Maui Surf

Calm Morning Conditions, Advisory Level Swell

January 8, 2015, 1:56 AM HST
* Updated January 7, 10:15 PM
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Chef Isaac Bancaco bodyboarding on Maui / Image: Dooma Photos

By Meteorologist Malika Dudley / Email: [email protected]

Alerts

A Small Craft Advisory is posted for all Maui County waters through 6:00 a.m. Thursday for north winds up to 25 knots with higher gusts. Rough seas up to 14 feet are also forecasted through Thursday morning. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.

A High Surf Advisory is posted for the north facing shores of Maui and Molokai through 6:00 p.m. Thursday. Expect strong breaking waves, shore break and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.

**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County projected winds, forecasted swell direction, height & period, tides, a surface map and expected wave heights.**

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Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 8.53.58 PMMaui County Surf Forecast, Thursday, January 8, 2015

North: Surf heights are expected to hold overhead to double overhead at the best breaks, especially for spots east of Ho’okipa. The very best exposures could be even bigger than that, near triple overhead, early in the day.

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West: Spots open to the swells are expected to get chest to head high waves on the sets at the best exposures early in the day. Northerly exposures are overhead on the sets. Otherwise, breaks that don’t catch the swells, and / or are shadowed from them, are forecasted to get smaller surf at ankle high or flat.

South: Ankle to knee high surf is expected.

Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 8.54.06 PMOur current north-northwest (330-360) swell is expected to hold up to double or even triple overhead at the best exposures. This swell is forecasted to fade through Thursday and Friday.

Another west-northwest is expected over the weekend, starting to build Friday night into Saturday morning. Pending development of storms, another shot of energy is expected early next week as well.

Nothing of note out of the SPAC to get excited about.

Keep in mind, surf heights are measured on the face of the wave from trough to crest. Heights vary from beach to beach, and at the same beach, from break to break.  

**Click here for your detailed Maui County weather report.**

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