Big Wave Updates
World buzzes as swell looms large
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 January, 2015 - The world's premier paddle wave could host its first-ever BWT event in the second half of the 2014/2015 season. With a promising swell on the horizon for next week, event organizers for the Big Wave Tour (BWT) have put the Pe'ahi Challenge on Yellow Alert. on Yellow Alert. Surfline, the World Surf League's official forecaster, has been monitoring a new storm system generating off the coast of Japan that could likely produce the required wave heights of 25+ feet for the Hawaiian islands.
The commissioner's office will decide Monday morning, January 19, whether or not a Green Alert will be called. If the storms continues to behave as expected and a Green Alert is called surfers will have 72 hours to pack, prep and head to the break.
Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau
Two other contests could benefit from the surge: the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau, which would run at Oahu's Waimea Bay, and the 2015 XXL Big Wave Awards, which is open for entries and has seen award-worthy submissions from Pe'Ahi already in the mix.
With the BWT kickoff event, the Punta Galea Challenge, in the books, Surfline has been keeping tabs on conditions for potential starts at the remaining Northern Hemisphere events -- Pe'ahi and the Todos Santos Challenge. Surfline tracks swell systems daily, looking for conditions that will produce waves of 25 feet or bigger.
The World Surf League will broadcast the Pe'ahi Challenge and the Eddie, should they run, on the World Surf League homepage.
Surfline Forecast for Oahu: An XXL swell is looking more and more likely for Wednesday the 21st, slowly easing for the second half of next week. Another very solid swell is possible for the 24th.
North Pacific: Confidence continues to increase that a more significant and XXL WNW swell (290-310) will then move in for Wednesday the 21st, from a strong storm that is forecast to move off of Japan throughout this weekend. If this storm behaves as forecast it will generate the largest swell of the season, peaking Wednesday and slowly backing down through the second half of the week. Stay tuned, we'll have more details in the next couple days as we see this storm progress.