Small South Bump Arriving for Maui Surf

September 15, 2012, 1:28 PM HST · Updated September 15, 1:30 PM
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By Carlos Rock

File photo by Madeline Ziecker.

A small southwest swell that has been gracing Fiji with 8-12 ft waves has made its way to the southern shores of Hawaii.

The swell is expected to reach the 3-5 ft range (face height) as it slowly builds throughout the day Saturday.

According to Surf News Network, this swell is forecasted to linger around for the rest of next week with a reinforcement swell on Tuesday (9/18).

This swell is a long period swell with 16-second intervals between waves producing long lulls in between sets. If you are patient enough, and conserve your energy out in the surf, there will be plenty of waves for everyone.

This swell is interesting because it is expected to hang around for the whole week next week, which is highly uncommon for south swells during the summer time. In the past, surfers on Maui are used to south swells lingering around for a couple days as they slowly fizzle out faster than you would expect.

Hopefully this swell will stick to the game plan and stick around for a while.

The southwest direction makes it ideal for Lahaina and other spots. Keep an eye out on the webcam and go and catch a couple.

This swell may be a preview of what the rest of September has to offer. Keep your fingers crossed.

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