Warning Level Surf Expected, Pe’ahi Challenge “ON”
The WSL Big Wave Tour has announced it is on a green alert for the Pe’ahi Challenge. This will be the first time a WSL Big Wave event will run at the famous big wave spot located off the northern coast of Maui. The contest will run Sunday, December 6, starting at 7:30 a.m.
The invitees for the paddle-in event at “Jaws” include local Maui talent. Ian Walsh, Albee Layer, Billy Kemper, Shaun Walsh and Kai Lenny are among the big wave surfers that will have the opportunity to make history. Click HERE for more information on the event.
A High Surf Warning is posted for the north & west facing shores of Molokai and Maui through 6 p.m. Sunday. Surf along north facing shores is expected to build to 22 to 28 feet. West shores are expected to get up to 15 to 20 feet.
**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County projected winds, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**
North: Wave heights are expected to be head high to a few feet overhead for spots catching the fading north-northwest swell. New long period northwest swell will begin to fill in late Saturday – well overhead by sunset. On Sunday the best breaks could be up to 6 or even 8 times overhead at the best breaks. The Peahi Challenge is ON for Sunday.
West: Wave heights knee/chest high today.
South: Wave heights around knee high today.
Our current north-northwest and is expected to slowly continue trending down in size. A warning level northwest swell is expected to fill in Saturday evening and peak early Sunday morning. Most spots will be closing out but Pe’ahi (Jaws) will get up to 18 to 25 foot faces or more (maybe even up to 40 foot faces occasionally) Sunday morning. The Pe’ahi Challenge is ON for Sunday.
Our current south-southwest is mainly leftovers today.
Trade swell continues but it’s bumpy and sloppy for most spots.
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.