Friday, October 28, 2016

10 28 16 morning call

An early morning surf session in Lahaina was my water time yesterday.
The Bay was tiny (made for an epic nap on the cliff though) and the north shore didn't inspire me a bit.

It didn't inspire Jimmie either, who wisely chose to stay home dry. Photo of the day is by Ben Thouard and it shows why I haven't gone to Tahiti yet and I won't for a while: too freaking shallow. My surfing is not up for that yet. The fact that Indo is at least 10 times cheaper also plays a key role.

4am significant buoy readings
South shore
0.8ft @ 15s from 212° (SW)
0.8ft @ 11s from 202° (SSW)

1.7ft @ 11s from 199° (SSW)
0.9ft @ 15s from 211° (SW)
Small readings at the south buoys, but not flat. It's always worth to have a look at the webcam. Looks real tiny today.

North Shore
7.3ft @ 8s from 45° (NE)
2.8ft @ 11s from 9° (N)
All about the windswell on the north shore today.

Current wind map shows a pretty wide NW fetch, a windswell one and a couple of small ones in the southern hemisphere.
The NW one will send us 5f 15s on Tuesday, day 2 of the upcoming Aloha Classic (you can register here). Much bigger waves for the rest of that week.

I need to apologize since I've done a bit of confusion with these wind models. This is the NAM one and it's the best one I've found in the absence of the MC2km one. It shows plenty wind at noon. Original direction is pretty easterly, look how much stronger (and gustier) it gets after being accelerated on the NE facing slopes of Haleakala. It gets even stronger after being accelerated on the SE facing slopes of Haleakala. That coast line offers stronger and more consistent wind than the north shore. Imagine that. Also, no trades in Kihei with this direction.

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