As predicted, the Aloha Classic saw plenty action with big waves and the pro's in the water. Photo by Jimmie Hepp from this gallery.
Kai Lenny instead chose to compete in the HIC contest at Sunset Beach in Oahu (and advanced in both his heats). Below is a screen shot of the streaming of both contests that sums up the two main differences (surf wise) between our neighbor island and Maui:
- the wind is lighter because the Haleakala amplifies it here
- the direction on the north shore is side off, while on Maui's north shore is side shore. The wind direction is actually the same, but the coast line is oriented differently.
The link to the Aloha Classic streaming was posted on the IWT facebook page.
Also Maui has some spots where the trades are offshore, Honolua Bay being the most famous one. Seen the favorable swell direction, yesterday it looked like solid head and a half in this photo a reader sent me. Thanks a lot, I encourage readers to send me photos of the day with facebook/email.
4am significant buoy readings.
2.8ft @ 13s from 219° (SW)
3.2ft @ 13s from 207° (SSW)
South swell finally slowing down a bit, but I'll take 3f 13s any time. Yesterday Lahaina was still shoulder to occasionally head high, today could be belly to shoulder. Not sure I'm going, I might have a better plan on the north shore. Also because Ala Moana lools pretty minimal this morning.
3.3ft @ 12s from 24° (NNE)
4.8ft @ 14s from 343° (NNW)
3.2ft @ 12s from 346° (NNW)
3.4ft @ 13s from 342° (NNW)
4.7ft @ 8s from 72° (ENE)
NNW swell peaked yesterday and today there's still a bunch of periods in the water. Smaller waves, but still enough for contestable conditions at the Aloha Classic, provided that the wind will fill in, like the wind map below suggests.
Wind map at noon.
North Pacific shows the NW fetch associated with the approaching front, which I drew with a black line.
South Pacific's Tasman Sea fetch is getting stronger, we'll definitely get something out of it. Surprisingly, Surfline calls for flatness in a week. In a week, we'll find out.