Friday, July 12, 2019

Friday 7 12 19 morning call

This is Casey Hauser enjoying the out of season NW swell that hit Hookipa yesterday (photo by @Pritchdog). Him and his lovely wife Sarah will be bringing back the DAKINE Grom Camps every Sunday in July at Upper Kanaha from 10-12.  This FREE event is for groms to get a taste of the fun of windsurfing.

I apologize for not having called the waves at Hookipa yesterday, these days I'm so exclusively focused on the south swells that when I left the house I completely forgot to even mention the north shore in the buoy readings and discussion section.  I only remembered it while driving, and quickly added a laconic "north shore flat" comment to the post at a red traffic light. Then I remembered the NW fetches of the last few days, checked the buoys on the fly and quickly copied the Waimea readings adding a "small kine waves at Hookipa" comment to it just to make sure I said something about it not being flat. Sorry, I should have put more time into it, but I didn't feel like stopping and checking the buoy graphs. It was obviously a lot bigger than "small kine".

Let's see if I can make amend by announcing that the road to both Lahaina and Kihei seems to be open this morning (the latter was closed for the fire yesterday afternoon and the former had strong delays). Checking the traffic conditions on google maps before going to the west side is a smart thing to do.

3am significant buoy readings and discussion
South shore
2.3ft @ 11s from 203° (SSW)                        
1.3ft @ 18s from 188° (S)
1.6ft @ 11s from 182° (S)
1.6ft @ 18s from 187° (S)
Old south swell still hanging around tiny at 11s while new long period pulse fills in at 18s. The sets of this last one will be bigger but also more inconsistent. Overall it should be a fine day of surfing on the south shore. Check the Lahaina webcam before going for size and consistency. 
North shore
3.9ft @ 10s from 323° (NW)
2.6ft @ 10s from 337° (NNW)
2.1ft @ 11s from 314° (NW)
Below is the graph of Waimea that shows that the NW swell peaked yesterday, but there should still be waves all day at Hookipa. I was at Kanaha yesterday afternoon doing a couple of reaches on the wing thing of a friend and saw a couple of sets even at Lowers.
Here's my take on the wing thing. First, it only makes sense on a board with the foil. If you don't know how to windsurf (and don't own a boat or jet sky to tow you), this is probably the easiest way to learn how to foil. If you know how windsurf already, the windfoiling is still an easier way to learn, as you'll have only one new thing to learn. HST windsurfing teaches both disciplines, do take a lesson if interested.
Wind map at noon.

Nothing of relevance in the North Pacific.

Same in the South Pacific.

Morning sky.

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