this time, but the NWS will monitor the swell to see if one will be warranted. A large low pressure system far to the west of the state produced a west-northwest swell, which is forecast to start arriving Saturday night, peaking Sunday night, and then gradually subsiding through Tuesday. The grids reflect swell a few feet above the Wave Watch III guidance, which also would suggest a High Surf Advisory would be likely for exposed north and west facing shower of some of the smaller islands with this swell. Due to the ...

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Maui Surf Report for March 11th, 2017

3-5 am | 6-10 pm 0-3 foot 1-3+ foot 1-3 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 current northwest swell will continue to subside through Saturday with surf still holding on in the head-high to occasionally overhead range at the best breaks. A new moderate size northwest swell is expected to arrive Sunday with surf potentially reaching near advisory level along select north and northwest shores. This swell will peak early Monday morning followed by a gradual decline through Tuesday. A new south-southwest swell will peak Saturday with wave heights potentially reaching waist-high level, but heavy island shadowing should be expected. Another small northwest swell may possibly arrive Thursday, most likely overnight but there isn't any other surf expected through the forecast period. A high pressure ridge trailing a departed surface high is located just north of Kauai and it is expected to provide light southerly winds to the islands through the weekend. Light to moderate trades are not expected to return until Tuesday of next week. Tide Predictions High tide at Kahului was 2.4 foot at 2:11 AM late last night, dropping to a low of 0.2 foot at 8:30 AM this morning, then rising to a high of 1.7 foot at 2:04 PM early this afternoon, ...

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Maui Surf Report for March 4th, 2017

2-4 am | 4-7+ pm 0-3 foot 1-3 foot 1-4 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); })(); Surf will be small today, although short-period windswell will affect some south facing shores, especially along beaches of the western end of the island chain. The new west-northwest swell will likely produce surf reaching the High Surf Advisory criteria along exposed north and west facing shores of most islands, including the west facing shores of the Big Island, from Sunday into Monday. Looking ahead, a new north-northwest is expected to arrive late Wednesday, peak Thursday, and then gradually lower on Friday. The new west-northwest swell is expected to arrive over the waters northwest of Kauai later Saturday, is expected to peak on Sunday, and will then gradually subside early next week. Light and variable winds are expected from late Sunday into early next week as a surface ridge builds back in from the east while another ridge builds in from the west. Another high building to the northwest of the region may push another front toward the islands around the middle of next week. Tide Predictions Low tide at Kahului was 1.0 foot at 12:38 AM just after midnight, rising to a high of 1.4 foot at 5:26 AM early this morning, ...

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