January 05, 2019 Surf Forecast

January 5, 2019, 5:00 AM HST · Updated January 5, 5:00 AM
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HIGH SURF ADVISORY FOR EAST FACING SHORES

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Swell Summary

Outlook through Saturday January 12: The current northwest swell will hold through today, then fade thereafter through Sunday. The short period trade wind swell will also be on the down trend through Sunday as the trades weaken. Expect the arrival of a moderate size north and northwest swell Tuesday through Wednesday. The swells will peak Thursday, then gradually lower through next weekend. A small background south swell will persist through the forecast period. Exposed east facing shores may get some wrap from the north swell next week.
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

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Surf: Stomach to shoulder high NNW ground swell for the morning drops into the waist to chest high zone during the afternoon.

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

South

am        pm  

Surf: Ankle to knee high WNW ground swell.

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

West

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Surf: Knee to waist high NNW ground swell with occasional stomach high sets.

Conditions: Clean with E winds 15-20mph.

Image: NOAA

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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