This is kiter Steve Sadler at Hookipa in a photo by Jimmie Hepp.
These are a couple of shots by OneMoreFoto of the first day of this last big swell (Wednesday) at Honolua.
Yes it has been a really good winter.
Some sick bodyboarding action from Thursday.
Honolua Bay Provides 2.11.2016 from Hawaii Digital Couture on Vimeo.
Steady decline at the three main buoys. At 4am Pauwela reads
5.3ft @ 13s from 339° (NNW)
3.4ft @ 10s from 346° (NNW)
3.3ft @ 6s from 62° (ENE)
1.5ft @ 5s from 86° (E)
First reading is very fun size, hopefully all the other periods and directions and a 5.30am high tide won't ruin it too much. With such a steady decline, tomorrow morning it might be very small and mostly windswell before the new westerly swell picks up.
Wind map shows a weakening NW fetch. Its related swell is forecasted to pick up throughout the day Sunday from a direction around 305, so Maui will be shadowed greatly (less size and less consistency than the upstream islands).
The high pressure that will induce sideon trades is still far away, we're still safe for a few more days. Till Monday, to be precise.
Closeup map at noon shows sideoff trades. Gonna be strong and gusty at Hookipa in the afternoon, but hopefully ok for the morning surf session.
As a matter of fact, iWindsurf shows no wind at Hookipa while I'm posting this at 5am. My nose still runs, but I might try to hit the water after 3 days of dryiness for a salt water therapy session.
The Titans of Mavericks contest was held yesterday and because of the sideon wind, other than a few gnarly wipeouts and steep drops, the spectacle wasn't even remotely comparable to the one offered by the Jaws contest.
Last week instead Maui surfer Tyler Larronde got this barrel there that looked pretty amazing thanks to offshore Santa Ana wind.
Non elimination Round 1 of the SUP contest at Sunset Beach was completed.
PS. In view of upcoming trips, yesterday I bought a small, cheap and light chromebook to try out.
After 10 minutes of using it, I'm already achieving much more than I thought. Like snipping this blog stat and posting it here for example. Thanks for reading.