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Weekend Swells Expected

May 20, 2015, 1:02 AM HST
* Updated May 19, 10:13 PM
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A Small Craft Advisory is posted for Big Island leeward and southeast waters through 6:00 a.m. Wednesday. 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.**

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Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 9.38.00 PMBig Island Surf Forecast

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Hilo side: Waist/head high surf is expected today. The best focal points for the trade swell could see overhead waves on the sets. Messy conditions continue due to the winds.

Kona side: Wave heights of knee/thigh high are expected for southerly exposures. Best breaks could get up to waist high on the sets.

South: Wave heights knee/thigh high today. Trade swell could get up waist/chest high.

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Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 9.38.06 PMA small mix of southerly swells brings small waves through Wednesday. Storm activity in the Tasman Sea could bring us swell later this week, starting Thursday and into the weekend. Another slightly larger swell is possible on Saturday, peaking early next week.

A new northwest pulse fills in further today with another on it’s heels for the weekend.

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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Image: NOAA / NWS

Image: NOAA / NWS

Image: NOAA / NWS

Image: NOAA / NWS

Image: NOAA / NWS

Image: NOAA / NWS

Image: NOAA / NWS

Image: NOAA / NWS

Image: NOAA / NWS

Image: NOAA / NWS

Image: NOAA / NWS

Image: NOAA / NWS

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