Advisory Level Surf For First Day of 2015
A Small Craft Advisory is posted for Big Island windward coastal waters through 6:00 p.m. Thursday. Rough seas of 6 to 12 feet are expected. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.
A High Surf Advisory is in effect for north-facing shores of the Big Island through Thursday at 6:00 p.m. 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: Big Island projected winds, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**
Hilo side: Surf heights are expected from overhead to possibly double overhead at the best breaks along the Hamakua coast rising as the day goes on.
Kona side: Surf heights expected from knee to about shoulder high.
South: Surf is ankle to waist high waves are expected.
A mix of north and northwest swell energy is expected through the end of the week. Energy lingers into the weekend as it fades out. Since the energy is coming from several directions, it will be a bit haphazard at times.
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.