Sunday, December 14, 2014

12 14 14 morning call

4am main swell buoy readings:

10.3ft @ 15s from 323° (NW)         
6.1ft @ 8s from 24° (NNE)
4.2ft @ 10s from 359° (N)
1.6ft @ 7s from 52° (ENE)

Maui north shore (indicative of what's in the water on Maui's north shore)
9.5ft @ 15s from 327° (NW)           
4.1ft @ 8s from 353° (N)

West lanai Maui north shore (indicative of what's in the water on Maui's south shore)
2.9ft @ 17s from 278° (W)           
1.3ft @ 8s from 210° (SSW)
0.7ft @ 6s from 204° (SSW)
0.3ft @ 4s from 163° (SSE)

Well, I was wrong about the wind forecast yesterday. Next time I'll stick to what extremely sophisticated mathematical models that run on extremely powerful computers say...
Adapting to the conditions is a key factor to have fun, so I did the windkooking thing at Hookipa and it turned out to be a lot of fun, with the first sets of the new WNW arriving in the afternoon.
The good thing of such a westerly direction is the lack of consistency in the arrival.
If you watched Pipe in the morning, you noticed that once the swell turned on, it was pretty consistently big.
Instead here in Maui there were sets every 5 to 10 minutes and that made it for a really easy sail out.
Here's a photo from yesterday's session taken by FishBowlDiaries (you can find them on facebook).
I had a strong gust and with my poor skills I chose to do a safe little air landing off the back.
I circled the section I should have hit to do a proper one instead. But it's still early in the winter to risk injuries.

Today we have 9.5f 15s and that's pretty big.
Here's the buoy graph that shows the swell peaking this morning in Maui.

Below instead is the graph of the NW buoy that shows that the swell had a first peak around noon yesterday (the one we'll have this morning in Maui) and then it went up again during the night.
Notice also the lower part of the graph that shows how the direction changed to a more northerly direction.
The 5am reading is 10.3ft @ 15s from 323°. Yesterday the swell started from 302.
That means that the second day of the swell (today) the waves are going to be bigger and more consistent in Maui, since they will blocked a lot less from the other islands.

The wind is forecasted to be strong (20-25) all day, grab your sails and kites and have fun in the sun everyone!


jasonihall photo said...

Thanks GP, rolling the dice out west this afternoon. Hopefully the sun will come out for photo ops and maybe a surf on the new sled.

cammar said...

Hi Jason,
not much of a dice roll for the waves, since there will be plenty. Not sure about the sun though! Good luck!