Tuesday, September 02, 2014 596-SURF , 596-WAVE , 922-BONG , 638-RUSH , 572-SURF(MAUI) , 241-SURF (KAUAI) , 324-RUSH (BIG ISLAND)
   
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ASP Hurley Pro: Trestles Event Guide Lowers © ASP/Kirstin Surf News Network, 1 September - If you're tagging along with the world elite to San Clemente for the Hurley Lowers Pro, check the below Trestles Event guide, a tour of Lowers to help you to negotiate the ASP pro circus in San Clemente. BAGGAGE CLAIM: John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA), Long Beach (LGB), Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles (LAX), or San Diego International Airport (SAN) TRANSPORTATION: Rental car. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the 405 freeway as you make the trek down to San Clemente. Once in San Clemente, you'll want to drive down to the event site, but taxis are more than available when sampling the downtown nightlife.... Read the Full Story
Tropical Storm Marie Kicks Up Surf in California Meteorologists with the National Weather Service said the hurricane, now reduced to a tropical storm, continued swirling more than 800 miles southwest of Los Angeles over the eastern Pacific Ocean late Thursday, but was weakening. And although waves continued to soar as high as 25 feet at the Wedge in Newport Beach, most were reported to be half the size they were the day before. Read the Full Story
Bethany Hamilton to make an appearance at the surf expo Fans of Bethany Hamilton, a pro surfer and inspirational icon to millions throughout the world, will get the opportunity to catch a sneak peek of her upcoming surf film and interact with her during the Q&A portion of her Surf Expo seminar. The seminar will be held Sept. 5 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Surf Expo Tradeshow located at Orange County Convention Center South Hall, 9899 International Dr., Orlando, FL. Read the Full Story
North Shore underground legend Stormin Normin passes away Norm Marsh died from prostate cancer earlier this week. 'Stormin Normin' was a fixture on the North Shore since the mid 70s' and could always be seen ripping Laniakea in his speedos. A true NS gem, Norm was a commited surfer, always in top shape and loved the big waves. Thus, the name 'Stormin Normin' cause he charged hard. He was the last person one would expect to lose his life to cancer. It was always assumed 'Stormin Normin' would be hitting the surf into old age. A lesson for us all about the fragile, precious time we have on planet earth. RIP Norm and thank you for the inspiration. Next wave is for you. Aloha, gq. Read the Full Story
#TOURNOTES: JOHN JOHN, KELLY, AND THE HEAT Classic sorta impromptu talk story sesh with one young and one 'older' living legend....about the heat of a lifetime. Read the Full Story
LOCAL SWELL TRACKER: Tons of SSW swell in the forecast starting Thursday. East side ramps up big time Thursday-Saturday. BIG SURF PICTURE  8/26/14 SPAC: The Jet down under has been dominant with equatorial bound (ENE) flows leading to plenty surf, but the last few days its been zonal (west to east) with 2 branches staying the same most this week. By Thursday/Friday there’s another ENE tilt which will enhance a big storm but it'll be sending much of the energy off to our east since the equatorbound flow is far off NZL to under French Polynesia. Read the Full Story
'Endless Summer' movie inspires Hawaii surfing-centered resort. The Honolulu investors who are redeveloping the iconic Coco Palms Resort on Kauai plan to develop a 400-unit resort in West Oahu centered around a four-acre surfing wave pool that will be themed after the iconic surfing movie " The Endless Summer," the Greene Waters Group of Bridge Real Estate told PBN on Sunday. Principals Chad Waters and Tyler Greene have partnered with Bruce Brown Films and licensed the rights to the 1960s popular surfing movie to launch Surf City Hui LLC, the ownership entity for the concept resort that will be called The Endless Summer Resort.... Read the Full Story
Medina beats Slater at Teahupo'o in what many claim to be the best ASP contest ever. Amazing final day of Billabong Pro Tahiti drops jaws Surf News Network, 25 August, 2014: Teahupo'o, Tahiti - The world’s best surfers put everything on the line as they battled the world’s most dangerous wave for an historic Finals day at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, stop no. 7 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT). The Final Day's 12-man field took on perilous conditions and monster 12-to-15 foot barreling waves, the biggest of the season, in pursuit of victory. It was Gabriel Medina (BRA) who came out on top to claim the coveted title of Billabong Pro Tahiti Champion after an unbelievable day of competition and what is being dubbed the best WCT contest in history.... Read the Full Story
This will be the hottest surfing debate of the year... SafeSurfHawaii is a group of surfers, bodyboarders and bodysurfers who believe that the time has come for the DLNR to adopt rules that will ensure that Hawaii's surf zones are safe and enjoyable for all waveriders. The increasing presence of Stand Up Paddleboard ("SUP") users in Hawaii's surfzones has created both safety and fair access problems for surfers, bodyboarders and swimmers. The time has come for the DLNR to adopt rules regulating the use of SUPs in surf zones (or at least to try a pilot project in a limited area offshore from Ala Moana Beachpark ... i.e. the Safe Surfzones Pilot Project)... Read the Full Story
Kai Sallas claims ASP 1-Star LQS event at Dukes OceanFest Surf News Network, 22 August, The gods sent the surf for the Duke's OceanFest on Thursday for the finals of the Association of Surfing Professionals one star long boarding contest. A stand out in the competition was Maui Zane who is originally from Maui but lives and works in Waikiki.... Read the Full Story
Teahupoo tops the list as one of surfings deadliest spots Allow us to preface this article with this: Surfing is not a particularly dangerous sport. You’re much more likely to die on the freeway than while pursuing the passion of wave riding. That said, tragedy strikes the tight-knit surf community more often than we would like, and there are a handful of surf spots where dying is more likely than at others. Regardless, surfers flock to these deadly waves in droves. It’s the rush, the danger, and the sheer joy one gets from flying down the face of an incredibly large mountain of water that keep us coming back for more despite the odds—albeit minuscule—of that being that fateful last ride. Read the Full Story
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Waves, Winds, Weather compliments of Surf n Sea

