Friday, February 23, 2018

7am Hookipa has head to occasionally head and a half waves. The wind is blowing hard.

Friday 2 23 18 morning call

Double shortboard session for me yesterday. No photo of the day, here's one of those incredible images by Ben Thouard.

4am significant buoy readings
South shore
6ft @ 15s from 298° (WNW)

No indication of southerly energy at the buoys nor in the Surfline forecast. The strong WNW reading at the W buoy, suggests the possibility of waves in Kihei. I don't have reports from yesterday and didn't watch the shore break in the cams (which is what you need to do if you're interested in that option).

North shore
5.2ft @ 14s from 297° (WNW)

5.9ft @ 9s from 75° (ENE)
4.9ft @ 14s from 326° (NW)

Still 5f 14s from the NW swell and 6f 9s from ENE on tap this morning. They will both hold steady for today and then the NW one will decrease tomorrow while the easterly one will increase considerably. After that, strong E energy and nothing else for at least 10 days.

Wind map at noon shows some strong easterly trades.

North Pacific only has the easterly fetch. Get used to this.

South Pacific has a strong fetch oriented towards south America (with a small part circled in red oriented towards us) of which we could get some angular spreading. Surfline calls for 1.7f 15s in 8 days.

Morning sky.

5.45am rain radar.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

7.15am Hookipa has head to head and a half clean waves.

Thursday 2 22 18 morning call

A shortboard, a windfoiling and a longboard session for me yesterday. Below are a bunch of photos from the windfoiling one that might be of interest for some of the readers. Scroll down for the call if you don't care, it's somewhere down there.

Let's start with a bit of gear. That's a Starboard 7.4x29.5x110L SUP board with the tuttle box back opening at 20 inches from the tail and a Gofoil Maliko. The board obviously also has a added on mast track.

That's the easiest way I figured out to get in the water. My board is old and I don't mind dragging it on the sand. Wouldn't work on a rocky launch. Once I get waist high deep, I lower the foil and setup the board for the uphaul action.

On my setup the back foot sits right on top of the foil mast and the front foot is against the volcano pad of the sail mast.

This is Judie's style of entering the water, she got a footstrap to hold. Notice the different depth of the front wing's profile. It's also much thinner and that makes it start foiling only at a higher speed than mine. At the same time, it will have a higher maximum foiling speed than mine. It's a matter of taste.

Notice also the position of the box all the way at the tail. That does two main things compared to mine:
1) it's harder to make it foil in underpowered conditions, as there's not as much leverage/weight behind the foil mast
2) it's a lot more directionally stable. Which is another way of saying less maneuverable. Once again, a matter of taste.

Lovely shot of lovely ladies with a passion for windsurfing. Even though Judith's setup is closer to regular windsurfing than mine, the difference between the stances and the weight distributions in the regular windsurfing vs windfoiling is quite evident.

Windfoiling on a wave is tricky. The added speed/lift of the wave makes the foil want to come up and I have to move my foot to the front of the mast to keep it down. At this primordial stage of my wave windfoiling adventure, I'm quite happy with that. But there's massive room for improvements.

Going down the line is even trickier as the lack of apparent wind deprives you of the extra balance provided by the pressure in the sail. Plus is not particularly exciting, because, for the same reason, you go slower.

 Putting it on the rail without putting it on the rail. I managed to pull that one off with a low angle of attack into the bottom turn and a lot of front foot pressure.

I come out of the water the same way I get in. Just happier.
5am significant buoy readings
South shore
5.4ft @ 15s from 299° (WNW)
No indication of southerly energy at the buoys, the Surfline forecast calls for nothing from the south, but the reading at the W buoy suggests waves in Kihei. There was a nice long period shore break there already yesterday.

North shore
6ft @ 15s from 299° (WNW)
6.1ft @ 9s from 84° (E)
4.3ft @ 15s from 330° (NW)
Solid energy from the NW and the E at Pauwela, there should be plenty waves on the north shore.
This is the wind map at 8am and it shows no wind down the coast, as the original direction of the trades is ESE.

Wind map at noon shows the wind hugging the north shore coast.
North Pacific shows a small NW fetch and the usual E fetch.
South Pacific has two good fetches, but they're oriented towards south America.
Morning sky looks cloudy.
6.15am Radar image shows some rain to our south.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

6.45am Hookipa has inconsistent head to occasionally overhead waves.
Relatively clean with a little bit of ese already blowing.
Kinda fat.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Wednesday 2 20 18 morning call

A longboard and a SUP foiling session for me yesterday. It was only Brett Lickle and I in the second one, here's a quick chat in the empty lineup that could have been an epic interview, had I managed to catch that wave and ride it criss-crossing with him, but I didn't.

I made up with this other one.

Here's Brett gliding in perfect solitude.

This photo by Tomoko was taken earlier in the day shows foiler Robert with a perfectly executed shift of the weight on the front foot to handle the speed of a relatively steep drop. Had he not done that, the overfoil was pretty much guaranteed.

4am significant buoy readings
South shore

No indication of southerly energy at the buoys, the Surfline forecast calls for 0.8f 10s. The new WNW swell picking up today (see below) is likely to bring waves in the Kihei area.

