Small Craft Advisory Posted, Weekend Surf Report
A Small Craft Advisory is posted for all the ʻAlenuihāhā channel as well as waters to the west and south of the Big Island through noon Saturday for winds up to 25 knots and rough seas up 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: Wave heights are expected to be chest/head high today. Winds and brown water will be a problem.
Kona side: Wave heights knee/thigh high are expected for the best breaks open to the SW and SSE swell. Waist high waves are possible on the sets.
South: Wave heights are expected to be chest/head high today for the best exposures.
Trade swell is expected to affect east and southeast exposures. However, size will be down a notch from yesterday and continue to fade over the weekend.
No significant swells are on the horizon out of the SPAC. Small south-southeast swell will continue Friday into the weekend. A new storm is forming near New Zealand that should send us a decent swell late next week and into the weekend. Will keep an eye on it.
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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