Friday, October 07, 2016

10 7 16 morning call

Surfing at Hookipa early morning, surfing in Lahaina mid morning and windsurfing at Hookipa in the afternoon were my three sessions yesterday. Despite the small size of the waves (or thanks to that), they were all fun. Specially the Lahaina one (which was often waist high perfection), where to my magic Lil' Rascal always shines.

I don't have action shots, so I'll pull another one from the angular spreading swell repository. This guy got inspired by my camera and put a bit more flare into his turn. Love it.

This was the sunset either last night or the night before, not sure. Photo by Jimmie Hepp

Significant buoy readings 4am:
4.2ft @ 9s from 94° (E)
0.9ft @ 11s from 328° (NW)           
0.4ft @ 14s from 287° (WNW)

3.7ft @ 8s from 72° (ENE)

Waimea is the only buoy that shows some leftover energy from the NW, but very minimal. Today Maui's north shore is going to be very small ALL DAY, close to flat really.
Different story tomorrow. And the Surfline long term forecast looks unreal too. I just counted 6 back to back NW swells on it. What I don't like particularly is the wind direction. Both for surfing and windsurfing, it's predicted to be a little more onshore than ideal. We'll see. The important thing is that there's gonna be waves for at least two weeks.

1.2ft @ 14s from 188° (S)
1.1ft @ 11s from 201° (SSW)
0.4ft @ 20s from 194° (SSW)
Once again the readings at the Lanai buoy deserve a look at the Lahaina webcam, which I did for you. Obviously, that was a particularly big set and if you check yourself, it's gonna look pretty damn small/flat most of the time. You need to be willing to wait long times when you surf the south shore. High tide at 8.11am over there.

Well that set made me want to have a look at the wind map of a week ago. The circled fetch down under is probably where that energy was generated around Sept 30. How fascinating is that?!

Current wind map shows the still strong and today wider NW fetch that is fabricating waves for us.
Down south, a couple of extra ones so that we'll even have an alternative in a week time.

Updated MC2km map at noon shows some trades, but definitely on the light side. If the waves were big I would question the windsurfing at Hookipa in a day like this, but with the small waves that we have at the moment, it should still be possible. Bring your big gear though.

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