Friday, November 27, 2015

11 27 15 morning call

Yesterday morning I posted this photo on Facebook saying:
You know you've been injured for three weeks when even paia bay looks like a lot of fun.
True to the spirit of the contest, The Invitational's Committee hasn't shown up yet, it's more like a mid day thing.
Hope you go surfing if you can.

A friend of mine commented:
Only the end of summer or an injury can make Paia bay look good
To which I replied:
I was dreaming of being out there, missing the good ones, catching the bad ones, getting disappointed by the lack of shape...All those things I was missing very much.
I like to be a bit dramatic once in a while...

Anyway, the Paia Bay Invitational did happen and the photo below summarizes it.

Halfway through the contest I went to shoot the few windsurfers that I knew were sailing Hookipa.
This is Antoine Martin.

There were some big sets. This is Camille Juban in front of a peak that I measured four times overhead.

The same wave became only three times overhead in the last section. Between the two sections, Camille dropped a nice turn, but that wave wasn't easy to ride. None of them was, actually. Very bumpy and not peeling nicely.

Beauty on the guardrail.

Sunset was nice.

Below is the graph of the three buoys.
NW is reading only 10.3ft @ 8s from 68° (ENE) at 6am and I believe that is one of those glitches when the Surfline software fails to separate the energy of two different swells hitting the buoy. It coincides with the black line in fact, which is what you get when you read the buoys directly on the NOAA site (which I strongly recommend not to do).
I'm pretty sure it will go back to showing two (smaller) swells at the next reading.
Anyway, I tried to spot the two peaks of the swell at the NW buoys (8+ feet) and at the Pauwela (6+).
Travel time around 12/14 hours and a couple of feet lost on the way. Everything as one would expect MOST of the times. But not always.

Still plenty energy at 6am at Pauwela, but that is going to decrease all day.
No sign of the new bigger swell at the NW buoy yet, Maui will not see that happening today.
As a result, no Honolua (nor Sunset Beach) contests today.

For once, I'll add also the real weather map on top of what I call the wind map. They are the same thing, the wind map is made out of a weather map after the some software calculates the wind speed associated with the pressure distribution at sea level.

But the wind map sure is nicer and easier to read for the non experts, so here we go.
Two strong fetches: a NNW and a WNW one.
First one is what we saw on the map yesterday and it shows that the direction from which the waves coming from it are going to arrive in Maui is pretty much perfect for Honolua Bay. That will be around Sunday/Monday.
The second one is "brand new", coming off Japan and just like it is supposed to do in this time of the year, it will move east and get much better in the Maui swell window. That's when I'll talk about it more in detail.

Maui county @ 2 km map at noon shows the wind that it shows.


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