I also got the feeling I got the best hour of the day (also in terms of a very light crowd), because it didn't look quite as good later on. I had one wave (a clear 10), in which a section looked like Cloudbreak at high tide. And I'm definitely not going to mention the spot, otherwise you guys would laugh at my comparison...
I will tell blog reader Michelle instead, because she's been there many times (so she can laugh harder at my comparison) and because she just sent me a generous donation through the paypal donate button on the right. Thank you very much sistah!!!
As I guessed from the buoy readings (what a convenient thing to have, uh?), Hookipa was still pretty big. Young ripper Savanna Stone drops in a solid DOH+ bomb at The Point. Photo by Jimmie Hepp from this gallery.
Yesterday's amazing Lanes action inspired Klaus Simmer to pull up an old photo of him back in the days (around 38 years ago). The gear did improve a bit in the meantime, but in the end, we're still doing the same awesome thing. Photo by Dan Cohen.
4am significant buoy readings
3.7ft @ 14s from 273° (W)
Decent wrap at the buoy, check the webcams to see what makes it where.
7.5ft @ 13s from 331° (NNW)
Current wind map shows a very wide but also pretty weak WNW fetch, which will translate in a day or two of relatively small waves over the weekend, before another solid 10+f swell will hit late Sunday, this time from a NNW direction. Starting tomorrow we will start seeing the low that will generate that, but instead of pointing that out, today I feel like marking the high pressure that will be responsible (once it moves all the way north of us) of a temporary return of the trades next week.
NAM3km map at 7 shows enough wind to effect the shape of the waves (especially after being spoiled by 4 days of Kona).
The 1pm map shows winds that should be enough for most wind propelled sports.