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Storm in South Pacific Generates South Swell Today

August 20, 2015, 1:10 AM HST
* Updated August 19, 8:33 PM
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Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 6.10.25 PMBig Island Surf Forecast

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Hilo side: Wave heights are expected to be knee/waist high today.

Kona side: Wave heights waist/chest high are expected for the best breaks open to the swell. Ankle/waist high waves for spots that aren’t quite catching it.

South: Wave heights are expected to be waist/chest high today for the best exposures open to the south swell. Spots open to trade swell could get up to waist high or more.

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Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 6.10.32 PMTrade swell is expected to hold over the next few days.

A storm near New Zealand is expected to send us a decent swell Thursday into the weekend. The swell should begin to fade on Sunday and into next week.

A small west swell generated by Typhoon Atsani is expected to move in on the weekend. This system could go extratropical next week and curve northwest. If so, we could get more swell out of this system.

An area to the southeast of Hawaii has 60% chance of development. If so, we could see some wind swell as early as this weekend. Keeping a close eye on this system and will bring you the latest.

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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