Thursday, February 25, 2021

7.15am

Hookipa has head to head and a third sloppy windswell waves with some wind. 
3

Thursday 2 25 21 morning call

How many hours does Jackson Bunch surf every day? My guess is 4 to 6... occasionally 8.

4am Surfline significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore
Barbers
0.6ft @ 20s from 229° (SW)

The long period small reading at Barbers most likely comes from the angular spreading fetch circled in blue in the maps of Feb 18 though 20 pictured below.


Check the Lahaina or Kihei webcams if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.

North shore
NW101
3.4ft @ 17s from 335° (NNW)

Pauwela
10.6ft @ 9s from 74° (ENE)

New NW swell is hitting the NW buoy and should be here in the afternoon. You can read Pat Caldwell's description of the evolution of the fetch, or you can just look at it in the maps of Feb 21 and 22 below.

Below are the graphs of NW101 and Pauwela, together with the Surfline forecast. Sets will be noticeable at sunset, while most of the day will be dominated again by the rough energy of the windswell, which is now at very elevated levels. Head to head and half is my home guess for Hookipa, while the eastern exposures will be double overhead plus and a bit out of control.

Wind map at noon. While waiting for the usual wind maps to come back online, these are two alternatives: PACIOOS page and Surfline.




Fetches map
(circles legend: red: direct aim, blue: angular spreading, black: blocked) from Windy.
North Pacific
(about 4 days travel time from the NW corner of the North Pacific):



South Pacific
(about 7 days travel time from east/west of New Zealand):


Morning sky.



Wednesday, February 24, 2021

8am

Hookipa has head to head and a third high blown out peaks. 
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Wednesday 2 24 21 morning call

I did some windy-surfing yesterday.



This is the windsurfing that was happening at the same time. Photo by Jimmie Hepp from this album.

In between appointments, I had a slice of time to go check out this eastern exposure spot. The presence of Ian Gentil, Imai DeVault, Cody Young and Annie Reickert in the parking lot immediately suggested that it was going off. I never surfed it and probably never will due the outrageous current that runs through it.

4am Surfline significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore
Barbers
1.9ft @ 12s from 297° (WNW)

Lanai

1.7ft @ 13s from 271° (W)

Small westerly energy at the buoys, check the Lahaina or Kihei webcams if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.


North shore
Pauwela

7.3ft @ 11s from 71° (ENE)
5.2ft @ 9s from 69° (ENE)
3.7ft @ 5s from 84° (E)

Windswell is building day after day and taking over whatever else could be in the water at the same time. Home guess for Hookipa is head to head and a third and windy. Bigger (borderline out of control) on eastern exposures.

Windy surfing will continue for a while. Another deep red Windguru 10 days table.


Wind map at noon. While waiting for the usual wind maps to come back online, these are two alternatives: PACIOOS page and Surfline.

other ones can be found at link n.-2 of GP's meteo websites list in the right column (click on animation of the 10 meter column).


Fetches map (circles legend: red: direct aim, blue: angular spreading, black: blocked) from Windy.
North Pacific
(about 4 days travel time from the NW corner of the North Pacific):



South Pacific
(about 7 days travel time from east/west of New Zealand):


Morning sky.



Tuesday, February 23, 2021

7.30am

Hookipa has blown out chest high windswell peaks with the occasional head high nw set.
2

Tuesday 2 23 21 morning call

No photos from yesterday, here's a photo posted by Annie Reickert.


5am Surfline significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore
Lanai
1.5ft @ 13s from 244° (WSW)
1.3ft @ 15s from 266° (W)

A bit of a west wrap at Lanai, check the Lahaina or Kihei webcams if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.


North shore
NW101
3.5ft @ 13s from 291° (WNW)

Pauwela

5.8ft @ 9s from 77° (ENE)
4.1ft @ 7s from 70° (ENE)
2.4ft @ 14s from 329° (NW)

Yet another day of strong easterly trades. Here's a brief statement from Pat Caldwell that summerizes what's going on:
La Nina has taken the weather wheel and is expected to hold on tight and not let go into early March. This spells lower than usual surf from WNW to N and higher than average breakers from trade wind swell.

Home guess for Hookipa is head high and windy. Eastern exposures will be bigger but likely onshore.

