Warning Surf for NE shores, Advisory Surf SW
A High Surf Warning is posted for the north and east facing shores of the island of Hawaii through 6 p.m. Saturday. Swell from hurricane Olaf is expected to impact the area with wave heights of 12 to 18 foot faces.
A High Surf Advisory is posted for the south facing coastlines of the Big Island through 6 a.m. Saturday. Surf heights of 5 to 8 foot faces are expected.
A Small Craft Advisory is posted for all waters surrounding the Big Island through 6 p.m. Sunday. East to northeast winds up to 25 knots are forecast along with high seas.
**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 or more today. The best breaks could get up to double or even triple overhead as the day goes on.
Kona side: Wave heights waist/tummy/head high are expected today. The best breaks could get overhead on the sets. Smaller waves are expected for spots not open to the south-southwest.
South: Wave heights are expected overhead today. Best breaks open to the Olaf swell could get up to double or triple overhead on the sets.
Tropical swell is expected for the north and east shores of the Big Island, generated by hurricane Olaf. A warning is in effect at this time with dangerous surf conditions expected through Saturday. The swell is expected to peak Thursday and Friday before fading over the weekend.
An advisory level south swell is on the rise Thursday for south facing shores. The swell is expected to peak Friday/Saturday before slowly beginning a fading trend on Sunday.
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.