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Oahu Hawaii live surf report & news with weather 10-day forecast, surf news and conditions for Ala Moana, Backyards, Barbers Point, Haleiw, Kailua, Laniakea, Log Cabins, Maili Point, Makaha Point, Makapuu Point, Off-The-Wall, Pipeline & Backdoor, Queens/Canoes (Waikiki), Rockpile/Heisler Park, Rocky Point, Sandy Beach, Sunset, Tracks, Velzyland, Waimea Bay, Waimea Offshore, daily reports for swell, tsunami warnings, temperatures, wind & more. See details below...
 
 
Surf Conditions
Surf Reports from Oahu
Diamond Head reported 2-3 ft at 7:00 AM HST.
Swell direction from the SSE. Swell period is 10 seconds. Wind is ENE 5-10.
Waikiki reported 0-2 ft at 2:30 PM HST.
Wind is NE 15. Canoes
Sandy Beach reported 2-3 ft at 2:30 PM HST.
Wind is E 10-15. Shore Break
Makapuu reported 1-3 ft at 2:30 PM HST.
Wind is ENE 15-20.
Ehukai reported 0-1 ft at 2:30 PM HST.
Wind is ENE 5-10.
Sunset reported 0-1 ft at 6:00 AM HST.
Wind is ENE 5-10.
Makaha reported 0-1 ft at 2:30 PM HST.
Wind is E 5-10.
Surf Zone Forecast for Oahu
Hazards
No high surf advisory or warnings.
Forecast
NOTE: Please check with local authorities regarding beach closures.

Surf along south facing shores will be 2 to 4 feet through Thursday.
Surf along north facing shores will be 2 feet or less through Thursday.
Surf along east facing shores will be 2 to 4 feet through Thursday.
Surf along west facing shores will be 1 to 3 feet through Thursday.
Outlook
Outlook through Wednesday August 12: A short period southeast swell will persist over the next several days. The Big Island will block some of this small swell from reaching the remainder of the islands. A long period swell moving up from the southern hemisphere will become small as it approaches the islands. As trade winds strengthen, small surf along east facing shores will build through the weekend.
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.
Collaborative Surf Discussion
Collaborative Surf Table
FORECAST
DATE
SWL
HGT
DMNT
DIR
DMNT
PD
H
1/3
H
1/10
HGT
TEND

PROB
WIND
SPD
WIND
DIR
SPD
TEND
1PM
08/03
3NNE934DOWN12-18ESAME
5E512SAME
2SE1023SAME
TUE
08/04
5E613UPLOW13-19EUP
2SE1023SAMELOW
1SSW1613UPLOW
WED
08/05
6E734UPLOW15-20EUP
2SE1023SAMELOW
2S1535UPLOW
THU
08/06
6ENE835UPLOW15-20ESAME
2SE1023SAMELOW
2S1435DOWNLOW
FRI
08/07
6ENE835SAMELOW15-20ESAME
2SE913DOWNLOW
2S1224DOWNLOW
2NNW1023UPLOW
SAT
08/08
7ENE846UPLOW17-21EUP
2SE913SAMELOW
2S1535UPLOW
2NNW913DOWNLOW
Collaborative Surf Table Legend

LEGEND:

SWL HGTOpen ocean swell height measured from trough to crestin feet located 20 nautical miles offshore
DMNT DIRDominant direction typically +/-10 degrees in 16 compasspoints
DMNT PDDominant period in seconds
H1/3Significant wave height in the surf zone
H1/10Average height in the highest one-tenth waves in the surfzone
HGT TENDHeight tendency of swell (valid values: UP/DOWN/SAME)
PROBProbability of occurrence (valid values: HIGH/MED/LOW)
WIND SPDOpen water wind speed measured in knots located20 nautical miles offshore
WIND DIRWind direction in 16 compass points
SPD TENDWind speed tendency (valid values: UP/DOWN/SAME)
Disclaimer
Surf heights will vary between different beaches and at the same beach at different break areas.
Collaborative Surf Discussion (html formatted)

DISCUSSION: SUMMARY.... Low-end summer surf.

DETAILED:. Mid Monday on northern shores has decreasing, short-period breakers from 10-20 degrees. Heights are expected to favor tiny levels by Tuesday.

The weekend NNE event peaked locally Sunday 8/2. It was generated by a nearly stationary, compact, near-gale low pressure in the Gulf of Alaska 7/28-29. This event should fade on Tuesday.

A broad area of low pressure in the Bering Sea tracked east 8/1-3. It placed strong to near-gale breezes south of the Aleutians with most direct aim at targets NE of Hawaii. The fetch was closest to Hawaii, about 1800 nm away, early 8/3. Seas barely surpassed 12 feet. With the low magnitude and long travel distance, only a tiny to small event is predicted locally. It should pick up Friday 8/7 from 330 degrees and drop on Saturday from 345 degrees.

Otherwise select exposures to trade wind swell should trend up for the latter half of the week as described below.

Mid Monday on eastern shores has breakers at an east side minimum. Heights should remain low on Tuesday.

Waves are at a minimum 8/3 because the center of high pressure was more NW of Hawaii over the weekend and an upper level trough aided to weaken the upstream trades to mostly gentle speeds E to NE of Hawaii out 800 nm 7/31-8/2.

The high pressure system has shifted east to a position north of Hawaii 8/3. ASCAT satellite late 8/2-3 shows a large area of fresh trades has formed within 135-145W south of 30N with moderate to fresh pockets closer to Hawaii. The fresher breezes are modelled to shift westward making for a long fetch. This should trend up the dominant wave period in Hawaii midweek, and in turn, the local surf. Heights should climb to near average from 60-90 degrees by 8/5 PM and hold about the same into Friday. Hints of surf a notch higher for the weekend.

Mid Monday on southern shores has breakers at a south side, summer minimum. It should be similar on Tuesday.

Southern hemisphere and equatorial trades within fresh to strong levels covered a large area within 120-150W over 20S to 7N last week. Southern Hawaii NOAA buoys 51002 and 51004 show this source from 120-160 degrees as the dominant swell that is just above the threshold in wave period to distinguish it from wind waves. This source should be long-lived, making small breakers for SE exposures this week. Models hint at a minor decrease 8/7-8.

An east-moving gale low S of New Zealand 7/27 began an equatorward track near 160W 7/28. The ocean surface winds weakened to mostly near gales as the fetch stretched toward the subtropics. ASCAT 7/29 AM showed the head of the fetch to 35S. The fetch towards Hawaii mostly ended 7/30 as the seas were aimed toward the NW well SW of Hawaii.

The initial stage could bring low, inconsistent, long-period surf locally 8/4 from 190-200 degrees. Better odds for the moderate wave period stage with surf building from 170-190 degrees to near average 8/5. It should peak Wednesday night and slowly fade to background by 8/7.

Into the long range, the south side should be at a minimum 8/9-14. The north side could get another tiny NNW event 8/10 from another system 8/4-6 centered in the Bering Sea with fetch hugging south of the Aleutians.

East side likely to top the heights 8/9-12 with average or a notch higher trade wind swell from 60-90 degrees.

Long range forecasts are subject to major revisions.

The next Collaborative Forecast will be updated Wednesday, August 5.

This forecast was produced through the collaborative efforts of NWS and NCEI. Please send suggestions to w-hfo.webmaster@noaa.gov or call the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at 808-973-5275.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: See https://www.weather.gov/hfo/marine

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