Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tuesday 7 18 17 morning call

Longboarding in Lahaina, a windfoil session and a surf session at Hookipa at sunset were my ocean activities yesterday. Might seem like a lot, but they were all kinda short.

This is Marlon Lewis who is knowledgeable enough to score perfect foiling conditions inside the harbor thanks to the northerly windswell. Now that I know what amazing feeling foiling is, this was the comment that I left: "I just got myself a Maliko and even though I'll take my time, sooner or later, I promise, I'll do that too. And it will be because this shot inspired me a hell lot. I went windfoiling in the harbor later in the day and I saw those rollers coming in. I didn't even think about them as being good for what you were doing earlier. That's how much of a game changer those foils are!"
Again, don't look at that with the eyes of the surfer. He's not surfing, he's foiling.

4am significant buoy readings.
South shore
2.2ft @ 13s from 154° (SSE)

2.2ft @ 12s from 175° (S)

2.3ft @ 13s from 158° (SSE)

Lovely couple of feet of southerly energy at the outer buoys. After yesterday's session at Hookipa, I know I'd rather go to Lahaina again this morning. Check webcams and my beach report for size and conditions.

North shore
4.4ft @ 7s from 42° (NE)                      
0.6ft @ 11s from 92° (E)
0.4ft @ 14s from 62° (ENE)

5.8ft @ 8s from 55° (ENE)                      
0.8ft @ 14s from 153° (SSE)
0.6ft @ 12s from 155° (SSE)
I'm not sure if those longer period readings are the forerunners of the Fernanda easterly swell, but even if they are they're still too small to do much. The waves at Hookipa will be the short period windswell only, at least for the morning. Check the buoys later to see if the longer period energy increases. The Surfline forecast for the next three days shows the Fernanda swell increasing all day today, but the day for that seems to be Wednesday. Notice also the much shorter period red windswell that the storm will generate when it gets closer.

Wind map at noon.

North Pacific only shows a windswell fetch and Fernanda slowly getting closer.

The big blue picture shows many more tropical storms cells behind.

I didn't circle any fetches in the South Pacific, 'cause they all look way too weak for us. Tomorrow there will be a better one in the Tasman Sea. Time to book a Fiji trip if you got time, money and skill.

Still a bit of moisture around us.

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