High Surf Warning, Pe’ahi Swell Expected Today
A High Surf Warning is posted for the north & west facing shores of Molokai and the north shore of Maui through 6 p.m. Wednesday. Surf along north facing shores is expected to be 20 to 30 feet. West shores are expected to get up to 12 to 20 feet.
A Small Craft Advisory is posted for all windward waters and channels through 6 p.m. Wednesday for winds up to 25 knots and seas up to 14 feet.
**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County projected winds, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**
North: Wave heights are expected to be double to triple overhead today. Spots like Pe’ahi (Jaws) could get up to 20 foot faces or more on the sets.
West: Wave heights about waist/head high today with the best breaks getting up to overhead on the sets. Spots farther to the south are much smaller.
South: Wave heights under knee high today. Spots shadowed by other islands will be flat.
Our current northwest swell is expected to continue building Wednesday. Swell should begin easing late in the day Wednesday. This swell will shift to a more northwesterly swell later in the week but still bring good size to Maui County’s best exposures.
Our current south-southwest is mainly leftovers today.
Trade swell will rebuild for the second half of the week as winds pick up in strength.
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.