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Whatever you can do...Thank You. David Kalani Foster was diagnosed with stage IV liver cancer in November 2013. Due to the advancement of his condition he has not undergone any treatment and Doctor’s predicted he will have no more than a year. Well it’s been seven months and he is still here with us. With his faith in God Kalani remains positive and strong and has said “it’s all in God’s hand, but I will do my best to have faith and remain positive; miracles do happen” ... Read the Full Story
Day 2, Men's Round1-2 is ON LIVE. Tons of Big Names! The U.S. Open of Surfing. Recent: heats up + Malia Manuel reflects on her '08 win.  Men's round 1 is ON today with small rippable surf. Kai Barger wins his trial heat. The second day of competition at the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing saw 32 trialists battle for four spots in the prestigious Prime-rated men's event in Huntington Beach.The third of eight Prime-rated events on the 2014 ASP Qualification Series schedule, the Vans US Open of Surfing offers crucial points towards qualification for the Dream Tour. Read the Full Story
We have a solid SSW for the 15TH ANNUAL REDWINGS MEMORIAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS OF HANDBOARDING AND PAEPO BOARDING It's a one of a kind event at a one of a kind venue: Point Panic off Kewalo basin! Based on the SNN forecasted conditions for this Saturday and Sunday (4' solid Saturday from the SSW with 14 seconds), the Meet Committee has decided to go to RED ALERT for this weekend. This means that the events are ON STANDY for this week...end. We will make a final call by Wednesday afternoon, but conditions look very promising. If we run, we will begin beach entries around 6:30 and will have the first heat in the water by 8:00 at the very latest. Please help pass the word, and we hope to see you there...Aloha, REDWINGS Memorial Events Committee Read the Full Story
Carissa Moore looks to defend her crown at the U.S. Open Huntington Beach, California - The 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing is set to kickoff, with the nine-day marathon event running from Saturday, July 26 through Sunday, August 3, 2014 at the historic Huntington Beach Pier. Stop No. 6 of 10 on the 2014 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT), the ASP Top 17 will headline the event alongside a Men’s Prime Qualification Series (QS) contest, dual Pro Juniors and several expression sessions and surf celebrations. Read the Full Story
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
Ends Thursday...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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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
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Waves, Winds, Weather compliments of The Honolulu Surf Film Festival through 7/31.

Your exclusive SNN Observations for this Tuesday, July 29th  640am

Real nice day setting up with some dry cloudiness windward-mauka. Light Trades filling in 10-20mph. Small 1' high tide 530am drops out to the .4' at 1130am pushing to a big 1.7' High at 6pm

NORTH
: Holding the background tiny 0-4 inch ankle snappers from the WNW+NE for select reefs. Most spots are flat; smooth light offshores. See our new SNN Laniakea & Chuns Cams.  West: Makaha is holding a 15 sec SSW+WNW hint at 0- occ 1' behind the reef; super long waits and its smooth AM smooth to lite offshores later; diving and paddling are the better call. Town: Holding a little today at Ala Moana (check our new Bowls CAM), Kaisers, Kewalos etc. from the 15 sec period SSW + hint of S-SE at 1-2' w/ some slightly higher sets at channel reefs possible with good conditions and 15 guys out at Bowls. Diamond Head: Holding on the long period 15 sec S-SW & holding on the S-SE at 1-2' and maybe the occ 2.5' later, fairly clean sideoffshore now at Cliffs and Right Hands.  Check out our new Diamond Head Cam! Sandy's: Held on a combo of S-SW, SE & trade wrap at solid 1-2' maybe occ 2.5' with decent waves from Full Pt. to Pipelittles to chambers.  East: Makapu'u: Holding on trade swell at 1-2' mostly, maybe occ 2.5' from the left side to middle mostly and a bit smaller at Keiki's...10-20 onshores and typical chop.

BIG Picture updated Friday 7/25 HERE

Events, News etc.

