The windsurfers hit it in the afternoon, here's coworker Russ Faurot in a nice bottom turn.
Multiple times PWA world champion Victor Fernandez. Photos by Jimmie Hepp from this gallery.
Not knowing if Jimmie had been shooting earlier, I took this shot at sunset, because I always like to have a shot of the day, mostly to show the size of the waves. Fortunately Jimmie was there, so we can enjoy some much better quality photos, but I'm gonna use this one anyway to illustrate some of the devastating effects of the strong trades:
- indicated by two red arrows on the wave out the back are two sub-peaks that would not be there if there wasn't windswell in the water
- indicated by a black circle is a massive side chop that is travelling right to left. That's what makes surfing Hookipa very challenging (and Hookipa a poor surfing spot)
- indicated by a blue line is how irregular the lip line of that wave is. Without wind, it would be a much straighter line.
4-5am significant buoy readings
Nothing at the buoys, check the webcams.
7.9ft @ 14s from 317° (NW)
4.7ft @ 14s from 325° (NW)
12 years younger, less wrinkles on the face, more unnecessary fat tissue on the belley (wasn't eating as healthy as I am now) and overall a lot less knowledge about life. Would not go back in time one minute.
NAM3km map at noon shows easterly trades.