Monday, August 03, 2020

Monday 8 3 20 morning call

Another wingy day. Here's one of my very first wave rides, dedicated to the two New Caledonians kids Titouan and Clement, who are the ones I first saw doing that (and with me, many others) at Hookipa exactly one year ago. The two videos I took of them are grouped under the label wave wing foiling. That's when I decided I needed to do that trigger finger surgery so that I could do it too. Unfortunately, despite the boom being a lot better than the handles for it, my hand still doesn't like the wing... let's see how it goes.


Trippy shot of Dr. Chris McNeil. On the left, the camera focused on him and you can see all the details of his wing... through the slippers!! Which, as you can see from the shot on the right, are pretty damn solid. How is that possible? I have no idea, I need a proper photographer to explain me that.
Btw, according to the counters, this blog gets an average of about a thousand views a day, but virtually no comments at all. Unfortunately I have to moderate (approve) them (otherwise I get tons of spam) and that usually introduces a delay in the publishing, but if you know how this is possible, don't be shy and let me know.
Btw n.2, Chris is my dentist, he's awesome and I strongly recommend him.


US Coast Guard helicopter Barbers Point still searching for the missing man. I can hear one from  my house also right now as I post this.


Side effect of the many families that are now learning how to wing in the harbor: the kids that are too young for it can learn how to windsurf. Those might need some proper kids beginner gear, but overall, it's a pretty awesome thing what's happening down there.


5am significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore
Barbers
2.3ft @ 9s from 170° (S)      
1.3ft @ 11s from 180° (S)       
1.1ft @ 13s from 184° (S)

Lanai
1.8ft @ 13s from 189° (S)

Southerly energy still hanging in there with almost 2ft 13s, unfortunately the Lahaina webcam shows less than that. Check it out yourself if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.


North shore
Pauwela
3.6ft @ 9s from 35° (NE)      
2.9ft @ 6s from 59° (ENE)
 
Pauwela's graph below shows that it did get close to four feet yesterday. Today with the period down to 9s and no more energy registered by the N buoy, we can still expect some waves at Hookipa, but smaller than yesterday (maybe chest high) and on the decline.


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.

Sunday, August 02, 2020

6.45am hookipa has head high 11s sets with some wind up and down with the squalls. 
4 in general, 7.5 for the season. 

Sunday 8 2 20 morning call

Hookipa had some NNE 12s shoulder high sets yesterday afternoon. Here's a debate I'm having with my neighbor: are Bobo's donkey kicks more exciting than...


... "old school" windsurfing backloops? In this case I admit that the backloop wins, but the debate is still open.


Even just a tail wing breach (red arrow) caused Bobo an overfoil wipeout.


4am significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore
Barbers
2.3ft @ 9s from 169° (SSE)        
1.5ft @ 12s from 190° (S)

Lanai
1.9ft @ 13s from 195° (SSW)       
1.8ft @ 6s from 148° (SE)

I was quite surprised to read this on the top part of Pat Caldwell's page (which someone else writes): "Surf along south facing shores will be 2 to 4 feet today, rising to 3 to 5 feet Monday" and "A south swell arriving tonight, and another bump Monday night will help to boost surf along south facing shores". Uncle Pat himself didn't put any new southerly energy in his Friday table, until Tuesday. So I went to check the fetch maps (below are July 26 to 28) and there's absolutely nothing that would justify such claims. Next fetch was on Tuesday July 29 (so decent swell mid week), but we'll talk about that later. We'll see how it goes, but I'm afraid someone got a bit excited at NOAA.


Today we have declining 12-13s energy and the early observation of the Lahaina webcam shows inconsistent and small but nice sets. Check it yourself if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.


North shore
N
5ft @ 10s from 41° (NE)

Pauwela
4.1ft @ 7s from 65° (ENE)        
2.9ft @ 11s from 13° (NNE)

As I suspected, the NNE swell generated by the Gulf of Alaska fetch I posted two days ago, is showing bigger than predicted by Pat Caldwell (2ft 11s) and Surfline (2.6ft 10s). For your convenience here's another collage of the maps of July 29 and 30 showing it again.


