Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Wednesday 10 16 19 morning call

Session n.5 on a wing for me yesterday and boy, is that thing finger use intensive! Here's a video from Alex Aguera who gives a couple of tips for the wave riding.


This is my pick of Jimmie Hepp's daily album of the windsurfing action at Hookipa.


5am significant buoy readings and discussion
South shore
Barbers
2.2ft @ 13s from 195° (SSW)                        
0.7ft @ 18s from 247° (WSW)
 
Lanai
1.9ft @ 13s from 186° (S)
 
Couple of feet 13s, as the southerly energy at the buoys continues to go down, so will the size of the waves. The 18s reading at Barbers could be coming from Hagibis, but I wouldn't count on that, as Kihei looks totally flat in the webcams. The Lahaina cam shows mostly flat with inconsistent knee to occasionally waist high sets (Lanai looks gorgeous, though). Check it out yourself before going.



North shore
Waimea
2ft @ 15s from 303° (WNW)
1.8ft @ 10s from 335° (NNW)
 
Pauwela
2.7ft @ 8s from 70° (ENE)                        
1.8ft @ 10s from 12° (NNE)
 
No NW energy at any of the buoys other than Waimea (we lost Hanalei, btw). With those numbers at Pauwela, Hookipa should be pretty flat this morning.

Overall, another day with extremely small waves on both south and north shores. During the transition seasons it can happen that both shores have pumping waves, but it can also happen that neither one has much. All normal, nothing to worry about. Do your chores, the waves will come.

Wind map at noon.

No fetches in the North Pacific in this sub-average start of the fall.


Small/weak S fetch in the South Pacific.


Morning sky.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Tusday 10 15 19 morning call

Bit of a small waves everywhere moment here, so let me get you all drooling by posting this shot by Liquid Barrel, who is an Bali resident Italian photographer that I met in Indo.


This is the biggest wave I could find in Jimmie Hepp's daily album of the windsurfing action at Hookipa. Those Quatro twin fins were really good boards. I have a couple of used ones for sale at Hi-Tech.



4-5am significant buoy readings and discussion
South shore
NW001
1.8ft @ 12s from 243° (WSW)
 
That 12s period is the only possible indication of west swell due to the early stages (pre-Japan) of Hagibis. I do see some small lines at the Kihei cams, check them out yourself.

Barbers
2.7ft @ 14s from 204° (SSW)

Lanai
2.3ft @ 14s from 184° (S)

Couple of feet 14s never disappoints (me) in Lahaina and that's where I'm going also today. Inconsistent waist to belly plus was the size yesterday, today you can probably take the plus away today. Here's an early set on the webcam, which you should check yourself before going. Sorry, but I will keep repeating that forever, as the number of people who still get in the car without checking it, is for me hard to comprehend. Let's say I do it for the environment: you don't like what you see, you don't drive!


North shore
Pauwela
3.5ft @ 8s from 79° (ENE)                        
1.5ft @ 14s from 331° (NNW)
 
My guess on the 14s energy is that it's what we're getting out of the fetch associated with the low that formed north of us in the last couple of days. The collage below shows the maps of Oct 13 and 14. We haven't received yet the one produced my the latest stages of Hagibis.



Wind map at noon.


North Pacific only has a very small fetch in the NW corner.


South Pacific only has a very small fetch in the Tasman Sea.


Morning sky.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Monday 10 14 19 morning call

Wing show at Hookipa yesterday, this is Kai Lenny.


Zane Schweitzer.


Because of the nature of the different disciplines, windsurfers can hit lips harder and stay in the more critical section of the wave, but can't get air as easy as on the wing (same if compared to kiters). That doesn't make a discipline better than the other, as they're obviously all fun.


4am significant buoy readings and discussion
South shore
Barbers
1.8ft @ 17s from 189° (S)
1.3ft @ 13s from 212° (SW)

Lanai
1.7ft @ 15s from 182° (S)

Waves were inconsistent but nice and waist to chest high yesterday, today should be similar. Check the webcam before going (it looks very inconsistent, as in the nature of angular spreading swells).


North shore
Pauwela
5.3ft @ 8s from 80° (E)

Nothing but windswell at Pauwela, another small day at Hookipa.

Wind map at noon.


Nice fetch out of Hagibis in the NW corner plus another small one with that low N of us, which unfortunately is moving away. Surfline doesn't show much of a swell yet, but I think Thursday/Friday there will be waves at Hookipa.


South Pacific has a small fetch in the Tasman Sea.


