Sunday, June 04, 2017

Sunday 6 4 17 morning call

Yesterday I did good use of my local knowledge and surfed the wave below by myself.

Later on I took this picture that made me think that on a SE swell the whole Pali coast would be a left point break after the other if the Haleakala and the Big Island weren't there.

Massive success of the Hi-Tech surf contest at Launiupoko. Here's the SUP final coming in on a little party wave. Photo by Michelle Brown.

3am significant buoy readings
South shore

6.6ft @ 9s from 89° (E)                      
1.9ft @ 13s from 115° (ESE)

6.9ft @ 8s from 80° (E)                      
2.4ft @ 12s from 124° (ESE)

6.2ft @ 8s from 101° (ESE)           
2.1ft @ 12s from 158° (SSE)                      
1.2ft @ 15s from 168° (SSE)
South swell down a notch more. That would be still fun waist to belly high in Waikiki, but those are borderline numbers for Maui as the blockage of Kahoolawe becomes more and more relevant as the period goes down. Unfortunately we have no indication of the direction (those numbers are useless as they show more east than it is because of the strong windswell hitting the buoys at the same time). Fortunately we have webcams and you guys can check out by yourself if it's worth it.
North shore
5ft @ 8s from 87° (E)
That says everything to me. Hookipa nearly flat with the wind sensors reading what's in the pic below at 4am. Unfortunately Kahului gets plenty wind too, so the Waiehu coast (always a possibility on a elevated windswell) will be onshore from the very start of the day.
8am wind map.

2pm wind map shows a lot less wind than the previous few days. A lot less than what other models predict too, so this'll be another good test for this model. That green on the north shore means 18-21 mph.

North Pacific map shows a small NW fetch that should generate a swell that the NOAA calls tiny on Thursday/Friday. Surfline calls for 2f 11s.

A couple of small fetches on the South Pacific map, but we're still lacking wind strength and fetch size. A few days ago I mentioned a big swell around Thursday next week. I should never look that much forward, because those predictions change a lot. In fact, that swell is now downgraded to only 1.7f 16s. Sorry about that.

High clouds moving east, but they're south of us, so get ready for another stunning day in paradise.

PS. Thanks to reader Glenn Miller who posted this link to the big dry dock ship I posted about yesterday.

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