Your exclusive SNN Obs for this Monday Sept 2nd 630am

Another Gorgeous dawn and Super Light trades early this morning with Trades likely beating out sea breezes late morning-afternoon. High tide 1045am 1.9 drops out all day to a .6 at 615pm. New Intermittent 25 second South swell popped on buoys around midnight and our first NW hits Tuesday the 9th!

NORTH: Down and Holding tiny at 0-1/2' at only isolated spots like Laniakea picking up on the remnant 9 second ENE Marie; it's clear and lite offshore ENE trades; great for diving, paddling, swimming etc. See SNN Laniakea and Chuns cams. West: Makaha is down on old South at 0-2' but rising later on the 25 sec S-SSW at 1-3' this evening esp at other west reefs & currently it's glassy. Watch for it to go offshore then mush out with onshores late morn. Town: Down and dropping on the old South at 1-2.5' with super clean lite offshores at Ala Moana, Kaisers, Kewalos (check our Bowls-Courts CAM) and rising on the new long period S-SSW later today to 3' solid but with long lulls due to swell filling in from far away. Currently, barber buoy shows occas .7' at 25 sec forerunners. light trade wind texture may compete with seabreezes pending land heating.  Diamond Head: Down and dropping on the old S-SSW at 1-2 barely 3' with real good light sideoffshore ENE trades (see SNN Cam). Sandy's: Down and Holding on the South and  ENE wrap at a nice clean 1-2' barely occ 3' and still some barrels and breaking over the line up; shorebreak still closing.  East: Makapu'u:  Down and Holding the ENE swell the relatively clean 1-2' on the left to the middle mostly and a bit smaller at Keiki's...5-10 mph ENE trades.

Events, News etc.

The 8th stop on the  ASP World Tour: The Hurley Pro at Trestles Sept 9-20th

The 3rd and final Hawaii Surfing Championship at Sandy Beach Sept 13-14.

