October 16, 2018 Surf Forecast

October 16, 2018, 5:00 AM HST · Updated October 16, 5:00 AM
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HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES

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Swell Summary

Outlook through Tuesday October 23: A large north-northwest swell expected to peak tonight through Wednesday will gradually ease Thursday through Friday. A smaller north swell is possible over the weekend, with peak surf heights below advisory levels. Surf along south facing shores will remain elevated, but below advisory levels, through midweek. A potent south swell arriving Friday is expected to peak Saturday into Sunday, bringing high surf that will near the warning level of 15 feet along south facing shores at its peak.
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: Waist to stomach high NNW medium period swell for the morning with occasional chest high sets. This builds in the afternoon with sets up to well overhead high.

Conditions: Sideshore texture/chop with E winds 15-20mph in the morning shifting ENE for the afternoon.

South

am        pm  

Surf: Knee to waist high SSW ground swell with occasional stomach high sets.

Conditions: Clean in the morning with NE winds less than 5mph. Semi glassy/semi bumpy conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting to the WNW.

West

am        pm  

Surf: Thigh to waist high NNW medium period swell in the morning builds in the afternoon with occasional sets up to head high.

Conditions: Clean with ENE winds 10-15mph in the morning increasing to 15-20mph in the afternoon.

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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