Saturday, September 23, 2017

6.30am Hookipa has relatively clean chest to head high waves.
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Saturday 9 23 17 morning call

Yesterday's conditions at Hookipa shown by this phone by Jimmie Hepp from this gallery. I had my best wave windfoiling session ever at Kanaha instead. Mushy waist high has never been so fun.


4am significant buoy readings
South shore
I couldn't find a single reading showing energy from the south, so I believe today the south shore will be pretty flat. A new Tasman Sea pulse should start showing up later today, but it's more likely tomorrow.

North shore
NW001
1.6ft @ 14s from 345° (NNW)

Waimea
2.1ft @ 11s from 310° (WNW)

Pauwela
2.2ft @ 12s from 334° (NNW)

NW energy hanging in there. Also today Hookipa should have some waves.

Wind map at noon shows declining speed.



A couple of insignificant fetches in the North Pacific mean that the north shore is going to go pretty flat in a few days.


Nothing at all in the other hemisphere either.


Morning sky appears extremely clear again.

Friday, September 22, 2017

6.30am Hookipa has shoulder to head high waves with a little wind.
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6.30am Hookipa has shoulder to head high waves with a little wind.
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Friday 9 22 17 morning call

Just a short but sweet windfoiling session for me yesterday, I was pretty beat up from the long one the day before.

Tonight's the night: Paradigm Lost at 6.30 at the Macc!


And just to get into the mood, here's a video that Kai posted yesterday.


This photo by Jimmie Hepp from this gallery shows the size (and poor shape) of the NW bump at Hookipa yesterday.


5am significant buoy readings
South shore

Hilo
2.8ft @ 11s from 109° (ESE)

No sign of southerly energy at any buoy. The Hilo one shows some energy from a direction that is blocked by the Big Island, so I'm gonna guess that today the south shore will be flat to knee high.
The next pulse of long period energy coming from the Tasman Sea fetch that I highlighted 6-7 days ago should pick up around Sunday.

North shore
NW101
3ft @ 11s from 321° (NW)

Waimea
2.2ft @ 11s from 309° (WNW)

Pauwela
2.6ft @ 11s from 337° (NNW)

If you remember the fetch map that I post every day, you'll remember that the storm that made this NW swell stayed in the same place (blocked by the strong high pressure to its east) for a few days. And that's why for a few days we're gonna have very similar readings at the buoy. This is the third day and it should continue all the way through the weekend.

Wind map at noon. Should be good for windfoiling.
 

The whole next 10 days should be good for windfoiling. Perfect conditions for learning, hit me up if you want to.


North Pacific shows pretty much the windswell only.


South Pacific not even that.


Morning sky looks extremely clear.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

7am Hookipa has waist to occasionally chest high waves  with a little wind. 2.

Thursday 9 21 17 morning call

Yesterday I did for the first time what can be called a brand new discipline: wave windfoiling. The plan was to windfoil upwind and then come back riding the windswell bumps while flagging the sail by holding the uphaul line, but when I got to Upper Kahana I found much better to do. The mix of the windswell and the small NW energy in the water was offering the usual multiple/messy peaks and riding them while on the foil proved to be heaps of fun.

Quite tricky too, as the foil feels the extra lift provided by the wave and wants to come out of the water. By moving the mast foot all the way forward, I managed to successfully ride a few and, even though the waves weren't even remotely as big as the image below, I sure was more on the face then those guys. Two hours of continuous windfoiling action with very little use of the harness beat me up. Last time I sailed for two hours at Uppers must have been spring of 2001. That's how exciting this new sport is.


3am significant buoy readings
South shore

W
2.9ft @ 12s from 117° (ESE)

SE
3.1ft @ 11s from 126° (ESE)

Pat Caldwell affirms that southern shores have short-period breakers from southern hemisphere trade winds as the dominant background surf, but he puts 9 seconds as the period in his table. So, I wasn't too sure those reported readings were just that (I trust the direction indication of those buoys very little). But then I noticed that also the Hilo buoy reports 2ft @ 11s from 118° (ESE), so it's likely that that's what it is. Too bad that, as indicated in the post Buoys to Maui travel times and Maui's shadow lines, the Big Island should completely block that energy (shadow line around 160, see picture below). Nonetheless, I heard there were waist high waves at some spots on the Lahaina side yesterday.


And by looking at those couple of fetches on the map of 7 days ago (Sept 14), I'm gonna guess that there will be something also today.



North shore
NW101
3.8ft @ 12s from 306° (WNW)

Waimea
1.7ft @ 12s from 327° (NW)

Pauwela
2ft @ 12s from 344° (NNW)
4.5ft @ 8s from 82° (E)

Couple of feet @ 12 seconds locally from the NW plus the windswell will make for some breakers at Hookipa... and hopefully Uppers again!

Wind map at noon.


North Pacific shows the NW fetch getting smaller and the windswell fetch.


I circled a couple of tiny fetches in the south Pacific, but they're too weak to send us anything.


Morning sky.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

10am Hookipa has occasional organized sets in the midst of the windswell. Waist to chest, occasionally bigger. Windy.

Wednesday 9 20 17 morning call

I didn't go to Lahaina this morning and I took my time to make this post a bit more content filled, also because there's not much to talk about the current poor conditions. It's a bit of a foil dedicated post and it starts with a video of a very long wave somewhere in Australia, posted by GoFoil.


This other one shows an even longer wave. A wave (or a bunch of connected little waves) is 7 miles long from Maliko to Kanaha. That's what the top downwind foilers are achieving these days on a good day. This one is Dave Kalama filmed by Jeremy Riggs (last part of the video is Bill Boyum on a surf ski).

Maliko Run On A Foil, SUP & Ski from Paddle With Riggs on Vimeo.

For the technical guys, heres a snapshot of the above video that shows that Dave has footstraps on both feet and the back foot is surprisingly positioned over the trailing edge of the mast. Next time I see him, I'm gonna ask him why he likes it that far back.


And that's a section of Step Into Liquid that illustrates how it all started.


Talking about historical movies, maybe this one will become one of them. Remember, this Friday September 22 at the Macc 6.30pm.


A quick glimpse to yesterday's conditions (or lack of there of), this is a photo by Jimmie Hepp from this gallery showing a windsurfer at Hookipa playing with the windswell. Should be a  bit better today, as the buoy readings below suggest.


5am significant buoy readings
South shore

W
2.3ft @ 13s from 199° (SSW)

SE
2.8ft @ 11s from 133° (SE)                      
1.3ft @ 15s from 138° (SE)
 
Well I chose not to go to Lahaina and take it easy this morning, but I might have made a mistake, judging by these surprising readings at the outer buoys (SW one doesn't feel anything, at least at 5am). I'll wait for the 6am ones to became available and eventually decide to go anyway. In which case, I'll post a beach report.

** 7.45am update: Those readings completely disappeared at 6am, plus the Kihei webcams don't show anything, so I'm not going south. Todays it's all about the windfoiling for me. **

North shore
NW101
2.1ft @ 12s from 336° (NNW)

Waimea
1.6ft @ 14s from 327° (NW)

Pauwela
1.8ft @ 14s from 348° (NNW)
4.8ft @ 8s from 75° (ENE)

As predicted, the small NW bump arrived and is hitting the buoys with the (small) numbers above. Some more organized lines will occasionally appear in the midst of the windswell bumps.

Wind map at noon.


North Pacific still shows a small NW fetch and the usual windswell fetch.


South Pacific only shows a small Tasman Sea fetch.


Morning sky.