Monday, September 21, 2020

Monday 9 21 20 morning call

This was Hookipa in the morning.

This was Hookipa in the afternoon. Photo by Jimmie Hepp from this gallery.



13 years old Erin Brooks was signed by Rip Curl and this video of a Wako session with mentor Bethany Hamilton was just released. Pretty incredible surfing from both ladies.

4am significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore
Barbers

2.3ft @ 8s from 161° (SSE)
1.8ft @ 15s from 191° (SSW)
1.6ft @ 11s from 191° (SSW)
1.4ft @ 12s from 191° (SSW)


Lanai

1.7ft @ 17s from 177° (S)
1.6ft @ 13s from 179° (S)

Good numbers at the buoys again, check the Lahaina webcam if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.




North shore
Pauwela

4.4ft @ 9s from 11° (NNE)
2.7ft @ 6s from 68° (ENE)

Period is down to 9s, but 4.4ft will still make for some waves possibly up to head high at hookipa.


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):

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South Pacific (about 7 days travel time from east/west of New Zealand):






Morning sky.


Sunday, September 20, 2020

7.45am hookipa sloppy but relatively clean head high waves. 
5.5

Sunday 9 20 20 morning call

 South shore was pumping yesterday, but I have no photos of it. This is Hookipa from the gallery from Jimmie Hepp.



4am significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore
Barbers

2.5ft @ 8s from 175° (S)
2.3ft @ 12s from 185° (S)
1.8ft @ 18s from 184° (S)


Lanai

1.9ft @ 8s from 174° (S)
1.9ft @ 16s from 194° (SSW)
1.9ft @ 12s from 190° (S)

Good waves on the Lahaina webcam, check it if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.




North shore
N
5.1ft @ 10s from 45° (NE)

Pauwela

3.5ft @ 11s from 350° (N)
3.2ft @ 10s from 9° (N)

More head highish waves at Hookipa.

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):



Morning sky.


Saturday, September 19, 2020

Saturday 9 19 20 morning call

Thanks to Renew Your Spirit for the donation.

Jimmie Hepp shot the windsurfers at Hookipa enjoying the NE swell. The rest of the shots in this gallery.


Sunset was pretty spectacular.


4am significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore
Barbers

2.8ft @ 8s from 163° (SSE)
1.9ft @ 14s from 194° (SSW)
0.9ft @ 20s from 192° (SSW)


Lanai

2.4ft @ 8s from 170° (S)
1.6ft @ 14s from 191° (SSW)
1.1ft @ 5s from 159° (SSE)
0.9ft @ 20s from 197° (SSW)

Mix of periods again, Pat Caldwell explains the complex fetches configuration that generated them on his page. Bit too long to copy and paste, read it there if interested and check the collage of the maps below (Sept 11 through 15) to follow better.


The long period energy could be building to inconsistent head high sets today, but with the Tasman Sea swells, you never know. Check the Lahaina webcam if interested, for size, conditions and consistency. Looks like onshore this morning.



North shore
NW101
2.9ft @ 11s from 334° (NNW)


Pauwela

3.3ft @ 9s from 39° (NE)
2.7ft @ 5s from 79° (ENE)

NE energy staying similar to yesterday, while the 11s NNW energy at the NW buoy should also be visible in the afternoon. Another fun day at Hookipa with waves possibly up to head high plus in the middle of the day with the help of the active windswell.

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):



Morning sky.


Friday, September 18, 2020

Friday 9 18 20 morning call

I had three foiling shots to chose from this morning, and I decided to post them all. This was posted by Mataio Tahiti.


This is Robby Naish in a photo by Fish Bowl Diaries.

This is Kyle Mackie who was part of the group of 5 I did a downwinder with yesterday (photo by Art). Those Cabrinha handles are really good, btw. Haven't found a wing with a similar stiffness handle on the leading edge yet. Alex Aguera told me he likes them soft when wave riding (and explained me why), but for luffing on a downwinder, I'd love to have something as stiff as a door handle on my wing for increased "steerability".



With the exception of one in which I had a foil setup that I didn't test yet (never going to do that mistake again), the rule that each downwinder is better than the previous one keeps staying true. 
Yesterday we had moments in which we were flying relatively close together and if you happened to be the last one trailing, you were rewarded by the surreal vision of four butterflies dancing harmoniously with the waves in front of you. Jason was filming, I hope he got some clips of that.

With the improved skills, the confidence rises and I also had my first really hard slam on a challenging steep drop that I felt I could handle. My face slammed the water pretty hard, just in between the board and the leading edge of the wing. At the same time, my hand (still on the leading edge handle) got compressed backwards pretty hard and I could have easily broken my wrist (and probably would have with the door handle I mentioned above!). Depending how much you push yourself, it can be dangerous out there.

