Flossie-generated swell stokes Eastside surf

LIHUE — The passage of former Tropical Storm Flossie generated high surf along the East-facing shores of Kauai and Oahu, the National Weather Service stated.

“The waves were really good early this morning,” said Axel Menezes, a bodyboarder enjoying the Ammonia’s break at Kalapaki Bay on Tuesday morning. “It’s not so good now, but it’ll probably get better again, this afternoon.”

The elevated rough surf generated by Flossie is expected to continue along East-facing shores through Tuesday evening, subsiding to below the high surf advisory criteria on Tuesday night, states the NWS.

“I’ve got my sons out there, surfing,” said Scott Sieverts of Coldwell Banker Bali Hai Realty, who watched his young daughter from the safety of the Nawiliwili sea wall. “Chandler, he’s a regular footer, is out at Ammonia’s and his brother went out with a friend to surf Sidewalks. They are both regular Kalapaki surfers and were in the Deja Vu Surf Hawaii keiki contest, earlier.”

The Kauai Explorer website states East and South facing shores top the surf heights with some surf wrapping to exposed North and West shore locations. Observations from the lifeguard towers indicate surf of 6 to 10 feet on the eastern shore with the Southshore showing 4 to 6 feet and winds of 15 to 25 knots.

“There’s a nice South swell coming in, so things will be fun,” Sieverts said. “That swell should be between 5 to 7 feet.”

The Kauai Explorer website urges beachgoers to watch for changing conditions, powerful surf and currents created by the combined Easterly swell generated from former Tropical Storm Flossie and the building Southwest swell. There is also potential for heavy rains and flooding from the storm.

“The waves were really nice this morning,” said short board surfer David Sullivan. “The waves are getting sloppy with the rising tide, but by this afternoon when the tide goes out, every brudda will probably be here.”

• Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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