U.S. National Weather Service reports that Hawaii is about to get slammed by a giant northwest swell, predicted to be the largest surf in over a decade. Graphs are forecasting wave heights in the 40-50 ft range.
“Hawaii hasn’t experienced waves this large since 2004,” Sam Houston reported to CNN. Houston is a forecaster with the weather service. A high-surf warning is in effect for much of the state until Friday morning and forecasters say “giant breaking surf,” dangerous currents and significant “coastal inundation” are possible.
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“Excited to see what tomorrow brings,” pro surfer Casey Goepel said, currently residing on the North Shore of O’ahu. “Stormsurf.com is calling for it to be 20ft @ 18 seconds. The winds are not great for the North Shore, but luckily there are three other sides to this beautiful island.”
Despite the massive heights, adverse winds called a “NO-GO” for the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau. Click here to read more.
The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is a one-day big wave event requiring waves face heights of around 40 feet (20-foot open ocean swell). The event was last held on December 8, 2009, when it was won by California’s Greg Long, and has only been held a total of eight times in its 29-year history, adding to the event’s mystique and prestige. It has until February 28, 2014, to run this winter if and when the combination of required wave face heights and rideable conditions arise.
“We have taken all the time we can to assess the developments of the next big swell and it does not look favorable for us,” said event organizer Glen Moncata. “The size is there, but the quality is not, due to strong, adverse winds. We will continue to wait for the right conditions.”
The event has until February 28, 2014 to run, requiring just one day of quality surf with waves face heights of around 40 feet (20-foot open ocean swell). With a very active winter of big waves in play, the waiting game continues.
The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau was last held on December 8, 2009 – won by California’s Greg Long, and has only been held a total of eight times in its 29-year history, adding to the event’s mystique and prestige.
However, there will be some spots that align for epic rides in the Hawaiian Islands. Use precaution, and when in doubt, don’t go out!