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New SSW Swell Builds Today

May 19, 2017, 1:44 AM HST (Updated May 18, 2017, 8:21 PM) · 0 Comments
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    Big Island Surf Forecast

    Hilo side: Wave heights are forecast to be knee/shoulder high today.

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    Kona side: Wave heights are expected to be knee/waist high today with the best breaks getting up to tummy/chest high by sunset.

    South: Wave heights are expected to be knee/waist high today with the best breaks getting up to tummy/chest high by sunset.

    We expect a south-southwest to build Friday for the weekend and fade back out late Sunday. Another shot of good south-southwest is forecast from Friday through Sunday the 28th according to the long range models. Will keep an eye on it.

    Later in the weekend, a larger northwest swell is expected to fill in through the day Sunday, peaking Sunday night into Monday, then easing early next week. This swell will gradually shift out of a more northerly direction and hold into midweek as it trends down.

    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.  

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    Malika Dudley
    Malika was born and raised in Hilo. She began her career in news at KGMB9 in 2007. As a part of their weather team, Malika was nominated for two Emmy Awards and won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Journalism Award for her reporting on Big Island tsunami damage in 2011. She is a Certified Meteorologist and graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a BA in Speech Communication and French. Malika leads the Big Island Now weather team and enjoys conducting video interviews for Big Island Now's news and entertainment sections. The former Miss Hawaii is also a black belt in karate, avid waterwoman, jewelry designer, singer, TV host and mommy blogger.
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