Quote of the week "There's parts of me that second guess myself all the time..." World Champ Carissa Moore going into Trestles.


Lanikai Sunrise monday the 2nd...no more east swell from Marie. Thnks to Sonja for the shot.

 

SNN BIG Picture updated Monday 8/26 HERE

See the SNN animations page for a fast glance at the Storms & Weather HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Surf Report

Tides -

Surf

North
Tue '09/02'
Dropping - NE
HAW: 0-1/2
FACE: 0-1
clear, clean
Wed '09/03'
Dropping - E-NE
HAW: 0-1/2
FACE: 0-1
Thu '09/04'
Dropping - E-NE
HAW: 0-1/2
FACE: 0-1
Fri '09/05'
Dropping - E-NE
HAW: 0-1/2
FACE: 0-1
Sat '09/06'
Dropping - E-NE
HAW: 0-1/2
FACE: 0-1
UP 2-4' NW Tuesday 9th
Haleiwa
Tue '09/02'
Time
Ht.
L 12:52 AM 0.2 ft.
H 9:44 AM 1.5 ft.
L 4:07 PM 0.5 ft.
H 9:21 PM 0.7 ft.
Sunrise: 6:15 AM
Sunset: 6:45 PM
Wed '09/03'
Time
Ht.
L 2:05 AM 0.2 ft.
H 10:48 AM 1.6 ft.
L 5:02 PM 0.4 ft.
H 10:47 PM 0.7 ft.
Sunrise: 6:15 AM
Sunset: 6:44 PM
Thu '09/04'
Time
Ht.
L 3:17 AM 0.1 ft.
H 11:43 AM 1.7 ft.
L 5:44 PM 0.2 ft.
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Sunrise: 6:16 AM
Sunset: 6:44 PM
Fri '09/05'
Time
Ht.
H 11:52 PM 0.8 ft.
L 4:22 AM 0 ft.
H 12:32 PM 1.8 ft.
L 6:21 PM 0.1 ft.
Sunrise: 6:16 AM
Sunset: 6:43 PM
Sat '09/06'
Time
Ht.
H 12:45 AM 0.9 ft.
L 5:21 AM 0 ft.
H 1:17 PM 1.8 ft.
L 6:55 PM 0.1 ft.
Sunrise: 6:16 AM
Sunset: 6:42 PM

West
Rising - S
HAW: 0-2
FACE: 0-3
clear, clean
Rising - S
HAW: 2-4
FACE: 3-7
Dropping - S
HAW: 2-3+
FACE: 3-5+
Dropping - S
HAW: 2-3
FACE: 3-5
Dropping - S
HAW: 1-3
FACE: 2-5

South
Rising - S
HAW: 1-2+
FACE: 1-3+
clear, clean; occas 25 sec forerunners
Rising - S
HAW: 3-5
FACE: 5-9
3' 20 sec
Dropping - S
HAW: 2-4+
FACE: 3-7+
3' 16 sec
Dropping - S
HAW: 2-4
FACE: 3-7
3' 14 sec
Dropping - S
HAW: 2-3+
FACE: 3-5+
Honolulu Harbor
Tue '09/02'
Time
Ht.
L 2:57 AM 0.2 ft.
H 10:46 AM 1.9 ft.
L 6:12 PM 0.6 ft.
H 10:23 PM 0.8 ft.
Sunrise: 6:15 AM
Sunset: 6:45 PM
Wed '09/03'
Time
Ht.
L 4:10 AM 0.2 ft.
H 11:50 AM 2 ft.
L 7:07 PM 0.4 ft.
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Sunrise: 6:15 AM
Sunset: 6:44 PM
Thu '09/04'
Time
Ht.
H 11:49 PM 0.9 ft.
L 5:22 AM 0.1 ft.
H 12:45 PM 2.2 ft.
L 7:49 PM 0.3 ft.
Sunrise: 6:16 AM
Sunset: 6:44 PM
Fri '09/05'
Time
Ht.
H 12:54 AM 1 ft.
L 6:27 AM 0.1 ft.
H 1:34 PM 2.3 ft.
L 8:26 PM 0.2 ft.
Sunrise: 6:16 AM
Sunset: 6:43 PM
Sat '09/06'
Time
Ht.
H 1:47 AM 1.2 ft.
L 7:26 AM 0 ft.
H 2:19 PM 2.3 ft.
L 9:00 PM 0.1 ft.
Sunrise: 6:16 AM
Sunset: 6:42 PM

