Thursday, December 12, 2019

Thursday 12 12 19 morning call

Yesterday morning I was so tired from the action marathon the day before, that when Alex Aguera invited me to go watch some tow foiling, I immediately jumped on board. This is Austin Kalama on a smooth early morning one.

Father Dave. What luck must be to have a dad like that...

West Maui's looked gorgeous.

Austin on a bomb.

Look at how much pressure goes on the front foot at times.

A situation I would not like to be.

First time tow foiling for Eddie Ogata, he did great. They offered me to try too. With no towing experience at all, I politely declined. More photos (of better quality) posted on the GoFoil FB page.

4am significant buoy readings and discussion
South shore
No indication of southerly energy at the buoys, check the Lahaina webcam to see if any energy of the NW swell gets there.

North shore
16.1ft @ 16s from 342° (NNW)
4.3ft @ 10s from 348° (NNW)

12.8ft @ 17s from 334° (NNW)

11.6ft @ 18s from 327° (NW)
10ft @ 14s from 325° (NW)

Below are the graphs of the three reported buoys. The reason why yesterday I wrote "The XL swell is not hitting yet, that's good news for the Jaws contest" is because that would have been too early. Instead, the timing is just perfect, as you can see from blue line indicating the long period component on all the graphs.
I put an arrow on when the swell reached around 10ft 18s at the NW buoy (around noon) and at Pauwela (around midnight). Good opportunity to verify the validity of GP's rule of thumb for the travel time: at 18s, the rule says 14h, so in this case it seems the swell took a couple of hours less. It is a rule of thumb.
The Jaws contest will be on and it's gonna be a great show (although windy in the afternoon). As far as the north shore goes, too big everywhere, unless you find an extremely protected spot.
Honolua was pumping all day yesterday and it will also today. The size on the west side will be tapering down the more you move away from Honolua.

Wind map at noon

Kahului Tides
High Tide     High Tide     Low Tide     Low Tide       Sunrise   Sunset
3:06a  +2.8   1:41p  +1.5   9:31a  +0.9   8:14p  -0.5    6:55a   5:48p    

North Pacific has a NW fetch associated with a new low off Japan.

Small fetch in the Tasman Sea, too weak for us.

Morning sky.

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