Double south session for me yesterday and the Accept-Embrace-Enjoy mantra is working well.
The spot we surfed was waist high in the sets, how did Jason Hall managed to get a shot like this, is a bit of a mystery... His custom Gopro tail mount holds the camera a foot over the tail, so that must help.
It's always a pleasure to meet up with Josh Weisfeld of Jaw Retro Surfboards. He showed me his last creation: a Malibu Pig with the wide point way back and inverted rocker (more in the tail than in the nose). Looks different that's for sure.
As predicted, the conditions for the windsurfers at Hookipa in the afternoon were pretty good. Pictured in this photo by Jimmie Hepp from this gallery is Shawna, who told me:"I wasn't expecting the waves to be this good today!".
"Had you checked the Mauisurfreport, you would have known baby. I totally called it!". That did not give me any bonus points. Probably gave me some negative ones, actually.
5am significant buoy readings
1.9ft @ 13s from 189° (S)
How ironic that the only buoy that has a southerly reading is the NW101! Surfline calls for 1.6f 12s at 8am and, without the local buoys, you definitely want to check the webcams before going. FYI: Late morning yesterday, thousand peaks had waist to occasional chest/shoulder high sets on the incoming tide and half an hour of glass between winds from all kind of directions. But today the size was forecasted to decrease. Avoid the 9.20am low tide, that's gonna kill the already small waves.
4.2ft @ 11s from 333° (NNW)
3ft @ 11s from 334° (NNW)
3.5ft @ 11s from 334° (NNW)
Still fun sizes at the buoys, but all gradually coming down throughout the day. Unfortunately the Hookipa sensor is already reading 10(6-13) from 77 at 6.40am, so the morning surf won't be particularly clean. I'm taking it easy, eventually I'll go have a look and post a beach report.
Windsurfers/kiters warning: this is going to be the last day with decent waves (non-windswell) until Thursday May 18, when Surfline predicts a new NW swell at around 4f 12s.
The wind should be plenty and pretty easterly, as the two HRW visualizations below show at 2pm.
Current wind map (on the left) shows:
1) a weak westerly fetch off Japan
2) a tiny section of a NW fetch up in the corner
3) the windswell fetch.
Unfortunately, another bad day of wave generation for Hawaii (nothing from the south either). That means we got some flatness ahead. Next liver flush accordingly scheduled for Monday.
On the right of the picture, how my friend's automated map judges those fetches. Not sure what the scale on the bottom is, I must ask him. Probably the height of the seas in feet.
Lastly, that's how the sky looks like from above.
Lastly, my favorite human on the planet Dr. Greger went big time mainstream in this 18 minutes video, but the message is clear and worth sharing.