January 23, 2018 Surf Forecast

January 23, 2018, 1:00 AM HST · Updated January 23, 1:00 AM
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HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR NORTH WEST AND EAST FACING SHORES

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Swell Summary

Outlook through Monday January 29: A combination of strengthening trades and an easterly swell will continue to generate advisory level surf through Tuesday for east facing shores. Although the trades are forecast to weaken for the second half of the week, the easterly swell will likely hold due to a persistent area of fresh to strong trades well east of the islands. Surf along north and west facing will hold at advisory levels through Tuesday before slowly trending down through midweek. A small long- period northwest swell will be possible over the upcoming weekend. An out-of-season small south swell will hold into Tuesday before slowly trending down through midweek.
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.

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North

am        pm  

Surf: Chest to shoulder high NW long period swell.

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

South

am        pm  

Surf: Knee high ground swell with occasional thigh sets. The swell will be coming from the S in the morning and shift to the SW during the day.

Conditions: Semi glassy/semi bumpy in the morning with N winds 5-10mph. Bumpy/semi bumpy conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting to the WNW.

West

am        pm  

Surf: Knee to waist high NW long period swell.

Conditions: Clean with E winds 10-15mph in the morning shifting ENE 20-25mph in the afternoon.

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

**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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    Data Courtesy of NOAA.gov and SwellInfo.com

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