Friday, November 17, 2017

1.30pm lahaina side is knee to waist with the occasional bigger set. Light onshore flow everywhere, but still kinda clean, specially in town

8.30am Hookipa looked head to overhead and poor shape. Cleaner smaller waves inside the harbor

Fiday 11 16 17 morning call

Double wave windfoiling sessions for me yesterday.

Jason Hall was able to capture the very first long small left at the harbor that I (and most likely anybody) ever windfoiled on. Not sure what you guys will think of it, but it was so much fun that after work I went straight back there and had caught a bunch more. Just like surfing, you can't compare it with regular windsurfing on waves. No hitting lips, no tight bottom turns, it doesn't look as radical at all. That's because it isn't. But it's a lot of fun, because it's a completely different feeling and way to read the wave. Slopy steepness has never been this fun.

The Gofoil Maliko is my favorite foil between the two that I own (the other being the Kai). The new Iwa has the same surface but is more curved, so it's supposed to turn better. I haven't tried one, but if it turns better, I expect it to be less stable. Can't win something in a category and not lose something else in another.
Hopefully I'll get to try one soon, but in the meantime I have no intentions of selling my Maliko and I have a feeling that I never will (perfect foil for teaching). We have some leftover Malikos at the shop at reduced price.

Here's another video that Jason put together to document the session. See how quickly I get it up on the foil as soon as I get hit by the first little gust? No way I could have done that with a "proper" high speed windsurfing foil and/or with a board with the tuttle box in the WRONG position all the way at the back of the board. In my opinion, the windsurfing industry is missing out on an opportunity to boost the sport because of how lazily they grandfathered the tuttle box position and because of the high speed design of the foils. I've tried those setups and they are borderline boring for me, compared to my setup with the slow speed surfing foil and the box more forward. Hopefully they'll figure it out at one point. Or maybe I'm just weird, but I sure am glad to be doing what I'm doing.

4am significant buoy readings
South shore

2.2ft @ 15s from 144° (SE)

1.9ft @ 15s from 199° (SSW)

A new long period southerly energy is recorded by a couple of outer buoys. Pat Caldwell called it perfectly, while Surfline undercalled it at 1 foot only. I'm off today, so expect multiple beach reports, eventually also from the south shore.

North shore
7.1ft @ 10s from 34° (NE)

5.6ft @ 9s from 31° (NE)           
3.5ft @ 6s from 43° (NE)
2.8ft @ 13s from 25° (NNE)

More NE energy on tap for today, mostly in the 9-10s range. Hookipa looked pretty bad at sunset yesterday, even though I'm sure there were diamonds in the rough. I'm gonna look again at sheltered spots.

Wind map not working again, here's the two models at the bottom of the Windguru page showing trades for the day before a no wind day tomorrow.

Strong N fetch in the North Pacific, related swell forecasted to peak at 10f 14s from 347 at 2pm Sunday. Vicinity will give this swell strong consistency with a lot of water moving.

No fetches of relevance in the South Pacific.

Morning sky.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thursday 11 16 17 morning call

Massive day of action for me yesterday. I surfed Honolua Bay, wavesailed on the west side and SUP foiled the harbor at sunset.

Honolua was a 5, but a 5 at the bay is worth at least an 8 at Hookipa. This shot is the point before I got out.

This is the cave after I surfed. Conditions and size improved.
4am significant buoy readings
South shore
No indications of southerly energy at the outer buoys, the Surfline forecast calls for 1f 14s. Probably flat to knee high at most spots, occasionally bigger in Lahaina.

North shore
8.4ft @ 10s from 25° (NNE)

8.6ft @ 9s from 13° (NNE)

7.9ft @ 8s from 35° (NE)
6.3ft @ 11s from 27° (NNE)
Plenty NNE short/medium energy on tap also for today. Conditions won't be clean because of the moderate wind and the mix of sources, one of which is very close, got to look for sheltered spots that filter out some of the energy.

The wind model I use is not updated this morning, here's the Windguru 10 days table that shows moderate trades from around 62 for today (that's a bit more north than the ideal 75) easing up by the weekend and the start of next week.

The North Pacific is pretty active and shows three fetches:
- a weak WNW one
- a strong NNW one (10f 14s from 347 predicted by Surfline at 2pm on Sunday)
- a close NE windswell one

No fetches of relevance in the South Pacific instead

Morning sky.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

10.40am honolua has head to occasionally overhead sets with improving conditions. 30 surfers total

7.30am lahaina side is flat to knee high. Town gets the occasional bigger set.

