Saturday, March 12, 2016

3 12 16 morning call

Honolua bay yesterday was not the best shape (the windswell induced a little wonk in the waves), but it was still really fun. I love surfing those mid periods over there, since they are a lot more user friendly.

Below is surfer Jason Hall enjoying his new Timpone fish in a nice bottom/top turn combo.

Surfer Matt Smith sets up a speedy section on his George Foster twin fin.

This is the 2016 Hi-Tech event schedule. As you can see, this morning there's the first Interscholastic contest at Fleming Beach. First heat at 7.30am.

The three buoys all show that yesterday's mid period pulse has peaked and so expect that energy to slow down all day.

At 3am the Pauwela buoy reads:
6.6ft @ 9s from 54° (ENE)
5.1ft @ 11s from 340° (NNW)
4.7ft @ 7s from 59° (ENE)
0.5ft @ 20s from 37° (NE)
With 5f 11s the Bay might still be small but fun in the morning (specially around the low tide), but I'm not taking the chance to get stuck again in the horrible traffic.
Tomorrow a much bigger swell will hit (8.7f 15s from 342 at 2pm forecasted peak by Surfline). None of that energy should be seen in Maui before sundown today.
So it's more of an Hookipa day for the north shore residents, too bad that the wind will ruin the waves again.

The MC2km map at noon looks like it has looked for the last four days and shows a lot of wind. I hope you guys have figured out by now that that doesn't necessarily mean that there will be a lot of wind, since a strong trade flow builds plenty clouds on the eastern slopes of the Haleakala and the related squalls will make the wind go up and down.
Once again, IMO, specially for wind related sports like windsurfing and kitesurfing, the stronger the forecast, the worse it's gonna be.
There might be one exception to that rule, and that's the SUP downwinders. They probably don't like the lull after the rain, but I'm sure they love the strong push that comes before the rain.

Wind map shows very little (but not zero) wave generation both north and south.

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