October 17, 2018 Surf Forecast

October 17, 2018, 5:00 AM HST · Updated October 17, 5:00 AM
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HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES

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Swell Summary

Outlook through Wednesday October 24: The current large north-northwest swell will peak today and then 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 today. A new large south swell is expected to arrive Friday, peaking near warning levels Saturday into Sunday.
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: 1-3′ overhead high NNW ground swell with occasional well overhead high sets.

Conditions: Choppy/sideshore current with ENE winds 15-20mph in the morning decreasing to 10-15mph in the afternoon.

South

am        pm  

Surf: Knee high S ground swell for the morning with occasional waist sets. This rotates more SW and builds in the afternoon with sets up to shoulder high.

Conditions: Glassy with S winds less than 5mph in the morning shifting WSW for the afternoon.

West

am        pm  

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

Conditions: Clean with ENE winds 10-15mph.

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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