North shore
6.1ft @ 16s from 292° (WNW)

2.7ft @ 18s from 306° (WNW)

6.7ft @ 9s from 73° (ENE)
2.9ft @ 13s from 340° (NNW)
0.8ft @ 20s from 321° (NW)

New long period WNW swell on the rise at the buoys, even though in Maui it will be noticeable only in the afternoon. Waimea is down, below is the graph of the three reported buoys (with red arrows to indicate the new swell), plus the Surfline forecast which is extremely reliable (if you look at the offshore swells tab and not at the spot forecasts). Direction at the NW buoy is 292, so we're gonna get partially blocked. That is no surprise if you remember the position of the fetch. If you don't, scroll down and check the fetch map of the past 4 days.

In the meantime, there's still 3f 13s from yesterday's swell and still a solid easterly windswell to play with. Might not have time for a beach report again, been very busy with surf guides.

Wind map at noon. The wind should hit Hookipa around 9-10am, according to this model.

North Pacific shows a tiny NW fetch in the NW corner and the "usual" east one that is getting closer.

Starting tomorrow, we're gonna have ESE trades for a long time, as the windguru table below shows.

South Pacific shows a small Tasman Sea fetch.

Morning sky shows some clouds moving in from the south.

Tuesday 2 20 18 morning call

A SUP foiling and a longboard session for me yesterday. The first one was excellent and this is a photo by Tomoko from two days ago showing Dave Kalama imitating his son Austin and getting some air on the foil.

4am significant buoy readings
South shore

No indication of southerly energy at the buoys, the Surfline forecast calls for 1f 11s.

North shore
3.1ft @ 12s from 312° (NW)

3.7ft @ 14s from 323° (NW)

6.3ft @ 9s from 82° (E)
2.9ft @ 14s from 323° (NW)

New long period NW swell is only predicted for tomorrow, for today we have what's at Pauwela. Plenty options with the wind that should be fairly good all day. Probably no time for me to post a beach report.

Wind map at noon.

North Pacific shows a NW and a E fetch.

South Pacific has a small Tasman Sea fetch.

Morning sky. The low that caused the rain (and snow!) two days ago is spinning to our north, but our sky is clear.

Monday, February 19, 2018

2 19 18 morning call

A shortboard and a SUP foiling session for me yesterday. My friend Matias was surfing the same spot and had a gopro, so I asked him to send me a pic. Steep takeoffs, tight turns and lips to hit, that's why I love shortboard surfing when the conditions are good for it.

Foiling on waves is a completely different thing instead, as it requires much less steepness and can be fun also if the conditions aren't clean. That's why I chose it to do later in the morning, knowing that the wind would at one point get on it. This is Michelle having a blast an a slopy non breaking wave.

And this is a clip that summarizes what I just wrote. Barely a wave behind me.

6am significant buoy readings
South shore

No indication of southerly energy at the buoys, the Surfline forecast calls for 0.6 14s.

North shore
3.9ft @ 14s from 327° (NW)

4.2ft @ 11s from 328° (NW)
2.2ft @ 16s from 319° (NW)

7.0ft @ 9s from 59° (ENE)
4.3ft @ 11s from 335° (NNW)
1.0ft @ 18s from 329° (NW)
Another new low long period NW swell is on the rise, but as the beach report that today I did before this call shows, there's still plenty energy from yesterday's one. Below is the graph of Pauwela that shows the three swells reported. Something you would not know, if you checked the NOAA page instead. Notice the Christmas tree spike in the afternoon yesterday, due to the strong wind associated with the front that hit the north shore.

Wind map at noon.

North Pacific shows a WNW fetch, a weak NW one and the E one. In black I circled the area of strong easterly winds that will engulf us starting Thursday.

South Pacific shows a very remote southerly fetch.

Morning sky.


6.45am beach report before call today.
Pauwela reads
7.5ft @ 9s from 58° (ENE)

4.2ft @ 11s from 346° (NNW)

1ft @ 18s from 331° (NNW)

Hookipa is head to head and a half and relatively clean. Not as good as yesterday though.


Sunday, February 18, 2018

7am Hookipa is head to head and a half and clean. Shape is a little sloppy, but 7 for the glassiness.

Sunday 2 18 18 morning call

A longboard and a SUP foiling session for me yesterday. I don't have a photo of the day, this is one of those mesmerizing photos from Tahiti by Ben Thouard. Teahupoo must be the thickest wave in the world.

4am significant buoy readings
South shore

No indication of southerly energy at the buoys, the Surfline forecast calls for a very temporary 0.7f 12s but only in the afternoon.

North shore
4.3ft @ 12s from 335° (NNW)

5.9ft @ 12s from 316° (NW)

4.8ft @ 8s from 68° (ENE)
3.7ft @ 12s from 328° (NW)

New NW bump is on the rise locally, the Waimea reading suggests an increase in Maui throughout the day maybe slightly bigger than the Surfline forecast that calls for 4f 12s in the afternoon. Easterly swell slightly smaller than yesterday.

Wind map at noon shows ESE trades.

North Pacific shows a fairly strong WNW fetch and the close by E windswell one.

South Pacific shows a nice and wide Tasman Sea fetch. Surfline predictes a 0.5f swell from it.

Morning sky shows plenty clouds.