I worked till 2, didn't like the numbers at the buoy and the wind direction enough to drive west, checked a couple of spots in town, went to Paia Bay with the intention to at least do a power hour, put the wetsuit on without even checking the conditions, walked all the way down the beach, sat 15 minutes trying to spot a rideable wave, failed the task, walked back to the car.
No worthy action photos whatsoever from yesterday, here's a couple from my friend Gianfranco who has refined his FinShot gopro mount. He also put a new great video on Facebook on the FeatherFlash page, but I don't know how to embed it here. Check it out there and check out also the FeatherFlash website.
Let me bother you guys with this for a second. I just bought a Patagonia big wave padded west, because I wanted to see if it was better than my rib-bra for protecting my lower ribs from touching the board when I lay down and paddle. Of course, it's not made for that and even with some modifications I could do it won't work as well as that little piece of foam I made. But it works great as a overall protection and flotation device, which is what it is made for. The size is S and it fits me perfectly, but I wear M in most wetsuit brands. In other words, it's not a small S. The front looks dirty because of the wax, but I believe that will disappear after a few sessions of not laying down on wax (that is if you use it for tow-in or SUP). I used the vest for a total of 1 hour. I paid $149 + shipping, I'll sell it for $129. Big swell coming Wednesday, hurry up! 280 5687 if you want it.
Actually, at 7am Pauwela reads
8.3ft @ 13s from 341° (NNW)
6.4ft @ 9s from 337° (NNW)
and with the north shore still pretty messy with all that onshore wind yesterday, those are good numbers to go west.
Wind map shows a very strong NW fetch, responsible for Wednesday's swell. The Eddie at Waimea got a yellow light.
MC2km map at noon shows light trades, not too many chances for sailing, but the light wind experts or the kiters might make it work.