My pick of Jimmie Hepp's album of yesterday's windsurfing action at Hookipa.
You don't see things like this often. Unfortunately they whole think sank before they could pull it out. Not exactly sure what happened, but the very slipper boat ramp was for sure big part of the problem.
Insipred by my friend Moq (who also took the photo), I went out with the SUP and the wing with the intention of catching waves on the reef and surfing them. Unfortunately, the most upwind I could sail was perpendicular to the wind direction, so it's not so much a viable thing. Nothing in the design of a SUP board is designed to make it go upwind (so no surprise there), and I would strongly recommend the beginner wingers to use a windsurf board with a dagger board instead (rent one at Hi-Tech if you don't have one).
I think it would nonetheless sail better upwind with a windsurf sail, so I might try to put one on it. Without installing a mast track... I got two systems in mind already, stay tuned.
Rental customers sent me a photo of Honolua yesterday. Much, much smaller than yesterday but perfect chest to head high lines, as the direction was still favorable.
4am significant buoy readings and discussion.
No southerly energy at the buoys, the Lahaina webcamis down, but there shouldn't be anything.
8ft @ 16s from 317° (NW)
6.7ft @ 17s from 323° (NW)
New long period NW swell is at the buoys, below are the maps of Jan 8 through 11, with a red arrow to indicate the fetch that generated it.
Below are the graphs of the NW101 and Waimea buoys, together with the Surfline forecast. The red dotted line is my guess for Maui, it should stay around 6-7 ft 17-16s all day, so pretty solid but not the 9.6ft 16s that the WW3 model predicted. Much better for most of the surfers. Hookipa should be around double overhead and very good conditions most of the morning, thanks to the lack of wind. Good day of surfing pretty much everywhere on the north shore.
Pipeline is a beauty, there's a guy in the barrel going right.
Wind map at noon .The other ones can be found at link n.-2 of GP's meteo websites list in the right column (click on animation of the 10 meter column).
Fetches map (circles legend: red: direct aim, blue: angular spreading, black: blocked).
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):