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High Surf Advisories for the Weekend

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By Carlos Rock

Honolua Bay in all its glory. Photo: Carlos Rock

High surf advisories have been issued for Saturday with two swells of 8 to 12 feet or more coming in for the weekend crowd. It also looks like Saturday and Sunday will have light winds as well, which will undoubtedly translate to more great surf sessions.

It is truly an awesome thing when all of the conditions — waves, wind, crowds and work — align to produce a great session. When the stars align and you find yourself looking at a relatively empty lineup with glassy 8- to 12-foot bombs rolling in, then you thank your lucky stars and get out there as fast as you can.

The weekend will see a combination swell which will hit certain spots and not others. Saturday will see an 8- to 12-foot swell from the NW which is good for almost all of the spots on the north shore. That swell will linger around but drop a little bit on Sunday, but a reinforcement 5-foot north swell will come join the party which actually works better for other spots.


So with the right knowledge, you can score some epic waves this weekend.

Also, Monday will see an increase in size from the north swell from 5 feet to 8 feet as the old NW will slowly fade away and become a memory.

Hawaii has been blessed with a great winter season filled with swell after swell and these late season big swells are just a bonus.

North Swell works good for some spots. Photo: Carlos Rock


The icing on the cake to an already epic winter season. Think about it, the season basically started in October with that first XXL swell of the year which saw Jaws awaken. And now, six months and 1,000 waves later, March is still seeing the same action.

And if you took care of yourself and your equipment to be able to take advantage of the nonstop waves, then you may be able to deal with the summer flatness better than others. Or you can just invest in a good longboard.

But, how long will this winter last? The truth is, not much longer. Spring is here as the days are getting longer, and the air is getting warmer as summer looms.


Hopefully there are some more north swells out there and maybe one more XXL swell for a real exciting end to the 2012-2013 winter season.

Sunset over the West Maui’s. Photo:Carlos Rock



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