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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
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.
6.1ft @ 10s from 69° (ENE)
5.2ft @ 12s from 329° (NW)
5.2ft @ 8s from 5° (N)
6.3ft @ 9s from 34° (NE)
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.