Surf’s up this weekend on north and west shores

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Zach Zane streaks across the face of a wave at Paia Bay on Friday morning. The Wailuku-based MMA fighter was getting in some ocean time before heading to Alaska for a bout in Anchorage scheduled for Wednesday. He said the bout can be seen on UFC Fight Pass.

SECOND PHOTO: Wave watchers tempt fate at Hookipa on Friday afternoon as they try to get up close to the large swell hitting Maui’s north shore. There is a high surf warning in effect through 6 p.m. Sunday with 40- to 50-foot waves expected along north-facing shores of Maui and Molokai, the National Weather Service said Friday. The surf will build to 25 to 35 feet along west-facing shores of Molokai. The surf is expected to peak tonight and hold at warning levels through the weekend. An extremely large, long period northwest swell is responsible for the big surf. Beachgoers and those along shorelines should expect ocean surges and sweeping waves and swimmers, rip currents. The surf could generate flooding and damage to coastal properties and roadways.

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