Saturday, December 01, 2018

Saturday 12 1 18 morning call

A longboard and a SUP foiling session for me yesterday. Here's a shot from the first one, gorgeous conditions with light offshores.

Hookipa looked good for foiling instead and Michelle inspired me to go out with my SUP foil board. Pretty average rides compared to the "proper" foiling spots, but better than nothing when the waves are so small.

Btw, in this great article, I agree with everything Albee Layer says about the result and the judging criteria of the Peahi contest.

4am significant buoy readings
North shore
6.3ft @ 12s from 315° (NW)
5.6ft @ 10s from 325° (NW)
7.4ft @ 13s from 304° (WNW)
4.8ft @ 9s from 304° (WNW)
4.9ft @ 13s from 309° (WNW)
3.4ft @ 9s from 97° (E)
2.4ft @ 15s from 314° (NW)
1.9ft @ 11s from 336° (NNW)
New NW swell on the rise locally. Below is the maps of Nov 28, 29 and 30, the fetch that generated it is the close one. On the right the Surfline offshore swell forecast (the only one I check) indicates a peak around 7f 12s during the night, which we can question thanks to the information reported in the epic post Buoys to Maui travel times and Maui's shadow lines. There, in fact, we learn that at 13s a swell takes 9.6h from Hanalei to Maui, so those 7.4f 13s (or whatever is left after decade for extra travelling) should be in Maui around 2pm. So, expect a steady rise all morning.

South shore
0.8ft @ 13s from 197° (SSW)

If it wasn't for the super sensitive (and protected) Lanai buoy, I would call flat every day. Instead I call it flat to knee high.

The wind conditions will be favorable until mid morning when an onshore flow will start bringing plenty chop in the north shore lineups. Below is the map at noon, showing even stronger onshores approaching after the passage of the front associated with the local low.

North Pacific has a WNW, a NW and a N fetch. In the next few days, the first one will generate the large swell predicted by Surfline to peak at 12f 16s on Wednesday night. Just as a reference, the recent one reached 20f 19s at the NW buoys. Swells like that happen once every decade or so.

South Pacific has a small fetch in the Tasman Sea.

Morning sky.

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