Thursday, December 18, 2014

12 18 14 morning call

6am main swell buoy readings:
5.4ft @ 8s from 103° (ESE)           
3.7ft @ 12s from 322° (NW)
2.6ft @ 11s from 338° (NNW)
1.8ft @ 17s from 229° (SW)

Maui north shore (indicative of what's in the water on Maui's north shore)
5.4ft @ 8s from 62° (ENE)           
3.1ft @ 11s from 349° (NNW)
2.3ft @ 3s from 66° (ENE)

West lanai Maui north shore (indicative of what's in the water on Maui's south shore)
1.8ft @ 8s from 187° (S)
1.2ft @ 12s from 201° (SSW)
0.8ft @ 11s from 199° (SSW)
0.7ft @ 4s from 1° (N)
Not a sign of the new NW swell at the NW buoy at 6am. My guess is that the Pipe Masters won't run today. There's gonna finish it Friday and Saturday.
The wind is strong, but fortunately it's easterly and that's a good direction for there.

As far as Maui goes, you can read yourself the mix of swells on tap. Classic day with a lot of windswell ruining some originally clean NNW lines.
Below is the 2km map of 10am, just to give you an idea of how strong the wind is forecasted for today. The dark purple means 20-25 knots.
But don't forget that strong trades in winter mean heavy rain. So ironically it often happens that the stronger the flow, the more squalls move through and the more lulls of wind after the rain there are.
That's actually one of my favorite moments to windsurf at Hookipa. Everybody comes out and I enjoy the beauty of the "surf and slog" light wind wavesailing discipline.
A discipline in which finesse counts much more than power and I love even more than usual my extremely light sail.
The Hot Sails Maui Firelight is the lightest sail I've ever used and as such the best (for my tastes).

No new swell for today in Maui, but tomorrow at 8am surfline is calling for 9f 15s from 330, so a pretty solid one.
I'm a bit late again, but I should post a pic from Hookipa in half an hour or so. Hang in there.

Have fun in the sun everyone!

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