Saturday, March 28, 2020

Satrurday 3 28 20 morning call

I almost engaged in this other solitary outdoor activity yesterday afternoon, but 3 hours of surfing in Lahaina (waist to occasionally chest high perfection all windless morning) were enough for my body.


3am significant buoy readings and discussion
South shore
Barbers
3.9ft @ 9s from 164° (SSE)
2.4ft @ 15s from 204° (SSW)

Lanai
1.5ft @ 12s from 176° (S)

Lanai's 3am reading is missing the 15s energy, but just before it was 1.5ft @ 15s from 202.
The now small 12s energy is not going to contribute much anymore (it was 13s yesterday and nearly half of the sets were from it), so today I call for less consistency, but hopefully still waist high (with occasionally bigger sets). Clean conditions again all morning. Check the Lahaina webcam if interested.

North shore
Pauwela
7.7ft @ 9s from 61° (ENE)

Windswell only on the north shore, just like yesterday: Hookipa will have blown out waves possibly in the head high range, bigger on eastern 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).


North Pacific has a small/weak NW fetch and the windswell one.


Nothing from the south.


Morning sky.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Friday 3 27 20 morning call

I got lazy again and didn't take any photos of the Lahaina side, but here's a gem from OneMoreFoto (not sure from when). Ridge Lenny is a hell of surfer.



4am significant buoy readings and discussion
South shore
Barbers
3.1ft @ 8s from 170° (S)
1.8ft @ 12s from 184° (S)
1.1ft @ 16s from 201° (SSW)

Lanai
4.9ft @ 8s from 160° (SSE)
2.2ft @ 13s from 198° (SSW)
1ft @ 16s from 202° (SSW)

SSW swell down to 2.2ft 13s at Lanai, while the other smaller one reads 1ft 16s. This time I also copied the significant SSE windswel (5ft 8s from 160 degrees), some spots will like that. The combination of all of the above should provide the south facing shores with another day of fun size waves. Check the Lahaina webcam if interested for size, condition and consistency.

North shore
Pauwela
8.7ft @ 10s from 77° (ENE)

Purely easterly windswell on the north shore, Hookipa will have blown out waves possibly in the overhead range, bigger on eastern 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).


North Pacific has a weak WNW fetch and the windswell fetch (getting more easterly).


Tiny inconsequential SSE fetch in the South Pacific.


Morning sky.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Thursday 3 26 20 morning call

As you know I like to post a picture from the day before, if I have one. I only took very few yesterday, so here's the best one.


But here's a much more impressive one of Robby Naish at La Perouse taken by Fish Bowl Diaries two days ago (Mar 24).


Paul and Sophie must have been shooting from different spots, this is the same wave from another angle.


5am significant buoy readings and discussion
South shore
Barbers
2.3ft @ 13s from 199° (SSW)
0.7ft @ 20s from 191° (SSW)

Lanai
2ft @ 14s from 198° (SSW)
0.4ft @ 20s from 211° (SW)

SSW swell down to a couple of feet 14s at the buoys, which is a lot smaller than it was, but still far from flat. Notice the sliver of the 20s energy both buoys are feeling, sign of the start of another long period pulse of energy. Below is the collage of the maps of March 18, 19, 20 and 21. I put a red arrow on the fetch that has made the waves we've had so far and a black on a completely different one that is the one responsible for the new low long period energy.

It should appear immediately clear that this second swell won't be as strong as the first one. The second fetch, in fact, was first heavily blocked by New Zealand and when it then moved east of it and out of its shadow, it was a lot weaker and a little more distant than the first one. Still a fetch nonetheless, so there are still going to be (small) waves on the south shore for another week (there was yet another fetch after those two).


Check the Lahaina webcam for size, condition and consistency, this was a pretty decent size set and I've seen a couple of more head high ones while writing this post (love the split screen).