Wind map at noon. While waiting for the usual wind maps to come back online, these are two alternatives: PACIOOS page and Surfline.
other ones can be found at link n.-2 of GP's meteo websites list in the right column (click on animation of the 10 meter column).





Fetches map
(circles legend: red: direct aim, blue: angular spreading, black: blocked) from Windy.
North Pacific
(about 4 days travel time from the NW corner of the North Pacific):



South Pacific
(about 7 days travel time from east/west of New Zealand):


Morning sky.




Monday, February 22, 2021

8.45am

Hookipa has blown out chest to head high windswell waves. Last pauwela reading is 6.4ft @ 10s from 86° (E). Eastern exposures will be bigger. 
2.8

Monday 2 22 21 morning call

Hookipa yesterday. Photo by Jimmie Hepp from this album.

6am Surfline significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore

Lanai
1.1ft @ 14s from 249° (WSW)

Weird and suspicious direction for that small reading at Lanai. Check the Lahaina or Kihei webcams if interested, for size, conditions and consistency. I was actually able to catch a decent one.



North shore
NW101
3.6ft @ 13s from 305° (WNW)

Pauwela

7.4ft @ 9s from 81° (E)
2.1ft @ 5s from 82° (E)
1.6ft @ 14s from 333° (NNW)

Minimal NW energy at the buoys, once again and for the whole week, the dominant energy is going to be the rising easterly windswell. Home guess for Hookipa and the easterly exposures is head high plus and windy.

Wind map at noon. While waiting for the usual wind maps to come back online, these are two alternatives: PACIOOS page and Surfline.






Fetches map
(circles legend: red: direct aim, blue: angular spreading, black: blocked) from Windy.
North Pacific
(about 4 days travel time from the NW corner of the North Pacific):



South Pacific
(about 7 days travel time from east/west of New Zealand):


Morning sky.



Sunday, February 21, 2021

8.15am

Hookipa has chest to head high waves with moderate sideoff trades. 
4

Sunday 2 21 21 morning call

Hookipa yesterday. Photo by Jimmie Hepp from this album.

5am Surfline significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore

Lanai
0.9ft @ 15s from 193° (SSW)

Lanai shows small long period energy, the webcam does not. Check the Lahaina or Kihei webcams if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.

North shore
NW101
2.5ft @ 14s from 314° (NW)

Pauwela

5.7ft @ 8s from 64° (ENE)
3.5ft @ 6s from 78° (ENE)
1.5ft @ 16s from 325° (NW)

New pretty low NW energy is at the buoys, but it's going to be hard to notice in the water as the dominant energy is (and is going to be for quite a few days) the easterly windswell. Home guess for Hookipa and the eastern exposures is head high.

Wind map at noon. The other ones can be found at link n.-2 of GP's meteo websites list in the right column (click on animation of the 10 meter column).

Fetches map
(circles legend: red: direct aim, blue: angular spreading, black: blocked) from Windy.
North Pacific
(about 4 days travel time from the NW corner of the North Pacific):



South Pacific
(about 7 days travel time from east/west of New Zealand):


Morning sky.



Saturday, February 20, 2021

6.45am

Hookipa has weak chest to occasionally head high peaks with light trades. 
3.6

Saturday 2 20 21 morning call

Hookipa yesterday. Photo by Jimmie Hepp from this album.


4am Surfline significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore

Lanai
0.5ft @ 18s from 181° (S)

A sliver of long period southerly energy at Lanai, check the Lahaina or Kihei webcams if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.
Below is the map of Feb 12 that shows the angular spreading fetch described by Pat Caldwell in this way:
A severe gale intensified in the austral midlatitudes to the south of French Polynesia at the eastern edge of the Hawaii swell window 2/11-12. Seas grew within 25-30 feet aimed highest at the Americas. Angular spreading could give low, long-period surf locally late 2/19, filled in 2/20, and dropping 2/21 from 175-190 degrees.

