2014 Winter Swell: Super-Sized surf expected Wednesday, maybe largest in decade

Update #2:   Pictures – Hawaii North Shore Swell Biggest in Decade

Update #1: PipeLine may reach 40 to 50 feet.  With pictures.  Read more at NorthShoreHawaii…

Wednesday 22, 2014:

NORTH SHORE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) –

The consistently large surf we have been experiencing so far this winter season may have been just a warm-up for Wednesday.

The National Weather Service (NWS) and other wave forecasters continue to say the swell on Wednesday could be the biggest of the year and perhaps the decade.

Organizers of the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave surf competition say the waves will be big enough, but perhaps not good enough. A cold front is expected to move across Oahu on Wednesday bringing the possibility of heavy showers and unfavorable on-shore winds just as the biggest waves are arriving. “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.”

Not everyone is looking forward to the epic swell. There are a number of North Shore beachfront homes that have already lost large chunks of land to beach erosion and this won’t help. Some homeowners are worried that any further deterioration of the beach could send their homes tumbling into the ocean.

The American Red Cross is standing by, “We have a lot of volunteers on hold and we have supplies ready if needed and we’re just waiting to see what happens,” said Penny Lindsey, American Red Cross volunteer. “Hopefully no one would lose a home but if they did we have support a available.”

By the way, today’s surf is no slouch. There is one large northwest swell declining this morning and another building this afternoon. A High Surf Advisory is up and will remain posted through Tuesday morning for the north and west shores of Kauai, Oahu and Molokai, and the north shores of Maui.

The wave-making weather system to the west of us has developed as expected and its hurricane force winds are creating open ocean swells in the 20-foot range. That could translate to wave faces of 30-45 feet when the energy reaches the North Shore on Wednesday.

Organizers of the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave surf competition say the waves will be big enough, but perhaps not good enough. A cold front is expected to move across Oahu on Wednesday bringing the possibility of heavy showers and unfavorable on-shore winds just as the biggest waves are arriving. “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.”

Not everyone is looking forward to the epic swell. There are a number of North Shore beachfront homes that have already lost large chunks of land to beach erosion and this won’t help. Some homeowners are worried that any further deterioration of the beach could send their homes tumbling into the ocean.

The American Red Cross is standing by, “We have a lot of volunteers on hold and we have supplies ready if needed and we’re just waiting to see what happens,” said Penny Lindsey, American Red Cross volunteer. “Hopefully no one would lose a home but if they did we have support a available.”

By the way, today’s surf is no slouch. There is one large northwest swell declining this morning and another building this afternoon. A High Surf Advisory is up and will remain posted through Tuesday morning for the north and west shores of Kauai, Oahu and Molokai, and the north shores of Maui.

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Jim Caldwell Redondo Beach
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Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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