Monday, March 23, 2015

3 23 15 morning call

Surfing and windsurfing on the north shore were both mediocre for me yesterday. Still better than nothing.

Below a pic from Jimmie Hepp that shows a nice windsurfing wipeout.

This early morning I surfed Hookipa (photo report below this post) and it was the usual mediocre wind and windswell induced conditions.
Buoy readings of the Pauwela buoy at 8am:
3.7ft @ 8s from 67° (ENE)
3.2ft @ 11s from 333° (NNW)
2.5ft @ 13s from 323° (NW)
2ft @ 7s from 63° (ENE)

Waves are down, but there were still occasional overhead sets. I'm off all day and that rhymes with the bay.
Also because the Barbers Point buoy has a reading at 7am that says: 0.8ft @ 20s from 191° (SSW).
That't the first sign of the south swell that should hit tomorrow. Nothing yet at the Lanai buoy (Barbers is usually more sensitive) and not much at the Lahaina webcam, but there might be long period small lines later on in the day. I'll stuff my car with all sorts of surfboards.
The high pressure moved east a bit and that makes for slightly more offshore trades. The MC2km map at noon shows the wind hugging the whole north shore, so it should be windsurfing again.
Probably gusty because of the original offshore direction (check the direction on the map in Hana).

The wind map of the North Pacific shows a couple of fetches and that means serene sleep for me.
One of them will send us a medium NW swell on Thursday.
Before that, Tuesday and Wednesday will be pretty small on the north shore, but with a lovely timing mother nature will compensate with the south swell. Love when that happens. Love even more when there's waves on both sides, so the people spreads out.

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