North shore
Pauwela

5.9ft @ 8s from 62° (ENE)
3.1ft @ 6s from 81° (E)
2.6ft @ 11s from 340° (NNW)

NW energy disappeared at the NW buoys, while still trickling at Pauwela, but the dominant energy is still going to be the easterly windswell. This is explained by Pat Caldwell:
The north Pacific jet stream is feeling the winter La Nina signature again with ridges favoring the NE Pacific and troughs for the far NW Pacific. This pattern set up this week and is expected to hold through next week. Such patterns make for below average W to N surf and above average east surf.

This results in another scary Windguru table.


Home guess for Hookipa is around head high peaky waves with a bit of wind. Eastern exposures should have waves too, hopefully with no much wind in the early hours.

Wind map at noon. The other ones can be found at link n.-2 of GP's meteo websites list in the right column (click on animation of the 10 meter column).
N/A

Fetches map
(circles legend: red: direct aim, blue: angular spreading, black: blocked) from Windy.
North Pacific
(about 4 days travel time from the NW corner of the North Pacific):



South Pacific
(about 7 days travel time from east/west of New Zealand):


Morning sky.



Friday, February 19, 2021

9am

Hookipa has peaky head to head and a third waves with moderate trades. 
5

Friday 2 19 21 morning call

Thanks to Renew Your Spirit for the donation.
No photos from yesterday, this is another spectacular image from that epic day at the Bay a couple of weeks ago. As I wrote, many pros came over from Oahu, this is Griffin Colapinto. Photo by OneMoreFoto.

6am Surfline significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore
Lanai
1.6ft @ 11s from 264° (W)

Minimal westerly energy at Lanai, check the Lahaina or Kihei webcams if interested, for size, conditions and consistency, but there's nothing.

North shore
NW001
4.8ft @ 11s from 334° (NNW)

Pauwela

6.5ft @ 8s from 47° (NE)
3.1ft @ 11s from 333° (NNW)

While the last bales of NW energy keep trickling down, the windswell is on the rise at Pauwela. Home guess for Hookipa is peaky head high plus with a bit of wind.

Wind map at noon. The other ones can be found at link n.-2 of GP's meteo websites list in the right column (click on animation of the 10 meter column). Two days old.



Fetches map
(circles legend: red: direct aim, blue: angular spreading, black: blocked) from Windy.
North Pacific
(about 4 days travel time from the NW corner of the North Pacific):



South Pacific
(about 7 days travel time from east/west of New Zealand):


Morning sky.



Thursday, February 18, 2021

Thursday 2 18 21 morning call

I recently met photographer Patrick in the water. Here's a photo of Honolua a few days ago from his Instagram account.


6am Surfline significant buoy readings and discussion.
South shore

Lanai

2.5ft @ 13s from 279° (W)

Small westerly energy at Lanai. Check the Lahaina or Kihei webcams if interested, for size, conditions and consistency. Doesn't look like much.


North shore
NW101

6.1ft @ 7s from 47° (NE)
5.8ft @ 12s from 324° (NW)
5.2ft @ 9s from 53° (ENE)

Pauwela

4.2ft @ 13s from 327° (NW)
3.8ft @ 9s from 78° (ENE)
3.4ft @ 7s from 38° (NE)

NW energy still lingering around, here's how Pat Caldwell describes the current waves::
the bales of waves put on the conveyor belt, all the way out to the tail of the fetch, chugging along across the Pacific, which should keep moderate surf Thursday and small surf Friday from 310-330 degrees. This analogy is what happens when a farm boy turns surfer.

Home guess for Hookipa is head to head and a half and sloppy/choppy conditions.

The NOAA marine page announces that:
A stationary front just west of Kauai will dissipate today. An upper level trough will continue to linger over the western waters and will produce unstable conditions through Friday. A strong high building far north of the state has brought the return of fresh to strong trades across area waters and is expected to hold through next week.

As a result of that, we get another 10 days Windguru table with a lot of red. It'll be interesting to see if we get decent morning wind conditions thanks to the ESE direction.


Wind map at noon. The other ones can be found at link n.-2 of GP's meteo websites list in the right column (click on animation of the 10 meter column). One day old today.



Fetches map
(circles legend: red: direct aim, blue: angular spreading, black: blocked) from Windy.
North Pacific
(about 4 days travel time from the NW corner of the North Pacific):



South Pacific
(about 7 days travel time from east/west of New Zealand):


Morning sky.


Thinking about using Windy for the satellite image.