Waves got real big pretty quick yesterday morning at Hookipa, as the NW swell grew more than expected. Albee Layer looked at that possible barrel at the take off, but there was no exit on the other side, so he just made sure to get to the bottom before the whole thing closed out.
Charlie Smith off the bottom.
Judging from the comments of the other surfers, it was pretty hard for everybody (the windswell was travelling across the faces). It sure was for me. This one seemed to be going well...
...until it wasn't going well anymore. Got pinned to the reef on that one.
Later in the afternoon, Russ experienced a pretty dynamic tumble that costed him his mast and a long swim.
Surfline significant buoy readings and discussion.
0.6ft @ 22s from 188° (S)
0.6ft @ 22s from 201° (SSW)
6.4ft @ 13s from 352° (N)
Below is Pauwela's graph on the left that shows the peak of the swell (red circle) mid morning yesterday (buoy went up to 6.5ft 17s, no wonder it was kinda big out there). The Surfline forecast on the right proved to be late once again.
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):