Saturday, February 04, 2017

2 4 17 morning call

Couple of sessions for me yesterday, here's how Hookipa looked at sunset yesterday: gorgeous and already kinda big. Pauwela was only reading 2.7f 18s of the new NW swell and that tells how much the long period waves gets amplified when shoaling upon the reef.

4am significant buoy readings
South shore

1.7ft @ 17s from 277° (W)

3.3ft @ 17s from 302° (WNW)

Both buoys feeling the wrap of from the west, check the Kihei webcams to see if anything is getting there.

North shore
7.7ft @ 15s from 309° (WNW)

8.2ft @ 15s from 315° (NW)

7.6ft @ 15s from 306° (WNW)

6.5ft @ 17s from 309° (WNW)

5.4ft @ 17s from 324° (NW)
5ft @ 13s from 23° (NNE)
Two swells in the our waters, a new NW one on the rise and the NNE one still providing some solid numbers. Totally up to you which one you'd like to tackle. And if you're new to Maui or have never looked at things this way, just grab a map and try to imagine which parts of the island would be effected by one swell or the other or both (make sure it's a map that shows the other islands too).

Hookipa will get both, but the dominant one will be the NW swell, because of the longer period. If the photo above was taken with 2.7f 18s, you can try to imagine what 5.4f 17s will do instead: once again, too big for 95% of the surfers (me included) and once again I'll leave in the dark searching for a more manageable spot. Don't worry, the Hookipa beach reports will be back. This was a very busy week for me.
Below is the graphs of NW101, Waimea and Pauwela. The new swell pretty much already peaked at all of them, maybe it can increase another foot in Maui, but it's gonna be plenty energy all day. Not a giant swell, just a fairly big one that should open up plenty spots down the coast.
Current wind map shows:
1) a really long WNW fetch. After a week of N to NE energy, we're about to receive a lot from the west
2) but the stubborn NE fetch doesn't want to die! Still pumping up there offshore Alaska.
I circled in black the area of Kona winds, by moving slightly to the east, will start blowing tomorrow and get pretty intense on Monday.
NAM3km map at 7am shows ideal no wind conditions everywhere.
The 2pm map shows three areas (circled in red) where the increasing southerly flow will be a bit stronger.
Albee Layer and friends found a new slab in Maui. Below is the video and you can read the short story in this article.

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