6.30am harbor has waves, but between wind and rain it looks unpleasant. Gonna cruise on the other side.

Wednesday 11 15 17 morning call

SUP foiling and windfoiling sessions for me yesterday. These photos by Tomoko show the perfect foiling conditions at the harbor. Not only the waves were was fun, but on the paddle back out, we had the entertainment of watching Austin Kalama punt some sick airs. Here he's eyeing the section.

He's a freak. Might easily be the best SUP foil surfer in the world at the moment.

Further entertainment came from Connor, Kodi and friends, who were training on their race SUPs and, why not, catch a wave or two (and get barreled on the right!).

4am significant buoy readings
South shore

No indication of southerly energy at the buoys. Both Surfline and Pat Caldwell indicate 1f 14-15s, so it won't be flat again, but most likely pretty small.

North shore
7.7ft @ 10s from 9° (N)

6ft @ 9s from 14° (NNE)
5.5ft @ 12s from 343° (NNW)

7ft @ 9s from 25° (NNE)
4.8ft @ 11s from 17° (NNE)
4.3ft @ 6s from 35° (NE)

It's a week of northerly energy and that's what's at the buoys, with the exception of a pretty solid 5.5f 12s from 343 at Waimea. So, mixed swells in the water and with the trades already up (Hookipa has 11mph from 62 at 5.15am), the waves shouldn't be particularly clean on the north shore. Lots of water moving and very consistent short/medium period northerly energy, with the occasional NW set in the mix. Sorry if I can't be more specific (don't think there's need), but with a situation like this, I have no interest in checking Hookipa and I will go looking for cleaner conditions somewhere else.
Long range forecast shows a massive NNW swell on next Wednesday Nov 22: 16f 18s from 349 predicted by Surfline.
 Wind map at noon shows light trades.
 North shore shows a NE windswell fetch and small more distant NE one.

South Pacific doesn't show any fetch of relevance.

Morning sky shows some clouds.
That translates in some morning rain.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

7am lahaina side is flat to knee high. There is long period energy in the water, but it's still very low.

Tuesday 11 14 17 morning call

Yesterday I SUP foiled in the neighborhood in the morning, then went to work and then windfoiled in the afternoon.

The wind was perfect  and there were at least 8 windfoilers down at lower Kanaha. I can claim that, for very different reasons, the ones in this photo by Dede were there because of my influence. From the left:
1) Zane Schweitzer needed some help in figuring out foil box and mast track position for a board he's shaping for himself and asked me if he could join me in a session. I have two boards with the foil box in two different positions, so I said:"sure, come on over, you'll learn a lot about that!"
2) that's me
3) Dan Taylor took a windfoiling lesson with me and, despite the challenging conditions (wind got too strong at the end), that was enough to get him hooked. He came to Hi-Tech after the lesson and bought himself a Starboard 7.4 foil ready Hypernut. The board doesn't have a mast track (what the hell are they thinking at Starboard?!?), but fortunately the position of the front foot strap inserts allows for a Chinook mast base with the plate to be screwed in a perfect position, so it can be sailed. I tried the board and it's excellent. Better than mine (an older 7.4 POD) because much lighter.
4) Dave Ezzy was watching me windfoiling one day and while following me on his regular windsurfer, he yelled:"Giampaolo, can I try?". Well, of course! And he got hooked too. He would be foiling anyway (he had ordered a Starboard foil already), but that was his first windfoiling experience. Since then, windfoiling is in his heart.

Blog reader Marc left a comment yesterday asking for guidance to buy a foil that could both SUP and windfoil. That's the easiest question ever: get a Gofoil Maliko. Windsurfing foils don't have enough lift to allow foiling at the slow surfing speed. They only foil at higher speed, so if you want to windfoil and go 20 knots of speed, you need one of those, but if you want to SUP foil and windfoil at lower speed, you need a Gofoil. There's new models coming out that I haven't tried yet, but as far as the current models go, also Zane loved the extreme slow foiling capabilities of the Maliko.

Here's Zane (this time on the Kai) in a jibe attempt (he closed several ones) that shows his skateboarding background. He's overfoiling (when the foil comes too high and breaks the surface of the water losing its lift instantly), but he's still in such control that manages to switch his feet.

