SSW Brings Surf Through the Weekend
A Small Craft Advisory is posted for the ʻAlenuihāhā channel as well as Big Island leeward and southeast waters through 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. East winds up to 25 knots are forecasted along with rough seas of 7 to 11 feet. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.
**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: Waist/chest high surf is expected today. Messy conditions due to the winds.
Kona side: Wave heights of knee/waist high are expected.
South: Wave heights knee/waist high today. Catching less of the tradeswell across the southeast coast then in past days.
A boost out of the south-southeast is expected to fade over the next few days. We expect chest to head high surf out of the south-southwest to build on Tuesday and hold through the weekend. This stretch of elevated surf is actually comprised of two pulses, the first pulse is expected to peak on Wednesday in the overhead range. The second pulse is expected to peak over the weekend.
Not a lot expected out of the North Pacific for the next few days. A couple of small swells could move in around May 5th and again on the 8th.
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.