Sunday, October 19, 2014

When i pulled into the lookout there was a well overhead big set. Not much after that, but here is another one while i am typing...

10 19 14 morning call

4am main swell buoy readings:

5.3ft @ 17s from 334° (NNW)
3.7ft @ 6s from 60° (ENE)
3.3ft @ 9s from 359° (N)
2.7ft @ 7s from 36° (NE)

Waimea bay
5.5ft @ 17s from 331° (NNW)
2.4ft @ 9s from 333° (NNW)
2.2ft @ 11s from 7° (N)

Maui north shore
3.5ft @ 6s from 83° (E)           
3.4ft @ 18s from 336° (NNW)
3.2ft @ 9s from 357° (N)
2.2ft @ 11s from 7° (N)

West lanai
4.6ft @ 7s from 203° (SSW)
1.4ft @ 18s from 296° (WNW)
1.1ft @ 11s from 223° (SW)
0.9ft @ 13s from 222° (SW)

easy call this morning. I'm definitely not interested in chasing elusive hurricane swells, specially when they show only 4.6ft @ 7s and specially when there's a solid new NNW swell in the water and on the rise.
3.4f in Maui while Wailea is already 5.5f means that the swell is going to grow pretty fast and by the time the sun is out it might already be a bit too big for my tastes at Hookipa (expect a photo/report) soon.
In which case, all the other "secondary" spots will be the call. Paia bay, Tavares, Kanaha, just to name a few.

Below is the wind map of this morning. Notice how Ana is already SW of Kauai (lots of rain there) and the strong high pressure cell to the north of us.
Notice also how the wind is hitting Maui from a ESE direction and that could make for no wind to light sideoff on the north shore. At least at dawn. I'm not even going to try to predict what it's going to do in the afternoon with a sky so full of clouds like the one we'll have today.

Have fun thinking about the sun everyone.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

10 18 14

Maui north shore
5.3ft @ 8s from 92° (E)
3.4ft @ 11s from 350° (N)
3.2ft @ 7s from 90° (E

West lanai
2.8ft @ 11s from 177° (S)
0.9ft @ 10s from 170° (S)
0.6ft @ 6s from 341° (NNW)

SE Hawaii
5.3ft @ 7s from 149° (SE)
3ft @ 12s from 1° (N)
1.6ft @ 5s from 123° (ESE)

It's hurricane Ana day and every surfer will be searching for waves.
SE buoy shows the Ana swell and it's nothing to get excited about. 5f 7s... that's nothing. Yet.
All the beach parks are going to be close.
The session will be at Hookipa from 6 to 8 before the lifeguards possibly call everybody out of the water.

Below is the radar image that shows the kind of rain we'll have to deal with today.

Have fun in the rain with no pain!

Friday, October 17, 2014

10 17 14

4am main swell buoy readings:

    3.4ft @ 13s from 336° (NNW)
2.9ft @ 9s from 79° (ENE)
1.8ft @ 8s from 53° (ENE)
1.4ft @ 6s from 60° (ENE)

Waimea bay
    3ft @ 14s from 351° (N)
2.7ft @ 9s from 359° (N)

Maui north shore
    4.6ft @ 9s from 73° (ENE)
3.4ft @ 14s from 360° (N)
1.5ft @ 4s from 70° (ENE)

West lanai
1.4ft @ 14s from 260° (W)
0.9ft @ 4s from 172° (S)
1.6ft @ 12s from 193° (SSW)
While the SSW swell fades, a lovely N swell will keep the north shore surfers busy. Don't forget the ENE one and happy spot selection!

This is Ana's latest forecast track. I'm a little bummed that it won't go north of us (like Julio did and provided us with plenty waves on the north shore), but I'm looking forward to the killing of the wind that will create, once it passes.

Sorry, no time to add more... I got to go meet the couple that hired me as a surf guide. Yesterday we surfed a spot on the lahaina side pretty much by ourselves and it was glassy knee to waist high perfection. They were stoked. I'm gonna throw something a tad more challenging to them today.

Have fun in the sun everyone!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

At 1pm the Bay has occasional shoulder high sets. Very inconsistent though.
Lahaina is waist high.

4am main swell buoy readings:

4.9ft @ 8s from 36° (NE)
2.2ft @ 15s from 344° (NNW)

Waimea bay
3.1ft @ 9s from 17° (NNE)           
3ft @ 11s from 355° (N)
1ft @ 3s from 33° (NE)

Maui north shore
5.3ft @ 9s from 45° (NE)           
2ft @ 15s from 11° (NNE)
1.9ft @ 11s from 354° (N)
1.9ft @ 6s from 65° (ENE)

West lanai
2.3ft @ 13s from 202° (SSW)
1ft @ 11s from 191° (SSW)
0.8ft @ 5s from 169° (SSE)
0.7ft @ 6s from 189° (S)

Lots of swells in the water.
A new long period (15) N swell is on its way up. Should reach 4f late afternoon, but it's already 2 at the Maui buoy, where you can also see a 5f 9s windswell from exactly NE.
And Lanai shows a SSW that still hangs in at 2.3f 13s.

In other words, there's plenty options to go surf.
I have a couple of customers hiring me as a surf guide. Appointment is at Minit Stop in Paia at 5.30.
With a new N swell on the rise, I might take them to the bay. At 6.30 I'm guessing less than 10 people in the water. Getting paid to go surf Honolua Bay. I've done worse jobs.

Trade winds will blow depending on the cloud cover.
Below the latest track for Ana.

Have fun in the sun everyone!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Smaller than yesterday unfortunately. I haven't seen anything bigger than waist high the whole way. That's Launiupoko.
High tide pretty much all day. Cheers.

10 15 14 forecast

4am main swell buoy readings:

6.5ft @ 9s from 13° (NNE)
1ft @ 15s from 343° (NNW)

Waimea bay
4.9ft @ 9s from 2° (N)
1ft @ 4s from 38° (NE)

Maui north shore
5.1ft @ 9s from 2° (N)
2.3ft @ 4s from 67° (ENE)
1ft @ 16s from 20° (NNE)

West lanai
2.7ft @ 13s from 198° (SSW)
0.8ft @ 7s from 179° (S)
0.8ft @ 5s from 163° (SSE)
0.4ft @ 9s from 197° (SSW)
Despite the ENORMOUS information that the buoys give you, some days it's still hard to decide where to go surf. This morning instead, there's absolutely no doubt that the call will be Lahaina.
The Lanai buoy reading is the same as yesterday, so I'm calling chest to occasionally shoulder/head high sets.

From my place in Kuau to Lahaina is 29 miles, which is exactly what my car does per gallon. That means that the round trip costs me 8 bucks. Kinda pricey, but as long as I catch at least 8 waves so I can keep the cost per wave below 1 dollar each, I'm fine.
A coffee is more than that. And I love the glassiness of the dawns over there.

The afternoon will most likely offer wind/kitesurfing action on the north shore. Nothing epic though, since there's "only" 5f 9s in the water.

The talk of the week will be the Tropical storm Ana that is forecasted to become a hurricane and pass by very close to the islands. Here's the latest track forecast. You can check more updated ones here.

I love the game of picking the right spot for the conditions, and when hurricanes are involved, that game goes to another level. Too early to do it now, because it will highly depend on where the eye will actually be when it passes by, but I can't help myself but formulating a million possibilities in my head...
All wasted neurons. The call for any day is to be made in the morning of that same day (unless you have a boat or a jet ski and plan on using it). That's what I'm trying to do with this daily forecast.
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Have fun in the sun everyone!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014