Sunday, December 16, 2018

Sunday 12 16 18 morning call

A shortboard session and a bit of windfoilling during a lesson for me yesterday. After my early morning session at Hookipa, I stopped at the point to take some photos. No successful rides in 10 minutes give us an idea of how difficult of a wave Hookipa is. These are the shots, starting from a kick out to avoid the closeout.

Going down in the drop.

Rejected by the wind.

The windsurfers can count on the extra speed/help from the sail and that's why Hookipa is a much better wave for windsurfing. Photo by Jimmie Hepp from this gallery.

5am significant buoy readings
South shore
No indication of southerly energy at the buoys, despite those promising fetches a week ago. Below is a pretty eloquent shot of the Ala Moana webcam. Here's the usual invite to the Lahaina ocean front business/home owners to check the Ozolio website for the opportunity to host a webcam that would greatly help all the Maui surfers.

North shore
10.8ft @ 16s from 333° (NNW)
7.7ft @ 18s from 324° (NW)
5.6ft @ 18s from 332° (NNW)
4.6ft @ 18s from 327° (NW)
3.8ft @ 9s from 63° (ENE)
3.7ft @ 7s from 75° (ENE)
2.5ft @ 11s from 341° (NNW)
New long period extra large swell came up nicely during the night, although much lower than the Surfline forecast that was calling for 7f 20s at this time of the day (and 14.6f 18s around noon!). Below is a print screen showing a large set at windy Hookipa and another at less windy (and more offshore) Pipeline. The contest has been called on with start at 8am.

Wind map at noon.
Strong and complex fetches keep following each other in the North Pacific.
A moderate south fetch in the South Pacific.
Morning sky.

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