High Surf Warning Extended, More Pe’ahi “Jaws” Size Surf
The National Weather Service has cancelled the High Surf Warning for the north facing shores of Maui and the north and west facing shores of Molokai. It has been replaced with a High Surf Advisory posted through 4 p.m. Friday.
The Small Craft Advisory issued by the National Weather Service has been extended through 6 a.m. Friday for Maui County windward waters and channels. Rough seas of 8 to 13 feet are forecasted.
**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: Northwest swell expected to bring surf heights solidly 3x overhead with most spots closing out. Wave heights of up to 25 foot faces (or more) at outer reef breaks that refract well (like at Pe’ahi / Jaws) are expected early in the day before the swell begins to gradually fade.
West: Spots open to the swell wrap are expected to get waves in the overhead range, maybe more, but inconsistent. Otherwise, breaks that don’t catch the swell are forecasted to get smaller surf at ankle high or flat.
South: Many areas will remain flat today.
Our current northwest swell (305°-345°) is expected to hold through the morning Thursday. Swell begins to fade late Thursday and through the day on Friday. Friday we still expect our best spots to get overhead to double overhead wave heights.
A series of swells are expected over the weekend and into next week as well. Next on tap an advisory level swell out of the northwest for Saturday / Sunday. Another northwest swell is expected late next week with another large northwest swell due for next weekend. All dependent on how the storms actually end up developing. Will keep an eye on it.
Super small trace amounts of swell expected out of the SPAC. Not much to get excited about. Late in the weekend or early next week we could see a fun little boost.
Keep in mind, surf heights are measured on the face of the wave from trough to crest. Heights vary from beach to beach, and at the same beach, from break to break.