Maui Surf

August 16, 2018 Surf Forecast

August 16, 2018, 5:00 AM HST
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Swell Summary

Outlook through Thursday August 23: Overall, small surf is expected along all shores through the weekend. A small south-southeast swell is expected to fill in today, peak tomorrow and hold through Saturday at heights below the summer average. Models are suggesting a broad area of low pressure developing near the Aleutian Islands this weekend. This may bring a small to moderate north to north-northwest swell starting around Monday night or Tuesday of next week. We will continue to monitor the development of tropical cyclone Lane for any surf potential.
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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Surf: Knee high NW ground swell with occasional thigh high sets.

Conditions: Fairly clean in the morning with E winds 10-15mph. Sideshore/choppy conditions for the afternoon as the winds increase to 15-20mph.

South

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Surf: Stomach to shoulder high S long period swell for the morning. This fades in the afternoon with sets up to thigh high.

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

West

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Surf: Small scale (ankle to knee high) surf.

Conditions: Clean with E winds 5-10mph in the morning increasing to 15-20mph 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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