Saturday, October 20, 2018

Saturday 10 20 18 morning call

Shortboard, windfoiling and SUP foiling sessions for me yesterday. This is one wave of yet another epic sunset session on the south shore. The south swell was already hitting.

I was testing the long mast from Gofoil, I'll do a full review when I'm done. I can only anticipate that the immediate feedback was pretty much opposite in the two foiling disciplines I tried. I'll leave you the guess even though this photo might give it away.

3am significant buoy readings
South shore
3.1ft @ 17s from 169° (SSE)

3.7ft @ 17s from 185° (S)

3.2ft @ 17s from 204° (SSW)

2.7ft @ 18s from 190° (S)
1.4ft @ 14s from 198° (SSW)

2.3ft @ 18s from 191° (SSW)
1.9ft @ 14s from 198° (SSW)
South swell is here. Surprisingly it wasn't even particularly slow yesterday. Let's see how Pat Caldwell describes the fetch that generated it.
A severe-gale to storm-force system moved from S of New Zealand 10/12 to SE of New Zealand 10/13 with a large area of seas growing above 30 feet. The associated low pressure center moved steadily east along 65S the slowed in pace as it settled near 150W 10/15. A fetch of over 1500 nm long and 1000 nm wide formed between the broad area of low pressure south of French Polynesia and a strong surface high pressure over the Tasman Sea. The strongest winds were during the onset 10/12-13 though gales to severe gales held on 10/14-16 over the 175-200 degree band with the head of the fetch to near 3500 nm away. Such a large source means a long- lived, well-above average event.
Now, let's see it. Below is the collage of the maps of Oct 11, 12, 13, 14. I could have kept going until today included. This is going to be a week for the records. I'll report early as I have business to do.
North shore
4.9ft @ 9s from 3° (N)
2.4ft @ 12s from 1° (N)
4ft @ 11s from 333° (NNW)
3.6ft @ 9s from 339° (NNW)
5.8ft @ 11s from 335° (NNW)
6.3ft @ 11s from 335° (NNW)
Well, Pauwela didn't go up to 7 feet, but almost! Below is the graph, direction is good for (small) Honolua Bay too. Hookipa will be well overhead is my call form home. Not going to check it.
Wind map at noon.
North Pacific has a bit of a fetch in the NW corner and a hint of returning windswell fetch.
South Pacific continues stirring high waters our way.
Morning sky. Almost out of those clouds.

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