Saturday, July 26, 2014 596-SURF , 596-WAVE , 922-BONG , 638-RUSH , 572-SURF(MAUI) , 241-SURF (KAUAI) , 324-RUSH (BIG ISLAND)
   
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LOCAL SWELL TRACKER: Good week of waves on the way again all from the SW to SSE BIG SURF PICTURE Friday 7/25/14 SPAC: The N Jet is and has been zonal and strongest of the two spit branches. There's a slight flow NE off to the SE of NZL Wed-Thursday. A better bigger NE flow is seen today Friday thru the weekend which is good news..... Read the Full Story
Turtle Bay Biathlon - SIGN UP TODAY!! Finish your summer with the best dang swim & run race on Oahu. The Inaugural Turtle Bay Biathlon is an athletes dream course. Fast, fun, varied, and beautiful....plus there's beer after!! This great event is all to benefit Hawaii's Lifeguard & Water Safety Fund, a 501(c)3 whose mission is to provide ocean awareness & coastline sustainability education for kids. SO SIGN UP TODAY!! Read the Full Story
An interview with Randy Rarick and a surf community 'Happening'. I got together with Randy Rarick at his home/office after a very special paddle out for Ricky Grigg Saturday the 19th. It was one of those days that made me grateful and proud to be a surfer in this community. Check out my interview and dont forget: Hawaiian South Shore's parking lot...that's where it'll all go down this Saturday. Comraderie and history shared. See you there. Aloha and Mahalo, Gq, droppin in 4 U! The Randy Rarick interview 7/19/14 Gary/SNN: Why not call this event the surf vintage auction vs surf vintage ‘happening’? Randy: Because its exactly that…It’s not an auction…this is a buy- sell- trade arrangement; we’re bring everybody together: collectors and enthusiasts for the camaraderie, creating the ‘Happening’.... Read the Full Story
Maui boy - Connor Baxter - wins again at the 3rd stop of the Stand Up World Series Connor Baxter (Starboard) put on an impressive performance today to take the win in the long distance race for the final day of action here at the Camp David World Cup of SUP, Stop 3 of the 2014 Stand Up World Series. Read the Full Story
Tom Curren steals the show at the J-Bay Open   During its stop in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, the ASP World Tour unveiled a new contest within the contest called the “Heritage Series.” Pitting former ASP world champions Mark “Occy” Occhilupo and Tom Curren against each other, the ASP chose two of the most popular surfers in the world and let them do their thing on the long walls of J-Bay. Read the Full Story
SNN teams up with UH and the PACIOOS site. Is the Ala Wai and Ala Moana Bowl safe? After this last weekend of crazy rain, thunder and lightening we know what can happen to our water with rain run off. Now you can actually watch the plume out of the Ala Wai to see how far the bad water moves into our favorite playground. SNN and UH will keep you in safe in the line up with this great product by PACIOOS. Check it out HERE Read the Full Story
John Severson book targets birth of surf culture Greg Noll © John Severson Surfing went pop culture with the 1960s page prints. 14 July, - John Severson (born 1933) revolutionized pop culture's vision of surfing and surf culture through his prolific artistic output that transverses decades and disciplines. He began his career as a painter, selling his canvases at Long Beach State College. These first works consisted of oil paintings, photographs, drawings and prints relating to Hawaiian and Californian surf culture. In 1958, Severson expanded his repertoire and created a series of popular surf movies, such as Surf Safari, Surf Fever, Big Wednesday and Pacific Vibrations... Read the Full Story
Fanning ousts best friend Parko to take his 3rd JBay Open title Pic: Mick Fanning © ASP/Cestari Mick Takes J-Bay Open in Simply Sensational Supertubes and is in the hunt for a consecutive world title! Surf News, 19 July, 2014 - Jeffreys Bay, South Africa - Reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) took a giant step towards a fourth title when he defeated compatriot Joel Parkinson in the Final of the J-Bay Open in simply sensational waves at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay.

