Tuesday, April 19, 2016

4 19 16 morning call

Yesterday's trip to Honolua was a success.

I surfed chest high waves with 3 visiting surfers from Canada, Israel and Australia. I gave them as many information as I could, I was as welcoming as a local surfer can get and the vibe was just awesome. After each single ride, I couldn't wait to paddle back out to hear more stories and to add my own.
Uncrowded surfing beats crowded surfing no matter the conditions.

This is the kind of waves we had, super fun on a longboard, but starting to disappear at the Cave by the time I left.

4am buoy readings:
6.1ft @ 9s from 38° (NE)
6.6ft @ 8s from 37° (NE)
3.5ft @ 12s from 146° (SE)
3.7ft @ 8s from 21° (NNE)
3.6ft @ 10s from 331° (NNW)
0.5ft @ 16s from 306° (WNW)
0.2ft @ 22s from 337° (NNW)
1.4ft @ 14s from 188° (S)
1ft @ 8s from 224° (SW)
0.9ft @ 12s from 186° (S)
No sign of the new NW swell at the NW buoy, but we know how little sensitive that one is to the long periods. Instead there's a lovely 22s reading at Waimea 'cause that one is a lot more sensitive.
Don't get excited about the 337 direction, because that is not what it's going to be. I believe when the energy is so small (0.2f!) it's hard for the buoy to gather the direction properly.
In absence of better readings, I can't do my usual guessing on the arrival time in Maui. I can just say that it's most likely we won't see much of this swell during the first half of the day. Possibly something in the afternoon, but that's based on Surfline's forecast which calls for 2.3f 18s from 315 at 8pm tonight and for a 7.6f 15s same direction peak at 8pm tomorrow. That forecast, together with all WW3 based forecasts, was pretty off in the last swell, so keep an eye on the buoy page. I'll post updates from Hookipa possibly throughout all day.
So what do we surf this morning? Mokapu is still reading 5.3ft @ 9s from 48° (NE), Maui might have a tiny bit more energy than that, but and that's pretty much what's available. Not the best with the usual wind on top of it, but much better than flat.
Below is Waimea's graph.

Below is the HRW model at the bottom of the winguru page, probably my favorite backup wind prediction when the MC2km pages are not updated (like right now).
56 degrees at 2pm and 70 at 3pm is a big shift, let's see if it really happens. First one sucks for windsurfing on the north shore, second one much better.

There we go, in the meantime Woody arrived at work and pushed the big red update button on his desk and here's the updated MC2km map for today at noon. Not that great for windsurfing, but it shows a bit of improvement in the rest of the afternoon. Check it out yourself at link n.17.

Decent little NW fetch on the wind map today.

South pacific shows a nice fetch in the usual corner SE of New Zealand.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

sounds like the start of a joke. A Canadian, an Australian and an Israeli walk into a bar . . .