Sunday, December 30, 2018

Sunday 12 30 18 morning call

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Unfortunately all this asking for support happens while I'm injured, so the blog content is not as rich as usual (and the call doesn't get posted as early), but I hope it's going to go back to normal soon. Jimmie Hepp was at Hookipa shooting the windsurfers and here's a shot from this gallery that shows the still remarkable size of the waves.

6am significant buoy readings
South shore
3.4ft @ 8s from 177° (S)
0.3ft @ 20s from 210° (SSW)

3.4ft @ 8s from 184° (S)
0.2ft @ 20s from 197° (SSW)

Lovely slivers of long period energy at the local buoys, I went to look for the possible SSW fetch on the maps from a week ago, but couldn't find anything at all, so I don't think that will increase in a noticeable way. In lack of a local lahaina webcam (please check the Ozolio website if you can host one), the picture of Ala Moana below only shows the 8s waves instead. Better than nothing, that'll make the tons of beginner visitors (and the surf schools) happy.

North shore
6.1ft @ 10s from 69° (ENE) 

5.2ft @ 12s from 329° (NW)

5.2ft @ 8s from 5° (N)
4.3ft @ 12s from 324° (NW)

6.3ft @ 9s from 34° (NE)
5.1ft @ 13s from 317° (NW)
2.5ft @ 6s from 70° (ENE)
The fact that the NW energy disappeared already at the NW buoy tells us that it won't last long also locally. Still a fun 5f 13s at the moment, but declining all day. In addition to that Pauwela offers 6.3f 9s from 34 degrees (really not sure this is a correct direction, but it's a somewhat northerly windswell). Mix of swells are usually not the best, but what counts is the wind, which is going to be strong easterly again.

Wind map at noon.

North Pacific shows that the complex gyre off the coast of eastern Asia is now split in multiple lows. The stronger fetch is the WNW one right in front of Japan, but that'll be pretty sheltered by the upstream islands. The smaller NW fetch will have less trouble sending us energy, but it's smaller/weaker at the moment. Overall, it's been a period with no shortage of waves on the north shore, but not ideal for the west side which prefers a more  northerly direction.

Tiny little S fetch back South.

Morning sky.

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