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.

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