Stop No. 6 of 11 on the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the J-Bay Open enjoyed an excellent opening day of competition and great surf during the holding period before all the elements came together to produce an epic finale in pumping 6-10 foot (2-3 metre) hollow waves...
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about 10 days left...Dont miss it! The 7th Annual Honolulu Surf Film Festival has begun! Happenning July 5-31 at a one of a kind venue that bring the surf and ocean community together.
See the best in new and classic surf films from the four corners of the earth with our month-long ode to the ocean. This year we present our biggest line-up ever with 52 shorts and features that explore surfing’s heritage and ever-expanding horizons....
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RipCurl GromSearch finishes up at Kewalo's After the second stop of the 2014 Rip Curl GromSearch, at Kewalo Basin on Oahu, the line is busy with talk of young Hawaiian champions. Talk of how the best from Kewalos will go on to the National Final at Trestles, and possibly the International Final at an undisclosed, world-class wave later this year. Talk of how from there, they’re likely to go on to world-class careers. If one thing is worthy of so much talk, it’s the future. No need to dial, these kids beat you to it.  Read the Full Story
Mick Fanning wins it in EPIC 5-8' Jeffries. Friday, July 18, 2014 Date: Saturday, July 19, 2014
Schedule: Round 5 (Heats 1-4), Quarterfinals, Semifinals
Conditions: Double overhead surf at Supertubes
Joel Parkinson (AUS) exploded out of the gates, catching a brilliant wave on the buzzer. On his way to a big score, though, he couldn’t exit a tight barrel on the inside. Fanning on the very next wave found a double barrel and sweetened the ride with powerful carves, to post an excellent 9.00 and take an early lead...FOR THE VIDEOS and Photos and Full Scoops hit up ASP HERE
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RevoluSun and Surfrider hosting the 5th annual Sandy Beach cleanup this Saturday! Drop in! REVOLUSUN INVITES THE PUBLIC TO SANDY BEACH CLEAN UP HONOLULU — Just two weeks after opening their doors for business in 2009, RevoluSun held their first beach cleanup with the Oahu Surfrider Foundation, resulting in 900 pounds of trash removed from the Sandy Beach shoreline. This is a tradition that continues today. For the fifth year in a row, RevoluSun has partnered with the Surfrider Foundation’s Oahu Chapter for the Sandy Beach cleanup, which will be held July 19, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Volunteers will be rewarded with a commemorative T-Shirt and free lunch hosted by RevoluSun....GO HERE Read the Full Story
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Waves, Winds, Weather compliments of The Vintage Surf Happening Saturday Hawaiian South Shore parking lot.

Your exclusive SNN Observations for this Friday, July 25th  7am

bright sunny Trade weather with the usual cloud distribution windward-mauka.  Minus Low 830am pushing to a big 2.2' High at 330pm.

BIG Picture updated Friday 7/25 HERE

NORTH
: Down and holding the background tiny 0-1/2' 15 second WNW & 0-1' ankle snappers on an 8 second NE wrap for refracting reefs like 0-1' Laniakea, Ehukai. See our new SNN Laniakea & Chuns Cams; smooth light offshores. West: Makaha is down and holding from the bakground south at 0-occ 1' again behind da reef; its smooth AM smooth to lite offshores later;better at select deep diving spots and all good for paddling. Town: Down and Holding at Ala Moana (check our new Bowls CAM), Kaisers, Kewalos etc. from the 8 sec S-SE & 15 sec background SSW mostly in the 0-1 occ 2' range and every 15-20 minutes at top channel reefs. Diamond Head: Down and Holding on the S-SE 1-2' occ 2.5' (chest high on take offs) per 10-20 minutes but its fairly clean sideoffshore now with more choppy- bumpiness later as trades fill to fresh. Check out our new Diamond Head Cam! Sandy's: Down and Holding the SSE and ENE wrap at 1-2 occ plus'  with fairly good pealing barrells from Full Pt. to Pipelittles to chambers.  East: Makapu'u: Down and Holding on trade swell (and hint of SSE) at 1-2' mostly and maybe plus sets up to not quite head high from the left side to middle mostly and a bit smaller at Keiki's...10-20 onshores and bumpy.

Events, News etc.

The Innaugural Surf Vintage Happening with Randy Rarick at Hawaiian South Shore parking lot this Saturday 7/26. Go Here

Tho' its improving If waters are brown, stay out.  The public is advised to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris. Turbid water runoff have been known to attract sharks due to possible dead animals being washed into the ocean. Clean Water Branch, Department of Health.