4am significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore
Barbers

2.8ft @ 8s from 166° (SSE)
1.8ft @ 13s from 177° (S)
0.4ft @ 22s from 186° (S)

Lanai
2.4ft @ 8s from 177° (S)
1.5ft @ 13s from 174° (S)
0.5ft @ 22s from 184° (S)

Mix of periods at the buoys, the 13s energy is declining, but that half foot 22s is a really good sign for tomorrow's swell and might bring the size up also later today. There's some gems already now, actually. Will talk about fetches tomorrow. Check the Lahaina webcam if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.





North shore
Pauwela

4.1ft @ 9s from 64° (ENE)
3ft @ 5s from 85° (E)

No sign of the NW energy the NOAA was expecting (not much of a surprise: the fetch was weak and far away). We do have 4ft 9s from the NE though, and below is the collage of the maps that show the fetch that stayed in place for a few days. Hookipa and the eastern exposures should have small waves.


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):




Morning sky.


Thursday, September 17, 2020

Thursday 9 17 20 morning call

A couple of days ago I went E-foiling thanks to e-foilhawaii. They operate on the west side and have Flite e-foils. If you don't know how to foil, it's a great way to learn. If you know how to foil, it's a lot of fun nonetheless. The company seems well organized and the service was excellent. The instructors explain you the simple operations, place the boards in the water for you, take you out in deeper water and follow your progression. Here's a small clip that should give you an idea of the gorgeousness of it all.
Btw, at the moment they're giving Kamahaina rates that are much less than what's on their website (hundred bucks!). Hit them up if interested and please mention you found them through my blog.


4am significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore
Barbers

1.2ft @ 15s from 189° (S)
1.1ft @ 12s from 183° (S)

Lanai

1.3ft @ 15s from 192° (SSW)
1ft @ 12s from 186° (S)

Small but long period energy at the buoys, could be one of those days with inconsistent, but fun size and not too crowded waves. Check the Lahaina webcam if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.


North shore
Pauwela

2.8ft @ 8s from 60° (ENE)
1.7ft @ 5s from 81° (E)

Flat.


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):



 

 

 

 

 

Morning sky.




Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Wednesday 9 16 20 morning call

This is Kane from the Bluesmiths website. Photo by Frankie, I think.


5am significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore
Barbers

1.6ft @ 9s from 171° (S)

1.1ft @ 16s from 184° (S)

Lanai
1.2ft @ 9s from 191° (SSW)
1ft @ 16s from 190° (S)

The new low pulse of long period energy is trying to fill in but 1ft 16s is going to provide some very inconsistent nice waves (like the one below) only once in a while. Check the Lahaina webcam if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.



North shore
Pauwela
2.6ft @ 8s from 37° (NE)

 Flat everywhere.

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):


Morning sky.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Tuesday 9 15 20 morning call

Thousand Peaks yesterday. Photo by Tomoko.


4am significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore
Barbers
2ft @ 8s from 178° (S)
1.4ft @ 11s from 200° (SSW)
0.6ft @ 14s from 186° (S)
0.5ft @ 18s from 194° (SSW)

Lanai
1.8ft @ 9s from 186° (S)
1.4ft @ 11s from 229° (SW)
0.5ft @ 18s from 188° (S)

Southerly energy down to minimal levels with 11s and 9s periods. A new low 18s period energy is felt by both buoys, let's see how Pat Caldwell described the evolution of the fetch:
A compact severe gale SSE of New Zealand 9/7-8 grew seas over 25 feet
aiming highest at the Americas. PacIOOS/CDIP American Samoa (AS) buoy
9/12-13 did show low swell from this source, although this location
would have been west of the primary swell swath
.

Below are the maps of the two days he mentions (9/7-8). The strong fetch SSE of New Zealand is almost aimed west to east and I didn't think of circling it, not even in blue (possible angular spreading). To me, it still looks aimed way too much towards South America to bring some energy locally, but evidently it wasn't. I'm afraid it's going to be extremely inconsistent and barely noticeable in the water though. The observation of the webcam will tell us if I'm right or wrong.


Check the Lahaina webcam if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.

North shore
Pauwela
2.5ft @ 8s from 29° (NNE)
1.7ft @ 5s from 88° (E)

 Flat everywhere on the north shore today.

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):


Morning sky.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Monday 9 14 20 morning call

Couple of friends as shots of the day.
How much fun is Mau and Ariel's kid having?


This is the lovely Sirena with a dynamic dismount. Photo by German Zboron.


2am significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore
Barbers
1.7ft @ 13s from 198° (SSW)
1.7ft @ 9s from 177° (S)
1.5ft @ 10s from 182° (S)

Lanai
2.3ft @ 11s from 185° (S)
1.5ft @ 9s from 189° (S)

South swell down at 11s at Barbers, the size should reflect that, but there will still definitely be waves. Check the Lahaina webcam if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.


North shore
Pauwela   
2.4ft @ 8s from 41° (NE)
1.8ft @ 11s from 81° (E)

Tiny waves at Hookipa and 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):


Morning sky.