Maui Surf

December 23, 2018 Surf Forecast

December 23, 2018, 5:00 AM HST
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Swell Summary

Outlook through Sunday December 30: A moderate northwest swell will arrive Monday afternoon and peak Monday night. A larger northwest swell will build late Tuesday, peak Wednesday and may bring advisory level surf to north and west facing shores. An even larger northwest swell will be possible Friday, and may bring high end advisory to warning level surf to north and west facing shores.
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: Stomach to shoulder high NNW ground swell for the morning. This fades in the afternoon with sets up to chest high.

Conditions: Sideshore/choppy with E winds 20-25mph.

South

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Surf: Ankle to knee high S ground swell.

Conditions: Semi glassy/semi bumpy in the morning with NNW winds less than 5mph. Clean conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting ENE 5-10mph.

West

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Surf: Knee to waist high NNW ground swell in the morning with occasional stomach high sets. This drops into the knee to thigh range for the afternoon.

Conditions: Clean with E winds 15-20mph in the morning increasing to 20-25mph 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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