These are the graphs of the N and Pauwela buoys. The swell changed color 5 times on the first (Surfline could definitely improve that automatic color change), but it is now a "pumping" 5ft 10s up there. In the post Buoys to Maui travel times and Maui's shadow lines you can see that at 11s it takes 12h to get here, so I drew my prediction of the day in a red dotted line on Pauwela's graph. Possibly getting close to 4ft 10s during the day (the shorter the period, the greater the decay with travel). Plenty opportunities to enjoy this "surprise" (if you don't read this blog) little swell on the north shore. Make the most of it and enjoy!

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, August 01, 2020

Saturday 8 1 20 morning call

The harder the struggle, the biggest the reward.

In August 2018, I ended my attempt 13 at SUP foil downwind video by saying: "the days of my glorious arrivals foiling are not here yet". Two years and 10 attempts later, I finally did a run that I can consider successful. This is the action part of it. The technical talk (part one) is here. Without any doubt, the hardest thing I've ever tried to learn.


3am significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore
Barbers
1.3ft @ 13s from 198° (SSW)            

Lanai            
1.9ft @ 13s from 189° (S)
 
Couple of feet 13s should make for a decent day on the south shore. Unfortunately, the early observation of the Lahaina webcam is not particularly encouraging. Check it out yourself if interested, for size, conditions and consistency. I've surfed 2ft 13s many times, but in this case the consistency seems to be really low. Nice when the set finally comes though. That's why the webcams are so important.
 
North shore
Pauwela
4ft @ 7s from 53° (ENE)            

Windswell down in period and no sign yet (not even at the N buoy) of the NNE energy I talked about yesterday, so very small waves 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):


Morning sky.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Friday 7 31 20 morning call

Things you can do with a wing: cruise one hand cool as cat...

...boost massive airs...


...carve on a wave. Speed runs and downwinders are other applications of a sport that is revealing to be a very multifaceted one thanks to the efficiency of the foils.


4am significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore
Barbers
1.3ft @ 15s from 191° (SSW)            

Lanai
1.3ft @ 15s from 187° (S)       
1.2ft @ 12s from 192° (SSW)
 
Small 12s and 15s southerly energy at the buoy will make for inconsistent but occasionally decent breakers on the south shore, like the one in the 5:31am picture below. Check the Lahaina webcam if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.
 

North shore
Pauwela
4.2ft @ 8s from 61° (ENE)      
1ft @ 11s from 342° (NNW)
 
Three things worth noting:
1) that sliver of 11s NW energy comes from a fetch in the NW corner that happened about a week ago. It took so long to get here because the fetch was small/weak and the waves generated only had a relatively short period, hence travelled slowly. I would not expect that energy to be visible at all times, but there might be a very small set here and there. Below is the collage of the maps of July 24 through 26.
          
 
2) yesterday the waves at Hookipa were surprisingly up to head high. Well, surprisingly for me at least, because I overlooked the 5.2ft 8s from 53 reading in yesterday's call and the fetch that generated it. Below is the collage of the maps of July 27 through 30. I put a red arrow on the post Douglas fetch which had a good direction and decent length. Today that energy is down to 4.2ft 8s, but still from an unblocked direction, so there might still be chest high waves at Hookipa, possibly bigger on eastern exposures. This energy is on its way down, as the fetch got shorter and shorter afterwards.

3) in the last couple of days there was a low in the Gulf of Alaska (black arrow) which generated some small NNE energy that is on its way. Pat Caldwell calls for 1ft 13s on late Saturday, 2ft 11s on Sunday and 2ft 9s on Monday. Nothing major, but it might actually end up being a bit bigger than that. Hookipa loves that direction.
 

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, July 30, 2020

Thursday 7 30 20 morning call

Best wingfoiling freestyle video I've seen so far. Those guys are moving fast. I expect the foil industry to come up with wingfoiling dedicated profiles anytime soon. For example, Gofoil has just announce the NL (Next Level) line.

