Maui Surf

December 04, 2018 Surf Forecast

December 4, 2018, 5:00 AM HST
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HIGH SURF WARNING FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES

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Swell Summary

Outlook through Tuesday December 11: A large northwest swell will build today, peak tonight and Wednesday, then slowly lower through the remainder of the week. Warning level surf is expected during the peak of the event and a High Surf Warning is in effect for north and west facing shores through noon Thursday. Surf is expected to remain elevated and in the advisory range through Friday night. A brief period with surf below advisory levels is then expected Saturday and Saturday night, with a new moderate size north swell possibly bringing advisory level surf to north facing shores Sunday and Sunday night, then slowly lowering through early next week.
Elsewhere, short-period choppy surf will gradually increase along east facing shores today through Wednesday as a result of moderate to breezy trade winds. East shore surf will lower slightly Wednesday night through Friday as the trade winds upstream of the state decrease. The surf will then increase Friday night through early next week along east facing shores as the trades strengthen upstream of the islands once again, with advisory level surf possible by early next week. Surf along south facing shores will remain small through the forecast 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: Waist to stomach high NW ground swell for the morning with occasional chest sets. This builds to stomach to shoulder high for the afternoon.

Conditions: Sideshore/choppy with E winds 15-20mph.

South

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Surf: Ankle to knee high S ground swell.

Conditions: Glassy in the morning with NW winds less than 5mph. Clean conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting to the ENE.

West

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Surf: Knee high NNW ground swell for the morning with occasional thigh high sets. This builds in the afternoon with sets up to chest high.

Conditions: Clean with E winds 15-20mph.

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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