Got to work on the exit.
Fortunately I also stuck to some old school barrel dodging, a discipline that I master.
As I said, beauty all around.
Front foot landed a bit off center on this drop and I couldn't set the rail in the bottom turn as early as I would have liked, so I only got to admire the wall that I could have been on.
Gianfranco was using his FinShot gopro mount.
Here's a spot that had some barrels on offer to mostly body boarders. With some exceptions like this longboarder.
Or this shortboarder that looks like Jud Lau to me, but I'm not 100% sure.
Here come the spongers! Everybody was ripping.
The last picture was of Jacob Romero, who always deserves a special mention and here's a little clip that shows one of his many barrels, plus how heavy those waves were.
After so much surfing, let's take a break and admire some female beauty.
The harbor was much more mellow, but Alika's (or any foiling foiler's) focus still needs to be 100% in order to achieve success.
Eddie gets the shot with the background.
Kane is now on a SUP foil board, training for the upcoming downwind race season. Looks like he was having fun.
5am significant buoy readings
2.1ft @ 14s from 262° (W)
Stubborn W small energy should make for another day of small waves in Kihei.
11.4ft @ 19s from 338° (NNW)
4.8ft @ 20s from 310° (WNW)
The next system in the western north Pacific formed 2/3-4 east of the Kuril Islands with the low center tracking ENE from near 40N, 160E. Storm- to hurricane-force winds kicked off the initial 24 hour period with seas growing above 40 feet late 2/4 into 2/5. The fetch was 300-320 degrees, without the more W to WNW component of the previous few weeks. Thus less Kauai shadow on Oahu is expected from this source. The head of the fetch crossed the Date Line centered on 310 degrees 2/6. The 12Z 2019-02-06 JASON altimeter showed seas over 30 feet. The system is expected to weaken sharply 2/6-7.
Extraordinary large and disorganized surf will produce life- threatening conditions in the surf zone along north and west facing shores from this weekend into early next week due to a very unusual deepening low pressure system approaching the islands from the north. In addition, unprecedented coastal inundation is possible along north and west facing shores as ocean water surges and sweeps over beaches and adjacent coastal areas due to strong north winds and extremely large north and northwest swells. There is also a high potential for extreme surges in north and west facing harbors from late Saturday through Sunday.