East
Holding - E-NE
HAW: 1-2
FACE: 1-3
mostly clear, fairly clean
Holding - E
HAW: 1-2
FACE: 1-3
Holding - E
HAW: 1-2
FACE: 1-3
Holding - E
HAW: 1-2
FACE: 1-3
Holding - E
HAW: 1-2
FACE: 1-3

Winds
Hawaii
Tue '09/02'
E-NE E-NE
Mph: 5-15
Extreme UV rating
Wed '09/03'
E-NE E-NE
Mph: 10-20
Thu '09/04'
E-NE E-NE
Mph: 10-20
Fri '09/05'
E-NE E-NE
Mph: 10-20
Sat '09/06'
E-NE E-NE
Mph: 10-20

Current Swells

Tue '09/02'
Primary : S / Dropping , 1-2+
Secondary : S / Rising Later , 0-1' now but 2-3' tonight.
Third : E-NE / Dropping , 1 occ 2'

Marine Warnings

Tue '09/02'
Hawaii : None but highs near 90...extreme UV so bring da BullFrog!

Sailing Report

Tue '09/02'
Hawaii : Ultra Light trades with slight chance of sea breezes but trades are trying to come back to normal 10-20.

Diving Report

Tue '09/02'
Hawaii : Real Good for north, west and east side and good for deeper dives along the south coast due to a lingering ssw swell.

Oahu

Spot Direction Height - Hawaiian Scale Height - Face Scale Winds Conditions Comments
Oahu - Sunset E-NE Flat- to 1/2 foot 0 to Ankle Snappers Light Trades diving , paddling and fishin'

Oahu - Pipeline E-NE Flat 0 to Flat Light Trades diving , paddling and fishin'

Oahu - Rocky Point E-NE Flat- to 1/2 foot 0 to Ankle Snappers Light Trades diving , paddling and fishin'

Oahu - Haleiwa COMBO Flat 0 to Flat Light Trades diving , paddling and fishin'

Oahu - Makaha S-SW Flat- to 1 1/2-feet 0 to Thigh Light Trades smooth am...mushy pm

Oahu - Ala Moana S-SW 1- to 2-feet Knee to Waist Light Trades good to excellent

Oahu - Waikiki S-SW 1- to 2-feet Knee to Waist Light Trades good

Oahu - Diamond Head S-SW 1- to 2-feet, occ. 3 feet Knee to Waist occ. Head Light Trades good

Oahu - Sandy Beach COMBO 1- to 2-feet, occ. 3 feet Knee to Waist occ. Head Light Trades good

Oahu - Makapuu E-NE 1- to occ. 2-feet Knee to occ. Waist Light Trades good

Maui

Spot Direction Height - Hawaiian Scale Height - Face Scale Winds Conditions Comments
Maui - North-Hookipa area COMBO Flat- to 1/2 foot 0 to Ankle Snappers Light Trades smooth

Maui - Upper West - Honolua COMBO Flat 0 to Flat Light Trades smooth

Maui - Lower West - Lahaina S-SW 1- to 2-feet Knee to Waist Light Trades good

Maui - South - Kihei S-SW Flat 0 to Flat Light Trades good

Maui - East - Hana E-NE 1- to occ. 2-feet Knee to occ. Waist Light Trades good

Kauai

Spot Direction Height - Hawaiian Scale Height - Face Scale Winds Conditions Comments
Kauai - North - Hanalei COMBO Flat 0 to Flat Light Trades smooth

