Wednesday, December 10, 2014

12 10 14 morning call

4am main swell buoy readings:

Maui north shore (indicative of what's in the water on Maui's north shore)
10.5ft @ 14s from 332° (NNW)

West lanai Maui north shore (indicative of what's in the water on Maui's south shore)
    3.4ft @ 14s from 303° (WNW)
1.5ft @ 10s from 240° (WSW)
0.4ft @ 6s from 224° (SW)
Predicting an epic day of surfing when the buoys are up and the forecast is for not a breath of wind all day was easy task yesterday.
What I didn't think it was going to happen is that thanks to the pristine clean conditions, Hookipa would look doable even on a 9f 15s swell (that's what it was at sunset). I feel like I missed the opportunity of setting a personal record...

This morning is 10.5f 14s and I don't think I'm going to be there at dawn to take the usual photo.
Gonna be epic again in the morning.
The wind map below in fact, shows the lack of wind, but it also shows a weak front (I drew a red line) that is now just arriving over Kauai.
I also circled yet another fetch that will send us yet another swell on Saturday. This one will be quite westerly (at the beginning at least).

The satellite image below shows the weak front reaching Kauai.

What's behind fronts? Northerly winds! And that will mean the end of the pristine conditions.
Below is the maui county @ 2km maps for 7am and 2pm. Can you see the difference?

Oh well, the wind is coming back. Can't be epic every day, otherwise it wouldn't be epic by  definition. Plus it's good to alternate the sports and give your surfing muscles a little rest.
So no complains in the 808. It's winter, complaining should be illegal.

Have fun in the sun everyone!

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