January 11, 2019 Surf Forecast
Outlook through Friday January 18: A large northwest swell is on its way here. The current moderate northwest swell will hold through tonight, then rise to warning levels along the north and west facing shores on Saturday. Expect a High Surf Warning to be issued later today. This swell will peak Saturday night, then lower through Sunday with the surf falling to advisory levels by Sunday night. Advisory level surf will continue through the middle of next week for the north and west facing shores as a series of low pressure areas passes north of the islands. The east swell will continue to get smaller through the weekend, but bump up again the second half of next week as a front ushers in some breezy northeast winds. A small background south swell will persist through most of the period.
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 in the morning with occasional slightly overhead high sets. This drops into the chest to shoulder range for the afternoon.
Conditions: Fairly clean in the morning with ESE winds 5-10mph. Semi clean/textured conditions for the afternoon as the winds increase to 10-15mph.
Surf: Ankle to knee high WNW ground swell.
Conditions: Clean in the morning with NNE winds less than 5mph. Fairly clean conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting SE 5-10mph.
Surf: Waist to chest high NNW ground swell.
Conditions: Clean with ESE winds less than 5mph in the morning shifting E 5-10mph 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.**