Friday, June 05, 2015

6 5 morning call

Yesterday was another fun day on the south shore. To give my paddling muscles a break, I chose to do a bit of SUP surfing.

This photo is to show you the water quality. First hour I was by myself.

Second hour with one other guy. I love when towards the end of a really good swell the Maui surfers get lazy and don't feel like surfing anymore... or don't know there's still waves.
Well, if check this blog, you guys won't have the second problem anymore.

Below is a short clip to give you an idea of how squirly a 6.6 SUP can get.

3.3ft @ 15s from 2° (N)

3ft @ 8s from 98° (E)
2.4ft @ 12s from 90° (E)
2.3ft @ 5s from 76° (ENE)

2.9ft @ 15s from 191° (SSW)

3.6ft @ 13s from 164° (SSE)

Wow, 3.3f 15s from N sneaking up on us at the NW buoy, let's see if that materializes during the day.
No idea where that comes from, let me remind you that the 3f NW swell is forecasted for tomorrow.
At the moment (6am), it's a beautiful windless morning on the north shore, but there's pretty much no waves at Hookipa, as the webcam snap shows below (on the left).
On the right it's the lahaina webcam and that instead shows some action.
Did we need that? Not really, since the buoys went up again as the forecasted reinforcing bump arrived, but webcams are clearly a great tool to verify what the buoy readings show. Sometimes you can gather additional information like local wind, swell consistency and number of people.

Windless on the north shore in the early morning because the trades flow veered a bit to the ESE, and that's what happens when it's like that. Later on there will be some wind wrapping around the point, but not sailable.
MC2km map below is for noon.

Earth wind map doesn't show a single fetch aiming at us and that's why Surfline put the following accurate and succinct sentence in their "Hawaii at a glance" email:
Friday will see a reinforcing pop of fun-size SSW-South swell, then easing through the weekend. Meanwhile, some modest East Andres swell will show for the next few days on the easterly exposures of the Aloha State. And lastly, a post-season pulse of fun NW swell will move in this weekend. However, you better get it now, because next week is looking bleak.

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