Tuesday, November 03, 2015

11 3 15 morning call

Yesterday morning Hookipa was fun surfing, even though it felt like it became a bit too small after having been a bit too big for many days.
Hopefully we'll get some days of my favorite head high size at one point.

Action shot from yesterday is my student who enjoyed absolutely perfect conditions for her level on Maui's south shore: 1.5f 15s made for some perfect and clean waist high waves.

Not exciting enough?
Allright, here's Maui's north shore well known surfer Toddy on a bomb at Honolua on that big swell last week. Photo by Onemore Foto.
Onemore foto

Buoys 4-5am
4.4ft @ 8s from 88° (E)
4ft @ 10s from 339° (NNW)
2.9ft @ 7s from 117° (ESE)
2.3ft @ 13s from 187° (S)

3.2ft @ 8s from 38° (NE)
1.7ft @ 11s from 336° (NNW)
1.3ft @ 5s from 38° (NE)
1.1ft @ 14s from 346° (NNW)
5.6ft @ 8s from 75° (ENE)
2.2ft @ 5s from 76° (ENE)
0.9ft @ 15s from 23° (NNE)

2.4ft @ 7s from 159° (SSE)           
2ft @ 14s from 195° (SSW)
0.3ft @ 4s from 193° (SSW)

Not sure where those 4f 10s from 339 at the NW buoy went, but it seems like there's no sign of them at the Pauwela one, which instead records pretty much windswell only.
They might as well gone with the travel. Shorter periods decay faster than longer ones. In fact, Waimea reads 1.7f 11s and that's probably the remaining of those original 4f. Most likely, that energy never made it (and never will) to Maui.
So it seems that we have a very small day ahead of us on the north shore.

Fortunately those 2f 14s at the Barbers buoy might provide a good alternative. Mandatory check the lahaina webcam before hitting the road is my advice.
High tide in the morning might actually kill the small waves all around the island.
Below are the weather maps of Oct 26, 27 and 28 if you want to know where this small south swell is coming from. See the fetch SE of New Zealand?
Good direction on the 26, then it went a bit more zonal (means west to east) on the 27 and back to a better south to north direction on the 28.

Today's wind map shows a small fetch in the NW corner, a larger but weaker trade wind fetch and a pretty solid one down south. This weekend's south swell will have a second peak around Tuesday.
Notice also how we are at the very edge of the trade winds area.
You can appreciate that better on the proper weather map below. But to know what the wind is going to do today, as usual, check the MC2km maps (link n17) whenever they will get updated.
Skipper meeting for Amateurs, Masters and Youth of the Aloha Classic is at 10.30, we'll see if competition resumes (I'm gonna guess not, seen the lack of waves). The Pro's are already released. They're probably gonna wait for the weekend swell for them.

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