Surfline Official ForecastDec 16, 2015
Mid period NW to NNW swell will trend down through the day on Thursday, with a further fade to leftovers Fri/Sat. A small, new N swell is possible on Sunday. Strong, breezy trades prevail over the next few days.
6-8 occ. 10’ faces (4-6’ Hawaiian) in the early AM, but trending down through the day.
Swell/Surf: NW/NNW swell will trend down all day, with the largest waves in the morning. Backdoor should see some good waves with the swell direction/period.
Wind/Weather: Moderate E trades in the morning, becoming strong/breezy E to ENE trades over the afternoon.
3-4’ faces (2’ Hawaiian) off much smaller NW swell leftovers.
Swell/Surf: Much smaller NW swell leftovers.
Wind/Weather: Moderate to breezy E trades in the morning, becoming strong to very strong E/ENE trades over the afternoon.
2-3’ faces (1-2’ Hawaiian) off much smaller NW swell leftovers.
Swell/Surf: NW swell fades toward flatness.
Wind/Weather: Moderate to breezy ENE trades in the morning, becoming strong/very strong E to ENE trades over the afternoon.
3-5’ faces (2-3’ Hawaiian) off possible new N swell. Favoring Off-the-Wall, smaller at Pipe.
Swell/Surf: Modest, new N swell could move in, although swell direction would favor Off-the-Wall versus Pipe.
Wind/Weather: Moderate to breezy E trades in the morning, becoming strong/very strong E to ENE trades over the afternoon.
Wave heights chart.
Swell/Surf Outlook For Pipe
The NW swell that peaked during the first half of the day today will trend down through the day on Thursday. Direction will shift more NNW and dominant swell period will be a little shorter than today (320-340+ at 13-15 seconds). Size will be roughly half of what we saw when the swell peaked this morning, but still good for overhead waves and occasional sets pushing double overhead in the morning. The swell direction and period will favor Backdoor vs Pipe.
Smaller leftovers from the NNW prevail Friday and Saturday.
Confidence is increasing that we’ll see a small bump of N swell on Sunday. This is not the ideal direction for Pipe, but some fun waves could show for Off-the-Wall and possibly a few at Backdoor in the head high range. Stay tuned.
Strong, gusty E/ENE trades are expected Thursday through the weekend (lightest in the mornings). We should see more showery weather for the end of the week and weekend as well.
Next Update: By Thursday evening, December 16th (if necessary)