North shore
Hanalei
2.1ft @ 14s from 310° (WNW)

Waimea
1.6ft @ 14s from 311° (NW)

Pauwela
10.4ft @ 9s from 55° (ENE)
2.1ft @ 4s from 84° (E)
1.2ft @ 15s from 332° (NNW)

The NW buoys are "overwhelmed" by the strong easterly windswell and don't even report the very low NW energy that the more protected local buoys show. I'm impressed by the sensitivity of Pauwela, as that one is not protected at all (10.4ft 9s from 55!) and yet it still senses it.
Well, that small amount of NW energy won't be much detectable in the water by human observers instead, as the windswell is just too strong. Pretty useless too, seen the strong active wind on it, unless you seek and find a very sheltered spot.

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


Small NW fetch and strong ENE windswell fetch in the North Pacific.


No more good stuff from the south.


Morning sky.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Wednesday 3 25 20 morning call

Pretty massive day of action on the south facing shores yesterday, I did a bit of reporting effort.


Wailea side by James Flynn.


Ricardo Campello posted this photo of La Perouse. A windsurf mast is 4m=13ft.


These are some pics I took. Not the best direction for Maalaea, but a swell this big will get pretty much everywhere facing south. Just too windy to be good, in this case.


Love the no grab glide.


First time I see this spot surfed.


Surfing is officially OK. (from this page).



4am significant buoy readings and discussion
South shore
Barbers
4.5ft @ 15s from 193° (SSW)

Lanai
3.1ft @ 15s from 199° (SSW)

Pretty good numbers at the buoys also today, the swell only went down a second or two in period (so it's going to be smaller than yesterday). Check the Lahaina webcam if interested for size and conditions. Looks smaller than yesterday, but how about this set at 6.05am?!


North shore
Pauwela
12ft @ 9s from 54° (ENE)

Pretty big windswell will provide blown out waves to the north and east facing shores.

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


Those NW fetches are small/weak, the most significant one is the windswell fetch.


Decent fetch in the Tasman Sea down under. Fiji is having a great early start of the season. Must also be uncrowded because of the travelling restrictions.


Morning sky.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tuesday 3 24 20 morning call

On this page it seems that starting Wednesday everybody is required to stay home unless for essential activities. Among those, there's "Doing solitary outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking, or running". Water activities are not listed, but they're obviously solitary outdoor activities too, so I think we're good there. But... can you drive to the spot of your preference? If you drive on your own, I don't see why not. The problem will be getting to the water. This is the sign posted outside the beach parks. Many spots don't require any trespassing, so I'm still not sure if surfing will be banned starting Wednesday.


Meanwhile, let's milk it as long as we can. Donovan executing at Guardrails.


This extremely fickle spot had half an hour of perfect wind and a couple of absolute gems.


4am significant buoy readings and discussion
South shore Barbers

5.4ft @ 17s from 191° (SSW)

Lanai
3.4ft @ 17s from 204° (SSW)

I confess that when yesterday I wrote I'm expecting to see even longer period and more south energy tomorrow, I wasn't expecting this much! The reading at Barbers is truly impressive (Oahu might be bigger), but the one at Lanai is pretty solid too. There will be big waves on all the south facing shores. As usual, check the Lahaina webcam before going.


North shore     
Pauwela

7.7ft @ 9s from 42° (NE)
4ft @ 12s from 337° (NNW)
3.9ft @ 8s from 57° (ENE)
2.1ft @ 6s from 72° (ENE)

NE windswell on the way up and pumping already, with a surprisingly still decent NW energy on top, but the waves on the north shore will be blown out by the strong trades.

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




Nothing other than windswell waves are made in the North Pacific today.


Small S fetch down under.


Morning sky.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Monday 3 23 20 morning call

Found my phone, thanks Zack.
First day of closed county beach parks, getting in the water might require trespassing a gate in some spots. One wonders if that is going to be considered a felony, in the end surfers are not there to congregate, they're there to surf, which should not increase the risk of disease spreading. We'll find out, I guess.

The other question that arises is: when are they going to re-open? Obviously nobody can tell, but everybody can guess. My guess is in a month, but I was by far the most optimistic of the bunch of friends I asked yesterday.

