January 28, 2019 Surf Forecast

January 28, 2019, 5:00 AM HST · Updated January 28, 5:00 AM
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Swell Summary

Outlook through Monday February 04: A series of new, moderate to large, northwest swells will move through the islands this week. The first in the series of swells will begin to fill in this morning, peak late this afternoon and tonight just below advisory levels along north and west facing shores, then lower on Tuesday. The second swell is expected to build Tuesday night and Wednesday, then peak near or just below warning levels along north and west facing shores late Wednesday night and Thursday. This swell will then slowly lower through the end of the work week. Another northwest swell may bring advisory level surf to north and west facing shores once again over the upcoming weekend. A north-northeast swell generated by a gale low northeast of the state will produce rising surf along exposed shores over the next couple of days. Surf is expected to peak above advisory thresholds along east facing shores tonight through Wednesday, then slowly decline through the rest of the 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: Chest to head high NNE medium period swell for the morning. The surf builds from the NNE in the afternoon with sets up to 1-2′ overhead high.

Conditions: Light sideshore texture in the morning with ENE winds 10-15mph. Choppy/disorganized conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting NE 15-20mph.

South

am        pm  

Surf: Ankle to knee high SSW ground swell for the morning. The swell shifts more WNW and builds for the afternoon with sets up to chest high.

Conditions: Clean in the morning with NNE winds 15-20mph. Semi clean/textured conditions for the afternoon as the winds increase to 25-30mph.

West

am        pm  

Surf: Chest to shoulder high NNE medium period swell in the morning builds for the afternoon with occasional sets up to head high.

Conditions: Clean in the morning with ENE winds 10-15mph. Fairly clean conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting NE 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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