Saturday, September 10, 2016

9 10 16 morning call

Double Lahaina session for me yesterday, with waves that were still shoulder high.
I don't have an action shot of the day, so I'm gonna grab this one from Ben Thouard which recently won the water category of the Salt Award Surf photography contest.
Rider is Francisco Porcella in Tahiti.

Buoy readings 4am
4.6ft @ 8s from 63° (ENE)
The usual bit of windswell will keep Hookipa from going completely flat.

1.8ft @ 14s from 203° (SSW)           
1.1ft @ 13s from 199° (SSW)
0.9ft @ 11s from 195° (SSW)
0.7ft @ 10s from 194° (SSW)
The simultaneous arrival of the different period components at the end of a swell is quite evident on today's Lanai buoy readings. What I like is that there is still a fair amount of energy (1.8f) in the 14s band, and that  means that I'm gonna do the drive again. A Saturday morning in Lahaina after a whole week of swell could be uncrowded. I heard there's a NSSA surf contest at the harbor, btw.
Below is the wind map of 7 days ago that shows a couple of unimpressive fetches. What's at the buoy is probably still the lower period energy from the fetches of the days before this that slowly made its way to Maui. Should be quite a bit smaller tomorrow, unless the energy from that Tasman Sea fetch will find its way to us. The buoy will tell us.

Current wind maps shows a proper NW fetch (swell on Tuesday), the usual windswell fetch and a very small one down south.

MC2km maps not update yet, check them out later at link n. 17.

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