Since the first race (a week earlier) didn't have wind till the end and since he thought that the start was going to be from inside Honolua (with pretty much no wind), Zane chose to use the Gofoil Maliko 200, that would allow him a much easier foiling with no wind action. A week earlier he used the Iwa (one size smaller) and that has less lift, but it's also faster. Kai instead was on a pretty small MFC foil and you can see that he struggled just a bit more to make it foil at the very start (which was outside Honolua), but once it was up, he just moved faster. Plus, they had wind till the finish line this time. So, the size of the foil is obviously a key strategic decision, I wonder if one day there will be different sub-categories for foils of different area.
The video is great, enjoy.
Races/Contests of tomorrow Saturday 21.
- Another downwind race (this time a Maliko run) is coming up this Saturday, while the Molokai to Oahu one is on Sunday 29.
- The HSA Hurley surf contest will be on at the Lahaina harbor the whole weekend.
- The Maui Race Series slalom windsurfing race at Kanaha
Meanwhile in Bali the Rip Curl contest at Padang Padang was completed and the waves were amazing. If you have a couple of hours to fill, I recommend watching the final day. The commentary is poor (one guy makes me miss Dave Mel, imagine that), but the waves and the action are excellent.
Photo by Lawrence from this website (where you can find out the winner).
4am significant buoy readings
2.9ft @ 15s from 148° (SE)
2.9ft @ 15s from 174° (S)
3.1ft @ 15s from 166° (SSE)
2.6ft @ 17s from 178° (S)
Once again Barbers indicates 2s more in the period than the outer buoys and I can't get my head around that. What counts is that there is plenty energy in the water, I will report size and conditions later. In the meantime, this is a well overhead set at Ala Moana (which is always bigger than Lahaina, fyi). It seems very inconsistent though, with plenty flat spells in between sets.
4.4ft @ 8s from 85° (E)
2.8ft @ 6s from 62° (ENE)
Big drop in the windswell, Hookipa will be tiny today.
Wind map at noon.
North pacific shows the windswell fetch.
Only small angular spreading in the South Pacific, which confirms the downward trend starting mid next week.