Maui Surf

December 08, 2018 Surf Forecast

December 8, 2018, 5:00 AM HST
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Swell Summary

Outlook through Saturday December 15: A large north-northwest swell will rapidly build tonight, peak Sunday, and gradually diminish Monday. Surf is expected to reach warning levels along north facing shores, and advisory levels along west facing shores. A long-period northwest swell on Tuesday and Wednesday is expected to bring advisory-level surf to north and west facing shores. Another north-northwest swell is possible by Friday. Surf along east facing shores will become rough over the weekend as trade winds increase, likely reaching advisory levels by Sunday or Monday.
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: Head high NNW ground swell for the morning with occasional 1-3′ overhead high sets. This drops in the afternoon with occasional slightly overhead high sets.

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

South

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

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

West

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Surf: Waist to chest high NNW ground swell with occasional shoulder high sets.

Conditions: Clean with ENE winds 15-20mph.

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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