Morning sky.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Sunday 10 13 19 morning call

Young Maui ripper Erin Brooks is in Australia competing in some contests.


She also posted this photo on which I commented: "Impressive. If that's what it takes to surf like you, then I stand no chances..."



Jimmie Hepp went to Hookipa despite the lack of proper waves and posted this album, out of which this is my pick.


3am significant buoy readings and discussion
South shore
Barbers
1.3ft @ 13s from 188° (S)
0.9ft @ 18s from 196° (SSW)
 
Lanai
1.4ft @ 18s from 193° (SSW)
1.3ft @ 13s from 188° (S)
 
Decent 18s numbers at the buoys, with a 13s energy in the background. Today should be a small but decent day on the south shore, check the Lahaina webcam before going. From 5am to 12pm there's a marathon, so expect traffic to be slow and no parking at Guardrails.
Thanks to the full moon, I was able to capture this wave at 4.50am.
 
North shore
N
3.5ft @ 11s from 350° (N)
 
Hanalei
2.1ft @ 11s from 321° (NW)
 
Waimea
1ft @ 11s from 326° (NW)
 
Pauwela
5.1ft @ 8s from 89° (E)                        
2.1ft @ 11s from 355° (N)
 
Couple of feet 11s from the N at Pauwela (and the other buoys), not sure where this is coming from, but we'll take it. Hookipa should be a bit bigger than yesterday, when it was only windswell.

Wind map at noon.


North Pacific has a small WNW fetch associated with Typhoon Hagibis which has now left Japan and is moving towards the Kuril islands in a slightly better position for our wave generation. It will not get any closer though. Meanwhile, a new low formed N of us (the third in this month), but the related fetch is pretty weak and it's too far away to really block the trades, which in turn show a windswell fetch.


South Pacific has mostly a strong fetch oriented towards Central and South America out of which we hopefully will get some angular spreading (should be similar to the current one).


Morning sky.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Saturday 10 12 19 morning call

OneMoreFoto is still busy shooting barrels in France with the Dakine photoshoot. This is Leif Engstrom.


4am significant buoy readings and discussion.
Barbers
1.6ft @ 12s from 243° (WSW)
1ft @ 4s from 174° (S)
0.6ft @ 20s from 204° (SSW)

Lanai
1.7ft @ 13s from 204° (SSW)
0.7ft @ 20s from 204° (SSW)

Small 12-13s energy plus a new small 20s swell showing at the buoys. Seen the lack of waves on the north shore, Lahaina might be the place to go today. Let's see how Pat Caldwell describes the evolution of the fetch:
A storm-force system tracked rapidly east along 60S to the S to SE of New Zealand 10/4-6. Seas over a wide fetch grew above 30 feet with aim at the Americas. Angular spreading should bring in surf locally.
The onset stage is Saturday 10/12 with inconsistent sets out of 180-200 degrees. The event should be filled in and peak on Sunday 10/13, then slowly drop into Monday 10/14 from the same direction.

Below are the maps of Oct 4, 5 and 6 that might help follow. The angular spreading fetch he's talking about is clearly visible on the 5th.


It took me 15 minutes to catch a 20s set on the webcam, but unfortunately the wind is onshore at the moment and conditions are what you see. Do check the webcam yourself, as things can change.


North shore
NW101
3.1ft @ 11s from 285° (WNW)

Hanalei
2.1ft @ 11s from 324° (NW)

Waimea
1.2ft @ 12s from 334° (NNW)

Pauwela
4.4ft @ 7s from 88° (E)                        
1.2ft @ 13s from 345° (NNW)
 
Not much leftover of the small and inconsistent NW swell, it should be another close to flat day. Plus it's windy already. Might be another good day for resting.

Wind map at noon.


North Pacific has a small W fetch associated with Typhoon Hagibis, which has made landfall in Japan and is bringing torrential rain (small west swell predicted for the 14-15), and a windswell fetch.


South Pacific might have a couple of sections of that fetch that are oriented towards us, but it's mostly another angular spreading one.


Morning sky.

Friday, October 11, 2019

9.30am hookipa is now windy and the frequency of the sets is pretty low.
2

7.30am hookipa is mostly flat with inconsistent waist to occasionally shoulder high nw sets. Bit of wind, very empty.
3.5

Friday 10 11 19 morning call

Thanks to blog reader Geoff for his donation and for pointing out that link n.1 of GP's meteo links was not working anymore and for proposing a replacement, which I updated the link with.

Pretty much a waveless day yesterday, maybe that's what inspired Ian Walsh to post this photo of Jaws by Mike Neal on his page.


