Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sunday 5 17 20 morning call

The waves were big waves on the north shore, this is my pick of Jimmie Hepp's gallery of the day at Hookipa.

I took this one at sunset in challenging light conditions, but even more challenging surfing conditions. It looked very rough out there.

4am significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore
4ft @ 14s from 216° (SW)
1.8ft @ 18s from 177° (S)

2.7ft @ 14s from 196° (SSW)

Nice numbers at the buoys, Barbers even feels almost 2ft 18s of the second pulse of this south swell. Check the Lahaina webcam if interested, for size, conditions and consistency. Somehow, it looks pretty small right now, Ala Moana instead is occasionally pumping (below). Hard to figure out why, I guess we can always blame Kahoolawe, the low tide or some astral conjunction.

Once in a while, there's a good set also in Lahaina. It might improve with a little more water on the reef.

North shore
3.8ft @ 12s from 327° (NW)

5.3ft @ 13s from 326° (NW)
3.1ft @ 10s from 323° (NW)

5.2ft @ 13s from 326° (NW)
3ft @ 9s from 343° (NNW)

6.5ft @ 13s from 328° (NW)
3.5ft @ 9s from 339° (NNW)

As predicted, the NW swell peaked mid day yesterday and now it's on the decline. Below are the graphs of NW and Pauwela that clearly show that together with the Surfline forecast, the usual 12h late. Still pretty big at Hookipa, seek for a sheltered place if you're not a pro.

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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