Maui Surf

December 01, 2018 Surf Forecast

December 1, 2018, 5:00 AM HST
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Swell Summary

Outlook through Saturday December 08: The current northwest swell is expected to peak this morning, then slowly ease this afternoon through early next week. A new larger and longer period northwest swell is expected to arrive on Tuesday, peak on Wednesday, then slowly decline through the end of the work week. Surf will likely reach warning levels for north and west facing shores during this event. Breezy trades returning during the first half of next week will result in increasing surf along the east facing shores, but below high surf advisory level. Still, waters will be rough and choppy due to the large northwest swell and locally generated trade wind swell. Surf is expected to remain minimal along south facing shores through the period.
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: Chest to shoulder high NW ground swell with occasional head high sets.

Conditions: Glassy in the morning with SW winds less than 5mph. Bumpy/semi bumpy conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting NNE 5-10mph.

South

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Surf: Ankle to knee high S ground swell for the morning. The swell shifts more SW and builds during the afternoon with occasional sets up to thigh high.

Conditions: Clean with NE winds 5-10mph in the morning shifting NNE 10-15mph in the afternoon.

West

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Surf: Waist high NW ground swell with occasional chest high sets.

Conditions: Clean in the morning with SE winds less than 5mph. Semi clean/textured conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting NNE 10-15mph.

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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