Saturday, May 16, 2020

Saturday 5 16 20 morning call

The best of my three sessions yesterday was SUP foiling. Fastest cutbacks I've ever done, really exhilarating. Didn't take too many shots though, this is just a sample of the wonderful mid day conditions on the south shore.

Sunset at Hookipa looked pretty meager instead. Damien Girardin makes it look good, but it wasn't: very bumpy.

4am significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore
3.9ft @ 15s from 247° (WSW)

2.8ft @ 15s from 225° (SW)

Directions (and possibly sizes) at the buoys are influenced by the large NW swell, more than ever check the Lahaina webcam if interested, for size, conditions and consistency. There's plenty size, as you can see.

North shore
8.6ft @ 14s from 334° (NNW)

8.9ft @ 14s from 325° (NW)

6.8ft @ 14s from 325° (NW)

6.5ft @ 15s from 330° (NW)

NW swell followed the predicted timing (once they hit the NW buoys, it's pretty easy to predict that). Below are the graphs of NW and Pauwela together with the Surfline forecast, which, as usual, seems to be 12 hours late. The swell should peak around noon around 8ft 14s. Hookipa is probably double overhead, doable by the good guys. Common mortals, seek for sheltered places. Good wind conditions, but only for the first hours of the morning.

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 fetches map (about 4 days travel time from the NW corner):

South Pacific fetches map (about 7 days travel time from east of New Zealand):

Morning sky.

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