Been testing a new custom Kalama SUP foil board: 5.3x27.5. Below you can see the radically different shape of the tail compared to my 2 years old 5.8x28.75 on the right. The smaller dimensions (and specifically the more pulled in tail) make for a less stable board. I'm slowly getting used to it, but I am not (and probably never will be) as relaxed as when I stand on my old one (which is very stable instead). Once I fine tune strap positions and everything else, the hope is to be able to enjoy the benefits that an overall narrower shape should provide. Specifically, not touching the water with the rail in the tight cutbacks. Last wave yesterday was promising.
This is how Teahupoo looked in this last south swell: "both cartoonishly perfect and absolutely terrifying at the exact same time".
3am significant buoy readings and discussion.
2.3ft @ 13s from 186° (S)
I'll take 2.8ft 13s any day, even though, as usual, the buoys don't show the consistency. Check the Lahaina webcam if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.
Tiny waves (pretty much flat) at Hookipa, 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).
Fetches map (circles legend: red: direct aim, blue: angular spreading, black: blocked, yellow: apparent direct aim, but out of the great circle ray map, so not 100% sure).
North Pacific (about 4 days travel time from the NW corner of the North Pacific):
South Pacific (about 7 days travel time from east/west of New Zealand):