But I knew I was going to have time for a foil session before the afternoon work shift and that was way more fun. These photos show the amazing conditions.
This is Junior dynamically pumping his way into a forming wall.
Flash got tired of standing up and rode one on his butt. Got to try that.
And this is a wave that I caught on the outside that took me all the way to the beach. No crowd problems (even criss-crossing with a buddy, actually), just inside reformed bumps to read and follow with the occasional pump. 2 minutes and 10 seconds of bliss. This thing is really amazing.
Later in the afternoon the wind did pick up enough to run 6 heats of the contest. The ladies went first and had the cleanest conditions. The photo below is by Jimmie Hepp from this gallery and I give those conditions an 8.5.
4am significant buoy readings
No indication of southerly energy at the buoys, we have to go by the forecast. Surfline predicts 1.3f 15s of new energy that should rise up to 2f tomorrow.
Pat Caldwell says:"A eastward tracking gale along 60S to the SE of New Zealand 10/25-26 could give marginally background level surf for Thursday 11/2 out of 180-200 degrees. It should be short-lived."
Below is the collage of the maps of Oct 25, 26 and 27 that show the gale he's talking about. Doesn't look too impressive to me, but Surfline seems to be more positive. Without the webcam in Lahaina, you just got to trust them if you want to take the chance. It will probably be small but not flat.
Couple of different periods at Waimea, but thanks to the offshore wind, the conditions should still be pretty good at Hookipa this morning (head high at least). Not sure I'll post a beach report, as I work in the morning today and I might go for a foiling session instead.
North Pacific shows a small WNW fetch (2.5f 15s between Sat and Mon) and a new NE fetch in the gulf of Alaska. It will probably get stronger, as Surfline predicts 8f 11s on Tuesday. We'll keep an eye on it.
South Pacific shows again that big fetch oriented towards central America of which we should get some angular spreading. Surfline calls for 2.4f 14s in a week.
Morning sky is clear and it should be a stunning day.