Maui Surf

South Shore Swell Arrives from New Zealand

June 21, 2011, 8:32 AM HST
* Updated June 24, 9:05 AM
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By Wendy Osher

(Updated: 6:00 a.m. 6/24/11)

The National Weather Service has cancelled the High Surf Advisory for the South Facing Shores of Maui County.  Surf has fallen below the eight foot advisory threshold.

(Posted: 8:32 a.m. 6/21/11)

South shore surf on Maui will rise over the next couple of days as a long period swell arrives in the islands.  The swell was generated by an intense low last week southeast of New Zealand.

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The National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory for the South facing shores of Maui County through 6 p.m. Thursday.  Surf is expected to rise to 5 to 8 feet today, and increase to 8 to 10 feet on Wednesday.

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Forecasters say the high surf will bring large breaking waves to exposed shorelines, reefs and channel entrances.  High surf can also lead to rip currents and localized beach erosion.

A high tide of approximately 2.1 feet is expected between 6:28 and 7:46 p.m.

As a precaution, beach goers are urged to stay out of the water and well away from the shore break due to hazardous wave action and strong rip currents.

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*** Supporting information courtesy National Weather Service.

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