December 14, 2018 Surf Forecast
Outlook through Friday December 21: The current northwest swell is expected to persist through Saturday. A new larger northwest swell is expected to arrive late in the day Saturday, peaking at warning levels Sunday. Another, even larger, northwest swell is expected to build late Monday or Monday night, bringing another round of warning level surf to north and west facing shores Tuesday through the middle of next week. Strong trade winds will keep advisory level surf in place along east facing shores through today. Surf should drop below the advisory level by tonight, then continue to lower over the weekend as the trades weaken.
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.
Surf: Chest to head high NNW ground swell with occasional slightly overhead high sets.
Conditions: Sideshore/choppy with E winds 20-25mph.
Surf: Small scale (ankle to knee high) surf.
Conditions: Glassy in the morning with NW winds less than 5mph. Semi glassy/semi bumpy conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting to the WNW.
Surf: Waist high NNW ground swell for the morning with occasional chest high sets. This builds in the afternoon with sets up to shoulder high.
Conditions: Clean with E winds 20-25mph in the morning decreasing to 15-20mph in the afternoon.
**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County projected winds, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**