Wednesday, January 06, 2016

1 6 16 morning call

A fun day on the north shore yesterday with big waves but not as huge as the day before.
So the photos are still from the Monday Jaws session.

This is a nice closeup of an impressive hit lip by Jason Polakow. He's going for a crazy aerial (the one part of yesterday's post set) and I just can't imagine what it must feel to go straight up a vertical 6 meters wall of water with the intention of getting airborne.
Photo by Jimmie Hepp.

This is Bethany Hamilton.
Despite the fact that catching waves at Pipeline (she won the 2014 Women Pipe Pro contest) with one arm must probably be more difficult than being towed at Jaws by the very knowledgeable Walsh brothers, she's still a source of constant inspiration for many.
Photo by Jimmie Hepp.

Great light in this image of John Patao.

And if you were wondering how Kelly Slater surfed Honolua Bay the other day, here's the answer: impeccably.

Here he is again in this photo by StuVisuals.
Lots of great shots in his gallery, I might have to save some for the next days.

The three buoys graphs show a slow but steady decline of the currents swell(s), but with still plenty size on offer for today.
Notice also a new long period pulse of which I highlighted the readings. Hard to read at the NW buoy, a little easier at Waimea (light green line).

At 5am Pauwela reads:
7.8ft @ 13s from 327° (NW)
3.8ft @ 6s from 57° (ENE)
2.2ft @ 20s from 337° (NNW)

Surfline calls for the new pulse to peak at 7.4f 15s at 8pm in Maui, but with almost 8f 13s still in the water, lack of size shouldn't be an issue in the morning. 
You can keep an eye on the buoys by having link n.11 on the home screen of your phone. It's a very light free page (no subscription needed) offered by Surfline and it loads also in low signal areas.

Wind map shows a very big NW fetch associated with a deep low with a 949 mbar minimum.
The small high that generated yesterday's trade episode (sailing Kanaha was fun, but I'm rusty) will move east and the trades will consequently turn more and more offshore.

MC2km maps not updated yet at 6am, put that page on your phone too.
All I can say is that at 6am the airport sensor is already registering gusts of 28mph, so a SUP session is out of question. I would have been regular surfing instead, but I' not gonna bitch about it, since I can at least go swimming.

Oh there we go, at around 6.45 MC2km maps were updated and here's the noon map that shows the wind that it shows: stronger up the coast as it's always the case when the wind is turning more offshore.
Notice how with this direction the Haleakala creates a cone of shadow from Makena all the way to the West side as the wind fails to get channeled between the mountains.


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