4am significant buoy readings and discussion
South shore
Barbers
1.6ft @ 14s from 221° (SW)                        
1.1ft @ 12s from 205° (SSW)

Lanai
1.5ft @ 13s from 196° (SSW)
1.2ft @ 15s from 210° (SSW)
 
Not only the numbers are small, but the wind is blowing from the south also today and it's all blown out in Lahaina. Not the place to go today, but check the webcam later in the day, things can always change.

North shore
NW001
2.3ft @ 13s from 253° (WSW)
 
Hanalei
1.6ft @ 14s from 319° (NW)
 
Waimea
0.9ft @ 15s from 302° (WNW)
 
Pauwela
7ft @ 8s from 93° (E)                        
1.2ft @ 15s from 327° (NW)
 
New small long period NW swell is at the buoys (direction at the NW one is questionable). Let's first read how Pat Caldwell describes the evolution of the fetch:
A compact severe gale in the Kamchatka corner 10/5 tracked N into the Bering Sea. Winds weakened 10/6 south of the western Aleutians. A minor event is expected locally with some long-period forerunners late Thursday. The surf from 315-325 degrees should peak on Friday then drop on Saturday. With the long travel distance and narrow fetch, sets should be inconsistent.
 
Below are the maps of Oct 5, 6 and 7. I put an arrow on the fetch that is responsible for this small episode. Notice how quickly it moved into the Bering sea and how far away it was, so we can't expect much from it. As a matter of fact, Hookipa looks pretty flat in the webcam, there might be some small sets here and there. Probably I'll post a beach report later. Overall, a good day to rest.

Wind map at noon. This model got it SO wrong yesterday, it might be wrong ALSO today. Two factors contributed to the bad prediction: the wind had a touch of south in it (maybe more than a touch, as it was wrapping around the other way and blowing Kona in Kahului) and the clouds didn't allow the usual thermal component to develop.


North Pacific has a small W fetch associated with Typhoon Hagibis (small west swell predicted for the 14-15) and a windswell fetch.


South Pacific has no fetches of relevance.


Morning sky.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Thursday 10 10 19 morning call

Four days of waves on the north shore I said and four days of waves it was! This is my pick of Jimmie Hepp's daily album.


I chose a SUP foiling and yet another wave windfoiling session instead. That's because I got the date of the surgery to the trigger fingers (I'm gonna do two of them): November 21st, and I already feel more freedom of choice, since now I'm less worried of choosing gripping activities, as I don't care as much if it gets worse.

These are a couple of wingers with two different wings. The debate on the best style is still out there. That's what I can say so far after only four sessions (but also after speaking with a bunch of wingers): there is no question that a boom feels better than the handles (to the point that the guy on the left custom added a half windsurfing boom to his wing), as you can just slide your hands if you need to adjust their position, but it adds weight and it tends to swing more when you park the wing on your hip while riding a wave. Same goes for the windows: they're nice to have, but they add weight. The yellow one is an Ozone Wasp, we have them for sale at Hi-Tech.


3am significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore
Barbers
1.1ft @ 13s from 199° (SSW)                         
0.9ft @ 16s from 212° (SW)

Lanai
2.3ft @ 13s from 192° (SSW)

Small 13 and 16s energies at the buoys, the waves will be consequently small, but they might be the best choice, seen the lack of ground swells on the north shore. Check the Lahaina webcam before going.

Let's have a look at Pat Caldwell's description of last week's fetches:
Gales aimed towards the Americas as a low moved east from New Zealand 10/2-4. Angular spreading is bringing in small surf locally 10/9. This event should hold about the same into Friday as it begins to fade.
A severe gale grew seas over 30 feet to the SE of New Zealand 10/5-6. It tracked steadily east along 60S. The highest seas were aimed at the Americas, though the size of the fetch was large. This gives better odds for angular spreading.
The onset stage is due locally Saturday with inconsistent, long- period sets from 180-200 degrees. It should peak on Sunday 10/13 near the seasonal average. Heights should drop a notch on Monday from the same direction.

Below are the maps of October 2 to 6, which might help following that description.


North shore
Pauwela
4.9ft @ 8s from 76° (ENE)

The northerly energy is completely gone, today we're left with the windswell which should still provide some breaking waves at Hookipa and on eastern exposures.

Wind map at noon shows strong easterlies.


North Pacific has a small W fetch associated with Typhoon Hagibis.


South Pacific has a very small fetch in the Tasman Sea.


Morning sky.