Friday, March 25, 2016

3 25 16 morning call

Third morning of amazing surf conditions in a row.

Things are conjuring for a light offshore breeze that lasts 1-1.5 hours after sunrise and that is making the small waves we've had on tap very beautiful and fun to ride (with the right board). On top of that, add the fact that most surfers are not even showing up, since they know it's gonna be small. Not going to be the case this morning, since yesterday at sunset it was well overhead in the sets and that of course sets some expectations for the morning after. Knowing the (simple) surfers' psychology is also an important factor in scoring good sessions.

I took some shots after my afternoon session, the light was barely enough for my camera.
Ian Walsh put up a show.

Kevin Pritchard.

Kiki showing some form in this bottom turn.

Ian Walsh.

The cliff (photo by Scott). That wave at Lanes is almost double overhead (which I abbreviate DOH in my beach reports).

The Waimea buoy graph shows a bit of a peak during the night, but still some fun size readings at 4am:
4.9ft @ 13s from 352° (N)
2.6ft @ 10s from 337° (NNW)
If that is what's in the water in Maui too, that's a solid head high with some well overhead sets. We'll see, stay tuned for the ever so important (in absence of the Pauwela buoy) report from the beach.

Surfline's forecast shows the swells at around 2.5f 14s from N and 4f 10-11s from 337 all day. Interestingly, they got periods and directions right, but the sizes are the other way around. The swell generating fetches have been very scattered and it's really hard to keep track of what is coming from where. Also a bit pointless, really. There's fun size waves and the conditions are good thanks to the light winds, that's all it counts. Let's go surf!

Wind map shows the fetch off the Kurils starting to intensify and a moderate windswell one.

Windity close up at noon shows SE winds moving away from us.

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