Wednesday, November 09, 2016

11 9 16 morning call

Couple of surf sessions for me yesterday, both quite poor. There just weren't good waves anywhere on the north shore yesterday because of the wind.

Kai Lenny might disagree with me, but you can see also that wave is far from glassy.
Photo by Fred Pompermayer taken from the WSL Big Wave Awards page where I also found the confirmation that the 2017 Peahi Challenge has been given the green light. First possible start Thursday at 2pm. Surfline is calling for 7.4f 14s from 352 at that time, which IMO won't even break at Jaws. Friday morning at 8am instead the call is for 14.5f 16s from 335 and that is a much more proper Jaws swell. Both days should see no wind.

The following two photos document the preparation for the long Peahi trip at the Kahului harbor.

It's quite a scene there in the early morning of a big day. The funny thing is that when Jaws is breaking, most times there's waves in the harbor too and so you can see middle age beer bellied SUP surfers getting ready right next to statuary guys like Jamie Mitchell and company.

4am significant buoy readings
South shore
No southerly energy at the local buoys, check the lahaina webcam to see if the wrap is still there.

North shore
9.8ft @ 13s from 346° (NNW)

8.7ft @ 15s from 334° (NNW)
5.5ft @ 10s from 341° (NNW)

8.6ft @ 14s from 342° (NNW)
4.2ft @ 11s from 338° (NNW)

9.3ft @ 14s from 341° (NNW)
5.1ft @ 9s from 355° (N)
Smaller numbers than yesterday (thank god!) and slightly more northerly direction. What will make the surfing better today will be the lack of wind. You might still need to drive to the upper west side if the waves are too big on the north shore for you.
Current wind map shows the very strong fetch that is creating the waves that will be surfed at the Peahi Challenge.

NAM3km map at noon shows 4 knots onshore, which in Maui means pretty much no wind.

Enjoy that, because once again our beautiful waves are about to be destroyed by another strong trades episodes. Check the windguru table below and weep. Yes, also if you're a windsurfer/kitesurfer. Red is the worse possible color you can see there, since when the wind is that strong it usually creates a hell lot of rain and so it's never consistent.

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