This is how my best wave looked, later in the post you'll find the whole clip.
This is how Jason Hall's best wave looked. Better surfer, better photographer, better resolution, better post processing editing, better everything. This shot is a masterpiece, IMO.
As pointed out in yesterday's call, Hookipa had waves too. I surfed it at 3pm (btw, 2 blog reports yesterday... I'm doing it! Check the blog during the day for updates) and it was solid head high (which means mostly head high with overhead sets) and a bit all over the place.
5.6ft @ 9s from 30° (NNE)
3.3ft @ 9s from 218° (SW)
2.8ft @ 16s from 184° (S)
1.6ft @ 12s from 208° (SSW)
0.9ft @ 22s from 212° (SW)
Hookipa should be a bit smaller than yesterday (probably head high, without the solid), but once again I couldn't care less, because with 3f 16s and 1f 22s I'll go south.
Not suggesting you should do the same (actually, please don't). I prefer long period waves and don't mind driving, it's a matter of personal preferences.
The wind map shows only a NW fetch (swell should pickup Saturday afternoon). Notice the lack of strong winds around the islands.
Confirmation of the light winds by the models on windguru.
Here's the weather maps of the south pacific from Oct 1, 2 and 3. Just to give you an idea of where the energy from the south comes from and tell you that it's gonna last quite a few more days.
See those fetches S/SE of New Zealand? I think the best is yet to come...
Read Pat Caldwell if you want a better explanation.
And, last but not least, here's the wave of the day for me. No, I didn't see waves like that at Hookipa.
And this is the same wave as shot by Jason from the channel.