The Honolulu Surf Film festival now through the end of July at Doris Duke Theater. GO HERE

Quote of the day: "If there was no such thing as barrels I probably wouldn't even surf" Clay Marzo

Makapu'u 1-2' on this gorgeous Aloha Friday. Low tide & 2'.

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Surf Report

Surf

North
Fri '07/25'
Holding - NE
HAW: 0-1
FACE: 0-1.5
clear, offshore
Sat '07/26'
Dropping - NW+NE
HAW: 0-1
FACE: 0-1.5
Sun '07/27'
Dropping - NE
HAW: 0-1/2
FACE: 0-1
Mon '07/28'
Holding - NE
HAW: 0-1/2
FACE: 0-1
Tue '07/29'
Holding - NE
HAW: 0-1/2
FACE: 0-1
Haleiwa
Fri '07/25'
Time
Ht.
H 1:53 AM 0.7 ft.
L 6:20 AM 0 ft.
H 2:38 PM 1.8 ft.
L 8:34 PM 0.2 ft.
Sunrise: 6:02 AM
Sunset: 7:13 PM
Sat '07/26'
Time
Ht.
H 2:31 AM 0.7 ft.
L 6:57 AM 0 ft.
H 3:09 PM 1.7 ft.
L 9:01 PM 0.2 ft.
Sunrise: 6:03 AM
Sunset: 7:12 PM
Sun '07/27'
Time
Ht.
H 3:08 AM 0.8 ft.
L 7:34 AM 0 ft.
H 3:39 PM 1.7 ft.
L 9:28 PM 0.2 ft.
Sunrise: 6:03 AM
Sunset: 7:12 PM
Mon '07/28'
Time
Ht.
H 3:47 AM 0.8 ft.
L 8:11 AM 0.1 ft.
H 4:08 PM 1.6 ft.
L 9:57 PM 0.1 ft.
Sunrise: 6:03 AM
Sunset: 7:11 PM
Tue '07/29'
Time
Ht.
H 4:29 AM 0.9 ft.
L 8:49 AM 0.2 ft.
H 4:38 PM 1.5 ft.
L 10:26 PM 0.1 ft.
Sunrise: 6:04 AM
Sunset: 7:11 PM

West
Holding - COMBO
HAW: 0-1
FACE: 0-1.5
clear, glassy dawn
Rising - S-SW
HAW: 0-1
FACE: 0-1.5
small kine swell
Rising - S-SW
HAW: 1-2+
FACE: 1-3+
peaks Tuesday-Wed
Rising - S-SW
HAW: 1-2+
FACE: 1-3+
peaks Tuesday-Wed
Rising - S-SW
HAW: 2-3
FACE: 3-5
peaks Tuesday-Wed

South
Holding - SSE+SSW
HAW: 0-2
FACE: 0-3
clear, lite offshore
Rising - S-SW
HAW: 1-2
FACE: 1-3
1' 14 second
Rising - S-SW
HAW: 1-3
FACE: 2-5
2 swells; 2' 14 sec; 1' 18 sec forerunner
Rising - S-SW
HAW: 1-3
FACE: 2-5
2 swells; 2' 12 sec; 2' 16 sec forerunner
Rising - S-SW
HAW: 2-4
FACE: 3-7
sec; 3' 15sec
Honolulu Harbor
Fri '07/25'
Time
Ht.
H 2:55 AM 0.9 ft.
L 8:25 AM 0 ft.
H 3:40 PM 2.2 ft.
L 10:39 PM 0.2 ft.
Sunrise: 6:02 AM
Sunset: 7:13 PM
Sat '07/26'
Time
Ht.
H 3:33 AM 0.9 ft.
L 9:02 AM 0 ft.
H 4:11 PM 2.2 ft.
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Sunrise: 6:03 AM
Sunset: 7:12 PM
Sun '07/27'
Time
Ht.
L 11:06 PM 0.2 ft.
H 4:10 AM 1 ft.
L 9:39 AM 0 ft.
H 4:41 PM 2.1 ft.
Sunrise: 6:03 AM
Sunset: 7:12 PM
Mon '07/28'
Time
Ht.
L 11:33 PM 0.2 ft.
H 4:49 AM 1 ft.
L 10:16 AM 0.1 ft.
H 5:10 PM 2 ft.
Sunrise: 6:03 AM
Sunset: 7:11 PM
Tue '07/29'
Time
Ht.
L 12:02 AM 0.2 ft.
H 5:31 AM 1.1 ft.
L 10:54 AM 0.2 ft.
H 5:40 PM 1.9 ft.
Sunrise: 6:04 AM
Sunset: 7:11 PM

