Thursday, May 19, 2022

Thursday 5 19 22 morning call

One of the few spots with decent wind yesterday on the Lahaina side.


4am Surfline significant buoy readings and discussion.

South shore
Barbers

2ft at 17s SSW 200º
1.8ft at 13s SSW 200º

South swell down to 13s while a new 17s energy shows at Barbers. Below are the maps of May 12 through 14 that show the angular spreading fetch that originated it.



Unfortunately, the wind is blowing from the south. Check the Lahaina and Kihei webcam if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.

North shore
Hanalei
1.6ft @ 11s from 308° (WNW)

Mokapu
3.5ft @ 7s from 94° (E)

Very small 11s energy from the NW at Hanalei. Below are the maps of April 15 through 18 that show the fetch that originated it.


This is the Surfline forecast calling for a late afternoon rise locally with almost 3ft 11s at sunset (possible chest to head high at Hookipa).

This morning there should only be the small easterly windswell instead. Hookipa good for snorkeling again, small waves on eastern exposures.

Wind map at noon. The other ones can be found here.


Fetches map 
(circles legend: red: direct aim, blue: angular spreading, black: blocked, yellow: possibly over the ice sheet) from Windy.

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, May 18, 2022

Wednesday 5 18 22 morning call

South shore was really good yesterday.


Before that, I did this on the north shore.


5am Surfline significant buoy readings and discussion.

South shore
Barbers
2.7ft at 15s S 190º

Good reading at Barbers, check the Lahaina and Kihei webcam if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.


North shore
Mokapu
3.4ft @ 8s from 89° (E)

Third epic snorkeling day in a row on the north shore. Eastern exposures will have small waves.

Wind map at noon. The other ones can be found here.


Fetches map 
(circles legend: red: direct aim, blue: angular spreading, black: blocked, yellow: possibly over the ice sheet) from Windy.

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, May 17, 2022

Tuesday 5 17 22 morning call

No photos from yesterday, this is Cloudbreak posted by Tavarua Island Resort. Note that is not the long period swell from 180 we're receiving today. It might be 14s from 190 instead, so not much more to be expected from it.


This one instead was posted by Mataio and it's Tahiti on May 13th. This instead is the swell we're receiving these days, clearly a lot smaller after 4 extra days of travel.


4am Surfline significant buoy readings and discussion.

South shore
Barbers

2.1ft at 18s S 180º
1.7ft at 14s S 190º

Lovely mix of 14 and 18s period south swells at Barbers. Check the Lahaina and Kihei webcam if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.



North shore

Mokapu

3ft @ 9s from 91° (E)
2.1ft @ 5s from 87° (E)

Easterly windswell declined greatly and it's still the only energy in the water on the north shore. That, together to the lack of wind, will make the snorkeling even more epic this morning.

Wind map at noon. The other ones can be found here.



Fetches map 
(circles legend: red: direct aim, blue: angular spreading, black: blocked, yellow: possibly over the ice sheet) from Windy.

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, May 16, 2022

Monday 5 16 22 morning call

Menehune kinda waves for the Ian Walsh Menehune contest yesterday at Hookipa.


As usual, it was a lovely and festive atmosphere and tons of kids participated.
5am Surfline significant buoy readings and discussion.

South shore
Barbers

1.7ft at 14s S 190º
0.5ft at 22s S 170º

Barbers shows a decent 14s southerly energy together with the very long period forerunning energy out of the fetches I posted yesterday. Check the Lahaina and Kihei webcam if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.


North shore
Mokapu

4ft @ 6s from 96° (E)
3.7ft @ 9s from 92° (E)

NOAA says: The winds are becoming weaker, and shifting out of the east- southeast to southeast this morning. That means that the already diminishing easterly windswell will get even smaller. That might also be the reason of the light onshore flow you see in the Lahaina webcam above. Hookipa should be pretty flat and glassy and overall epic for snorkeling this morning.

Wind map at noon. The other ones can be found here.



Fetches map 
(circles legend: red: direct aim, blue: angular spreading, black: blocked, yellow: possibly over the ice sheet) from Windy.

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, May 15, 2022

Sunday 5 15 22 morning call

Hookipa yesterday.


