Maui Surf: New Swells For The New Year
By Meteorologist Malika Dudley / Email: [email protected]
A Small Craft Advisory is posted for all Maui County coastal waters (excluding Maʻalaea Bay) from 6:00 a.m. Tuesday Dec. 30, 2014 to 6:00 a.m. Wednesday Dec. 31, 2014. Winds are expected out of the northeast from 20 to 30 knots with higher gusts with rough seas rising to 8 to 14 feet.
**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.**
Maui County Surf Forecast, Tuesday, December 30
North: Surf heights are expected waist to head high early in the day for the best breaks, especially for spots east of Ho’okipa. As the day goes on, the swell is expected to slowly fade.
West: Spots open to the swells are expected to get waves waist to chest high on the sets at the best northerly breaks (early on). Otherwise, breaks that don’t catch the swells, and / or are shadowed from them, are forecasted to get smaller surf at ankle high or flat.
South: Mostly flat.
Our current mix of north and northwest swells continues to fade. Surf heights will drop throughout the day.
We expect a boost of surf energy out of the north and northwest Wednesday and through the end of the week. Energy lingers into the weekend as it fades out. Since the energy is coming from several directions, it will be a bit haphazard at times.
New overlapping swells are expected for the weekend and beyond for north and west shores. Still pending development of storms. Will keep an eye on it.
Nothing of note out of the SPAC to get excited about.
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.