East
Holding - E-NE
HAW: 1-2+
FACE: 1-3+
partly cloudy, onshore
Holding - E-NE
HAW: 1-3
FACE: 2-5
Holding - E-NE
HAW: 1-3
FACE: 2-5
Holding - E-NE
HAW: 1-2+
FACE: 1-3+
Holding - E-NE
HAW: 1-2+
FACE: 1-3+

Winds
Hawaii
Fri '07/25'
E E
Mph: 10-20
Sat '07/26'
E E
Mph: 10-20+
Sun '07/27'
E E
Mph: 10-20
Mon '07/28'
E E
Mph: 10-20
Tue '07/29'
E E
Mph: 10-20

Current Swells

Fri '07/25'
Primary : E-NE / Holding , 1-2.5'
Secondary : SSE+SSW / Holding , 1-2'
Third : W-NW / Holding , 0-1/2'

Marine Warnings

Fri '07/25'
Hawaii : None

Sailing Report

Fri '07/25'
Hawaii : Good with fresh trades filling.

Diving Report

Fri '07/25'
Hawaii : getting better. Some areas good but some iffy today with remnant isolated runoff especially along windward coasts.

Oahu

Spot Direction Height - Hawaiian Scale Height - Face Scale Winds Conditions Comments
Oahu - Sunset COMBO Flat- to 1 foot 0 to Knee Trades good

Oahu - Pipeline COMBO Flat- to 1/2 foot 0 to Ankle Snappers Trades diving , paddling and fishin' hint of west

Oahu - Rocky Point NE Flat- to 1 foot 0 to Knee Trades good

Oahu - Haleiwa NE Flat- to 1/2 foot 0 to Ankle Snappers Trades good

Oahu - Makaha COMBO Flat- to 1 foot 0 to Knee Trades smooth

Oahu - Ala Moana SSE+SSW 1- to 2-feet Knee to Waist Trades good runoff?

Oahu - Waikiki SSE+SSW 1- to 2-feet Knee to Waist Trades good

Oahu - Diamond Head SSE+SSW 1- to 2-feet Knee to Waist Trades fair to good runoff?

Oahu - Sandy Beach COMBO 1- to 2-feet, occ. 3 feet Knee to Waist occ. Head FRESH TRADES fair to good

Oahu - Makapuu E-NE 1- to 2-feet, occ. 3 feet Knee to Waist occ. Head FRESH TRADES choppy runoff?

Maui

Spot Direction Height - Hawaiian Scale Height - Face Scale Winds Conditions Comments
Maui - North-Hookipa area NW+NE Flat- to 1/2 foot 0 to Ankle Snappers FRESH TRADES bumpy runoff?

Maui - Upper West - Honolua N-NE Flat 0 to Flat Trades smooth runoff?

Maui - Lower West - Lahaina SSE+SSW Flat- to 1 1/2-feet 0 to Thigh Trades good

Maui - South - Kihei S-SE Flat 0 to Flat Trades good runoff?

Maui - East - Hana E-NE 1- to 2-feet, occ. 3 feet Knee to Waist occ. Head Trades wind blown conditons runoff?

Kauai

Spot Direction Height - Hawaiian Scale Height - Face Scale Winds Conditions Comments
Kauai - North - Hanalei COMBO Flat- to 1 foot 0 to Knee Trades diving , paddling and fishin' runoff?

Kauai - West - Majors COMBO Flat- to 1 foot 0 to Knee Trades smooth

Kauai - South - Poipu SSE+SSW 1- to 2-feet Knee to Waist Trades good

Kauai - East - Kapaa E-NE 1- to 2-feet, occ. 3 feet Knee to Waist occ. Head Trades wind blown conditons runoff?

Big Island

Spot Direction Height - Hawaiian Scale Height - Face Scale Winds Conditions Comments
Big Isl. - North - Hamakua Coast E-NE 1- to 2-feet Knee to Waist Trades bumpy runoff?

