Later in the day the trades blew pretty strong (as predicted by the model). This is my friend Bill Boyum in a nice drop on a Maliko run on his surf ski.
4am significant buoy readings
2.5ft @ 15s from 160° (SSE)
3.2ft @ 13s from 170° (S)
1.9ft @ 14s from 181° (S)
Beautiful non "conclamated" swell readings continue at the buoys, it should be another day of relatively uncrowded fun size waves on the Lahaina side. Beach report as soon as I get there, expect similar size to yesterday.
4.7ft @ 8s from 62° (ENE)
Windswell slowly picking up again on the north shore. Hookipa looked pretty small still yesterday at sunset. And, as the GP's wind meter should show, it's already pretty windy in the early morning.
Talking about the meter, after a few days of use, it's pretty clear that the direction indication is not particularly reliable. It just switches around in the NE quadrant too easily. Again, that's because my house is 350 yards inland and the wind is influenced by other buildings and trees. It's still better than nothing though, at least you know if it's blowing up here. Today I added the reading at the top of the right column and deleted the one at the top of the blog. Not sure yet which one I like better, please leave feedbacks if you have any.
Wind map at noon.
North Pacific has three fetches:
- a small and weak WNW one that won't do anything for us
- a large and well oriented windswell fetch
- a tiny ESE one belonging to hurricane Fabio, which is going to move to a much more favorable position for us soon.
Once again, the fetch that will send us the most energy is the windswell one.
South Pacific has three fetches too:
- a distant one south of the Tasman Sea
- a much closer but much smaller S one
- a tiny SSE one that won't do much for us.