Monday, April 20, 2015

4 20 15 morning call

Conditions at Hookipa yesterday were pretty average as this photo shows. Windswell is pumping, so it's still a lot better than flat.

Wind map shows a little NW fetch, but I have a comment on the limiting effect of what that big area of trades can have on it. I noticed throughout the years that NW fetches in spring/summer time usually produce smaller swells compared to winter. It is my opinion that the windswell generated by the trades, by travelling head first into the NW swell will reduce its size. One of those things I'm never gonna be 100% sure of.

 World wind map still shows a tiny fetch down south.

MC2km map not updated yet, here's the winguru bottom of the page showing another very strong wind day.

4.8ft @ 10s from 44° (NE)
4.4ft @ 7s from 89° (E)
3.8ft @ 8s from 95° (E)
1.8ft @ 15s from 119° (ESE)

5.3ft @ 8s from 33° (NE)
2.5ft @ 12s from 334° (NNW)
1ft @ 15s from 288° (WNW)
0.3ft @ 4s from 29° (NNE)

5.7ft @ 9s from 87° (E)
4.4ft @ 7s from 71° (ENE)
3.7ft @ 7s from 79° (ENE)
2.3ft @ 13s from 335° (NNW)

2.2ft @ 8s from 174° (S)
1.6ft @ 15s from 206° (SSW)
0.9ft @ 3s from 45° (NE)
0.8ft @ 5s from 163° (SSE)

2.6ft @ 7s from 140° (SE)
2.2ft @ 15s from 200° (SSW)
1.2ft @ 10s from 293° (WNW)
0.6ft @ 12s from 247° (WSW)

No NW readings at the NW buoy means that today's NW swell (2.3f 13s at Pauwela) is not gonna last long. But today will be bigger than yesterday.

Still only 1.6f 15s at the Lanai buoy with a slightly better reading at Barbers( 2.2f 15s).
Below is the map of 7 days ago, showing the fetch right on top of New Zealand. The fetch of the day after will be a lot better and that means that the south swell will be bigger tomorrow. Provided that 7 days IS the travelling time.
It seems to be confirmed by the NOAA guys:"Surf along south facing shores will be 3 to 5 feet today, and then 5 to 7 feet on Tuesday."

I'm on it early anyway (probably no report from Hookipa, since I'll be leaving in the dark), because I still have to decide which boards to take with me to Bali. And that's the biggest concern I have right now in my life. Not a bad one to have.


Rik said...

With 'south facing shores' do they/you mean area around lahaina? Or La Perouse? Havent surfed the south shore yet

Anonymous said...

Both Lahaina and LP are exposed to south. So is the whole coast between them. GP

(Ben) Jamin Jones said...

GP, a few years ago Pat Caldwell noted that warmer air in spring storms does not mix as well down to the surface and therefore does not produce a comparable swell for a given fetch as an equivalent winter storm. -Ben