Saturday, December 20, 2014

12 20 14 morning call

4am main swell buoy readings:

Maui north shore (indicative of what's in the water on Maui's north shore)
6.2ft @ 13s from 334° (NNW)
5.8ft @ 9s from 69° (ENE)
2.9ft @ 4s from 79° (ENE)

West lanai Maui north shore (indicative of what's in the water on Maui's south shore)
2.4ft @ 13s from 290° (WNW)
1.2ft @ 16s from 220° (SW)



1ft @ 5s from 165° (SSE)

6f 13s IS my favorite size to surf one of favorite spots and you can be sure I won't miss that opportunity if the visual observation will confirm that.
Sorry I need to be more precise: 6f 13s on a declining swell (would not be out there on a increasing one). And the swell is declining, as the NW buoy graph clearly shows below.

This is the graph of the maui buoy instead. You can see how it started to decline during the night, while it was pumping all day yesterday.

Since I got the compliments for a good call from one of the Hookipa windsurfing photographers, I'm gonna try to call the wind again. Below is the wind map (at 6am).
I circled the fetch NW of us that is still producing the big swell that will hit on sunday/Monday.
I also circled the circulation of the air around the high pressure cell that is moving east and I tried to drew an arrow with the wind direction of today.
Hopefully you can see that it's ESE.
I then did a zig-zag scratch on the area of light wind that will delight us tomorrow with some epic surfing conditions that unfortunately are only going to last one day, before the winds will turn north.

One more map for the windsurfers/kiters. MC2KM at 1pm shows how offshore the wind will be.
Looks like windsurfing might not happen at all down the coast and considering that the waves will be a lot smaller than yesterday, I'm not even sure it will happen at Hookipa!
The surfing will be clean (well... maui clean!) all day and it's a Saturday, so the 10 man rule might keep the windkooks out of the water! I work at 2, I'll try to post pics from the beach to update you guys of that situation.

Wait, one more!
See those 1.2ft @ 16s from 220° on the Lanai buoy? That means there's small waves on the south shore (you can judge the size by yourself on the lahaina fish company webcam when the sun will be out) and below is the map of the southern pacific of 7 days ago that show a nice fetch just east of New Zealand that generated them.

Have fun in the sun everyone!

No comments: