January 05, 2018 Surf Forecast
**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County projected winds, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**
Outlook through Thursday January 11: A west-northwest swell is due in Friday night and Saturday. However, due to the swell’s westerly component, some of the energy will be blocked by Kauai and may not reach Oahu’s north and west shores, so a high surf advisory is not likely at this time for Oahu. A possible northeast swell could bring an increase to east facing shores Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. Small background surf will continue along south facing shores, though some exposed areas may pick up some wrapping west-northwest swell over the weekend. A larger northwest swell is forecast to fill in Tuesday night and Wednesday for likely advisory, but possible warning level surf for north and west 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.
Surf: Knee to waist high NNW ground swell.
Conditions: Sideshore/choppy with E winds 20-25mph.
Surf: Ankle to knee high WNW ground swell.
Conditions: Semi glassy/semi bumpy with N winds less than 5mph in the morning shifting NNW 5-10mph in the afternoon.
Surf: Ankle to knee high NNW ground swell.
Conditions: Clean with E winds 15-20mph.