Saturday, October 28, 2017

Saturday 10 28 17 morning call

Double SUP foiling session for me, one with the old swell waves, the other with the new ones. First one had better wind conditions and it happened while the whole Jaws fleet was launching. Here Jason Hall pumps his way through the skis.
Kathy glides in the glitter.
The contest at Jaws was fantastic, the first two heats had the best waves, imo. Photo by Jimmie Hepp. This morning it will continue with pristine wind conditions. The live webcast page says "next call 6.30am" and if they're smart, they'll start right then. Men's semifinals (second one is stacked!) and Women's only heat.

Ian Walsh was able to navigate that worbly hollow section showing a impressive form.
Based on yesterday's performances, my pick for the win is one of these guys: Billy Kemper, Jamie Mitchell, Ian Walsh, Kai Lenny and Lucas Chianca. That is if Albee Layer doesn't find the barrels he's always hunting, which is quite possible with this morning's offshores.

5am significant buoy readings
South shore

No southerly energy at the outer buoys, the Surfline forecast calls for 1.5f 11s.

North shore
12.4ft @ 16s from 335° (NNW)

12.1ft @ 17s from 322° (NW)

As the graphs of the two reported buoys shows below, the swell has peaked during the night. The period will be around 16-17s in the morning and the size is still solid, so more big waves on the north shore today, with a little more consistent sets.

Wind map at noon shows very light trades.
 North Pacific shows:
- a tiny west fetch from the next typhoon south of Japan
- a strong NW fetch oriented towards the Marshalls of which we should get a bit of angular spreading
- two smaller NNW and N fetches

South Pacific doesn't show any fetch for us.

Morning sky looks pretty clear. Should be a chilly morning. But at 10 it will be the usual 25 degrees C, the most pleasant temperature for a human body. Well, mine at least.

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