Friday, September 02, 2016

9 2 16 morning call

Yesterday I surfed an easterly exposure in the early afternoon and sailed Hookipa in the late afternoon. The windsurfing was more fun, since the waves had somehow lined up. Head high and 10+ seconds period. Below is "freak of nature" Kai Lenny riding a small one on his race SUP board. Astonishingly good as he is, I wonder if he ever finds it challenging to challenge himself...

This photo is from 3:30am and shows Lester getting close to the islands. As a consequence the easterly swell should increase today.

Here's the latest track forecast that you can find on this page.

It could be another fun windsurfing day, but I'm afraid the direction of the wind will be a bit too onshore as Lester approaches us from the north. Hit it early if you can is my recommendation, as the windity map shows a not so good direction of 60 degrees already at 4pm today.

Buoys 3am
6.2ft @ 8s from 64° (ENE)
2.7ft @ 12s from 94° (E)
2.3ft @ 5s from 67° (ENE)
Windswell still up and longer period component still very much from the east and so not sure how much of it will hit Hookipa today. Tomorrow should be bigger, but also extremely stormy.
2.7ft @ 8s from 174° (S)
1.2ft @ 11s from 196° (SSW)
1ft @ 14s from 203° (SSW)
0.9ft @ 18s from 253° (WSW)

The last reading at the Lanai buoy shows the west swell I talked about a couple of days ago. It was just a bit late... it's a long way from Japan. Keep an eye on the Kihei cams linked in the webcams section on the right.
I also heard there were waves at Maalaea yesterday. That almost always happen when a storm passes south of us, but they probably lasted as long as the fetch was in the right place, which I guess was just a few hours.
The wind map shows the windswell/hurricane fetch, the weak NW one and a couple down south. Could be worse.

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