Tuesday, January 12, 2016

1 12 16 morning call

Yesterday's report starts with this photo of Tomoko Okazaki. Somewhere on the north shore.

You needed to know where to go though (and how to ride those big waves), because as I wrote in my mid morning update(s), the north shore was too big and washed out pretty much everywhere.
This is one of the few spots that was working and there were still some big cleanup sets.

This photo is by Scottie Williams and shows that also the south shore was still pumping.

I had a SUP lesson and this is my 65yo student catching a beautiful left and riding it with the paddle towards the face of the wave. He wasn't able to do that at the beginning of the lesson.
His problem was that when he switched to surfer stance he would lose speed and balance and miss the lefts (backside for him).
One exercise did the trick and I'm gonna share it with you guys. On flat water, switch from parallel stance to surfer stance and continue paddling (on both sides). Keep practicing until you're able to do that without falling or losing speed. It's a fundamental skill that every SUP surfer should have.
My student is also going to have the advantage of watching the video clips I took of him while we were surfing.
"I'm very satisfied with the lesson and I will recommend you", he said. Thanks a lot.

The NW buoy graph shows some signs of finally letting go a bit of size. Uncle Pat calls for a minimum of energy on Thursday, before another extra large NW swell on Friday.
Pauwela is feeling a temporary bump and 9.0ft @ 14s from 331° (NNW) are still a bit too many for the regular north shore spots. Perfect for Honolua and the west side though.
I'm gonna try to hit the south shore before work (expect a report), since the SW swell is still showing a bit of leftover energy at the SW and Barbers buoys.

Wind map shows the usual strong NW fetch and the unusual weak S one SE of New Zealand. As I said a few days ago, the southern hemisphere is about to do something even more unusual. Stay tuned if you want to see the gears of a very rare mechanism that is about to set up right in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. You can kind of see it already on this map.

MC2km maps still stuck at Sunday, fortunately we don't really need them since Hawaii is sitting in the middle of a no wind area. Enjoy this wonderful weather.

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