Friday, October 31, 2014

Fun size short period honolua bay

4am main swell buoy readings:
Maui north shore
9.1ft @ 10s from 5° (N)
2.3ft @ 3s from 65° (ENE)
1.9ft @ 13s from 351° (N)
1.5ft @ 15s from 1° (N)

West lanai
1.5ft @ 13s from 199° (SSW)
0.8ft @ 5s from 164° (SSE)
1.5ft @ 9s from 182° (S)
0.7ft @ 16s from 197° (SSW)

Everything went as predicted yesterday at the Aloha Classic.
Congrats Boujmaa for a brilliant win and good luck to the PWA contest that will begin today in very challenging conditions...

South shore still not dead, but I'll try to get onto those 9f 10s from N. Don't expect a photo from Hookipa... there's no need, btw. It's going to be close to unsurfable.

Below is the wind map of today. Notice the huge high pressure cell north of the islands that will keep the trades up for the whole duration of the contest (do those guys know how lucky they were? Yeah, they do... I told them many times already).
Notice also the fetch in the very top left corner that will send us the NW swell on Tuesday that will last quite a few days.
Considering that Sunday there will still be waves from the N (even though on the way down) and that the PWA might need that day too, I'm going to recommend the AWT judge to run the kids on Monday, which seems to be the only day with small waves (yet not flat) of the waiting period.
I predict the Amateurs to start on Tuesday and run for the rest of the week.

Have fun in the sun everyone, I'm off to surfing a very sharky place!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Solid size a bit messy. Thats exactly what you would expect 6f 9s from N to be at hookipa

10 30 morning call

4am main swell buoy readings:
Maui north shore
6.1ft @ 9s from 358° (N)
West lanai
2.2ft @ 13s from 199° (SSW)

Yesterday everything went as I predicted and today it will be the same.
The AWT pro division will be completed. The top (not sure how many) riders will advance to the PWA contest, which, I believe, will start right after.
It's absolutely clear that these first 4 days are the best of the waiting period, that's why I'm so sure about that.

Anyway, there's 6f 9s from the North and I'll probably post a picture from Hookipa later.
South shore offers fun size too.

Below is the maui buoy graph that shows how quickly the waves picked up yesterday. Very close to the Surfline forecast I posted in yesterday's post.

This is the 2pm wind map (all the websites I use are listed and linked on the right) which shows why today should be another day full of action at the windsurfing contest.
The only threat is posed by that line of clouds that is approaching the islands and we all know how much the wind in Maui likes a sunny Haleakala. But the pressure gradient is there, so it's a matter of it's gonna blow 20 or 25 really...

Have fun in the sun everyone!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

10 29 14 morning call

4am main swell buoy readings:
Maui north shore
3.4ft @ 8s from 76° (ENE)
2.8ft @ 5s from 63° (ENE)
1.6ft @ 12s from 359° (N)

West lanai
1.7ft @ 15s from 199° (SSW)
1.2ft @ 12s from 190° (S)

Today is the first day of the Aloha Classic, here's my outlook for the event.
Plenty wind throughout the whole period (and that's a really good thing, since they have a stupid number of heats to run), the not so exciting part will be the waves.
Never really flat, but never epic either.

The priority is to run the AWT pro division as soon as possible, so that they will have the names that will join the PWA group and start that.
Below is the Surfline forecast that seems to be done just for that.

As you can see, wave wise, the best days will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with Wednesday afternoon and Sunday morning with some potential. I think they need two days for the AWT pro and two days for the PWA, so those could be squeezed just in there.
Next week (below) doesn't look too bad either.

Fun size (4f 15s) NW swell slotted for Tuesday/Wednesday and after that the wind will get pretty strong and that will create a serious windswell (purple swell topping at 10f 8s on Thursday).
For the Hookipa (and mine) standards, that is considered poor (excellent would be 6f NW swell and light wind), but still plenty ramps to play with. I bet jumps will count too for most of the contest.

Don't forget the small SSW swell on the south shore, have fun in the sun everyone!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

6.3ft @ 8s from 43° (NE) and 4ft @ 11s from 355° (N) with a bit of wind already.
Looks like a 2.5 to me.

Friday, October 24, 2014

10 24 morning call

4am main swell buoy readings:

Waimea bay
3.1ft @ 13s from 329° (NW)
2.7ft @ 6s from 42° (NE)
1.6ft @ 9s from 349° (NNW)
0.9ft @ 3s from 44° (NE)

Maui north shore
3.9ft @ 7s from 61° (ENE)
2.1ft @ 9s from 11° (NNE)
1.9ft @ 13s from 334° (NNW)
1.2ft @ 3s from 64° (ENE)

West lanai
1.8ft @ 13s from 203° (SSW)
1.3ft @ 16s from 199° (SSW)
1.1ft @ 10s from 187° (S)

NW on the rise today and a bit of south. I'm busy still hired as a surf guide (those guys scored!), so no pic from Hookipa later because I'll be driving elsewhere in the dark...

Have fun in the sun everyone!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

3.6f@12s. There's some fun peaks and no wind, but the swell dropped a lot.
Forgot to do the morning call: there's waves in lahaina too.