Surf on Downward Trend, New NW for Weekend
A Small Craft Advisory is posted for all Hawaii County waters and channels through 6 a.m. Friday for winds up to 30 knots and seas up to 12 feet.
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**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 chest/head high today. The best breaks could get a bit bigger on the sets. Trade swell brings head high to maybe even overhead waves to exposures open to the swell. Onshore winds chop it up.
Kona side: Wave heights knee/waist high today from the northwest.
South: Breaks open to the trade swell could get up to shoulder/head high. Otherwise, south-southwest is around knee high out of the south-southwest.
Our current northwest swell is expected to continue fading today and ease further on Saturday. A reinforcing northwest is expected on Sunday.
Our current south-southwest is down to traces today.
Trade swell is continues Friday with our gusty winds and will drop off as winds begin to subside 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.