Saturday, August 29, 2015

8 29 15 morning call

Scored a great session on the south shore yesterday. Only two people and waves like this.

It's the first time I witness a west swell that wraps around both the north and the south shore of Maui. Hookipa had waves too, as this photo from Jimmie Hepp with Sarah Hauser clearly shows.

5.5ft @ 15s from 281° (WNW)
5.4ft @ 8s from 33° (NE)

3.5ft @ 8s from 12° (NNE)
2.7ft @ 16s from 322° (NW)

3.2ft @ 15s from 247° (WSW)
2ft @ 11s from 231° (WSW)

This west swell is incredibly long lasting. It's out of that typhoon that sat offshore Japan for a long while a few days ago. Gonna slowly go more N, but it's still pretty west at the NW buoy.

Couple of fetches also on today's wind map. NW one very weak.
Actually there's another larger fetch way south that isn't showing in the above pic. It is in the below one. South swell in a week.
Even NOAA knows about it: "Outlook through Friday September 4: the current west-northwest swell will gradually subside through Monday. Surf may reach the high surf warning threshold along east facing shores early next week, but the timing and size of this swell remains uncertain since it depends on the track and strength of hurricane Ignacio as it approaches the islands. An increasing south swell is anticipated to arrive Thursday which could rise significantly Friday. "

Yep, east swell from Ignacio coming up too and they summed it up very well.
That's Ignacio's position right now. Making waves for Hana only at the moment, but it will move more north with a better angle for Maui. Hopefully not too close.


 It'll be windy today, but the direction seems a bit onshore.
Went out very early this morning, so the Hookipa report is just below this post. Pretty crowded.

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