Sunday 1 13 19 morning call

Two shortboard sessions for me yesterday. The swell picked up as predicted and the quality of the waves in the mid to late morning was excellent. Here’s a shot from Hookipa from this surfing gallery by Jimmie Hepp.

This is the link to the windsurfing gallery instead. Despite my doubts (or maybe they were hopes), the wind model was correct and it did get windy enough in the afternoon.

4am significant buoy readings
South shore
No indication of southerly energy at the buoys. I got reports of knee high waves on the Lahaina side. Ah, how nice it would be to have a Lahaina webcam again! Please contact Ozolio if you have the possibility to host one.

North shore
10.5ft @ 16s from 312° (NW)

12.1ft @ 17s from 314° (NW)

12.1ft @ 17s from 313° (NW)

9.9ft @ 20s from 320° (NW)

4.7ft @ 17s from 319° (NW)
Swell still pumping at the buoys, but it has peaked during the night and there will be a slow downward trend all day, more noticeable in the afternoon. Below are the graphs of NW, Waimea and Pauwela together with an extract of yesterday’s collage. From it, we can see that the dotted line I drew yesterday on Pauwela’s graph was a bit too conservative. In fact, the graph reached the same 4f 20s at noon as the NW buoy 12 hours earlier. Little details that most likely did not have any influence/importance at all for you guys, but I like details.

Bottom line is: big waves all day today on the north shore. The original direction of the swell is around 305-310, not ideal for the west side, but the size and period will guarantee beautiful and powerful waves at Honolua (would love to get photos/reports from there), but not as much down the coast towards Kaanapali. For the same reason, the Kahului area will not get 100% of the energy of this swell, but only the part of it with a more northerly component.

Wind map at noon.

North Pacific has a good NW fetch.

South Pacific has a couple of weak fetches.

Morning sky.