Saturday, December 22, 2018

Saturday 12 22 18 morning call

A longboard session for me yesterday. I met my surf guide customer at Honolua at 6.30am. The waves were much smaller than I would have thought with Pauwela reading around 5f 11s from 335. It was also rainy and we called it off (no charge if conditions aren't good). First though, I told him:"I bet if the direction was 345 instead, they would be bigger. Probably at 5f 11s they don't have enough energy to do the S turn around Molokai first (shadow line exactly at 335) and then the outside point, while with 10 degrees more from the north, they would be less obstructed. I wish I could magically make that happen, so I could see if I'm right".
He left, I stayed and took a nap in the car. When I woke up, conditions were improved and, although still slow, there were better sets. I went surfing and caught some shoulder high nugs and when I checked the buoys at a 10am it was 5f from 343. It wasn't too bad of a call, just a slightly wrong timing.  Never stop learning and yes, Honolua is a tricky spot.

No obstacles for the waves at Hookipa, here's a photo by Jimmie Hepp from this gallery.

4am significant buoy readings
South shore
0.8ft @ 13s from 219° (SW)
0.3ft @ 20s from 198° (SSW)

Promising readings at Lanai. Yesterday the Lahaina side was flat to tiny. In lack of a proper Lahaina webcam (please contact if you can host one), check the Ala Moana cam (linked in the webcam list on the right column) to see how it looks.

North shore
1.8ft @ 17s from 349° (NNW)

2.1ft @ 11s from 357° (N)

4.5ft @ 9s from 357° (N)
1.4ft @ 18s from 329° (NW)

3.9ft @ 7s from 53° (ENE)
3.4ft @ 9s from 6° (N)
2.7ft @ 11s from 13° (NNE)
1.3ft @ 14s from 7° (N)

Bunch of energies locally, but all pretty small. Notice the small 17s reading at the NW buoy (and the 18s one at Waimea), a sign of a new low long period swell that could be noticed also in Maui in the late afternoon. Hookipa will have waves from a mix of sources in the morning, I should be able to report early, as I have another (much easier, they just want to surf) surf guide engagement.

Wind map at noon.

North Pacific's WNW fetch moved a little bit closer to us, starting to have a captured look.

Here's the very complex classic weather map, on which I counted the word "storm" 4 times, "gale" 2 times, "developing gale" 4 times and "heavy freezing spray" 2 times. Winter.

Nothing of relevance from the south.

Morning sky.

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