On Friday, I wrote "With 4.8ft 15s from 314 is not going to be a classic big day at the Bay". Well we know now it was much more than 4.8ft 15s and from a better direction and with the stiff offshores, it was as classic as it gets. Gonna start the gallery with some photos from the open ladies category that was won by Sierra Larsen (Annie Reickert second).
Not sure who this is, but that is an air drop after a committed hit to the closing lip. Really hard to keep the board under your feet with such strong wind, but I think she pulled it off.
And she also got a perfect barrel.
Annie staring at down the line perfection.
I saw quite a few heats of the kids 13-14 yo and I was blown away by how good they were. Love the underwater photographer on this one.
So, if you're 14, when did you learn to do that? Easy, when you're 12!
Not sure who won any of the many other categories as I left around 12.30pm headed to work.
Here's a few shots from the longboard division. This barrel was so long that it got a 10 across the panel.
Brother Zane exhibited the usual array of amazing skills.
I remember Michel Bourez dragging his back foot into the wave at big Cloudbreak, but it was towards the face of the wave. I've never seen this move instead, with the foot towards the beach. He did it a couple of times, so it's not a foot slip. I will have to try it.
Jimmie Hepp was shooting Hookipa instead and this is Browzinho who must have had an absolute blast. Plenty shots in this gallery.
Some of the Maui top sailors are in Japan for an IWT contest, so in absence of 10+ windsurfers, the kiters could tackle the point. More shots in this other gallery.
4am significant buoy readings
2.5ft @ 14s from 225° (SW)
Lanai is still the only buoy that senses the south swell (the others being "overwhelmed" by the other energies in the water). That is a fun size, there should still be waves and I will report from the Lahaina side.
4.8ft @ 13s from 339° (NNW)
4.7ft @ 13s from 336° (NNW)
4.1ft @ 14s from 319° (NW)
9.3ft @ 9s from 68° (ENE)
I believe the closest to the real direction of the NW swell is the one indicated by Waimea, as it is the one that is least influenced by the strong easterly windswell, which I reported only at Pauwela (because it's the one we care about). So today we have:
- 5ft 14s of NW swell
- 9ft 9s of easterly windswell
- 2.5ft 14s of south swell.
Which one to surf? The one that hits the spot of your preference that is most protected by the wind, which will still blow pretty hard.
Wind map at noon.
North Pacific has a tiny W fetch, a solid NW in the Kamchatka corner and a strong and long ENE windswell one.
According to the great circle rays map on the right, there's a small fetch of wind oriented towards us in the South Pacific.