December 28, 2018 Surf Forecast

December 28, 2018, 5:00 AM HST · Updated December 28, 5:00 AM
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HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR NORTH AND WEST FACING SHORES

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Swell Summary

Outlook through Friday January 04: Surf will peak today at high end advisory levels along exposed north and west facing shores. This swell will gradually lower into the weekend. A series of west-northwest swell is forecast to arrive Monday and peak Tuesday night with surf at or near advisory levels for the north and west facing shores. Strong, persistent trade winds east of the islands has generated an easterly swell that will keep the surf up along east facing shores over the next several days. Moderate to strong trades will return over the weekend, and this will bump the surf along east facing shores to near advisory level. Surf will likely remain elevated along east facing shores through next week due to strong trades.
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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North

am        pm  

Surf: 1-3′ overhead high NW long period swell with occasional well overhead high sets.

Conditions: Semi clean/sideshore texture and current in the morning with ESE winds 10-15mph. Semi clean/textured conditions for the afternoon as the winds lighten to 5-10mph.

South

am        pm  

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

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

West

am        pm  

Surf: Chest to shoulder high NNW long period swell.

Conditions: Clean with ESE winds 10-15mph in the morning decreasing to 5-10mph 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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