Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wednesday 3 15 17 morning call

Another beautiful day in Maui that saw a sunrise and a sunset sessions for me, both fun. Mid day the windsurfers hit the water (as I predicted based on the MC2km maps) and here's a photo by Jimmie Hepp from this gallery.

3-4am significant buoy readings
South shore

Lanai 3am
1.2ft @ 15s from 206° (SSW)
1.7ft @ 11s from 260° (W)
Lanai 4am
1.5ft @ 12s from 261° (W)
The new long period low readings at Lanai at 3am disappeared at 4am, but if recorded once, it's still there. That is confirmed by the spectrum diagram below. The dominant period is indicated as from 279, but I put a red arrow to indicate the small, long period energy from the SSW. Check the webcams is my usual recommendation.
North shore
3.3ft @ 11s from 320° (NW)
3ft @ 10s from 323° (NW)
3.8ft @ 12s from 327° (NW)
2.5ft @ 9s from 341° (NNW)

3.2ft @ 9s from 3° (N)
3ft @ 12s from 340° (NNW)
2.2ft @ 11s from 350° (N)
Pauwela down a bit compared to yesterday, but those 3f 12s and 9s northerly readings will provide plenty fun size (probably the usual head high) for the morning session that will see once again very clean conditions due to the lack of wind. I got a busy day and I won't be able to post a beach report from Hookipa.
Below is the updated MC2km map at 7am that shows only a hint of offshore trades.
The 2pm map shows likely sailing conditions up the coast.
It should be a gorgeous day once again.

Current wind map shows:
1) a west fetch off Japan
2) a close by NW weak fetch
3) a not well oriented N fetch of which we might get a bit of angular spreading

2017 WSL season kicked off yesterday with the first 6 heats of the women, in conditions that were quite poor. The wind looks pretty bad for the whole waiting period, but at least there's some size down the line. Together with Brazil, the Gold Coast is the spot I'd like to see replaced on the WSL schedule. I understand all the business implications, but a webcast from a better spot might be overall more beneficial. John John recently said he would like to see Indonesia in the schedule, I'm gonna be more precise and wish for a G-Land contest.

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