January 18, 2019 Surf Forecast

January 18, 2019, 5:00 AM HST · Updated January 18, 5:00 AM
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Swell Summary

Outlook through Friday January 25: The current swell will shift out of the north and fade away by Monday. Surf from a west northwest swell arriving Sunday night will likely remain below the advisory threshold. Large west northwest swells peaking Wednesday and Thursday are expected to produce advisory level surf. A very large northwest swell may arrive Thursday night. Surf will increase along east facing shores over the weekend as trade winds build upstream of the area. Surf will remain very small along south 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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North

am        pm  

Surf: Head high NNW ground swell with occasional 1-2′ overhead high sets.

Conditions: Clean in the early morning with SSE winds less than 5mph. Sideshore texture/chop conditions move in during the morning hours with the winds shifting NE 10-15mph.

South

am        pm  

Surf: Ankle to knee high SW ground swell.

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

West

am        pm  

Surf: Waist to chest high NNW ground swell for the morning with occasional shoulder sets. This builds to chest to shoulder high for the afternoon.

Conditions: Clean with SSE winds less than 5mph in the morning shifting NE 10-15mph 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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