I saw Pete Cabrinha (member of the "strapped" crew back in the days) with some inserts on his board and inquired him about it. He's enjoying riding his prone board strapless, but he understands how I feel about it:
"You feel disconnected without the straps, uh?"
"That's right", I answered. "I pump the board with the intensity I'm used to and the front foot comes off the deck!"
Below is Yasu aiming for the beach in a day in which the lovely cloud cover made the winds stay light all day on the south shore.
3am significant buoy readings
1.7ft @ 14s from 173° (S)
2.2ft @ 14s from 171° (S)
2.4ft @ 14s from 182° (S)
South swell still up at the buoys, one second shorter than yesterday, which saw knee to waist high with occasional belly high sets and long lulls between them. Should be similar today, stay tuned for a beach report.
3.4ft @ 9s from 47° (NE)
2.9ft @ 5s from 87° (E)
With those numbers, my guess is that Hookipa will be waist to chest with occasional bigger sets, but I won't be able to confirm it with a beach report, as I plan of leaving in the dark. We'll see, plans are made to be changed.
Wind map at noon calls for NE winds and a possible Kihei downwind run. Have fun you guys, would love to join you, but I got to rest those triggered fingers.
North Pacific only shows a small/weak N fetch.
South Pacific has nothing of relevance.
Morning sky. Absolutely loving the lack of sun.