July 05, 2018 Surf Forecast

July 5, 2018, 5:00 AM HST
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Swell Summary

Outlook through Thursday July 12: A new south swell is here, and is slated to peak Friday, just below the High Surf Advisory level of 8 feet. This swell will then slowly subside through the weekend. Strengthening trade winds will produce rough, short period near-high surf advisory surf along the east shore today. The arrival of a long period swell from a distant East Pacific Hurricane Fabio will push the east shore surf to at or above the advisory level by late Friday. The trades are expected to ease off late in the weekend, resulting in smaller surf along the east facing shores.
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


am        pm  


Surf: Chest to shoulder high NE medium period swell.

Conditions: Light sideshore texture in the morning with SSE winds 5-10mph. Semi glassy/semi bumpy conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting E less than 5mph.

North West


am        pm  

Surf: Ankle to knee high SSW ground swell.

Conditions: Glassy in the early morning with NNE winds less than 5mph. Sideshore texture/chop conditions move in during the morning hours with the winds shifting SW 10-15mph.


am        pm  

Surf: Knee to waist high S ground swell for the morning with occasional stomach high sets. This builds in the afternoon with sets up to chest high.

Conditions: Semi glassy/semi bumpy in the morning with SSW winds less than 5mph. Bumpy/semi bumpy conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting WSW 10-15mph.

South East

am        pm  

Surf: Waist to chest high E medium period swell with occasional shoulder sets. This rotates more from the S during the afternoon.

Conditions: Light sideshore texture in the morning with NNE winds 10-15mph. Sideshore texture/chop conditions for the afternoon with the winds shifting to the NE. Fairly clean conditions are expected for the late day with N winds 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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