Good South Swell Still Hanging Around

July 2, 2013, 5:56 PM HST · Updated July 2, 5:58 PM
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By Carlos Rock

Voodoos at La Perouse. File photo by Kat Cruz.

Voodoos at La Perouse. File photo by Kat Cruz.

The latest south swell is still hanging around and was a little bigger than what was anticipated.

Few expected this south swell to hang around for as long as it has, nor that it would stay the same size – for the most part.

This swell has been in effect for the last four days and is still dishing out good waves for the south sides of Maui and the rest of the islands.

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The best days were arguably Friday and Saturday, which saw the biggest part of the swell with waves peaking at 3 to 7-feet at top spots, but Sunday and Monday were still showing waves in the 3 to 5-foot range.

It is highly unusual for south swells to hang around for more than a day or two at the same size, but surfers will take what they can get when it comes to south swells.

Some of the more exposed spots saw plenty of energy from this swell as the crowds all flocked to these select spots to get some of the action.

Long story short, some spots were crowded, especially on the weekend. But with some knowledge and extra time, there are always spots that have decent to excellent waves with barely anyone out.

Looks like there is going to be another south swell coming in on July 4 so hopefully you can celebrate the Independence Day holiday with some good waves and fireworks.

The traffic accident that shut down the road going to Lahaina on Sunday did pose problems for people trying to get some waves on the west side, as some people were stuck in traffic for hours following the accident. So, some people were able to score Lahaina with only a few people out due to the unfortunate circumstance, while others were forced to make a game time decision to make the drive to Kihei for surf – or just turn around and go home.

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