Monday, October 10, 2016

10 10 16 morning call

Another gorgeous sunny day of big waves on Maui's north shore.

I had two surf sessions and took some photos in between. Here they are in chronological order.
Kai Lenny's morning discipline of choice was standup surfing.

The best waves IMO were at Middles. Here's John Gangini on a gem.

We now move to around noon and as you can see, as correctly predicted by the MC2km maps, some light trades picked up. Matt Meola doesn't need a sail or a kite to take advantage of them.

Getting caught inside by a big set is never fun. LOTS of that in the past 48 hours.

 Massive air by Meola.

Including the waves he caught during his earlier surf session, kiter Cruser Putnam must have caught at least 50 waves today. And that's a conservative guess.

Finding a bit of shade.

Classic Lanes shot with a wave off the back and the horizon line. Unfortunately this last one is a bit crooked, but you should see how crooked I am on my beach chair when I twist to shoot Lanes!

Later in the day the windsurfers went out. This shot is taken from this gallery by Jimmie Hepp and it helps me remind you guys that the Aloha Classic 2016 is coming up soon. The waiting period is October 31st to November 13th and you can sign up here. I've done that already.

Significant buoy readings
2.1ft @ 13s from 247° (WSW)
This is the wrap from the NW swell, so it doesn't mean much at all, other than the occasional higher shore break in Kihei. The only way to find out what's in the water on the Lahaina side will be with the webcam.

4.2ft @ 12s from 307° (WNW)
4.1ft @ 9s from 328° (NW)

4.9ft @ 13s from 319° (NW)
2.3ft @ 9s from 345° (NNW)

4.7ft @ 13s from 322° (NW)
2.8ft @ 11s from 328° (NW)
1.7ft @ 10s from 333° (NNW)
A bunch of mixed periods at the buoys, so the conditions won't be as clean as they were at the very beginning of this swell. But I like the size of the 13s component. That is a really fun size for me and I'll try to hit the water at dawn. Stay tuned for the beach report soon.

The NW buoy graph below shows a declining trend that will be reflected in the Maui waters today. I still like it better than the huge waves, because it opens up more options. With the smaller wave size, today the tide might play a bigger role. A 2+ feet high tide is at 10.55am on the north shore.

Current wind map shows a strong NW fetch now starting to aim more to the west coast than to us. No big deal, it's strong enough for us to get plenty angular spreading. As a matter of fact, a first reinforcement is forecasted by Surfline tomorrow afternoon (6f 15s at 8pm) and and second larger one on Thursday (10f 16s from an unblocked 332 degrees direction).
Couple of nice fetches down south too, let's try to remember that in a week.

MC2km maps not updated yet at this time, this is the noon forecast for today, but it's more than 24 hours old. Light trades again.

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