January 03, 2018 Surf Forecast

January 3, 2018, 7:07 AM HST · Updated January 3, 7:07 AM
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**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County projected winds, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**

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    Surf: Chest to head high NW ground swell for the morning with occasional slightly overhead high sets. This drops in the afternoon with occasional head high sets.

    Conditions: Sideshore/choppy with E winds 15-20mph in the morning increasing to 20-25mph in the afternoon.

    South

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    Surf: Knee high WNW long period swell with occasional thigh high sets.

    Conditions: Clean in the morning with NNE winds less than 5mph. Semi glassy/semi bumpy conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting NW 5-10mph.

    West

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    Surf: Waist to stomach high NW ground swell for the morning with occasional chest high sets. This drops in the afternoon with occasional stomach high sets.

    Conditions: Clean with E winds 15-20mph in the morning shifting ENE for the afternoon.

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    Outlook

    Outlook through Wednesday January 10: The northwest that arrived yesterday will continue to subside this morning. The next swell, from the west- northwest, is due in on Friday night and Saturday, and this swell will be slightly bigger than yesterday’s one. However, due to the swell’s westerly component, some of the energy will be blocked by Kauai and may not reach Oahu’s north and west shores. A high surf advisory is not likely at this time for Oahu, but the situation will be monitored closely. As trade winds strengthen, surf along east facing shores will increase as well, but it is not expected to reach advisory level. A small background surf will continue along south facing shores, though some exposed areas may pick up some wrapping west- northwest swell during the weekend.
    Surf heights are forecast heights of the face, or front, of waves. The surf forecast is based on the significant wave height, the average height of the one third largest waves, at the locations of the largest breakers. Some waves may be more than twice as high as the significant wave height. Expect to encounter rip currents in or near any surf zone.

    Data Courtesy of NOAA.gov and SwellInfo.com
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