Saturday, November 04, 2017

Saturday 11 4 17 morning call

Noseriding session in Lahaina for me yesterday and then a windfoiling lesson before work. The Aloha Classic saw Masters and Grandmasters in the water. Masters' standout was Greg Aguera, brother of the man that has changed my life with his wonderful Gofoil foils. Photo by Jimmie Hepp from this gallery.

This water photo is by Si Crowther from this gallery.

3am significant buoy readings
South shore

No indication of southerly energy at the outer buoys, other than the southern hemisphere trades windswell (6.3ft @ 8s from 120° (ESE) at the W buoy), which we don't get since we're blocked by the Big Island. Yesterday there was a bit of energy on the south shore (see yesterday's beach report) and today the Surfline forecast calls for a declining 1.8f 12s. It should be the usual knee to occasionally waist high in Lahaina, if I go that way I'll post a beach report.

North shore
3.5ft @ 15s from 280° (W)

4ft @ 14s from 313° (NW)

3.1ft @ 15s from 300° (WNW)

2.6ft @ 17s from 317° (NW)

New long period WNW swell on the rise. NW101 and NW001 have 33 degrees of difference in the direction indication and that's hard to understand why, since they're very close to each other. That's why I never trust too much the direction at the buoys and prefer to go by where I remember the fetch was. In this case, it was pretty west (just off the Kurils), so I think Hookipa will get some energy, but not so much the spots down the coast towards Kahului.

Overall, what counts more is the wind, which is already blowing 19mph at 5am, so whatever waves there will be at Hookipa will be blown out.

Wind map at noon shows easterly trades.

North Pacific shows a weak WNW fetch and a moderate NE one.

South Pacific shows a new Tasman Sea fetch.

Morning sky.

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