Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thursday 11 30 17 morning call

Just a short windsurf session for me yesterday. The waves on the north shore were chop/windswell infested, while at Honolua they were, as usual, flawless. Photo WSL/Kelly Cestari from this page.

I thought they needed 3 days to complete the contest, instead they only need two, so they will likely end today. They might wait until the new stronger NW pulse fills in in the afternoon (also lower tide), as shown the buoy collage below. Check the action here. Here instead is the page to check the Sunset Beach contest.

Some skilled windsurfers went out at Hookipa, here's a shot by Jimmie Hepp from this gallery.

5am significant buoy readings
South shore

No indication of southerly energy at the buoys, the Surfline forecast calls for 1.1f 11s, and that's close to nothing.

North shore
9.4ft @ 17s from 345° (NNW)

5.5ft @ 13s from 329° (NW)           
3.3ft @ 20s from 324° (NW)

7ft @ 9s from 79° (ENE)

The new pulse of NW energy is up and strong at the NW buoys, while Waimea is already feeling a healthy 3.3f 20s. It does take a little longer for that to get to Maui (for details, check the Buoys to Maui travel times and Maui's shadow lines post in the labels section). The collage below shows the graphs of NW001, Waimea and the Surfline Maui forecast (link n.15). I circled the new swell on the graphs and drew a red dotted line to show how I think it will be in Maui. The new swell on the Surfline graph is indicated by the green line.

In the morning there will still be plenty energy from the old swell (5.5f 13s at Waimea), but the forerunners of the new one will be already overlapping. The new swell will get bigger and more consistent in the afternoon. Pretty high windswell on tap too: 7f 9s at Mokapu (sorry, I forgot to mention that yesterday). In other words, plenty waves on Maui's north shore also today, but also today heavily ruined by wind and windswell.

Wind map at noon shows moderate easterly trades.

The wind has been horribly strong in the last couple of weeks and it will keep blowing for yet another one, but there's light at the end of the tunnel, or more precisely, at the end of the Windguru table.

North Pacific shows a new WNW fetch and the windswell one.

Nothing in the South Pacific.

Morning sky.

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