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Large south swell means big surf for the Big Island

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Large south swell means big surf for the Big Island

If you're here on island now or on your way, bear in mind that there is a large south swell just now arriving that is going to bring fairly big waves to almost all of the Big Island's shores except for most of the Kohala Coast. Snorkeling, kayaking, or swimming in the Kau or Kona districts is not going to be recommended through at least Friday, and likely visibility will be poor through the weekend as things settle. Experienced surfers might well find some good waves, though, in the 6-8 foot range, which is pretty big for the Big Island.

Head north to the Kohala Coast if you want to get in the ocean (and don't want to surf), but you'll need to be careful there too, because there may well be some wraparound effects.

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1. Re: Large south swell means big surf for the Big Island

Kohala :-)

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2. Re: Large south swell means big surf for the Big Island

Thanks, Shea!

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3. Re: Large south swell means big surf for the Big Island

Honu, when I saw your post I was sure I had typoed Kohala somewhere, but I just reread it several times and I didn't! What am I missing?

:-)

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Gee I had no idea my posts had such import. I was not referring to your post at all. I was just expressing support for Kohala especially the part I like.

Perhaps I should have said Kohala no ka oi but then the Maui people would have given me stink eye :-)

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They do have immense import! I'm so glad to see you back regularly posting here :-)

I just wanted to make sure I hadn't screwed up. It's not exactly that rare of an event. ;o

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6. Re: Large south swell means big surf for the Big Island

So, going to Waialea or Honokaope might be rough surf today through the weekend?

I'm not satisfied with the different web sites I normally use for weather. They don't give me what I want to know. Thank you, SheaG for your weather scoop!

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giving honu some major stink eye 8 - /

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8. Re: Large south swell means big surf for the Big Island

lasfloras, i use NOAA Honolulu and input the local zip or town name. They do the swell warnings and it is the best for weather IMHO. But Honu and Shea have surf forecast sites they use that provide better information on pinpointing high surf around the island.

NOAA for Puako:

forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php…

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Ones I use include stormsurf (think that's what Shea mentioned)

www.stormsurfing.com/cgi/display.cgi?a=hi

you can zoom in on smaller areas

and swellwatch

…surfingmagazine.com/#place=20.2544670806735…

back at ya, Billy ;)

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10. Re: Large south swell means big surf for the Big Island

Yeah, Waialea or Honokaope should be good. My surfer girl is stoked about the waves but luckily her big brother is coming home for the weekend from college so he can take her and I can head north out of the vog and to calm seas for some swimming :-)