Monday, April 23, 2018

Monday 4 23 18 morning call

A lesson gave me the opportunity to catch a few waves SUP foiling yesterday and that was really nice. The windsurfing action at Hookipa was captured as usual Jimmie Hepp. Photo from this gallery.

6am significant buoy readings.
South shore
No indication of southerly energy at the buoys, the Surfline forecast calls for 1.6f 12s.

North shore
3.8ft @ 9s from 76° (ENE)
3.6ft @ 14s from 309° (WNW)

3.8ft @ 8s from 69° (ENE)
3.3ft @ 6s from 66° (ENE)
2.4ft @ 10s from 327° (NW)
2.2ft @ 15s from 314° (NW)
New NW swell on the rise, but as I commented yesterday (about the fetches not looking impressive), it seems quite a bit smaller than the forecast. Below are the graphs of the two reported buoys and the Surfline forecast for the next three days. This last one is calling for almost 6f 14s at 8pm. Judging from the buoys, we'll be lucky if we get 4.
Hookipa looked pretty horrible this morning (beach report today below the call), and that's no surprise with a wave spectrum like the one below. In the 8s period, there's energy from 280 all the way to 110. Clean waves are impossible in these situation: too much chop. Plus the active wind.

Wind map at noon.

North Pacific shows a fetch in the NW corner and a couple of small windswell fetches just to keep to chop up.

South Pacific shows a nice but partially blocked by New Zealand fetch.

Morning sky.

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