High Surf Warning Continues for East Shores While SSW Peaks
A High Surf Warning is posted for east facing shores of the Big Island through 6 p.m. Saturday with wave heights rising to 12 to 18 foot faces in some spots Tuesday. Expect ocean water occasionally sweeping across portions of beaches, very strong breaking waves and strong longshore and rip currents. Breaking waves may occasionally impact harbors making navigating the harbor channel difficult. Large breaking surf, significant shore break and dangerous currents will make entering the water very hazardous. Boaters should be aware of an increased number of surfers in the water.
A High Surf Advisory is posted for south facing shores through 6:00 p.m. Saturday. 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: Wave heights are expected overhead to well overhead today. The best breaks could get up to double overhead on the sets.
Kona side: Wave heights shoulder/head high are expected for the best breaks open to the south-southwest peaking swell.
South: Spots open to tropical swell will be in the overhead to well overhead range at the best breaks with double overhead waves expected on the sets. Spots open to the south-southwest could get up to shoulder/head high or more on the sets.
Hurricane Jimena is delivering a solid shot of east-southeast shifting east swell to the islands. This prompted a high surf warning for east-facing shores of most islands. East-shore surf will remain near warning levels through the weekend, and possibly into early next week.
The secondary swell from Ignacio with northeast, shifting north-northwest swell is expected to wind down this weekend and fade early next week.
Hurricane Kilo crossed into the west pacific and is therefore now a typhoon. Kilo has generated fun westerly swell for the islands and is expected to hold through the weekend and possibly even into next week.
A long-period swell from the south-southwest will produce advisory-level surf along south-facing shores this 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.