Saturday, February 15, 2020

computer update

I managed to find a computer exactly like my old one. It's scheduled to arrive Thursday 20. I plan on swapping the hard disk and hope it will boot and work just like the old one. Cross your fingers. 

Sunday, February 09, 2020

Saturday, February 08, 2020

Saturday 2 8 20 morning call

Who would have thought that the Kahului harbor would become one of my favorite places where to spend a day off! Three fun sessions of three different disciplines, last one was thanks to Casey Hauser that let me borrow his winDfoil (as opposed to winGfoil) gear. Here he is carving out some smooth lines on the perfectly sloped harbor waves.

Brother Randy always charging, even though this relatively steep drop ended up in an overfoil. All it takes is the tip of the foil to surface (indicated by the red arrow) and the loss of lift is complete and sudden (just like a spin out while windsurfing).

Brother Craig picked up prone foiling pretty quickly.

The Nazare tow in challenge has been given yellow alert for a very likely day of competition on Tuesday Feb 11. Kai Lenny and Ian Walsh left Maui yesterday evening, this site has the list of the competitors.

4am significant buoy readings and discussion
South shore
No southerly energy at Barbers, but that's likely because it's masked by all the other energies. There were waves on the Lahaina side yesterday and there should be also today. Check the webcam if interested.

North shore
11.3ft @ 10s from 27° (NNE)
10.5ft @ 14s from 338° (NNW)

8.7ft @ 17s from 319° (NW)
8ft @ 12s from 349° (NNW)
6.1ft @ 9s from 353° (N)

8.7ft @ 13s from 346° (NNW)
5.3ft @ 10s from 1° (N)
4.3ft @ 18s from 322° (NW)
The great amount (and variety) of energies at the buoys reflect the amount (and variety) of fetches we've had recently. This is how Pat Caldwell described the evolution of the fetches of the remote sources:

NOAA NW Hawaii buoys 51001 and 51101 mid day Friday 2/7 show the 17-21s forerunners of a new event. It was generated by a storm- force low pressure system that tracked east from the Kuril Islands 2/2-4. Seas grew over 35 feet. The fetch covered the 290-330 degree band with dominant energy over the 315-325 degree band. This event should be filled in by Saturday morning, peak mid Saturday above average then slowly drop into Sunday when a new remote event is due late in the day.
The next low in the series west of the Date Line unfolded 2/3 and became storm-force 2/6-7. The fetch covers 290-330 degrees with strongest winds over the 310-320 degree band. Models show the pattern holding gale or stronger into early Saturday with the head of the fetch about 1800 nm away, then weakening into Sunday.
Long-period forerunners are due late Sunday. This event should be filled in by Monday, peaking late Monday above average centered from 315 degrees, then slowly dropping into Wednesday.

Below is the collage of the maps of Feb 2 to 6 that will help follow. I numbered the fetches of the two different lows 1 and 2 for your convenience. If the picture is too small on your screen, you can click on it to enlarge it.
The 4am readings of the long period NW swell indicate a large swell that deserved a high surf advisory (Hookipa too big for most mortals), and the addition of the nearby generated northerly energy will make the waves even more challenging. And the onshore wind will make them even more challenging, so look for sheltered places also today.

Wind map at noon (the other ones can be found at link n.-2 of GP's meteo websites list in the right column). The strongest burst of NNW wind is predicted around 11am. The good news is that there no wind as I write at 6.20am.

North Pacific has a remote NW fetch (with a much bigger angular spreading one) and the nearby N one.

Also the South Pacific has a directly oriented fetch (red circle) belonging to a much larger one, out of which we might get some angular spreading in a week.

Morning sky. The front has passed and is trailing some cold air behind.

Friday, February 07, 2020

Friday 2 7 20 morning call

The Gofoil channel on youtube uploaded a bunch of videos from last weekend's meeting. I picked the one showing Eddie Ogata who has now become my favorite Maui foiler, continuously flowing from one "rail" to the other, always holding the paddle with two hands and using it (I can't stand when the SUP foilers let one hand go trying to free up the shoulders in the backhand cutback), very surfy lines yet without trying to hit the white water that would disrupt the flow. Personal preference, of course, I just came up with a perfect nickname for him: Shreddie Eddie!

6am significant buoy readings and discussion
South shore
No southerly energy at Barbers which is recording NW and N energies, but there might be some low long period one coming from the fetches of which I posted the collage yesterday. The Lahaina webcam shows inconsistent sets like this, possibly together with a bit of northerly wrap. Seen the rough conditions of the north shore, longboarding on the west side is a valid option today.

North shore
12.4ft @ 9s from 21° (NNE)
5.5ft @ 12s from 332° (NNW)

8.3ft @ 13s from 309° (WNW)
8ft @ 9s from 341° (NNW)

8.3ft @ 9s from 354° (N)
6.5ft @ 13s from 318° (NW)
Mix of long period NW and short period N energies at the buoys, the conditions will be rough because of the vicinity of the fetch and the active (even though not particularly strong) northerly wind. Protected places will be the call, don't even bother with Hookipa (unless you want to challenge yourself), as it will probably look like Paia Bay on steroids.