The board is now coming back down to the water, but no big deal for brother Zane... he's on it and not going to fall.

4am significant buoy readings
South shore
0.8ft @ 17s from 140° (SE)

That could be the indication of a new low long period pulse. Below are the maps of Nov 6 and 7 that show a solid fetch in the Tasman Sea. The swell is not even on the Surfline forecast, but Pat Caldwell agrees with me:
The mid latitude longitudes from south of Australia to SE of New Zealand had an active austral Spring cyclonic mode starting 11/4. A series of lows in the Southern Ocean from SW to SE of Tasmania should keep active surf this week, with long-period forerunners filling in Tuesday and holding through the week with back to back separate events both of which should be less than 2 feet deep water swell.
So, there should be INCONSISTENT long period waves on the Lahaina side. I love it over there and will post a beach report at some point in the morning.

North Shore
5.4ft @ 10s from 6° (N)

3.7ft @ 10s from 9° (N)
2.8ft @ 5s from 43° (NE)
2.5ft @ 8s from 30° (NNE)
As shown the the collage below, the N buoy (on the right) is on its way up again and Mokapu will follow shortly (throughout the day). So there will be increasing waves of the 10s period today.
Pat Caldwell says: The low in the Gulf of Alaska 11/11-12 was not as strong with lower-end gales, compared to the system that made the above average NNE event that peaked locally 10/10. The new event should fill in Tuesday 11/14 from 010-030 degrees. It should hold at levels above the east side but below the north side average into Thursday from the same direction as a new event fills in.
Below are the maps of Nov 11 and 12 and show the fetches he's talking about.

Wind map at noon shows again light trades light yesterday. Let's see if I manage to squeeze more windfoiling in my busy schedule. 

North Pacific shows a small distant NW fetch and two NNE fetches, one associated with a local low while the other one is a small portion of a bigger/stronger fetch oriented towards the US west coast.

South Pacific shows a large fetch oriented towards the Americas, of which we should get some angular spreading.

Morning sky looks glorious again.

Monday, November 13, 2017

6.45am Hookipa has shoulder high 10s leftovers.

Monday 11 13 17 morning call

First successful surf foiling lesson ever for me yesterday, the Gofoil Maliko did its magic but it also helped that the student had some kitefoiling experience. He was so enthusiast about the outcome, that he came to the shop in the afternoon and bought a foil and a foil board.

This is Jason in a shot that shows why I don't like coiled leashes.

After the lesson I went foiling myself. This 1 minute clip shows a different perspective, don't worry I made sure you won't see too much. A long enough leash tucked in your shorts is the way to go for SUP foiling IMO, it comes out effortlessly in the wipeouts and it takes 2 seconds to tuck it back in when you get back on your board. Just don't put it in the front! Doesn't work for prone foiling though.
Does the foil sound like the whales or what? Hopefully it won't attract horny males...

4am significant buoy readings
South shore

2.6ft @ 12s from 144° (SE)

That's the only indication of southerly energy at the buoys, I got a report of beautiful waist high waves in Lahaina yesterday. Today the Surfline forecast calls for 1.6f 10s, which is less than yesterday.

North shore
3ft @ 10s from 14° (NNE)

3.2ft @ 8s from 46° (NE)           
3ft @ 10s from 17° (NNE)

NNE energy down to 3f 10s from 17 degrees, that's not much, but there will be waves on the north shore. This morning I will be able to post a Hookipa beach report with size details around 6.40am.

It won't be enough for the first event of the Triple Crown of Surfing on Oahu's north shore though. The Haleiwa contest's waiting period is from November 12 to 24. Some top Maui surfers are in it, but I'm disappointed not to see Kai Lenny in the list: Dusty Paine, Makana and Ola Eleogram, Imai Devault, Billy Kemper, Tanner Hendrickson, Cody Young.

Wind map at noon shows light trades. Looks like windfoiling to me.

North Pacific shows a small NW and a weak NNE fetches.

South Pacific doesn't offer any fetches of relevance.

Morning sky looks pretty clear.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday 11 12 17 morning call

Shortboard and longboard session for me yesterday. The harbor was still pumping, as was Honolua Bay, of which I saw an insanely beautiful photo. If you're a photographer and have a good shot of the day, please send it to me (email on the right) and if I post it, I'll be happy to link your website. I have to receive it by 4am of the day after though.

