Friday, November 21, 2014

11 21 14 morning call

4am main swell buoy readings:

Maui north shore (indicative of what's in the water on Maui's north shore)
5ft @ 8s from 77° (ENE)
3.9ft @ 11s from 332° (NNW)

West lanai Maui north shore (indicative of what's in the water on Maui's south shore)
1.7ft @ 13s from 253° (WSW)
Well, as usual 4f 11s would be pretty fun to surf at Hookipa if it wasn't for the 5f windswell and the active wind on it, but it's Maui and that is the norm.
We got spoiled last weekend (and most of last winter!) by the light Kona wind.
So no bitching around and go get them!

Below is the wind map of this morning.
You can see a humongous fetch that will send humongous waves to the Oregon coast.
Unfortunately, that region is at a latitude where two dreadful things happen:
- the fetch often reaches the coast and it's onshore wind
- the water temperature is freezing.
A little luckier are California and Baja that will get the angular spreading of it, but the water is still too cold for my likes.
That's what I need to think later on while surfing the Maui windswell brutalized waves: at least it's warm!

Three surf contests about to happen in Maui:
- the final ASP Women contest at Honolua Bay (nov22 - dec 6)
- Hi-Tech Surf Bash at Pavillions
- the annual Paia Bay invitational (organized by some friends of mine and always a lot of fun to compete in) on Thanksgiving day.

Here's a bit of the surfline forecast, from which I'm gonna guess that they won't run the first couple of days of the ladies' contest and they will start on Sunday. Monday will have waves, but the wind will be very unfavorable, so a local call will be necessary. The wind will get a little better on Tuesday, but still far from ideal, so it's on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday that I see the best window of opportunity.
6f, 12s from the north will be on tap for Thursday (which is good news for the PBI also!), but that is a closely generated one and will not be picture perfect Honolua bay, that's for sure.
A couple of good additional days will be on Dec 2-3, with 8f, 12s from NNW to finish it off.

Of course I'll keep you guys posted, now let's go catch those 4f we have in the water.
Have fun in the sun everyone!

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