Wednesday, March 16, 2016

1 16 16 morning call

Hookipa offered great surfing conditions yesterday morning thanks to the lack of wind, but I was busy taking an intermediate student to a spot that he always wanted to surf, but didn't feel like he was up to the crowded lineup.

Timing is everything, so I picked the right time and conditions, and here he is, dragging the hand in the wall for the first time in his life.

Yesterday was the last clean day on the north shore for a while. A dreadful period of at least 4 days of onshores starts today. There will be waves, but they won't be clean.
The front and its related windswell hit the NW buoy yesterday evening (rise marked by the red arrows) and this morning the reading is 8f 8s up there. I don't even know the speed of 8s waves (and I don't particularly care either), but I'm guessing that they will take at least a day to get here. So today will have to deal with the trade's windswell leftovers that at 6am read 5.1ft @ 9s from 54° (ENE) at the Pauwela buoy.

There's also a hint of a south swell as this reading at the Lanai buoy shows: 1.4ft @ 14s from 216° (SW). Check the webcam before going.

But as I was saying, the wind is what counts the most today. MC2km map at noon below is quite eloquent. This time the early birds will not be rewarded as the sensor at Kuau already reads 16 from N at 6.30am.

Wind map below shows a pretty decent N fetch. Surfline forecasts 9f 12s tomorrow and 10f 14s on Friday when the big guys from the back of the fetch will arrive. We talked about the NW one yesterday, the related long period swell will hit Sunday at 7f 16s from 320 together with 10f 15s from 352... that's gonna be interesting.

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