Here's Gofoil founder Alex Aguera on his newly shaped 5.2 using one of the two advantages of having a long mast: you can put the board more "on the rail" because the wind is buried deeper in the water and the tip of the foil won't break the water surface. The other obvious one is that you have more play before overfoiling. Those advantages come at the price of some disadvantages, but I'll talk about that later. For now, I decided to use the long mast for a month and then switch back to the short. Only then I'll know which one I like better. All the good guys (Dave Kalama included) say that once you got used to it, they only use the long one now. Photo by Tomoko.
Meanwhile at Hookipa the pro's put up a great show in waves that were still overhead to start with and became head high towards the end of the day, with challenging very light sideoff wind. Photo by Jimmie Hepp from this gallery.
4am significant buoy readings
2ft @ 12s from 196° (SSW)
2.1ft @ 12s from 188° (S)
Wind map at noon. The previous maps show calm everywhere until around 10am. The strong southerly flow to our west is only predicted to squeeze through the mountains and get on the north shore in the form of Kona wind only at sunset.
North Pacific has a weak NW fetch and the windswell one.
South Pacific still offers a fetch in the north Tasman Sea.
I did a full Windy.com run to see what's coming and the only exciting thing I found is that massive fetch that takes the whole Atlantic ocean. I'm sure the Big Wave World tour is looking at it. I'm not an expert of that part of the world, but the waves at Nazare might be the highest ever recorded there. The date is Tuesday 6, so a couple of days later.
So far, we've been lucky with the rain, but it's right around the corner.