The fact that the wind was from the east (hence a little sideoff on the north shore) obviously helped.
This photo by Jimmie Hepp taken from this gallery shows the sideoff direction at Hookipa. Had it been 10-15 knots less, I would have been all over it, but I just set some strict upper wind limits for my few future windsurfing sessions. I'm gonna treat them as a few rare wine bottles left in the cellar.
5am significant buoy readings
5.4ft @ 12s from 356° (N)
5ft @ 13s from 339° (NNW)
6.5ft @ 8s from 65° (ENE)
3.8ft @ 13s from 331° (NNW)
Reflecting the path that the generating fetch did, the swell is now coming from a more northerly direction. Below is the map of November 13th and it shows the NNW fetch that generated the 4f 13s swell we have on offer today. The 6.5f 8s windswell instead was generated in the last couple of days just ENE of the island.
Current wind map shows a new system coming off the Kamchatka corner, a small but strong NNW fetch, the windswell fetch and a strong Tasman Sea fetch down under. Fiji's forecast is for 10f 15s during the weekend, hopefully we'll get a foot or two in a week. Should be better once the fetch moves on the other side of New Zealand in a few days.
NAM3km map at noon shows more strong easterly wind.
When I saw Slater doing this turn in his heat at Haleiwa, my mind immediately associated it with Keanu Reeves dodging bullets in the Matrix. You can watch that wave here.