Monday 10 2 17 morning call

Yesterday was an extremely rare day with no wind and no waves. Well, at least in the morning, since in the afternoon 15mph of trades picked and they were enough for an epic windfoiling session at Hookipa with Sean Ordonez, Casey Hauser and Andres Martinez.

That’s how gorgeous it looked out there.

That’s a short clip showing Sean foiling. What a privilege to be sailing together with a legend of the sport. Most subtle windsurfer ever, IMO.

And this is a clip filmed by a Swiss guy at Kanaha. It’s interesting because it shows two completely different setups.
Mine is a surfing foil (the GoFoil Maliko) on a board with the box at 20 inches from the tail. Later in the video, Dave Ezzy will appear on a proper windsurfing foil (LP) mounted on a board with the box in the traditional position at the back. The two setups are radically different, IMO.

Notice how I can/have to weave my way through the small chops, while Dave is going pretty straight.
Notice also the difference in speed: I’m slower (and I personally like that).
Since Dave’s setup goes faster and is more directionally stable, I’m gonna call it a “slalom” foil setup.
Since my setup goes slower (it foils at much slower speed) and it’s a lot more manouvrable, I’m gonna call it a “wave” foil setup.

One is not necessarily better than the other, it’s a matter of personal choice. I personally find the wave setup much more engaging.

6am significant buoy readings
South shore
SW
2ft @ 10s from 123° (ESE)

SE
2.6ft @ 10s from 134° (SE)

Still only southern hemisphere windswell at the outer buoys. That does not reach us at all. Yesterday Ukumehame was flat to occasionally knee high and today should be similar.

North shore
NW101

5.2ft @ 9s from 332° (NNW)
5.1ft @ 7s from 355° (N)
4.1ft @ 12s from 344° (NNW)

NW001

7ft @ 8s from 352° (N)
5.4ft @ 12s from 351° (N)

Waimea

1.8ft @ 9s from 320° (NW)
1.4ft @ 11s from 320° (NW)

Pauwela

3ft @ 8s from 77° (ENE)
1ft @ 13s from 342° (NNW)
 
The new swell is hitting the NW buoys with a bunch of different periods. Pauwela is just starting to feel it (see my beach report below this post) and that is perfectly in line with the forecast.
Below is the collage of the NW001 buoy on the left, Pauwela in the middle (notice the different scale) and the Surfline forecast on the right.
It’s been a while since the last NW swell, so let me refresh GP’s rule of thumb for the travelling time from the NW buoy to Maui: 16h at 16s (+1h -1s and viceversa for different periods)
That makes for a 20h travel time for a 12s swell, and I drew the red dotted line on Pauwela’s graph accordingly. That’s also exactly how the Surfline forecast shows the rise (orange line).
So expect the waves to slowly increase throughout all day and peak tomorrow morning.

Wind map at noon shows no wind again, but this model has been wrong the last two days in a row.

North Pacific shows a nice NW fetch still up there.

I circled a close SSE fetch in the South Pacific, but the wind is light in it that we won’t get much out of it at all.

Morning sky looking good for Maui, but those clouds over Kauai are the very tail of a very long front.

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