Big Isl. - North West - Kohala COMBO Flat 0 to Flat Trades diving , paddling and fishin'

Big Isl. - South West - Kona Coast SSE+SSW Flat- to 1 1/2-feet 0 to Thigh Trades good lulls

Big Isl. - East - Hilo Coast COMBO 1- to 2-feet Knee to Waist Trades mild choppiness runoff?

Big Isl. - SE to S Puna, Ka u Coasts COMBO 1- to 3-feet Knee to Head FRESH TRADES bumpy

THE WHERE, WHEN & WHY OF HAWAII’S WAVES & WEATHER: A VIDEO PRESENTATION BY SNN

Winds Statewide in a glance ...go HERE (this link is also the 4th drop down under weather)

Jul 25, 2014 3:30 AM HST

Synopsis
The trade winds will become moderate today and Saturday. Windward showers will continue through the next several days, mainly at night and during the morning hours. A slight increase in shower activity is expected during the weekend, with trades regaining strength late Sunday and into early next week.

Discussion
The strong sfc high pressure located far NNE of the main Hawaiian islands will relax a little today as a weak trough passes just to the N of the island chain and continues to migrate E through the weekend. This will bring a weakening of the trades during the next couple of days. Showers are still favoring windward and mauka, but latest radar data show a significant reduction in shower/rainfall coverage across the islands compared to previous nights. Mimic and model moisture analyses depict a dryer airmass upstream of the islands, with pwats steadily decreasing to around 1 to 1.3 inches. 12Z soundings depict strong inversions around 6 thousand feet, which should make vertical development of showers rather difficult. A mid/upper level high just SW of the islands is also supporting an associated ridge, which is extending through the island chain. This synoptic setup should result in relatively benign weather conditions across the aloha state at least through early Saturday.

Meanwhile, models show an area of enhanced tropical moisture gradually approaching the main Hawaiian islands and possibly bringing a slight increase in showers by late Sat. Also, a low pressure system will pass far S of the aloha state heading W which could tighten pressure gradients across the islands. This may bring increasing trades late in the weekend and into early next week.

By the middle of next week, models show potential for yet another surge of tropical moisture approaching the aloha state from the SE, around the wed/thu timeframe. This moisture will help in significantly enhancing trade wind showers across the island chain once more.

Marine
The small craft advisory for for the typically windier waters around the Big Island and Maui has been cancelled. Winds are expected to again increase late Sunday and into early next week as a developing system passing well south of the state helps to tighten the pressure gradient.

No significant swells are expected through the next several days. Small long-period background swell from the SSW and short-period swell from the SE represent the swell sources from the southern hemisphere, while short period wind waves from the east represent the only source of swell from the northern hemisphere.

Watches/Warnings/Advisories
None.

 

BIG SURF PICTURE Friday 7/25/14

SPAC:

The N Jet is and has been zonal and strongest of the two spit branches. There's a slight flow NE off to the SE of NZL Wed-Thursday. A better bigger NE flow is seen today Friday thru the weekend which is good news.

Recent-current: Looking pretty average now with waist high and a few isolated chest high sets from the SSE and tiny 2' SSW. There's been Taz sea sources and off to the East of NZL about 10-14 days ago. Plus a fetch to the SE of Tahiti for our short period SSE which hit pretty solid 3'. The main swell last week 14-18th lasted 5 days solid and hit 6' at some spots will be the best one for July as forecasted. This was a 3 sourced swell that allowed seas to 'add' to eachother. Fairly rare. Really sweet.

Next: We had some fetch hugging Australia in the Taz a week ago plus a storm spinning off the N Island of NZL. The Taz fetch ends up fatting up but with lighter winds. Still a background 1' 14 sec SW fills in later today leading to some 2' sets Saturday and ramping up a notch Sunday-Monday to 3' sets or head high.

Next and Next: The Taz fetch drifts over NZL to it's east coast by Tuesday 22nd as another Low far SE of NZL spins off higher winds for some added 16 second SSW swell a day later bringing back to back swells. The buoy forecast (likely running alittle hot) is 3' 14 seconds hitting midday Tuesday the 29th peaking Wednesday 30th with surf reaching solid 2-4' Hawaiian Scale or 2-3' overhead at top spots top sets (SNN calls the largest range not the average).

