HALEIWA, Oahu/Hawaii - The 2013 Reef Hawaiian Pro has seen the world’s best surfers begin their quest for the coveted Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Title at Haleiwa and the original field of 128 surfers has been narrowed down to just 32 via some incredible performances from an international field. A recent flat spell has plagued the event this week, but Surfline, official surf forecasters for the Vans Triple Crown, are tracking a swell that is expected to deliver waves for the final day of the waiting period.
BRIEF OVERVIEW: Only traces for Haleiwa Wed-Fri. Then a new NW-NNW swell is expected to build in over Saturday, peaking at night. Surf will start out very small in the morning for Haleiwa, but steadily increasing through the day with fun size sets rising up over the afternoon (biggest late).
SWELL/SURF: Flat with NW traces.
WIND: Light+ prefrontal SE veering South wind. Mostly cloudy with good chance for passing rain showers.
SWELL/SURF: Flat with NW-North traces.
WIND: Light to moderate South veering SW Kona wind as front nears the islands. Mostly cloudy with good chance for passing rain showers.
SWELL/SURF: Minimal NW and North swells staying under waist high.
WIND: Front passing through the region. Light/variable wind in the early morning, before a light+ NW wind develops and veers North through the day and becoming moderate. Mostly cloudy skies with good chance for passing showers.
SATURDAY 23rd: Last day of Haleiwa waiting period, best option to run. BIGGEST LATE.
SWELL/SURF: The morning starts off with minimal NW swell and surf under waist high. However, a new NW-NNW swell will steadily build in through the day; with sets at Haleiwa picking up around waist occasional chest high into the afternoon (if not sooner), and then hitting chest occasional head high before dark. NOTE – Other spots of the North Shore will be bigger.
WIND: Moderate to breezy NE’erly trade wind. Partly cloudy skies.
SUNDAY 24th: First day of Sunset waiting period looking fun. BIGGEST EARLY.
SWELL/SURF: Easing NW-NNW swell. Plenty of head-overhead waves at Sunset, with occasional sets hitting 2-3 feet overhead or so in the morning (biggest early).
WIND: Moderate to breezy ENE trade wind. Partly cloudy skies.
We’re currently watching the progress of a developing area of low pressure over the central North Pacific. If this storm continues to behave as forecast through the next 24hrs, then a mid period NW-NNW swell (320-340°) will steadily build in over Saturday the 23rd and peak at night. Surf for Haleiwa will start out minimal on Saturday, but expected to gradually increase through the day with surf in the waist-chest occasional shoulder-head high zone by the late afternoon (biggest late).
The NW-NNW swell discussed above will be on an easing trend over Sunday the 24th and into next week, but offering sets at Sunset around head high to 2-3 feet overhead or so on Sunday morning (biggest early). Looking further out for Sunset, forecast charts indicate that another storm currently developing near Japan may slowly push out in the NW Pacific over the next several days. Therefore, the potential is high that we’ll see a run of at least fun size NW swell through the middle to end of next week (27th-1st). Stay posted for the daily updates, still pending development.
An approaching front will bring a rise of southerly wind over Wed/Thurs, before passing through the Islands over Friday with clocking wind. Then high pressure builds in behind the passing trough for the weekend with moderate to breezy NE veering ENE trade winds. Easterly Trades look to continue into the first part of next week as well, before possibly slacking off into mid week as another front approaches the Islands.