Unfortunately the pressure was just a bit too much and he ended up pearling and wiping out. Those wipeouts can be very sketchy, fortunately all was good.
The other reason why I was looking at Lanes, was the presence of master aerialist Matt Meola.
Plenty carnage also at Hookipa where the sailors were naturally divided into two categories: the ones that were trying to survive and the ones in attack mode. And then there was Antoine Martin (pictured below in a backloop off the lip attempt) in destroy mode. Jimmie Hepp posted a remarkable album of the day.
6am significant buoy readings
1.5ft @ 18s from 192° (SSW)
1.2ft @ 18s from 175° (S)
New low long period swell at the buoys, here’s what Pat Caldwell wrote on Tuesday:
A severe gale tracked east along 60S to the SE of New Zealand 10/11-13 with seas growing over 30 feet in a large area. Highest seas were aimed at the Americas. Angular spreading could bring in surf locally. The onset stage is due late Friday into Saturday, with the event filled in by late Saturday 10/19. It should peak near the average Saturday night into Sunday from 180-200 degrees.
Below are the maps of Oct 11, 12 and 13 where you can see the fetch circled in blue. The Lahaina webcam is not working this morning, but there should be very inconsistent long period sets in the waist to chest high range.
3.2ft @ 12s from 321° (NW)
2.9ft @ 12s from 334° (NNW)
5.9ft @ 8s from 63° (ENE)
NW energy down in period to 12-14s (yesterday it was 16), but still up at all the buoys. The size of the waves will be a lot smaller than yesterday, but with the addition of 6ft 8s of windswell, Hookipa should still be overhead. Early morning easterly winds not too bad, cranking mid day.
Wind map at noon.
North Pacific has the same two fetches of yesterday. Moderate NW swell out of the NW one in 3-4 days.
South Pacific has a small S fetch.
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