NExt and NExt: Surf will climb Wed eve into Thursday and even Friday as another System (with a NE track and captured fetch and 30's seas) adds to the mix off NZL's N coast.  If the models pan out late friday should hit 4' and maybe reach 5' Saturday Aug 2nd from the SSW. Fetches can add to existing seas and that's what we're looking for here.

Next to Last: A  low forms straight South of us Tuesday the 29th about 1200 miles under Tahiti but tracks ENE out of our window. But bits of it will get here Tuesday Aug 5th into Thursday the 7th from the South with 2' swells and 15 sec forerunners. The peak surf could reach easy 3' for a day and a half.

LAst: A giant storm deep in the TAz is there Wednesday the 30th but the track is east. Models are likely to overcall how much of this get here Wed the 6th. Right now they claim a peak of 3' 18 seconds; more likely 2' swell with long periods for deep water spots. 

(See SPAC models HERE)

NPAC:

The Jet stream is above the Aleutians disallowing any WNW-NNW ground swell. Over the weekend however, into next week, we see an effort in the weak Jet to extend off N. Japan all the way to the dateline.  This does support a surface Low for another out of season WNW early August. (Details below). By Tuesday the 29th the Jet tilts ENE  but with only about 100mph so nada enough for anything. Note: Upper levels also reveal trouhiness over the Islands this weekend past Tuesday which is forecast to assist in a bit more rain fall.

Recent: High pressure domination leads to off and on tiny NE wind wrap up to maybe 2' for isolated spots. Very small 1/2' WNW hints have been in the mix but pretty much unridable.

Next: A tiny weak 25kt Low spawns off Hakkaido N. Japan monday 7/28 tracking East and dissappating Tuesday. A small 0-1 maybe 2’ WNW (305) arrives late Saturday 8/2 peaks at 2' Sunday and fades into Monday.  The weak gale storm stays ~2000 miles away and short periods of 10-11 seconds wont do much for power or pizzazz but will make it rideable for a day or two...

Last: nothing out 7 days.

(See NPAC models HERE)

Windward: Wind swell will be average of 1-2+’ with slight variation downward esp Sunday-Monday when the trades freshen. The Tropical systems moving our way will add longer period E to SE swell all week. peaks likely to be 3' maybe 4'.

Tropics: Super active season so far. Another new Typhoon is forming this off the Filipines  tuesday with a slow west track. It's huge by Thursday. We also have a Low 1200 miles to the east of the Big Is Sunday. All these storms from Baja are expected to weaken as they near then pass under the Hawaiian Islands next week of the 28th. Tons of East swell tho' not huge.

 

FETCH: Often called the fetch length, is a term for the length of water or distance over which a given wind direction has blown. Fetch length along with the wind speed (or strength) determines the size of waves produced. The longer the fetch length and the faster the wind speed, the larger and stronger the wave will be and vice versa.
CAPTURED or FOLLOWING FETCH: Not only does the fetch length determine the power and energy of the wave. Additionally, if the winds/fetch are blowing in the same direction as during the wave's or storm's lifetime, the wave will in turn be even stronger. The fetch is related to the orbit of the wave and track of the storm.The longer the wind drags along the sea the more energy the wave will have. This can be seen not just in vertical height measurement but in wave period (the measurement of waves through time).
WAVES PERIOD:Time, in seconds, between the passage of consecutive wave crests past a fixed point. In general the longer the period the bigger the wave. Windswell or 'close interval' swells are under 10 seconds. Big 'ground swells' are 17-20+ seconds (note: a 20+ second swell needs storm force 50+kt winds blowing over a 1500 mile fetch to be fully developed' into 20-25' beasts; these 20 second waves can be felt 1000 feet down!). This is why they jack so much more, pulling large amounts of H2O off the outer reefs.

More generic marine definitions click this link  http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/pages/marinedef.php

....All surf height observations and forecasts are for the full face surf height, from the trough to the crest of the wave.

Advisory and Warning Criteria
LocationAdvisoryWarning
North-Facing Shores 15 Feet (8') 25 Feet
West-Facing Shores - Big Island 8 Feet (4'+) 12 Feet
West-Facing Shores - Remaining Islands 12 Feet (7') 20 Feet
South-Facing Shores 8 Feet (4'+) 15 Feet
East-Facing Shores 8 Feet (4'+) 15 Feet
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