Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thursday 4 19 18 morning call

A shortboard session for me yesterday.

This photo was posted by my friend Bart and it's Hanavave Bay, Fatu Hiva. He's on another of his crazy expeditions paddling/sailing on a Starboard board (btw, we just got in a big shipment of those yesterday), this time in the Marquesas Island.

Waves down to summer size according to Jimmie Hepp yesterday at Hookipa. Photo from this gallery.

4am significant buoy readings
South shore

3ft @ 12s from 170° (S)

2.4ft @ 12s from 147° (SE)

2.2ft @ 12s from 165° (SSE)

Southerly energy down to 12s, but still up in size, so there should be plenty waves also today. Stay tuned for a beach report.

North shore
5.0ft @ 7s from 64° (ENE)
4.1ft @ 9s from 80° (E)
2.9ft @ 12s from 319° (NW)
5.7ft @ 9s from 73° (ENE)
4.2ft @ 6s from 69° (ENE)
Just 3f 12s of NW energy at Hanalei for a tiny pulse that should also arrive in Maui today. Here's Pat Caldwell's description of the fetch that made it: A marginal gale near the Date Line hugging the Aleutians 4/14-15 is expected to give small surf for Thursday from 320-330 degrees.
Here's the fetch in the maps of April 14 and 15.
He also adds that a new event is on its heels. We'll analyze the fetch tomorrow, in the meantime, have a look at how small today's one is (blue line) in the Surfline forecast. Nothing huge tomorrow either, mo' bettah Monday.
Size doesn't really matter, actually, as the wind will blown out everything, small or big.

Wind map at noon.

North Pacific shows a small NW fetch and the windswell one.

South Pacific shows a fetch deep down SW of the Tasman Sea.

Morning sky. Getting gloomy.

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