Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Tuesday 12 18 18 morning call

A SUP foiling and a windfoiling lesson for me yesterday. Here's the photos I took after the first one.
Brother Dan.

Brother Alika.

The main peak was kinda firing and the action was awesome.

Here I'm trying the new Kalama SUP foiling board with mast truck of a friend of mine.

This was my friend's first proper wave windfoiling session. Already looking down the line.

4am significant buoy readings
South shore
No indication of southerly energy at the buoys.

North shore
9.7ft @ 17s from 318° (NW)
1.6ft @ 13s from 337° (NNW)
5.1ft @ 20s from 324° (NW)
4.4ft @ 13s from 325° (NW)
2.6ft @ 9s from 354° (N)
2ft @ 15s from 356° (N)

5.2ft @ 13s from 335° (NNW)
2.8ft @ 20s from 322° (NW)
2.7ft @ 10s from 346° (NNW)

5.5ft @ 12s from 334° (NNW)            
2.8ft @ 9s from 22° (NNE)
2.4ft @ 22s from 325° (NW)
Back to back extra large swells. The old one is still a really fun size clocking in at 5.5f 12s from 334 locally, while the new one is showing a healthy 9.7f 17s at the NW buoy. Notice how the size is progressively smaller while the period progressively higher while you move down the island chain, which shows how the longer periods (but smaller sizes) travel ahead of the shorter ones. That is pretty evident in the graphs of all the reported buoys collaged below together with the Surfline forecast. This last one, looks a bit complex, but such have been the fetches in the North Pacific lately. Lots of sources and energies. To recap, an old but still significant NW swell on the decline and a new long period extra large swell on the rise all day. Plenty action for everybody (if you know where to go), but watch the wind that is going to introduce short period chop in the lineups.
Wind map at noon, shows an onshore flow that will start making everything look progressively worse (becoming totally ugly tomorrow). Should be pretty clean until 9am though, so not a day to sleep in.
More complex fetches continue in the North Pacific.
Nothing of relevance in the South Pacific.
Morning sky.

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