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May 14, 2018 Surf Forecast

May 14, 2018, 1:00 AM HST
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Swell Summary

Outlook through Sunday May 20: The latest in a series of small north-northwest swells is due Monday and expected to fade by Wednesday. Two more pulses of small to low-end moderate north-northwest swell are forecast Thursday through next weekend. A moderate south swell is expected to arrive tonight, gradually build through Tuesday, then slowly subside Wednesday and Thursday. Another moderate south swell is due next weekend.
Surf heights are forecast heights of the face, or front, of waves. The surf forecast is based on the significant wave height, the average height of the one third largest waves, at the locations of the largest breakers. Some waves may be more than twice as high as the significant wave height. Expect to encounter rip currents in or near any surf zone.

North East

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Surf: Waist to stomach high E short period wind swell for the morning with occasional chest sets. This rotates more NNW and builds to stomach to shoulder high in the afternoon.

Conditions: Semi glassy in the morning with SE winds less than 5mph. Semi glassy/semi bumpy conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting to the E.

North West

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Surf: Ankle to knee high SW long period swell.

Conditions: Clean in the morning with ESE winds less than 5mph. Sideshore texture/chop conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting SW 10-15mph.

West

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Surf: Knee to waist high SSW extra long period swell with occasional stomach high sets.

Conditions: Glassy in the morning with W winds less than 5mph. Semi glassy/semi bumpy conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting to the SW.

South East

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Surf: Waist to stomach high E short period wind swell with occasional chest high sets.

Conditions: Fairly clean in the morning with N winds 5-10mph. Light sideshore texture conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting NNE 10-15mph.

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

Image: NOAA

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

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Data Courtesy of NOAA.gov and SwellInfo.com

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