I usually don't like foiling when the waves are big, mostly because there's too much water moving and bubbles (and also because it's more dangerous), but yesterday it was a slow start and the water had time to settle between sets, so it was really fun. Here's Max Moquin caught by his dad's camera while boosting an air on his new Gofoil 4.6 board.
On the way back, I took some pics at Maalaea around 2pm.
Desperately seeking headhighness.
Desperately seeking barrels.
Check out the size of this wave at Hookipa. In the morning it was head high and it's probably back to head high this morning. In the middle of the day, the windswell waves get amplified greatly by the blowing trades. Plus there was a NW pulse I failed to announce yesterday. More about that in the buoy discussion below.
Surfline significant buoy readings and discussion.
3.3ft @ 17s from 190° (S)
3ft @ 17s from 206° (SSW)
South swell pumping pretty solid at the buoys, check the Lahaina webcam if interested, for size, conditions and consistency.
1.3ft @ 11s from 328° (NW)
Here's a paragraph from Pat Caldwell's discussion:
An Aleutian low-pressure pattern from last week was a dud for producing surf locally beyond tiny for 7/3-4. But it finally did fill in 7/5.
The "dudness" of 7/3-4 and the fact that the two NW buoys didn't even register it (too much windswell up there) was the reason why I didn't even comment on this energy yesterday.
Below is the graph of Pauwela that shows how it peaked slightly over 2ft 12s yesterday afternoon.
Home guess for Hookipa is around head high and sloppy.
Forecast and energy spectrum of Pauwela from this PACIOOS page.
Wind map at noon. The other ones can be found here (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):