Kauai - West - Majors COMBO Flat- to 1 1/2-feet 0 to Thigh Light Trades smooth

Kauai - South - Poipu S-SW 1- to 2-feet, occ. 3 feet Knee to Waist occ. Head Light Trades good

Kauai - East - Kapaa E-NE 1- to occ. 2-feet Knee to occ. Waist Light Trades good

Big Island

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

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

Big Isl. - South West - Kona Coast S-SW 1- to 2-feet Knee to Waist Light Trades good

Big Isl. - East - Hilo Coast E-NE 1- to 2-feet Knee to Waist Light Trades good

Big Isl. - SE to S Puna, Ka u Coasts COMBO 1- to 2-feet, occ. 3 feet Knee to Waist occ. Head Light Trades good

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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)

Sep 02, 2014 4:00 AM HST

Synopsis Light trade winds will strengthen slightly today, and remain light to moderate for most of the upcoming week. The trade winds will deliver a few showers to windward areas, especially during nights and mornings.

Discussion Latest observations show that a light easterly flow prevails in the low levels, with winds light enough to allow localized land breezes. The winds are being supported by a distant high that is relatively weak, with weak troughs between the high and the islands contributing to a loose pressure gradient, as is the nearly stationary remnant circulation of Marie, about 1300 miles NE of the islands. Although skies immediately upstream of the islands from Kauai to Molokai contain only isolated showers, an area of showery low clouds lies over windward waters out to 200 miles E of Maui and the Big Island, moving W at 10 to 15 mph.

Today, abundant sunshine is expected over leeward areas, while windward areas will be partly cloudy with a few brief showers. Showers/clouds are expected to be a little more active through tonight over windward Maui and Big Island as the aforementioned area of moisture moves W. After this modest moisture source passes, limited moisture is expected through Thursday. Increased moisture loosely associated with the remnant of Marie passing far NE of the islands may increase windward showers from Thursday night through Saturday. A mid-level ridge near the islands will ensure that the atmosphere remains strongly capped at about 8 to 10 kft.

Trade winds are expected to be slightly stronger today as compared to the last 2 days, as the troughs NW of the islands weaken and the surface ridge to the N strengthens somewhat. The overall synoptic pattern does not support a strong trade flow this week however, but rather a light to moderate flow. Therefore, one of the biggest forecast questions over the next couple of days involves the strength of the trade winds, and whether or not afternoon sea breezes will become sufficiently strong/widespread to drive cloud and shower development over leeward and interior areas. Although a slight increase in leeward sky cover is in the forecast grids for the smaller islands today, no significant pops are indicated. Some uncertainty as to how this will verify. The leeward Big Island is the exception, where leeward clouds and showers are expected every afternoon and evening through the forecast period.

Marine Elevated surf will continue along S facing shores this week. Although surf is currently below advisory levels, forerunners of a very long period S swell /20-25 seconds' are expected to build today and tonight, although at low heights. Latest observations from buoy 51004 and the cdip buoy at Barbers Point show initial energy from this swell is beginning to arrive. As this swell fills in, it will produce surf near advisory levels along S facing shores, likely from Wednesday into Thursday. Will hold off on the issuance of an advisory to see if buoy data shows greater amplitude swell heights, but an advisory may be necessary later today for surf nearing advisory levels on Wednesday.

Forecast models are indicating that a fairly large gale low will develop NW of the islands this week, generating a NW swell that arrives around Monday. Since the low has yet to develop, too early for specifics, but resultant surf looks to remain below advisory level heights along N and W facing shores.

Winds and seas will remain below small craft advisory thresholds at least for the next several days.

Watches/Warnings/Advisories None.

 

BIG SURF PICTURE 8/26/14

SPAC:

The Jet down under has been dominant with equatorial bound (ENE) flows leading to plenty surf, but the last few days its been zonal (west to east) with 2 branches staying the same most this week. By Thursday/Friday there’s another ENE tilt which will enhance a big storm but it'll be sending much of the energy off to our east since the equatorbound flow is far off NZL to under French Polynesia.