Photo of the day: I rarely photograph this wave, but I surf it quite a bit.


6am significant buoy readings and discussion
South shore
Lanai
1.7ft @ 15s from 220° (SW)


Decent amount of long period SW energy at Lanai, check the Lahaina
webcam if interested. This is a head high set at Breakwall, but there's not many of them and I see the onshores picking up already, so do check it yourself before going. It seems empty, but there's actually people in the water, which is a good sign: surfing over there seems to be still allowed.



Below is the collage of the maps of Mar 16 to 21. I put an arrow on the small SW fetch on the first map, which I believe is responsible for the energy at Lanai and the waves in Lahaina, but that's only the start of a whole week of waves. As you can see (click on the image to enlarge it), in fact, there were southerly fetches every single day. I'm expecting to see even longer period and more south energy tomorrow, coming from the fetches E of New Zealand that you can see on the following maps.



Unfortunately, the whole week is also going to have strong trades, which will mess with the conditions on the other side too (most noticeably at Ukumehame, but not only).


North shore
NW001
5.4ft @ 12s from 283° (WNW)

Hanalei
5ft @ 13s from 306° (WNW)

Waimea
3.5ft @ 13s from 307° (WNW)

Pauwela
5ft @ 8s from 55° (ENE)

5ft @ 7s from 60° (ENE)

3.1ft @ 13s from 323° (NW)

WNW swell winding down and already smaller than the rising short period ENE energy at Pauwela. Hookipa will have blown out waves (possibly head high plus) of poor quality. It's going to be a poor week for surfing on the north shore.


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 poor wave generation continues in the North Pacific, there's only a weak ENE windswell fetch.


South Pacific instead continues to compensate. We're lucky with this timing.


Morning sky.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Sunday 3 22 20 morning call

I lost my phone (possibly by the cliff top rail at Hookipa), so don't expect beach reports until I get a replacement, which won't be easy with all the shops closed. Fortunately, if you need a surf related product, Hi-Tech is still open in Kahului for phone orders pick ups or if you knock at the door (they're letting in few people at the time). You can also still rent a board, but the rental staff is required to stay at home, which means "forced vacation in Maui" for me. Could be worse.

You might think that the grom made the wave look big (and it sure was for him)...


... but there really was some size at Hookipa yesterday morning.


This guy got some shade at the end bowl.


I paddled out and caught one wave to test my rib, felt pretty good, I plan on surfing longer today.


This is Kai Lenny in the photo I picked from Jimmie Hepp's album of the windsurfing action. He immediately posted a cool helmet camera video on his FB page, unfortunately I can't share it here.


4am significant buoy readings and discussion
South shore
No southerly energy at the buoys, check the Lahaina webcam if interested (tiny today), but with some occasional gems like this one.


Too early for the predicted south swell, possibly tomorrow. Below is the Samoa buoy graph, which has been showing good energy for the last couple of days. Today it's reading 6.2ft @ 15s from 180° (S).
     

North shore
NW001
4.8ft @ 14s from 274° (W)
4ft @ 10s from 282° (WNW)

Hanalei
4.8ft @ 14s from 304° (WNW)

Waimea
4.7ft @ 14s from 304° (WNW)

Pauwela
4.6ft @ 14s from 316° (NW)
3.5ft @ 6s from 79° (ENE)
3.2ft @ 8s from 54° (ENE)

WNW swell peaked yesterday and it doesn't seem to have gone any more north today, so the waves will be smaller than yesterday. With 4.6ft 14s Hookipa will still be well overhead and most likely still inconsistent. Smaller and more inconsistent down the coast towards Kahului. The wind at home doesn't feel too bad at 6.30am, don't wait too long, as today is predicted to be windier than yesterday.

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 only has a weak NE fetch with a slightly stronger angular spreading one next to it.


South Pacific has a wide fetch in the Tasman Sea (partially blocked by New Zealand) and a small south one.


Morning sky.