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SW Fading, Trade Swell Holds This Weekend

May 21, 2016, 1:15 AM HST
* Updated May 20, 10:35 PM
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Alerts (as of 1:00 a.m.)

A Small Craft Advisory is posted through 6 p.m. Sunday for the ʻAlenuihāhā channel as well as coastal waters to the south and west.

Check our breaking news section for any urgent weather alerts or updates to the weather alerts listed above.

**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Big Island projected winds, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**

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Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 9.34.24 PMBig Island Surf Forecast

Hilo side: Wave heights for spots exposed to the swell are expected to be waist/shoulder high today. Spots without direct exposure to the swell will be smaller.

Kona side: Wave heights are expected to be ankle/knee high today. Best breaks could get up to waist high on the sets.

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South: Wave heights are expected to be ankle/knee high today with Kona standout spots up to waist high. Spots around South Point could be shoulder high.

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 9.34.32 PMOur current southwest is fading through the weekend. Old south energy continues to ease. We may get a fun swell for late next week. Will keep an eye on it.

Storm activity isn’t expected and therefore there are no notable swells on the horizon out of the NPAC.  Trade swell will continue to affect northeastern exposures but onshore winds mean messy conditions.

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.  

**Click here for your detailed Big Island weather report.**

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