Friday, February 09, 2018

Friday 2 8 18 morning call

A SUP foiling session and a couple of demonstrative windfoiling reaches for me yesterday. I took my friend Paolo windfoiling for his first time and here's a couple of shots. In this first one, he's foiling but with too much weight on the back foot. That is a mistake that comes from the windsurfing muscle memories. Notice how much the regular slalom sailors are leaning upwind and loading the board to transfer the lift received by the (huge) sail to the board. No need to do that while windfoiling, as the lift comes from the foil under the board.

Here's after I told him to slightly correct his stance, stand more centered and upright like a surfer, and keep the weight even on both legs (unless he needs to correct the pitch of the foil). The board is now perfectly parallel to the water and the foil advances with minimal drag. Perfect no harness foiling stance, really.

This is a short clip showing how remarkably well he did. Once again, windfoiling (with a surfing foil!) is the easiest way of learning the foiling feeling, if you know how to windsurf already.

5am significant buoy readings
South shore

No indication of southerly energy at the buoys, the Surfline forecast calls for 0.6f 9s.

North shore
6.3ft @ 15s from 315° (NW)
5.7ft @ 10s from 329° (NW)
2.1ft @ 8s from 11° (NNE)

7.6ft @ 9s from 335° (NNW)
1.9ft @ 16s from 298° (WNW)
1.2ft @ 5s from 2° (N)

8.1ft @ 9s from 356° (N)
0.5ft @ 18s from 330° (NW)

New NW swell on the rise as predicted, but unfortunately the onshore wind will make the conditions extremely poor. The collage below shows the graphs of the three reported buoys, the red dotted line on the Pauwela one shows the predicted rise of the NW swell locally. Plenty short period choppy waves from the N in the meantime.

Wind map at noon shows light onshore on the north shore and good downwind conditions on the Kihei coast. I'm excited to give SUP foil downwinding another try, first time in Kihei and first time with the Maliko 200 foil.

North Pacific shows a couple of NW and WNW fetches plus a closeby N windswell one.

Nothing on offer in the South Pacific.

Morning sky.

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