Monday, October 08, 2018

Monday 10 8 18 morning call

A shortboard and a windsurf session for me yesterday. Here's how the biggest waves at Hookipa looked (when the NW set came in the midst of the windswell) in a photo by Jimmie Hepp from this gallery.

4am significant buoy readings
South shore
3ft @ 11s from 196° (SSW)
1.7ft @ 16s from 209° (SSW)
2.2ft @ 11s from 205° (SSW)                        
1.2ft @ 16s from 209° (SSW)
Low but new and long period energy at the local buoys. That, together with the higher but shorter period energy also detected by the lovely instruments, should keep the south shore from going completely flat. I have early business to do over there, hopefully I'll find the time to report before that.

North shore
4.4ft @ 8s from 55° (ENE)
3.2ft @ 7s from 71° (ENE)
2.7ft @ 12s from 12° (NNE)
1.5ft @ 15s from 79° (ENE)
Day of break for the NW energy at Hookipa (as it completely disappeared from all buoys), before a new NW swell arrives tomorrow. Still plenty windswell to play with though. Below is the collage of the maps of October 4,5,6 and 7. As you can see, in all of them there's a long and wide fetch just E of the Kurils almost reaching the date line. Nothing too intense inside, but it's going to be a long lasting swell. Surfline has it peaking at 3.7f 12s Tuesday night and lasting in the 3f range all week. That seems underestimated to me (specially the period).

Wind map at noon. Enjoy the trades if you like wind related sports, as a local low is modeled to completely kill them starting Wednesday until the end of the week.

North Pacific has multiple weak fetches. The windswell one is pretty long so expect ENE to NE short to mid period waves to be in the water for the next couple of days. Meanwhile Sergio got a bit closer, but it's modeled to re-track back towards the mainland. Surfline calls for 6f 14s from 84 from it on Wednesday. Seems excessive to me.
South Pacific only has a weak and very distant fetch.
Morning sky.

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