I obviously didn't paddle out but went for the windsurfing version of it. Jimmie Hepp was there and he posted this gallery from which I picked a few to show how clean the waves were. Took me a while to catch the first one, but it was a good one.
Conditions were extremely tricky, as the wind was very offshore and very light on the inside.
That's what kept the faces so clean.
On my way to work, I quickly stopped by the harbor to check the contest. Conditions were tricky to say the least. So tricky I probably wouldn't have managed to catch a single wave had I been in a heat.
3-4am significant buoy readings.
No indication of southerly energy at the buoys. Ukumehame was pretty flat yesterday, while Puamana seemed to have a bit of wrap from the NNW swell (saw a set from the bypass). But that is probably gone today.
7.7ft @ 7s from 73° (ENE)
6.3ft @ 8s from 12° (NNE)
6.9ft @ 8s from 28° (NNE)
8.7ft @ 13s from 343° (NNW)
The significant 8s energy from the NNE is, together with the blustery wind, what's keeping the Pipe contest on hold. Wednesday/Thursday look much better, but here's the page to check if they run today. As far as our north shore goes, those 8.7f 13s from 343 will still provide plenty big waves slowly declining all day. Conditions are still going to be very stormy because of the NE windswell and the wind. West side still the call for cleaner waves.
Wind map at noon.
North Pacific has a WNW fetch (looks like a Pipe fetch) and a strengthening windswell one.
Not one, but two fetches from the South. Make a mental mark for next weekend.