Recent: We’ve had nonstop surf for about 2 weeks; 2 Lows tracked SE of NZL Thursday 8/7 and these sources created surf the 1st weekend for the Dukes Oceanfest! Then a powerful Low a few days after with 55kts saw into our window SE of NZL hugging the East coast with a captured fetch. We got 18 sec forerunners Wed the 20th reaching 3’ 15 sec swells or 2-4+ SSW surf Thursday midday and the final Dukes weekend…one of the best weeks for the OceanFest in over 5 years.

Currently, we saw some 4’ sets from the SSW this past F-M from 2 sources: a gale 40kt storm east of NZL mid August. Her fetch head got to 3500 miles away which allowed for head high sets. Then a stronger system further SE of NZL with 47kts added more size over the weekend and into Monday. Some spots peaked 5’ over the weekend but these were special cases/spots. Things level off to head high Tuesday.

Next: Another compact Low SE of NZL tracked east again last Monday-Tuesday and will keep us at 3’ solid before a SSW swell arrives Wednesday.

Next: The Jet set up a long wave trough from Wednesday the 20th. We also saw a big High in the Taz which created solid winds in between the High spinning counter clockwise next to the Low spinning clockwise (opposite spins from the NPAC). This allowed a huge fetch area east of NZL last Thursday-Saturday. The head of the fetch got to within 3000 miles which is about 1000 miles closer than the usual. This means less ocean swell decay over distance and another round of advsry surf filling late Wednesday peaking Thursday into Saturday and even Sunday…High Surf threshold for South swell is 8’ crest to trough which is what typical surfers look for. The NS needs 15’ or twice the size which most surfers don’t look for. Why the large difference is likely extra safety precautions where populations are greatest.

Next: : Models backed down big time on their output a week ago for a new event early Sept. A broad gale Low far east of NZL reached near Tahiti last weekend. Now, it’s going to be 1-3’ South Sunday-Tuesday.

Last couple: Low confidence of models showing a big broad storm up off the Ross Ice Shelf Wed the 27th which fades fast and followed up fast by a much bigger Low Thursday. The issue is the ENE track but side band swell should hit 3 maybe 4’ with long periods Thursday sept 4-6th. Let’s take a better look this weekend.

NPAC

The weak Jet up North is continuing it’s summer position with poor potential for swell enhancement, and tho’ she’s elongated the winds are too light for anything. Most the deeper troughing occurs under the gulf toward the end of the 7 day forecast.

Recent: It’s been quite and average after the long run of Typhoon West swells and Hurricane N swells making Aug the best in memory. Reliable sources like Pat Kelly with over 40 years up there plus, a former NS Capt and SNN eye’s on the country claimed it.

Next: East wrap from hurricane Maria will send long 2-3’ 14-16 second periods producing surf up 4’ around Kahuku and less to select spots toward Haleiwa starting Thursday and into the weekend.

Next: nothing is on the models out over 10 days.

Windward side:

Recently, small 2’ East swell have been dominant but that’s increasing today from 2 Tropical systems:  Lowell and Karina off Baja and weakening. Then it goes up big time with a rare push of 14- 17 second East surf from Cat 5 Hurricane Maria tracking ENE off of Baja (see below). Surf on the windward spots will reach as high as 7’ local scale. We also have two 1030mb High up beyond 40 north or 1200-1500 miles away keeping us in the typical trade wind pattern. So after this upcoming run its back to normal by next Wednesday.

Tropics: Cat 5 Hurricane Maria built this past weekend SSW of Baja and is expected to move NW and weaken to a Tropical Storm before Friday staying over 1200 miles to our NE. She built 40’ seas and will send off some of that High surf advsry East swell Thursday-Saturday. The main feature will be the long periods which refract and shoal off the ocean floor much more than the typical 8-10 sec windswell we usually ride. Watch for spots to break with more power and current.

 

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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