A SUP, longboard and SUP foiling session for me yesterday, gotta to make hay while the sun shines. I had some nice clips with the gopro, but I lost it in the water (any amount donations to contribute to the buying a new one are very appreciated).
So the photos of today are all dedicated to the Poi Bowl downwind race that was held Sunday. 20 guys on a foil, the future that Kai Lenny was hoping for and predicted long time ago is now here. Here's our superwaterman in a surreal shot by 808photo.me.
Here are the results of the non-regular-SUP categories. 20 foilers must be a new record, Maui is leading the evolution of the water sports again. No wonder, seen the amazing variety of conditions and the pool of talented athletes and shapers.
This other shot shows that the distance between the two buddies Kai and Kody wasn't that much, but Cody crashed right at the entrance of the harbor. He managed to keep second place by just 9 seconds over the young South African Nathan, who is only 16!
5am significant buoy readings
2.2ft @ 14s from 129° (ESE)
2ft @ 14s from 192° (SSW)
2.8ft @ 13s from 161° (SSE)
1.8ft @ 15s from 173° (S)
0.8ft @ 22s from 207° (SSW)
1.7ft @ 15s from 165° (SSE)
Perfectly in line with the forecast, the southerly energy provided also yesterday, but with a declining trend, which today leaves us with my favorite number of 2f 14s, which translates in much more uncrowded knee to waist high waves with hopefully occasional bigger sets. The super sensitive Barbers buoy feels almost a foot 22s and I have no idea of where that might come from. The collage below is of the maps of July 17,18,19 and 20 and as you can see, there's pretty much nothing to be excited about coming up in the next few days.
Still waves today though, this is a decent set at Ala Moana, but they had to wait through quite a long small/flat spell for it. So have your expectations very low for today. I'll report when I get there, which today might be close to 8am.
5.9ft @ 8s from 64° (ENE)
Improving windswell at Pauwela, Hookipa looked small nonetheless yesterday at sunset, but it might have improved during the night, as I see some decent white water (possibly head high) in the webcam this morning.
Wind map at noon.
North Pacific has a those two components of windswell we've seen in the past few days getting weaker.
South Pacific looking grim with only two tiny fetches. The black circle is the fetch of the southern hemisphere trades that Pat Caldwell refers to as the main source of energy for the rest of this week. In my opinion, that doesn't really do much in Maui.
Morning sky with some beautiful clouds moving in from the south. They look like flames.