January 17, 2019 Surf Forecast

January 17, 2019, 5:00 AM HST · Updated January 17, 5:00 AM
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Swell Summary

Outlook through Thursday January 24: A short to mid period pulse from the northwest will boost surf to at or near advisory levels for the west and north facing shores tonight through Friday before fading over the weekend. East facing shores will see a slight bump up over the weekend due to the return of locally strong trade winds. A series of small to moderate northwest swells is expected through early next week and will be followed by larger northwest swells towards the middle of 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

am        pm  

Surf: Stomach to shoulder high NNW ground swell with occasional head high sets.

Conditions: Semi clean/textured in the morning with SSW winds 10-15mph. Sideshore texture/chop conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting to the SW.

South

am        pm  

Surf: Ankle to knee high WNW ground swell.

Conditions: Sideshore texture/chop with SSE winds 10-15mph in the morning shifting SSW 5-10mph in the afternoon. Glassy conditions are expected for the late day with NW winds less than 5mph.

West

am        pm  

Surf: Waist high NNW ground swell with occasional stomach high sets.

Conditions: Semi clean/textured in the morning with SSW winds 10-15mph. This becomes Sideshore texture/chop for 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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