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.

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