Friday, March 29, 2019

Friday 3 29 19 morning call

The funding campaign for the new Lahaina harbor webcam has raised $750. Thanks a lot and let's keep them coming. I'm gonna start my posts with an update like this until it reaches its goal of $2,000.

Two shortboard session for me yesterday. Hookipa was gorgeous and Imai De Vault shredded this one with style as usual.

Classic bottom turn by Charlie Smith.

When it's like that, Lanes is in my top 10 favorite waves in Maui, but not in the top 5, as most times it's all about the drop.

Below is a clip with a couple of waves I caught. To introduce it, here's a frame from the beginning of the second one. The guy on the very left of the picture is Robby Naish on his standup board and he's paddling for a beautiful approaching wave. He was out with a bunch of team riders doing a drone shoot. I felt like it was my turn after sitting and watching them catch all the waves of the set before, so I timidly asked Robby if he was going (I knew he was!). Robby is such a nice guy and so aware of everything going on in the water, he replied: "Go, go!" and waited for another wave.

Thank you Robby. This also gives me the opportunity to remember the too often forgotten rule number 1 of the surfing etiquette: whoever has been waiting the most has the right of way. Please make an effort to remember who's turn it is. That rule usually goes out the window when it's more than 5-10 surfer, since it's hard to remember and that's when the "closest to the peak" rule number 2 comes into place.

Pure bliss.

4am significant buoy readings
South shore
3.6ft @ 13s from 283° (WNW)

2.8ft @ 13s from 223° (SW)

Local buoy still sensing what I believe to be a wrap from the NW swell. Nothing wrong with that, but since one is Oahu and the other offshore the SW tip of Lanai, we don't know if that wrap is going to make it to our Maui shores. Yesterday I did not look at any south shore camera (like the Kihei ones) and that's a mistake. Not that I was interested going there, but it's always good to know what's going on. Specially if you have lessons to schedule. I'll look at those cameras later today and I recommend you to do the same, they're all linked in the webcams section of this blog. I did get a word of mouth report of waist to chest high waves at Thousand Peaks, but I'm always skeptical when I don't know the reporter.

North shore
8.7ft @ 13s from 348° (NNW)
5.8ft @ 10s from 352° (N)

5.6ft @ 13s from 324° (NW)            
5.4ft @ 9s from 336° (NNW)
4ft @ 11s from 324° (NW)
5.9ft @ 13s from 322° (NW)
2.3ft @ 10s from 340° (NNW)
5.4ft @ 13s from 316° (NW)
1.4ft @ 9s from 59° (ENE)
0.4ft @ 7s from 57° (ENE)
Below is the collage of the graphs of the reported buoys, plus the Surfline forecast. All the upstream buoys just had an increase in the significant wave height (black line, it's the result on the open ocean waves of the sum of all the energies in the water), so we can expect that to happen in Maui too later today. The forecast only sees an increase in the late afternoon.

Whenever that'll happen, we don't care. Why? Because yesterday's very clean conditions are going to happen again this morning till around 10am, who cares if the waves are going to be bigger in the afternoon with the wind on it!
All I'm going to add is that Hookipa at dawn will still be overhead, but significantly smaller than yesterday at the same time, and so the more friendly size will make for more people out.

Wind map at noon. Like yesterday, it should be glassy till around 10am.

Huey moved north a bit and it's now bigger and stronger and generating a swell that Surfline predicts to reach 5ft 18s from 310 on Sunday morning., Dewey is still pointing some winds at us, but not as strong as yesterday. Nonetheless, Surfline still has 9.6ft 12s from 330 for tomorrow morning. Louie is leaving the scene.

Nothing from the south.

Morning sky.

1 comment:

Windchaser said...

I felt stoked just hearing you got a "go, go" from Robby. Very cool. That top turn from Imai is super impressive.
Great stuff!