Maui Surf

December 22, 2018 Surf Forecast

December 22, 2018, 5:00 AM HST
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Swell Summary

Outlook through Saturday December 29: A series of small, northwest swells will affect north and west facing shores through the weekend. A moderate northwest swell is expected to arrive Monday and peak Monday night followed by a larger northwest swell building Tuesday and peaking Tuesday night. The latter swell could bring advisory level surf to exposed north and west facing shores. An even larger northwest swell will be possible late next week, possibly bringing warning level surf to north and west facing shores. Elsewhere, short period choppy trade wind surf can be expected along east facing shores throughout the forecast period. A slight bump in surf along south facing shores is possible Sunday into the beginning of next week as a very small, long period south swell fills in. Otherwise, mainly background south swells can be expected.
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 NNW ground swell for the morning with occasional chest high sets. This drops a bit in the afternoon.

Conditions: Sideshore texture and current in the morning with E winds 15-20mph. This becomes Sideshore/choppy for the afternoon.

South

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Surf: Minimal (ankle high or less) surf.

Conditions: Glassy in the morning with N winds less than 5mph. Semi glassy/semi bumpy conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting W 5-10mph.

West

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Surf: Waist high N medium period swell in the morning with occasional chest high sets. This drops into the knee to waist range for the afternoon.

Conditions: Clean with E winds 10-15mph in the morning increasing to 15-20mph in the afternoon.

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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