Friday, March 06, 2015

3 6 15 morning call

Yesterday the wind picked up enough for the windsurfers to go out at Kanaha. More onshore than usual, but at least they were having fun.
Just like Robby Naish, who had Hookipa all to himself (before other kiters came).

Very onshore wind, he was going goofy stance on the lefts and I saw him getting barreled a couple of times. Then I grabbed the camera and took this pic. So, the kite is pulling downwind and is slowing him down enough to get covered. That wave didn't offer a barrel, but you can picture how it happened. A very chandeliered barrel, but still a barrel. Very impressive.

This inverted nose grab into a backloop instead for me wasn't even remotely as impressive as the sick table tops he does on a windsurfer (on which once you took off the gravity is only pulling your gear down), but the control and the relaxed body language still were.

No need for buoy graphs today (which you find at link n.11), the windswell is pretty steady and the NNW swell went up to 3f 12s in Maui. Pauwela readings:
6.6ft @ 9s from 29° (NNE)
3.2ft @ 12s from 333° (NNW)
3.1ft @ 4s from 20° (NNE) 


But what counts is the wind and the rain. Both are pretty bad. reports 19mph from N at 8am. And here's how the radar looks.
Water vapor map shows that we're on the edge of those water saturated clouds that are moving east quite horizontally. The loop of these images is link n.7.
Wind prediction at noon from Maui County 2km is pretty esplicit. That's a more onshore than usual direction, plus the rain... I don't know about wind related sports today, but if that's all you do, then you probably would take anything.
Thank god I surf!

Pacific wind map shows a big north fetch. Related swell is already hitting (where do you think this windswell comes from?), but the top of the fetch has stronger winds and that is going to send some slightly longer period (and bigger) waves around Monday.
Have fun not in the sun everyone!

PS. All the sources for this post are permanently linked in the links section on the right of this blog.


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