Yesterday I SUP foiled in the neighborhood in the morning, then went to work and then windfoiled in the afternoon.
The wind was perfect and there were at least 8 windfoilers down at lower Kanaha. I can claim that, for very different reasons, the ones in this photo by Dede were there because of my influence. From the left:
1) Zane Schweitzer needed some help in figuring out foil box and mast track position for a board he’s shaping for himself and asked me if he could join me in a session. I have two boards with the foil box in two different positions, so I said:”sure, come on over, you’ll learn a lot about that!”
2) that’s me
3) Dan Taylor took a windfoiling lesson with me and, despite the challenging conditions (wind got too strong at the end), that was enough to get him hooked. He came to Hi-Tech after the lesson and bought himself a Starboard 7.4 foil ready Hypernut. The board doesn’t have a mast track (what the hell are they thinking at Starboard?!?), but fortunately the position of the front foot strap inserts allows for a Chinook mast base with the plate to be screwed in a perfect position, so it can be sailed. I tried the board and it’s excellent. Better than mine (an older 7.4 POD) because much lighter.
4) Dave Ezzy was watching me windfoiling one day and while following me on his regular windsurfer, he yelled:”Giampaolo, can I try?”. Well, of course! And he got hooked too. He would be foiling anyway (he had ordered a Starboard foil already), but that was his first windfoiling experience. Since then, windfoiling is in his heart.
Here’s Zane (this time on the Kai) in a jibe attempt (he closed several ones) that shows his skateboarding background. He’s overfoiling (when the foil comes too high and breaks the surface of the water losing its lift instantly), but he’s still in such control that manages to switch his feet.
The board is now coming back down to the water, but no big deal for brother Zane… he’s on it and not going to fall.
0.8ft @ 17s from 140° (SE)
That could be the indication of a new low long period pulse. Below are the maps of Nov 6 and 7 that show a solid fetch in the Tasman Sea. The swell is not even on the Surfline forecast, but Pat Caldwell agrees with me:
The mid latitude longitudes from south of Australia to SE of New Zealand had an active austral Spring cyclonic mode starting 11/4. A series of lows in the Southern Ocean from SW to SE of Tasmania should keep active surf this week, with long-period forerunners filling in Tuesday and holding through the week with back to back separate events both of which should be less than 2 feet deep water swell.
North Pacific shows a small distant NW fetch and two NNE fetches, one associated with a local low while the other one is a small portion of a bigger/stronger fetch oriented towards the US west coast.
South Pacific shows a large fetch oriented towards the Americas, of which we should get some angular spreading.
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