As predicted, a bunch of windsurfers went to Jaws. Photo by Jimmie Hepp from this gallery.
On Oahu, the Haleiwa contest was fun to watch with some occasional triple overheaders. This photo (WSL/Cestari taken from this page) summarizes the (scary) conditions. Live feed here to check if they run today too.
4-5am significant buoy readings
5.2ft @ 15s from 309° (WNW)
7.2ft @ 14s from 309° (WNW)
6.2ft @ 14s from 320° (NW)
4.6ft @ 8s from 71° (ENE)
3.5ft @ 6s from 65° (ENE)
1.5ft @ 11s from 327° (NW)
As the graphs of the Pauwela buoy shows below (the one on the right), this swell did not hit that 10f mark that was forecasted. I suspect that has something to do with the direction, which unusually turned even more west than when it started, as you can see from the NW buoy graph on the left (blue line with red arrow).
NW buoy graph also shows the steady decline we should expect today. That's the least of our problems, since the strong wind will ruin every wave (big or small) on the north shore.
Current wind map shows:
- a nice NW fetch (related swell forecasted by Surfline for Friday at 9f 15 from 335)
- a windswell fetch
- a potentially interesting Tasman Sea fetch (on which of course I'll keep an eye on)
NAm3km map at noon shows more strong wind for today.