Large Short-Period Swell Brings 12-16 Foot Surf

November 11, 2013, 8:36 AM HST · Updated November 11, 10:51 AM
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High surf at Hookipa Beach on the North Shore. Photo by Madeline Ziecker.

Hoʻokipa Beach on the North Shore of Maui. File photo by Madeline Ziecker.

By Wendy Osher

A “large short-period north-northeast swell” will produce surf in the 12 to 15 foot range on the north shores, and 8 to 12 foot range along east facing shores, before subsiding later today, officials said.

The National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory for the north and east facing shores of Maui and Molokaʻi through 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.

The conditions are expected to produce strong braking waves, and strong rip currents, that can make swimming difficult and dangerous.

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The agency advises that swimmers, beach goers, and surfers, heed the advice of ocean safety officials.

The advisory states, “Know your limits; When in doubt, do not go out.”

There is also a small craft advisory in effect until 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, due to increased winds of 25 to 30 knots, and rough seas of 9 to 15 feet, according to the NWS.

The advisory includes the Kaiwi Channel between Oʻahu and Molokaʻi; Windward and Leeward Waters around Maui County; Māʻalaea Bay on Maui; the Pailolo Channel between Maui and Molokaʻi; and the ʻAlenuihāhā Channel between Maui and Hawaiʻi Island.

As a precaution, the NWS advises inexperienced mariners, especially those operating small vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions.

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