Overhead Surf Expected, Series of Northerly Swells on Horizon
A Small Craft Advisory is posted for the Pailolo and ʻAlenuihāhā channels in addition to Māʻalaea Bay until midnight. Winds up to 25 knots are expected out of the east and rough seas up to 11 feet. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.
**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County projected winds, forecasted swell direction, height & period, tides, a surface map and expected wave heights.**
North: Surf is expected shoulder high to possibly a couple feet overhead for the best spots on Molokaʻi and Maui’s northern exposures.
West: Spots that are open to the north-northwest swell will get some wrap with waves expected thigh high or less. Breaks that don’t catch the swell are forecasted to get smaller surf at ankle high or flat.
South: A small southwest will bring wave heights up to 3 foot faces to the best breaks but it’ll be inconsistent. Spots exposed to the trade swell may get a little action as well.
Trade winds are breezy with a slow weakening trend expected. Today through Saturday short-period tradeswell is expected to continue affecting windward shores. Conditions will be choppy and sloppy.
Our current west-northwest swell (300-330°) is expected to hold through Saturday. Best exposed are forecasted to get head high to slightly overhead waves through Saturday before slowly weakening Sunday. This swell is showing best from Hoʻokipa eastward.
Another northwest swell (305-330°) is expected to build through the day on Sunday. We could see wave heights starting out overhead to well overhead early on and building to double overhead or more by sundown. Models are also showing a north swell for the middle of next week.
Our current small bump (220-190°) is expected to be waist high or less at the best breaks through today and fades through the weekend. Otherwise, super small trace amounts of swell expected out of the SPAC. There isn’t much on the horizon to get excited about.