Saturday, October 06, 2018

Saturday 10 6 18 morning call

A longboard and a SUP foiling session for me yesterday. The Walaka swell was still pumping on the Kihei side as this photo by John Patao shows.

4am significant buoy readings
South shore
2.7ft @ 15s from 265° (W)
2.1ft @ 10s from 261° (W)
1.6ft @ 12s from 192° (SSW)
2.9ft @ 12s from 175° (S)
2.7ft @ 13s from 197° (SSW)
2.7ft @ 15s from 280° (W)
1.8ft @ 8s from 253° (WSW)
1.3ft @ 10s from 241° (WSW)
0.9ft @ 11s from 217° (SW)
Walaka's energy turned more west, but with 265 at the W buoy and 280 at Lanai, there's still hope for some wrap in Kihei. The size went down quite a bit, so don't expect anything big. As far as the Lahaina side goes, we're back to normal and we have to rely on the energy from the south, which seems to be in the almost 3 feet 12-13 seconds range, which is a lot better than nothing! Waist high with occasional bigger sets is my call from home.

Below is a well overhead set at Ala Moana (just before the camera adjusted its exposure settings), but that looks more like a leftover Walaka one to me. Not much after it. At the same time, the Kihei webcam does show a long period shore break.

North shore
3.5ft @ 14s from 298° (WNW)
2.5ft @ 15s from 299° (WNW)
5.1ft @ 8s from 58° (ENE)
3ft @ 7s from 64° (ENE)
1.7ft @ 16s from 318° (NW)
Here's a sentence from the epic post Buoys to Maui travel times and Maui's shadow lines:
The Pauwela buoy is 6 miles offshore of Hookipa. The Molokai shadow for the buoy is 299. Hookipa's is 305. It's not a huge difference, but it is a difference.
As you can see from the NW and Hanalei buoys, the original DOMINANT direction of this swell is around 299. That (and the decay by travel) explains the smaller number at Pauwela. The different direction (318) is explained by the wrap that the swell does bending off the east tip of Molokai. Hookipa will probably see even less energy than Pauwela, so expect a day of relatively small waves there.
Wind map at noon.
North Pacific offers a NW fetch, the windswell fetch and the E fetch from Hurricane Sergio. Walaka has stopped making waves for us, thank you very much indeed.
South Pacific has a small fetch oriented directly towards us SSW of New Zealand (red circle) and a much bigger one (blue circle) aiming east of us, out of which we should be able to get some angularly spread energy in a week.
Morning sky.

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