The Aloha Classic was completed at Hookipa and the show was pretty epic. Morgan Noireaux and Sarah Hauser won the pro categories, the mens final and semifinal n.1 were my favorite heats. I was happy not to be judging, as they were very close heats.
The swell was very consistent with a lot of water moving (only three days of travel and unblocked direction will make for that).

Looks better from this angle, photos by Si Crowther from this page.

4am significant buoy readings
South shore

No indication of southerly energy at the outer buoys, the Surfline forecast calls for 1.5f 10s and 1f 14s. There were some very clean little waves on the Lahaina side yesterday, hard to say if it was still the wrap of the NNE swell, but for sure it was much smaller than the day before. Not flat though.

North shore
6.2ft @ 10s from 354° (N)

4.1ft @ 8s from 53° (ENE)
3.5ft @ 12s from 12° (NNE)
3.4ft @ 7s from 77° (ENE)
2.9ft @ 11s from 9° (N)

Northerly swell holding up in size at the N buoy, but with period down to 10s. It should slowly decline throughout all day, but still plenty waves on the north shore today. I'm really busy these days, and I won't be able to post a Hookipa beach report. Possibly I could post a south shore one. Stay tuned just in case.

The wind model I'm using is not working today, here's the Windguru 10 days table that shows light sideon winds throughout the period. Not great for windsurfing on the north shore, but maybe still ok for kiting and windfoiling.

North Pacific shows two WNW fetches and a NNE one. The latter will produce a swell forecasted by Surfline to be around 7f 11s between Wednesday and Thursday.

South Pacific shows a moderate S fetch east of New Zealand.

Morning sky shows some clouds that just passed over us.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Saturday 11 11 17 morning call

A shortboard and a longboard session for me yesterday, the harbor jetty was doing its magic thing.

Bodyboarding extraordinaire Jacob Romero is already smiling...

...because he eyed the section to do this.

There were some bombs.

The step didn't let him in and this guy got the wipeout of the day.

Bruddah Chris aiming at buoy n.8.

There was way too much juice for foiling for me, Jason tried but then turned to his hand slider. Not having regular surfboards in their cars is a mistake that most of the foilers are doing, IMO. With foiling you increase opportunities and spots. But if you don't have your other boards with you, you actually reduce them.

This is Honolua Bay (looks like Subs), which obviously had some waves.

The wrap of the NNE swell was actually pretty big down the upper west side coast (S-turns easily head and a half). I had a surf guide customer and we ended up at Launiupoko where there were some head high sets. This is a photo that I sent her to show her that she should have done a bottom turn where the arrow is and shoot down the line on the steep wall. The lady with the orange shorts was definitely in her way though.

Meanwhile, the Aloha Classic final day had a late start since when the clouds finally cleared only around 2pm. Conditions looked much more difficult than what the picture below shows. Photo by Si Crowther from this gallery. They didn't manage to finish the contest though. 8 guys and 4 ladies will battle it out today. If on, there should be a live webcast here.

3am significant buoy readings
South shore

No southerly energy readings at the outer buoys, the Surfline forecast calls for 1.8 11s and 1.2f 15s. Plus there might still be some wrap of the NNE swell.

North shore
5.9ft @ 14s from 18° (NNE)
4.4ft @ 10s from 17° (NNE)

5.5ft @ 13s from 15° (NNE)                      
3.1ft @ 11s from 13° (NNE)
The swell did exactly what predicted by the WW3 model, as shown in the graphs of the two reported buoys below. Today there will be two main periods (red arrows) in the water and that will make the breaking pattern less clean, but still plenty energy on the north shore. There were no 10's yesterday either, I was told, too much water moving, too much current. High consistency is not always a good thing.

Yesterday the clear sky allowed the wind to increase a bit around 2pm yesterday, but the other problem was the direction. As shown in the graph below, it was more onshore than expected (red circle).

Wind map at noon shows light easterly trades. This model was wrong yesterday, since it showed again light trades from an original easterly direction (the area in the red circle), while instead it ended up being much more northerly than that and so didn't get amplified by the Haleakala much. Let's hope for the contest that doesn't happen again today. But even more than that, let's hope for no clouds/rain.

North Pacific shows two small WNW fetches and a bigger NNE one of which we should get some angular spreading.

South Pacific shows only a tiny fetch N of New Zealand.

Morning sky.