Saturday, June 09, 2018

Saturday 6 9 18 morning call

A longboard and a prone foiling session for me yesterday. The south swell started kicking in in the late morning, here's a nice chest high wave. Obviously, the size indication doesn't apply to foilers.

Before we get into the core of the call, I feel like reporting a post from a friend of mine about a plan of development of the Lahaina harbor. Here's what he posted:

Alright everyone its letter writing time again because the state is trying to add a dock for the cruise ships which will alter the surf break and make it very dangerous with boat traffic cutting across for the kids when paddling out. Currently its a straight paddle out for the kids on north side of the channel away from all boats with this new plan there will be boats cutting across in front of them to access the new dock looks like a mess in the making that will change the ...area a lot. Please take a second to e-mail the lady at the bottom of the above article and voice your concerns about the safety of the kids surfing the Lahaina harbor
wave. I e-mailed her and she immediately responded back saying that she will consider what I said in decision so lets flood her with e-mails telling her not to approve building the new dock for Cruise Ships thanks this is very important this is where Maui kids begin surfing.

This is the link to the news.

I haven't had time to dig into it, but I feel like posting it now, as the dateline for sending emails is June 20th. I am not sure what the consequences of such development will be, but I'd rather not take the chance of seeing one of Maui's best waves ruined by it. If you fear the same, please take your time to send an email to the address below.

Comments can be mailed to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District Regulatory Office, Attn: Ms. Vera Koskelo, Building 230, Fort Shafter, HI 96858-5440, or e-mailed to (reference POH-2015-00221 in the subject heading of the e-mail). In order to be accepted, e-mail comments must originate from the author's e-mail account.
Comments must include the DA permit number, POH- 2015-00221, and the commentor's name, address and phone number. For more information on the project or the permit process, contact Vera Koskelo at (808) 835-4310 or

Here's what I sent:
I'd like to express my concern about the development plan in the subject. The Lahaina harbor wave is a wave that hosts many kids surf contests and any change to the pier will surely effect it. Either its shape will change and/or the safety of the surfers paddling out to the break will be compromised by the boats that will be a lot closer. Please consider the needs of the surfing community before approving such plan. Thanks.

Don't forget your name address and phone number.

3am significant buoy readings
South shore
4.7ft @ 17s from 149° (SE)

4ft @ 16s from 156° (SSE) 

3.8ft @ 15s from 162° (SSE)

4.5ft @ 17s from 174° (S)

The buoy clearly readings indicate that today is going to be the biggest day of the swell, as the period is still pretty high and the size doubled compared to yesterday. Some places that don't like such combo (like Thousand Peaks) will be closing out often, some others that do will be firing. Talking about which, Kimo’s 41st Annual traditional longboard contest will be on today at Mala Warf. At least 9feet long, single fin and no leash are the rules that I remember. Enjoy your hunt, gonna be packed almost everywhere all weekend long.

North shore
4.6ft @ 8s from 77° (ENE)
3.1ft @ 6s from 74° (ENE)
1.7ft @ 11s from 344° (NNW)

Low NNW energy hanging in there together with a very consistent windswell. My guess is that Hookipa will have the usual mix of them and probably be waist to shoulder high with occasional bigger sets.

One day old wind map at noon.

North Pacific has a weak NW fetch and the windswell fetch (which I forgot to circle).

South Pacific has a medium/intensity size S fetch. Those are my favorite kind, as they won't give life to what I call a "conclamated" swell with a lot of hype (like the current one), and they usually draw less crowd.

Morning sky.

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