Wind map at noon (the other ones can be found at link n.-2 of GP's meteo websites list in the right column). Onshore almost everywhere.

North Pacific has a strong NW fetch in the far corner and a close by N one associated with the front creating the current bad weather.

South Pacific has a fetch south of New Zealand.

Morning sky.

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Thursday 2 6 20 morning call

Yesterday's surfing and SUP foiling sessions were another couple of 8's, here's a photo illustrating the conditions of the first one.

4am significant buoy readings and discussion
South shore
No southerly energy at Barbers, there might be something starting tomorrow as suggested by Pat Caldwell:
A large area of low pressure SE of New Zealand 1/30-2/1 aimed highest seas at the Americas. Low odds for a low, long-period swell locally making for small breakers during the inconsistent sets from 180-200 degrees starting 2/7 and holding into early next week.

Below is the collage of the maps of Jan 31, Feb 1, 2, 3 and 4 that shows the fetch. Check the Lahaina webcam to see what's there today (not much).

North shore
9.8ft @ 9s from 344° (NNW)
8.5ft @ 12s from 328° (NW)

7ft @ 13s from 324° (NW)
6.2ft @ 8s from 345° (NNW)

5.6ft @ 13s from 317° (NW)
4.3ft @ 9s from 71° (ENE)

The NW swell discussed in the fetch maps collage two days ago is here (5.6ft 13s at Pauwela), but the onshore flow too. The 9/8s NNW period energy at NW and Waimea is due to the local fetch of the front and is about to add locally to the 9s ENE energy still at Pauwela. As reported already from the beach (scroll below this post), the conditions are already very crumbly and choppy due to the onshore flow, which is going to intensify during the day. In other words, a day of crappy conditions pretty much everywhere, unless you manage to find a very protected place.

Wind map at noon (the other ones can be found at link n.-2 of GP's meteo websites list in the right column).

North Pacific has a couple of fetches embedded in a low NE of Japan and the N fetch associated with the front that is bringing the onshores.

Small fetch deep down in the Tasman Sea won't probably do much for us.

Morning sky.
6.45am beach report before call today. hookipa is head and a half and very crumbling due to the onshore flow. 

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

7am the ene energy got a lot smaller at hookipa and there's not many waves. When they come they're chest to head high and clean. 

Wednesday 2 5 20 morning call

After a fun surf session, yesterday I foiled a barely breaking harbor and loved it, just like Donovan here in the photo. Carving on almost nothing is a wonderful sensation.

There you go, a friend of mine just sent me some clips of the session. This was a good one and look at the background. What a day!

4am significant buoy readings and discussion
South shore
No southerly energy at Barbers, check the Lahaina webcam to see what's there.

North shore
7.3ft @ 12s from 313° (NW)

2.6ft @ 13s from 328° (NW)

4.7ft @ 10s from 61° (ENE)
1.7ft @ 14s from 329° (NW)

The ENE energy is slowly trending down, but it will still the most noticeable one in the water, at least in the morning. There's some low NW energy too , but a significant increase will be noticeable only in the afternoon, as shown by the below collage of the NW and Pauwela graphs together with the Surfline forecast. Hookipa will have waves probably around head high, possibly bigger when the NW sets will increase. Higher heights from the ENE swell can probably be found on the easterly exposures.

Wind map at noon (the other ones can be found at link n.-2 of GP's meteo websites list in the right column). The whole morning should have no wind or light offshores on the north shore.

North Pacific has the three fetches circled in red. The one close by to our NNW is the one that will bring the onshores tomorrow, while the distant NW one will intensify and generate a fairly large swell (10ft 15s from 320 predicted by Surfline on Sunday).

South Pacific has a tiny S fetch. The larger one SE of New Zealand is blocked.

Morning sky. You can see the predicted front already on Kauai.

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

7.30am hookipa has relatively small waves occasionally up to head high at pavilions and the point. Bit slow. 

Tuesday 2 4 20 morning call

I bet this photo will make many long time Maui north shore residents smile, as they will recognize uncle Joe who moved two years ago to Las Vegas to be with his family. Still doing his things and sending kisses to the passing cars, as he used to do here.

This is my pick of Jimmie Hepp's album of the windsurfing action at Hookipa. I windsurfed too (out of lack of alternatives) and that reminded why I don't like strong wind anymore.

5am significant buoy readings and discussion
South shore
1ft @ 12s from 182° (S)
0.7ft @ 15s from 209° (SSW)
Couple of small readings at Barbers, doesn't look like much on the Lahaina webcam.