Wing Foiling_Mikeslab_June 2020 from mikeslab on Vimeo.


6am significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore
Barbers
1.3ft @ 12s from 184° (S)        
0.7ft @ 16s from 196° (SSW)

Lanai
1.4ft @ 11s from 199° (SSW)      
0.8ft @ 16s from 198° (SSW)

The Tasman Sea energy didn't make for many breakers in the past couple of days and it's now down to 11-12s. Pat Caldwell also noticed:
Gales nosed into the subtropics of the Tasman Sea 7/20-21 and was expected to become the dominant background swell locally 7/28-29 from 208-220 degrees. But it never grew beyond tiny. The PacIOOS/CDIP southern buoys did slow a slither of this energy, though not enough to manifest into breakers beyond tiny.

Today the buoys are feeling the new 16s energy from the fetch when it moved east of New Zealand (collage of the fetch maps posted a couple of days ago) and in fact there's inconsistent but nice waves once in a long while. Tomorrow should be better.  Check the Lahaina webcam if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.


North shore
Pauwela
5.2ft @ 8s from 53° (ENE)

Small waves 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):


Morning sky.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Wednesday 7 29 20 morning call

My first winging video.


The lovely Lou.


5am significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore
Barbers
1.2ft @ 13s from 201° (SSW)            

Lanai
1.2ft @ 14s from 206° (SSW)

Very small SSW energy at the buoys, pretty flat everywhere. Check the Lahaina webcam if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.


North shore
Pauwela
5.4ft @ 8s from 60° (ENE)            

Small waves 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):


Morning sky.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Tuesday 7 28 20 morning call. SUP foiling downwind attempt n.23 part one.

Thanks to blog reader Jodel for the donation.

Wonderful conditions for downwinders yesterday, I did my attempt n.23 at SUP foiling. I first recorded this video on the beach about what I learned so far and then filmed the water action with the gopro. It will take me a few days to edit those, I'm just going to anticipate that it was my best ever with 90% of the distance covered while foiling! That translates in only 10% of the time foiling. What was I doing the rest of the time? Resting and sitting on the board for 5 minutes after the 6-7 semi-long flights and after that, standing on the board in surfer stance waiting for the right take-off opportunity. Meanwhile here's 15 minutes of monologue about the technicalities of this incredibly difficult discipline. Obviously, you need to be very interested in the topic (or in me, lol!) to get to the end. Fyi, when I say "I measure my pressure" I mean "I measure my heart beat".



4am significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore
Barbers
1ft @ 12s from 173° (S)       
0.7ft @ 15s from 199° (SSW)

Lanai
0.8ft @ 12s from 176° (S)            
0.7ft @ 15s from 192° (SSW)  

Barbers is back online and both buoys register a touch of that Tasman Sea energy I was announcing yesterday. Let's see how Pat Caldwell described the evolution of the fetch:

Gales nosed into the subtropics of the Tasman Sea 7/20-21 and should become the dominant background swell locally 7/28-29 from 208-220 degrees.
The Tasman low moved east of New Zealand 7/22-24. It aimed mostly at the Americas, except for a short-lived fetch centered on 190 degrees within 45-55S, 170W 7/23. The PacIOOS/CDIP American Samoa buoy 7/26 did agree with the Wave Watch III showing low swell in the 14-16 second band. This buoy location is likely west of the main swath, so there are still low odds for some surf in Hawaii. The onset stage should start 7/30, peaking 7/31 at most near average, then dropping 8/1 from 180-200 degrees.

Below are the maps of July 20 through 23 that will help follow.


Tasman Sea swells can be particularly inconsistent and this is one of them, as I haven't seen anything worth on the Lahaina webcam, which you should anyway check if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.


North shore
Pauwela
4.1ft @ 8s from 83° (E)            

Windswell trending down, small waves 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):


Morning sky.