Monday, May 30, 2016

5 30 16 morning call

A peaceful thousand peaks SUP early session was my water action yesterday as I had to work in the morning and cook a massive minestrone for a bbq in the afternoon.

I don't have action shots, so I stole one from the WSL photo website (photo by Ed Sloane). Competition is under way for the ladies at Cloudbreak (down to the quarters). Bethany Hamilton can't use her arm to slow down in the barrel and that of course makes it way more difficult. Like if catching the wave and standing up and ripping hard turns without an arm wasn't difficult enough.

4am significant buoy readings.
3.9ft @ 12s from 313° (NW)

1.8ft @ 13s from 314° (NW)

3.1ft @ 8s from 78° (ENE)
1.8ft @ 14s from 334° (NNW)

2.4ft @ 14s from 196° (SSW)

3.5ft @ 14s from 158° (SSE)

Finally the expected small NW swell is showing at the buoys. Nothing to be particularly excited about, but the north shore has been flat for days, so that'll be a good change for the people who are tired to drive to the south shore. Should help spread out the crowd a bit better too. Too bad that after a windless morning, the noon map below shows a light NE wind that will ruin whatever will be in the water on the north shore.

Still good readings at the south facing buoys. The only way I can try to justify the difference in the directions is that the Lanai and Barbers buoys are both pretty close to land and both might feel the influence of the surrounding bottom. I have noticed a difference in the direction many times.
--8am update: it could have also been a glitch of Barbers, since the 8am reading is 3.7ft @ 13s from 228° (SW).--
The important thing is that there is still energy.
In fact, the South Pacific map of 7 days ago (23rd) had a strong fetch in the Tasman Sea which translates in continuous wave action on the south shore.

North Pacific map shows small/weak fetches.

South Pacific shows a couple of fetches to keep the flatness away.

And I have one more board for sale: a 5.8x19.5x2.5 Lost Round Nose Fish. A classic.

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