High Surf Information

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All the information you need, contained in a single solution, to guide fast and effective decisions when time matters most.

Your source for high surf hazard information

Our DisasterAWARE Pro platform, as well as our Disaster Alert™ public app, provides information about high surf happening around the world. Information is derived from a variety of scientific monitoring agencies.

Reporting Threshold

DisasterAWARE provides high surf hazard information for most shores with 8-foot full-face surf heights from trough to crest.


√ Hawaii Only (Automatically Processed)

Disaster Alert Mobile App

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SmartAlert™ Advanced Early Warning for High Surf Hazards

DisasterAWARE Pro now includes PDC’s proprietary SmartAlert technology. You select the areas and hazards to monitor and we’ll alert you to threats within or approaching those areas automatically.

Alerting severities:

Severity levels are designated by the authoritative reporting agency. The following thresholds are for Hawaii.

Location Wave Height
North-Facing Shores 15ft
West-Facing Shores – Big Island 8ft
West-Facing Shores – Remaining Islands 12 Ft
South-Facing Shores 8 Ft
East-Facing Shores 8 Ft
Location Wave Height
North-Facing Shores 25Ft
West-Facing Shores – Big Island 12Ft
West-Facing Shores – Remaining Islands 20 Ft
South-Facing Shores 15 Ft
East-Facing Shores 15 Ft

Available Formats

Professional versions: SMS Text | Email | App Alerts
Public version: App Alerts Only

Be Aware and Prepare

Always heed instructions from local authorities and receive alerts about major hazards from PDC’s DisasterAlert app or on the DisasterAlert website.


Act now

If authorities have issued a high surf warning for your area, remain out of the water!

  • Remain out of the water. Know your limits: “when in doubt, do not go out.”
  • Do not turn your back to the ocean.
  • Rock jetties can be deadly in such conditions. Stay off rocks and away from dangerous surf.

Plan ahead

Live in or plan to visit an area that experiences high surf?

  • Know your area’s risk for high surf.
  • Monitor surf forecasts and local conditions.
  • Plan activities away from high surf areas.

Hazard Brief

Real-Time Impact and Needs Assessment

Through DisasterAWARE Pro and Disaster Alert you get access to PDC’s unique exposure modeling capabilities—providing accurate assessments of exposure and need for hazards in any part of the world.

How to access Hazard Brief (available for all hazards)

Helpful Features and Layers

DisasterAWARE provides layers of information to help assess the impacts of high surf hazards. These include but are not limited to:

• Ocean current velocity*
• U.S. watches, warnings and advisories*
• Ship observations*
• Ocean buoys*
• Wave height forecast
* = For disaster management practitioners only

Are you a disaster management practitioner and want to know more?

Specialized High Surf Products

for Disaster Management Practitioners

DisasterAWARE provides specialized situational analysis reports for use by disaster management practitioners. Some of these are generated automatically with every advisory, while others are custom created by PDC as needed to support hazard response.