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Surf Report

Surf

North
Tue '07/29'
Holding - NW+NE
HAW: 0-1/2
FACE: 0-1
15 sec WNW; clear, clean
Wed '07/30'
Holding - NE
HAW: 0-1/2
FACE: 0-1
Thu '07/31'
Holding - NE
HAW: 0-1/2
FACE: 0-1
Fri '08/01'
Holding - NE
HAW: 0-1/2
FACE: 0-1
Sat '08/02'
Rising - NE
HAW: 0-1
FACE: 0-1.5
isolated
Haleiwa
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
Wed '07/30'
Time
Ht.
H 5:14 AM 0.9 ft.
L 9:31 AM 0.3 ft.
H 5:08 PM 1.4 ft.
L 10:57 PM 0.1 ft.
Sunrise: 6:04 AM
Sunset: 7:11 PM
Thu '07/31'
Time
Ht.
H 6:06 AM 1 ft.
L 10:21 AM 0.4 ft.
H 5:40 PM 1.3 ft.
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Sunrise: 6:04 AM
Sunset: 7:10 PM
Fri '08/01'
Time
Ht.
L 11:30 PM 0.1 ft.
H 7:05 AM 1 ft.
L 11:24 AM 0.6 ft.
H 6:14 PM 1.1 ft.
Sunrise: 6:05 AM
Sunset: 7:09 PM
Sat '08/02'
Time
Ht.
L 12:07 AM 0.1 ft.
H 8:13 AM 1.1 ft.
L 12:52 PM 0.7 ft.
H 6:56 PM 1 ft.
Sunrise: 6:05 AM
Sunset: 7:09 PM

West
Holding - S-SW
HAW: 0-1.5
FACE: 0-2
clear, clean
Holding - COMBO
HAW: 0-2
FACE: 0-3
Rising - SSE+SSW
HAW: 0-2
FACE: 0-3
Rising - S-SW
HAW: 1-3
FACE: 2-5
Rising - S-SW
HAW: 1-3+
FACE: 2-5+

South
Holding - S-SW
HAW: 1-2+
FACE: 1-3+
clear, clean
Holding - SSE+SSW
HAW: 1-3
FACE: 2-5
Rising - SSE+SSW
HAW: 1-2+
FACE: 1-3+
new 1' 17 sec SSW
Rising - S-SW
HAW: 2-3+
FACE: 3-5+
3' 15 sec swells
Rising - S-SW
HAW: 2-4+
FACE: 3-7+
buoy peak: 3-4' 14 sec
Honolulu Harbor
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
Wed '07/30'
Time
Ht.
L 12:31 AM 0.2 ft.
H 6:16 AM 1.1 ft.
L 11:36 AM 0.4 ft.
H 6:10 PM 1.8 ft.
Sunrise: 6:04 AM
Sunset: 7:11 PM
Thu '07/31'
Time
Ht.
L 1:02 AM 0.2 ft.
H 7:08 AM 1.2 ft.
L 12:26 PM 0.6 ft.
H 6:42 PM 1.6 ft.
Sunrise: 6:04 AM
Sunset: 7:10 PM
Fri '08/01'
Time
Ht.
L 1:35 AM 0.2 ft.
H 8:07 AM 1.3 ft.
L 1:29 PM 0.7 ft.
H 7:16 PM 1.4 ft.
Sunrise: 6:05 AM
Sunset: 7:09 PM
Sat '08/02'
Time
Ht.
L 2:12 AM 0.2 ft.
H 9:15 AM 1.4 ft.
L 2:57 PM 0.8 ft.
H 7:58 PM 1.2 ft.
Sunrise: 6:05 AM
Sunset: 7:09 PM

East
Holding - E-NE
HAW: 1-2
FACE: 1-3
partly clear, bumpy
Holding - E-NE
HAW: 1-2+
FACE: 1-3+
Holding - E-NE
HAW: 1-3
FACE: 2-5
Holding - E-NE
HAW: 1-2+
FACE: 1-3+
Rising - E-NE
HAW: 1-3
FACE: 2-5

Winds
Hawaii
Tue '07/29'
E E
Mph: 10-20
Wed '07/30'
E E
Mph: 10-20+
small craft: channels
Thu '07/31'
E E
Mph: 10-20
Fri '08/01'
E E
Mph: 10-20
Sat '08/02'
E E
Mph: 10-20+
small craft for channels

Current Swells

Tue '07/29'
Primary : E-NE / Holding , 1-2'
Secondary : S-SW / Holding , 1-2+
Third : W-NW / Holding , 0-1/2'

Marine Warnings

Tue '07/29'
Hawaii : Small craft for channels of Maui and Big I.