North shore
2ft @ 15s from 319° (NW)

7.1ft @ 9s from 68° (ENE)
NW buoy registers a couple of feet of long period NW energy. That's the low start of a bigger NW swell that will be much more noticeable tomorrow, as Pat Cadlwell describes in this way:
A large area of low pressure formed west of the Date Line 1/30-31. The low pressure occluded by 2/1 with central pressure dropping to 948 mb. Oddly enough the large fetch aimed at Hawaii had much weaker winds than one would guess given the low pressure center. ASCAT satellite showed mostly marginal gales 1/31-2/3 over a wide, long fetch of 290-330 degrees nosing just east of the Date Line 2/3. The low center is weakening as it moves east along the Aleutians at the Date Line Monday 2/3. It is expected to fade out Tuesday.
Wave Watch III suggest a low event picking up Tuesday 2/4 from 290-315 degrees. Better odds by Wednesday morning with surf climbing to just under the seasonal average from 290-330 degrees.
Below is the collage of the maps of Jan 31, Feb 1, 2 and 3 that will help follow.
But, as pointed out earlier, that's more for tomorrow. Today the main energy will still be provided by the close by NE fetches that you can notice in the collage above in the past few days. With that reading at Pauwela, I don't expect to see much more than head high waves at Hookipa (will probably report later), possibly higher on eastern exposures. So, a relatively small day for the season, but with clean conditions for most of the morning.

Wind map at noon (the other ones can be found at link n.-2 of GP's meteo sites list)

North Pacific has the three fetches I circled in red.

South Pacific has a fetch deep down in the Tasman Sea.

Morning sky. Enjoy the sunshine, as a front is predicted to brush the islands on Thursday.

Monday, February 03, 2020

7.30am hookipa has head and a half waves from the nne with some wind on them. 

Monday 2 3 20 morning call

Thanks to blog reader Beau for his donation.

Day two of the GoFoil team riders meeting was held at the harbor. This two days meeting might have just pushed the level of foiling one step higher. The things I see today were quite inconceivable a couple of years ago when the SUP/surf foiling movement started (mostly thanks to GoFoil in Maui).

Check out Austin Kalama for example, who took off on this double up at Jetty's. With a slight bend in his knees his body is about 5 feet tall (that's what head high is btw, 5 feet faces). The mast is at least 1.5 feet out of the water and there's a couple of more feet of wave over his head, so that wave's face is 9-10 feet (not unusual at all at that spot). Not only he was able to negotiate the steep drop...

...but also went for this crazy air rotation (he went off the back).

Or take Derek Hamasaki from Oahu, who can slash the tail of his board like if it was a surfboard (he pulled it off no problem).

This young ripper is from Oahu. There were many visitors from the other islands, it seems that Maui has the best foiling waves (at least that's something!).

Well, we do have one world class wave (or two, the rare occasions when Maalaea is firing). Honolua was the place to be on Superbowl Sunday.

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

4am significant buoy readings and discussion
South shore
2.8ft @ 8s from 167° (SSE)
1.5ft @ 10s from 208° (SSW)
1.4ft @ 12s from 198° (SSW)
0.9ft @ 16s from 207° (SSW)
All kind of SSE and SSW energy (from unidentified sources) at Barbers, the Lahaina webcam does show some small waves.

North shore
9.2ft @ 10s from 27° (NNE)

6.2ft @ 9s from 48° (NE)
6.2ft @ 11s from 14° (NNE)
1.8ft @ 4s from 76° (ENE)
Today it's all about the NNE to NE energy that we see at the N and Pauwela buoys (tomorrow the same with smaller sizes). Hookipa and all the north to east exposures will have pretty good size waves. I might post a beach report later this morning.

Wind map at noon

North Pacific has a large NW and a ENE windswell fetch.

South Pacific has a small and remote S fetch for the third day in a row and a Tasman sea one.

Morning sky.

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Sunday 2 2 20 morning call

Massive participation to a GoFoil riders event yesterday at Kaa. Photo by Jason Hall.

I had the pleasure to meet Tahitian ripper Mathai Drollet, who recently posted an incredible clip of foiling an Oahu outer reef. Only on Instagram unfortunately, can't share it here, but the guy is a freak. Hopefully we'll see more of him today at Kaa (and possibly later at the harbor).

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

4am significant buoy readings and discussion
South shore
No indication of southerly energy at Barbers, check the Lahaina webcam.

North shore
6.2ft @ 11s from 35° (NE)
5.1ft @ 10s from 56° (ENE)
4.5ft @ 7s from 62° (ENE)

7.9ft @ 13s from 354° (N)
4ft @ 9s from 2° (N)

7.6ft @ 13s from 351° (N)
5.7ft @ 10s from 44° (NE)
As predicted, the swell turned more north, and the direction is going to follow the trajectory of the fetch and turn more NE during the day. Hookipa will be plenty overhead and probably not particularly clean, I don't think I'll bother checking it out, so no beach report today.

Kahului tides
Sorry, I'm not going to post the tides anymore. They are so easy to find online (I use links 12 and 12b) and for me is just time consuming copy and paste with no added value. Plus, tides are overrated in Hawaii and you never want to wait for the tide to be right for a spot if the wind is right at that moment. In Maui, wind over tide, always.

Wind map at noon

Let me comment on the size of the low that is taking the whole western north Pacific. The isobars are not particularly close in the section that interests us, so it's not going to be another XL swell, but it'll still be a fairly large one. Unfortunately we'll have unfavorable local winds when it arrives around Wednesday/Thursday.

North Pacific shows the fetch associated with the low discussed above and a local NE windswell one.

South Pacific has pretty much the same exact fetch as yesterday.

Morning sky.