New Year’s Day Surf Forecast
A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for the Alenuihaha channel and windward waters through 8 p.m. Friday for seas of 10 to 15 feet.
**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 head high or more with overhead to double overhead waves at the best breaks on the sets. Trade swell brings waist to chest high waves.
Kona side: Wave heights are expected to be knee/thigh high today. Waist/shoulder high late in the day for breaks catching the new west-northwest / northwest swell.
South: Breaks open to the south-southwest swell are knee/waist high today. Trade swell up to a waist/chest high at the best exposures.
A new west-northwest / northwest swell is expected to hold through Friday. Reinforcing swell is expected to fill in for the 2nd and 3rd out of the west-northwest / northwest with overhead / double overhead waves expected on the sets.
Trade swell is expected to level off and hold through the weekend.
Our current south-southwest brings small but rideable waves through Friday.
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.