In between sessions I took some photos at the harbor jetty where the HSA contest was being held. This keiki was catching the white water on the inside and gets a 10 for the cuteness.
The photos below show the show that Jackson Bunch put up in his heats. This is 10.40am and that's when the waves started pumping and were still a manageable size.
Looking and surfing like Kanoa Igarashi.
The back half of his board is completely out the back of the wave. He stuck the turn and continued with perfect flow.
The term "air drop" gets overused a lot (specially by the WSL commentators), but this is a real one.
As soon as he connected with the water at the bottom, he seamlessly engaged the rail and his eyes were already on the spot for the next maneuver. Impressive display of surfing from this young and very promising man.
4am significant buoy readings
No energy at the buoys, the Surfline forecast calls for 1.2f 11s plus 0.6f 14s at 8am. Very small stuff, probably flat to knee high.
8.5ft @ 11s from 328° (NW)
8.3ft @ 14s from 334° (NNW)
Wind map at noon shows an inversion line (circled in red), probably a sub-front line which will pass over the north shore around 10-11am. That's when the wind on the north shore will switch from light offshore to light onshore. Conditions on the north shore will be pretty clean in the early morning, don't wait too long.
North Pacific shows the strong fetch we saw yesterday still stirring waters towards us and getting closer. A fetch that follows the swell it's generating and keeps building the same waves is called captured and usually is associated with the biggest swells. 18f 16s from 324 is the Surfline prediction for Wednesday at 2pm. Note that this swell is the biggest of the last three, but it's also the more west. Good for the Pipe contest, but way too big on Wednesday and with questionable winds. The best day should be Friday, imo.
South Pacific shows a fetch SW of New Zealand, which will provide some blockage, but we should receive a little bit of energy next week. 1f 16s called by Surfline for Tuesday Dec 17.