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article imageHawaii braces for massive waves triggered by 'super swell'

By R. Francis Rubio     Jan 23, 2014 in Travel
Forecasters are predicting waves of up to 50 feet in height to lash the shores of the Hawaiian islands this week, due to a "giant northwest swell."

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Known for its beautiful beaches and driving surf, the shores of Hawaii are some of the most coveted destinations on the planet for professional surfers and beach-goers alike. However, due to what forecasters are calling a "super swell," many of Hawaii's beaches will be temporarily closed to the public, including the island of Oahu's famous North Shore.
The National Weather Service in Hawaii said it is expecting 40- to 50-foot waves to slam Hawaii, including the North Shore of Oahu, starting Wednesday and has issued a high-surf warning for most of the state until Friday.
The forecasted waves are expected to be the biggest in over a decade, which prompted authorities and organizers of the Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave invitational to postpone the annual big wave event.
Most would think that big surf would be ideal for a big wave competition, but organizers of the event say that the waves are expected to be pleasingly large for us, however, the wind conditions pose a problem.
Event organizer Glen Moncata told CNN: "We have taken all the time we can to asses the developments of the next big swell and it does not look favorable to us." Moncata went on to say, "The size is there, but the quality is not, due to strong, adverse winds." Organizers say they will keep waiting until the end of February to reschedule the event.
Due to the high-surf warning, lifeguards have already hung yellow hazard tape along some areas and are warning people to stay out of the water. According to local news station KHNL/KGMB, The American Red Cross is on stand by with volunteers and supplies to aid any residents affected by the wind and waves.
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