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Huge waves heading for Hawaii's shores

Surfers at Waimea Bay on Saturday Surfers at Waimea Bay on Saturday
Brian Keaulana Brian Keaulana

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A pair of enormous ocean swells are brewing in the North Pacific, bringing anticipation that some of the largest waves in years could be hitting the northern shores of the Hawaiian Islands. Forecasters are predicting that Saturday will bring sets of 25-30 feet with waves up to 40 feet in some locations. Sunday will see wave heights diminish somewhat, but will still be at advisory levels.

An even larger swell is expected to arrive on Monday, continuing into Tuesday and possibly Wednesday. That swell could bring waves in the 30-40 foot range, with some forecasts calling for up to 50 foot faces in some locations.

Organizers of the Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau surfing tournament, commonly known as "The Eddie" are optimistic that the tournament may be held in the next few days. The contest is only held when waves at Waimea Bay are in the range of 30 feet or more. When conditions are favorable, 24 of the world's foremost big wave surfers are invited to Oahu to participate. "The Eddie" has only been held seven times since its inception in 1985.

"I look forward to this contest every year, this is the 25th annual for me. When it happens it happens, you just gotta be ready. I'm hoping it's going to happen. I've been training every single year for this, always waiting for this to happen. So I think this is the year" said  Brian Keaulana, one of a handful of surfers to have surfed all seven Eddie Aikau contests.

Surf is also expected to be large on western shores. Predictions call for 12-20 foot faces on west-facing beaches Saturday. A "wrap-around" effect is also expected, where northwesterly swells are so large that they wrap around to eastern sides of the islands and increase wave heights there.

Top photo source: Keoni Ahler

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