Wednesday, May 03, 2017

5 3 17 morning call

I'm officially over the jet lag and I celebrated that with a three sessions morning. Blog reader Ted  kindly took this video frame of me about to dive in front of an overheader at Thousand Peaks. Leash cord broke and the swim was as nice as a swim for your board can get.

These are two faces of Makena beach yesterday: the beauty and the beast. Photos by Jimmie Hepp.

4am significant buoy readings
South shore

3.1ft @ 13s from 193° (SSW)
Swell down a second and half foot compared to yesterday, but still definitely hitting. Check the webcams.

North shore
1.2ft @ 15s from 282° (WNW)           
0.8ft @ 11s from 318° (NW)

3.2ft @ 9s from 84° (E)
1.7ft @ 4s from 73° (ENE)
1ft @ 11s from 335° (NNW)
0.6ft @ 16s from 336° (NNW)

All NW energy disappeared at the NW buoys and that's not a good sign. NOAA is calling for 6 to 8 feet faces on Thursday, that energy better show up later at the buoys, otherwise it's gonna be a lot less than that.
As for today, you can see how small the energy that eventually made it to our (and for once, also Oahu's) north shore is. The picture below shows the two alternative:
Hookipa on the left has tiny to small waves. Lahaina on the right has bigger size, but the shape is currently suffering from a morning sickness. Should improve later.

Looks like clear skies all day.

Windguru 10 days table shows light trades for today (even though with the help of the sun, it might easily become sailable) and a pretty steady return of the trades for the rest of the period. I actually don't mind the trades if they're easterly and in that lovely green color category.

Current wind maps shows:
1) a NW fetch starting to gain size and intensity.
2) a fetch N of us aiming at the west coast, but we'll get a bit of angular spreading (hopefully)
3) a compact, strong fetch down south. The low is down to 965, but the fetch oriented towards is kind of compact. Still better than nothing.

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