Friday, June 08, 2018

Friday 6 8 18 morning call

A couple of foiling waves for me yesterday. Hookipa at sunset had some head high waves, occasionally overhead and these are the shots I took in the magic light. Each single wave you see comes from the NNW energy that peaked during the day.


3am significant buoy readings
South shore

2.2ft @ 12s from 151° (SSE)
2.1ft @ 18s from 177° (S)
2.4ft @ 18s from 159° (SSE)                      
2.2ft @ 12s from 273° (W)
2.3ft @ 18s from 140° (SE)
2.5ft @ 13s from 183° (S)
1.5ft @ 20s from 181° (S)
The buoys are doing a good job (other than the directions all over the place at the outer ones) by detecting both the old south declining swell (knee to waist yesterday, probably calf to thigh today) and the new much longer period one.

Below is a screen shot of a overhead set at Ala Moana Bowls at sunset yesterday when Barbers was reading something like 0.8f 22s. The reports I got in Maui instead were all negative. Could be one of those cases in which Kahoolawe blocks a lot, but this morning the readings are bigger than yesterday, so I think we'll see some sets.

Pretty hard to guess the size, I'll throw belly to head high or even overhead when the odd set comes, but the arrival of the sets is going to be extremely slow, like every onset of a remotely generated south swell. But that seems to be only wishful thinking, as the early observation of the local webcams suggests much smaller sizes than that. I did see one good set though. The beach report will be more accurate. Ala Moana head high plus also this morning.

Below is the graph of the Samoa buoy, showing that down there the swell (light blue line) picked up quite quickly on Tuesday June 5th and reached 5f 15s on the day after. Arrival times get diluted for us because of the travelling distance, so if you see a swell that lasts three days at that buoy, it might easily last four or five days in Maui. Obviously, that goes to the expense of the consistency.

North shore
4ft @ 8s from 79° (ENE)
2.8ft @ 6s from 73° (ENE)
2.7ft @ 9s from 358° (N)

Northerly energy down to 9s seconds at Pauwela, while the windswells reads 4f 8s. It should be smaller than yesterday, as the graph on the left below shows that the N energy peaked yesterday (orange line). The Surfline forecast on the right shows a new 12s pulse appearing in the late afternoon though (purple line), I honestly don't remember seeing any fetch that would support that. We'll see.

Wind map at noon.

North Pacific shows a cute little NW fetch. Those kind of fetches are very common in June, but it will still make the unaware surfers go:"omg, there's waves at Hookipa in June!".

South Pacific shows a small fetch NE of New Zealand. Yesterday's big storm is now aiming only at South America.

 Morning sky.

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