Sunday, July 08, 2018

Sunday 7 8 18 morning call

A SUP foiling and a windsurfing session for me yesterday. The first one felt like a bit of a waste, as the waves in Lahaina were gorgeous, but I had a board to try. The second one fell into the ridiculously fun category with waves up to logo high and with a very soft lip that one could hit extremely late without consequences. Love the windswell at this size and from this direction. I didn't see any single set from Fabio, btw.

Shockingly, I couldn't find any photos of the day on Facebook, so here's a reminder that Saturday July 14th, the annual anniversary sale will take place at Hi-Tech in Kahului. This is just a small part of the prices that will be given away at each hour. They will be plenty more than that, I heard one of them will be any Starboard board of your choice!

5am significant buoy readings
South shore

Barbers (NOAA)

Lanai (NOAA)

Tricky reads at the buoys today. The outer ones are all about the Fabio swell and don't show any indication of south energy (which is a sign already).
I've been telling Surfline for a week to add back the Lanai one (which has changed ID number and they couldn't figure that out themselves) to their lovely page, but they've been much slower than usual. And now somehow, even the Barbers one has been taken off it. The two reported readings are hence from the NOAA pages and you guys know what I think of that.

They do show that the south swell went down a lot though and that seems to be confirmed by the observation of the Ala Moana webcam that yesterday evening still had plenty overhead sets, while this morning seems rather slow, with very occasional head high sets like the one below. Which doesn't mean that there will be similar sets in Maui too. Ala Moana in particular is always bigger than Maui's south shore for the following two reasons:
1) the waves get amplified by the presence of the man made boat channel
2) Oahu doesn't get any energy blocked by Kahoolawe like instead Maui does.

I like to look at it anyway, to have an idea of what the swell is doing anyway, since we don't have any webcams in Lahaina at the moment.

North shore
4.1ft @ 14s from 77° (ENE)

6.8ft @ 9s from 43° (NE)
3.3ft @ 14s from 84° (E)
2.9ft @ 11s from 30° (NNE)

Definitely energy at the buoys from Fabio, but 84 degrees will barely brush Pauwela point, so most of the waves at Hookipa will come from the windswell. 7f 9s is still remarkable, and I can hear the noise of the waves from my house which is a sign of size and lack of strong wind. Could be a fun morning session.

Wind map at noon.

North Pacific shows the relentless windswell fetch continuing to produce. A little less intense than the past few days, so the waves are going to come down a bit, but it's not going flat any time soon. This summer has been good on the south shore so far, but pretty damn good on the north shore too.
Nothing too exceptional, just the high pressure sitting a bit more west than usual, so that the fetch on the eastern ridge of it has a little bit of more north component and hits Hookipa better.

South Pacific shows a strong fetch in the Tasman Sea and another large swell (10f 14s) is headed to Cloudbreak (Thursday).

Morning sky.

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