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January 20, 2019 Surf Forecast

January 20, 2019, 5:00 AM HST · Updated January 20, 5:00 AM
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Swell Summary

Outlook through Sunday January 27: Surf along north and west facing shores will gradually rise through the first half of the week, likely reaching advisory levels for north and west facing shores by Tuesday night, then near warning levels Wednesday into Thursday as moderate to large overlapping northwest swells move through. A large reinforcement out of the northwest will be possible Friday into the weekend. A small to moderate east swell is expected by midweek, which will lead to rising surf along east facing shores Tuesday through midweek.
Surf heights are forecast heights of the face, or front, of waves. The surf forecast is based on the significant wave height, the average height of the one third largest waves, at the locations of the largest breakers. Some waves may be more than twice as high as the significant wave height. Expect to encounter rip currents in or near any surf zone.

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North

am        pm  

Surf: Waist to chest high NNW medium period swell with occasional shoulder high sets.

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Conditions: Semi clean/textured in the morning with ESE winds 15-20mph. This becomes Sideshore texture/chop for the afternoon.

South

am        pm  

Surf: Ankle to knee high SSW ground swell.

Conditions: Clean in the morning with NNE winds 5-10mph. Semi glassy/semi bumpy conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting to the W.

West

am        pm  

Surf: Knee to waist high NNW medium period swell with occasional stomach high sets.

Conditions: Clean with ESE winds 5-10mph in the morning increasing to 15-20mph in the afternoon.

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County projected winds, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**

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    Data Courtesy of NOAA.gov and SwellInfo.com

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