Saturday, February 25, 2017

Saturday 2 25 17 morning call

Below is the picture of me carrying my windsurf foil setup two days ago, that was published yesterday on the front page of the Maui News (click on it to read the text). Thanks a lot to reporter Matt for mentioning the blog address and I feel like apologizing with my sail sponsor Hot Sails Maui for not having one of their sails. My weird quiver only consists of a 4.3 and a 4.0 and I needed a 5.8, so I grabbed one from the shop. And when you go for a solitary session at the harbor, the last thing you expect is to end up on the cover of the main Maui newspaper... in fact, I didn't see a single human soul until that shot was taken!

Yesterday I surfed and windsurfed in the morning, but the waves at Hookipa were all crossed up. Here's a beautiful Hot Sails Maui sail in a photo by Jimmie Hepp from this gallery.

4am significant buoy readings
South shore

1.5ft @ 17s from 301° (WNW)
1ft @ 7s from 198° (SSW)
Pretty much wrap only at Lanai, check the webcams.
North shore
5.9ft @ 15s from 301° (WNW)
5.8ft @ 15s from 305° (WNW)
5ft @ 17s from 317° (NW)
2.9ft @ 11s from 346° (NNW)
4.1ft @ 9s from 48° (NE)
3.6ft @ 16s from 325° (NW)
3.4ft @ 10s from 359° (N)
New swell went up at the NW buoys and now the direction is much more reliable. That is a direction that is shadowed, so Maui will get a bit less energy than Oahu. Below are the graphs of NW101, Waimea and Pauwela. I drew a blue dotted line for the last one, following the prediction of the WW3 model that sees the swell peaking in Maui at around 5f 16s in the late morning/early afternoon.
As you can see from the readings, there's also the leftover from the previous NW swell (down to 10s) and the windswell. And in the meantime, the swell at Pauwela went up to 4.3ft @ 16s from 326° (NW) at 5am, so it's coming up nicely. That's well overhead at Hookipa, but stay tuned for the beach report for confirmation.

NAM3km map at 7am shows light wind and good surfing conditions

The 2pm map shows stronger wind, but not enough for sailing. Check the MC2km map when available for a more reliable forecast.

Current wind map shows:
1-2) two small but close fetches that will provide some northerly short period waves next week.
3) a moderate fetch down south that hopefully will take the flatness away from the south shores, but not by much.

This is a satellite photo at 5am. It shows a layer of clouds coming in from the south.

This is just a curiosity. A massive storm is predicted to form in the Atlantic and provide Nazare in Portugal with some really big waves. I expect pictures of that sessions to flood the internet.

This is a board I'm selling for $200. It's an Arakawa 6.6x18 3/4x2 1/2 and I just don't use it much, but it's a great board in good conditions. Here's the Craigslist ad.

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