Sunday, November 26, 2017

Sunday 11 26 17 morning call

Windfoiling in the harbor saved my day (from the ocean activities point of view, of course) yesterday. Conditions were quite bad for surfing/windsurfing pretty much everywhere (other than Honolua, maybe) and I was really glad to have that option. Really fun long little lefts all the way across.

Looks like someone else is using a Gofoil surfing foil for windfoiling (specificanlly the Maliko) and riding waves with it. I left a comment on the Vimeo page telling him to try installing a box more forward to experience much more maneuverability. That's pretty much what I was doing yesterday and, trust me, like any other foiling discipline, it's more fun that it looks.

4am significant buoy readings
South shore

No indication of southerly energy at the buoys (no surprise, seen the strong northerly energy still hitting them), but the forecast calls for a new low long period pulse (1f 16s). Below is the South Pacific map of last Sunday showing a strong fetch aimed at the Americas. I'm probably going to check out the Lahaina side because I have a building trust in those angular spreading swells and because the wind is just too strong on the north shore to find clean waves. Stay tuned for a beach report.

North shore
7.7ft @ 8s from 12° (NNE)
6.2ft @ 10s from 357° (N)
1.2ft @ 17s from 45° (NE)

8.9ft @ 8s from 26° (NNE)
0.7ft @ 20s

11.3ft @ 8s from 52° (ENE)

A new long period N swell is predicted to pick up late today. Those 17 and 20s readings at the N and Waimea buoys could be it. Disregard the direction, because the buoys are battered by the much stronger short period windswell in the water. No contest at Honolua (or on hold until the afternoon) is my call for today, I'm pretty sure they're run tomorrow though.
For today, short period northerly energy together with the local windswell is the energy in the water, almost impossible to find a clean spot for surfing.

The usual wind model didn't get updated, here's the two models at the bottom of the Windguru page showing strong trades for today (and tomorrow). Notice the heavy cloud cover for tomorrow, probably those clouds SE of us in the satellite image below will move over the island.

North Pacific shows a sign of change with a proper NW fetch and a small windswell one. 9f 15s from 339 is the Surfline prediction for Wednesday and that is absolutely perfect for Honolua (as the Molokai shadow line sits at 335). The women's world title will be decided in big barrels. Let's hope the same happens at Pipe for the men.

South Pacific shows a fetch oriented towards the Americas. Hopefully we'll get the angular spreading of it in a week.

Morning sky.

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