Saturday, January 06, 2018

Saturday 1 6 18 morning call

My only water action yesterday was a windsurfing lessons. No shots of the day, here's my probably best surfing picture ever that came back yesterday as one of those facebook memories. My first trip to Fiji was in May 2011 and the 10 posts I did back then are here (Namotu label in the labels section).

The camera is back and so are the shots of unconditional beauty.

5am significant buoy readings
South shore

No indication of southerly energy at the buoys, the Surfline forecast calls for 0.7f 11s.

But the W buoy reads 1.9ft @ 17s from 277° (W) and that might grace Kihei with some waves  later in the day.

North shore
6.2ft @ 16s from 303° (WNW)

3.6ft @ 16s from 310° (WNW)

2.3ft @ 18s from 314° (NW)

5.9ft @ 7s from 66° (ENE)
1.4ft @ 11s from 341° (NNW)
1.2ft @ 18s from 313° (NW)
New WNW swell on the rise at all the buoys. Below is a tight collage of the graphs of the four reported ones plus the Surfline forecast for the next three days. I circled in red the swell to help the tricky identification of it. You can see the delay on the rise as the swell travels and refracts along the islands chain.

Surfline was calling for 0.4 20s at 8am today, but with 1.2f 18s at 5am we can already tell that the swell is arriving a little bit earlier than that. With 6f 7s of windswell also in the water there will be plenty waves from it at Hookipa, with the inconsistent arrival of the long period NW sets clearly visible and distinct. Wind blowing at 13mph at 6.10am. A few more days of it and with a bit of luck, we could get back some good surfing conditions as early as Tuesday morning for the rest of the week. Stay tuned for a 6.45am beach report.

Wind map at noon shows easterly trades (been like that since the start of the year). The Hookipa windsurfers are going to have another great day today (late afternoon) and tomorrow.

North Pacific shows a small westerly fetch, a bigger NW one and a small windswell one.

South Pacific finally shows a small southerly fetch. Nothing to be too excited about, Surfline barely calls for 1f 14s next Sunday Jan 14.

Morning sky.

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