A huge northwest swell will move into most north and west shores across the state on Tuesday, with the biggest waves peaking on Wednesday. Dangerous surf heights are expected and could cause wave run-up into low lying areas along the coast.
Wave heights of up to 35 feet are likely for North facing shores, and waves of up to 25 feet for West shores. A high surf warning is in effect for north- and west-facing shores of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai and Maui until 6 a.m. Thursday. Surf along north and west shores of the Big Island will increase Tuesday night.
Giant sized battering waves will pound the shoreline, resulting in very dangerous surfing and swimming conditions.
Each year, pro surfers wait to surf big winter swells in Hawaii. However, the new swell is not expected to give conditions good enough for the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau big-wave surfing contest, according to organizers.
"The likelihood is slim to none," said event organizer Glen Moncata. "This is a fast-moving system that will likely peak overnight and drop throughout the day tomorrow. There will be some waves in the 20-foot range overnight, but very little of the 20+ scale that the event mandates tomorrow. It will be a good opportunity for competitors to warm up."
The holding period for the contest is until the end of February. The last contest ran in 2009 when waves reached up to 50 feet.
In order for the tournament to run, waves at Waimea Bay must reach a minimum height of 20 feet during a single day. The contest has been held only eight times over the past 27 years.
Contest director George Downing will make the final call on Wednesday.