Sailing Report

Tue '07/29'
Hawaii : Good with moderate easterly trades filling.

Diving Report

Tue '07/29'
Hawaii : Good for N-W,S shores, fair for deeper dives along the east side

Oahu

Spot Direction Height - Hawaiian Scale Height - Face Scale Winds Conditions Comments
Oahu - Sunset NE Flat- to 1/2 foot 0 to Ankle Snappers Trades good

Oahu - Pipeline NE Flat- to 1/2 foot 0 to Ankle Snappers Trades diving , paddling and fishin' WNW of inches

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

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

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

Oahu - Sandy Beach COMBO 1- to 2-feet Knee to Waist Trades fair to good

Oahu - Makapuu E-NE 1- to 2-feet Knee to Waist Trades choppy

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 Trades bumpy

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

Maui - Lower West - Lahaina SSE+SSW Flat- to 2-feet 0 to Waist Trades good

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

Maui - East - Hana E-NE 1- to 2-feet Knee to Waist Trades wind blown conditons

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'

Kauai - West - Majors COMBO Flat- to 1/2 foot 0 to Ankle Snappers Trades smooth

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

Kauai - East - Kapaa E-NE 1- to 2-feet Knee to Waist Trades wind blown conditons

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

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

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

Big Isl. - SE to S Puna, Ka u Coasts COMBO 1- to 2-feet, occ. 3 feet Knee to Waist occ. 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 28, 2014 4:00 AM HST

Synopsis
High pressure far northeast of the state will maintain moderate trade winds across the islands. Showers carried by the trades will affect mainly windward and mauka areas. Winds will strengthen somewhat in the next couple of days.

Discussion
Rather fair weather continues across the state early this morning, with only a few passing showers affecting windward and mountain areas at times. The usual slight increase in cloud coverage overnight did not really materialize, and this is in lieu of the somewhat typical early morning Lihue and Hilo sounding profiles, in term of PW values. The Lihue sounding revealed a slightly less unstable air mass while the Hilo sounding trended the other way. Latest satellite imagery revealed areas of low clouds just east of the islands early this morning, with high clouds streaming from the south covering the Big Island at times. The incoming low clouds may bring a little more showers to the area later this morning, mainly to windward and mountain areas. An upper level trough will remain near the islands, and will probably keep atmospheric conditions a little unstable. Still expect low level moisture to be limited in the island vicinity today as indicated by forecast models. This will lead to less showers, in terms of areal coverage.

A surface high will remain nearly stationary far northeast of the state through much of this week and will provide trade winds to the state. While little changes are expected with this high, the islands will see a slight increase in winds at times as the pressure gradient tightens somewhat across the area due to the low pressure far south of the area. Forecast models indicate a drier air mass will persist in the island vicinity through the next couple of days. Therefore, typical summer trade wind weather will prevail across the area through the middle of the week, with passing showers focused mainly across windward and mauka areas. Winds may be locally breezy at times.

Latest model solutions are closer in term of the pending possible surge of tropical moisture from the southeast weather scenario. Looks like the bulk of the moisture may reach the Big Island late Thursday into Friday, then spread to the rest of the island chain through the weekend. The islands will experience another bout of muggy conditions, with the potential for heavy rain.

Marine
Winds will be near small craft advisory levels for the typically windier coastal waters around Maui and the Big Island at least through the middle of the week. Therefore, a small craft advisory remains in effect for those areas at least through Wednesday.

A series of small southerly swells may bring minor bumps on south facing shores, with a slight increase on Thursday night. Short period trade wind swell will continue across east facing shores, possibly increasing a bit in the coming days as trades strengthen. No other significant swells are expected through the next several days.

Watches/Warnings/Advisories
Small craft advisory until 6 pm HST Wednesday for Maalaea Bay, Pailolo and Alenuihaha channels, Big Island leeward and southeast waters.

 

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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