I was in the latter and got beat by countryman Ferdinando pictured here below in a photo by Jimmie out of this gallery. I was just downwind of this beautiful aerial screaming my cheering as it was happening. This is the gallery of the pro trials instead.
Like in the WSL format, round 1 was a non elimination round, so I get another chance to sail in round 2 (probably this morning), while the heat winners skipped directly to round 3.
4am significant buoy readings
0.9ft @ 13s from 189° (S)
Tiny stuff on the south shore.
3.2ft @ 14s from 312° (NW)
2.7ft @ 11s from 1° (N)
6ft @ 8s from 85° (E)
3.6ft @ 11s from 11° (NNE)
Moderate northerly energy plus windswell still at the Pauwela buoy with a slightly higher period NW energy possible later in the day will provide more contestable conditions today at Hookipa. My guess is that the Masters will be completed together with as many non-pro categories as the time allows.
Current wind map shows the fetch generating Thursday's big swell still brewing the waters up there (and a small weak fetch down under). Notice how much closer the head of the fetch is now and those winds are probably building the same seas that were already generated by the same fetch yesterday, a situation called captured fetch. That, the intensity of the wind and the proximity of the fetch will make for a swell that is now predicted by Surfline to be 11f 15s on Thursday.
There's a first 4-5f 14s pulse forecasted for Wednesday already and that's when the pro's will probably start their contest and hopefully finish with the massive waves the day after.
The good news is that the windswell fetch has got a lot shorter and as a consequence the windswell is predicted to diminuish. In the presence of ground swells like the ones we're gonna see soon, that's a good thing, since those waves will be cleaner without too many windswell induced sub peaks.
NAM3km map at noon shows wind again, even though slightly less than the past couple of days.
Not a concern for the contest, unless this wide band of clouds will move over Maui and shut down the thermal component of the wind amplification. Satellite photo of 3.30am. You can check yourself the last updates with link n.6 of GP's meteo link list on the right column of this blog.