I went trough the clips of the unfortunate run of two days ago when I used up all the juice of the small battery of my Foil Drive Plus and decided to upload this unedited one to show that until then it was actually pretty good. As I wrote, I don't think there's many people doing SUP foiling downwinders with a 725 front foil. Not a chance to take off without some kind of assist.
Yesterday instead I did a winging run with it, and what a pleasure it was. At my current status of skills and preferences, the wing downwinders remain way more fun for me, as they're easier and less strenuous. The fun in the SUP ones lays mostly in the challenge instead.


5am Surfline significant buoy readings and discussion.

South shore
Barbers

1.2ft at 14s S 180º
0.8ft at 18s S 170º

After a week of big waves and a week of virtually nothing, the south shore should now go back to some kind of normality for this time of the year. That seems to be confirmed by the small but long period southerly energy at Barbers. Surfline calls for the biggest days on Tuesday and Wednesday with sizes like 2ft 16s and 2.5ft 15s respectively. That energy should come from the fetch depicted in the maps of May 9 and 10 below.


All this said, I'm not sure what generated the 0.8ft 18s at Barbers today, check the Lahaina and Kihei webcam if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.


North shore

Mokapu

4.2ft @ 6s from 95° (E)
3.6ft @ 9s from 85° (E)

Only declining windswell on the north shore. Home guess for Hookipa is flat to belly high, bigger on eastern exposures.

Wind map at noon. The other ones can be found here.



Fetches map 
(circles legend: red: direct aim, blue: angular spreading, black: blocked, yellow: possibly over the ice sheet) from Windy.

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, May 14, 2022

Saturday 5 14 22 morning call

Hookipa yesterday afternoon.


Got too cocky with my Foil Drive Plus setup yesterday and went for a harbor run with 725 front foil and small battery (Foil Drive now makes big, medium and small), which didn't last. Paddled on my butt the last hour. Good learning experience and some great glides at 20 mph top speed before that. Hopefully next time I'll make wiser choices (read: a bigger battery). This week has been amazing, but now my body needs a break.


6am Surfline significant buoy readings and discussion.

South shore
Barbers (2am)
0.7ft at 13s S 180º

Small southerly energy at Barbers. Check the Lahaina and Kihei webcam if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.


North shore
Mokapu

5.2ft @ 7s from 80° (E)
4.6ft @ 9s from 80° (E)

Only easterly windswell in the water. Home guess for Hookipa is for waist high. Bigger on eastern exposures.

Wind map at noon. The other ones can be found here.



Fetches map 
(circles legend: red: direct aim, blue: angular spreading, black: blocked, yellow: possibly over the ice sheet) from Windy.

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, May 13, 2022

Friday 5 13 22 morning call

Hookipa yesterday afternoon.


This is my post on the Foil Drive Owners Facebook group yesterday evening:

Plenty more "you got to be kidding!" moments today, thanks to the epic SUP foiling downwinder conditions we're having this week in Maui.
For the first time, I did a longer 5 miles run to Kanaha and got exposed to much better conditions than my previous 3 miles one that I used to tune up gear and skills. I was on my 5.0x26.5x90L board with an Armstrong HA725, 85 mast, 50 fuse, chopped V200 tail and +1 titanium shim, not exactly a setup optimized for easy gliding and pumping... but with a Foil Drive Plus onboard, I didn't have to worry about that!
The mile graph shows the two longest stretches of continuous foiling: 1 mile each. The time graph showed that they both lasted 4 minutes (average speed 15 mph, top speed 18.3 mph). At the end of the run, the medium battery I was using had 53% charge left, which means that tomorrow I'm going to use the small battery and love it even more.Not sure this is really happening, but just in case... please don't pinch me.

6am Surfline significant buoy readings and discussion.

South shore
Barbers
0.3ft at 17s SSW 195º

Barbers records a smidget of long period SSW energy, but better the Lahaina and Kihei webcam if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.




North shore
Hanalei
2.9ft @ 11s from 324° (NW)

Waimea

2.1ft @ 11s from 315° (NW)
0.4ft @ 15s from 338° (NNW)

Mokapu

5.6ft @ 7s from 81° (E)
4.3ft @ 9s from 75° (ENE)

2-3ft 11s NW energy at Waimea and Hanalei. Together with the easterly windswell that should give Hookipa waves in the waist to head high range.

Wind map at noon. The other ones can be found here.



Fetches map 
(circles legend: red: direct aim, blue: angular spreading, black: blocked, yellow: possibly over the ice sheet) from Windy.

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.