Tuesday 3 19 19 morning call

The funding campaign for the new Lahaina harbor webcam has raised $350. Thanks a lot and let’s keep them coming. I’m gonna start my posts with an update like this until it reaches its goal of $2,000. 

A shortboard and a longboard session for me yesterday. In between, I drove to Honolua to take photos. 50 guys out and solid size, didn’t think for even a moment to paddle out.
Jacob Romero always on the best waves.

This one gives a sense of the size.

This looks like Logan Bediamol and he came out of that and got barreled a second time on the inside.

Successful double hand drag.

The surfer is actually filming the body boarder.

Way to kick out.

Best wave of my photoshoot session.

He’s deep in there.

And when it came out, the wave still looked amazing.

Jimmie Hepp took some photos too and you can see them in this gallery.

He also shot the windsurfers and I picked this photo out of this gallery. Extremely clean faces, I would have sailed too if I didn’t have my trigger fingers. Relatively small size due to the not particularly favorable direction. As I pointed out yesterday in that wrap map, the west side loves straight N to 15 degrees.

4am significant buoy readings
South shore
0.7ft @ 20s from 243° (WSW) 

1ft @ 20s from 225° (SW)

Lovely unexpected 20s readings at the local south facing buoys. I guess Pat Caldwell will be surprised too: No sources in the southern hemisphere last week are identified to give surf beyond the seasonal background levels of mostly flat with select areas in the tiny to small bracket this week.

Below are the maps of March 12, 13 and 14. On the first one I drew the great circle rays of 220 and 240, which clearly shows that the direction indicated by the buys cannot be true. There was absolutely nothing in that position that could generate 20s small waves. The source was probably deep in the Tasman Sea instead. Wherever it was, that should keep the flatness at bay once again. Yesterday there was a bit of wrap in Lahaina (mostly waist, very occasionally up to chest high), but that should be gone today. Soon, I’ll be able to say again: “check the Lahaina webcam before going”…

North shore

6.9ft @ 13s from 302° (WNW)
5.3ft @ 10s from 336° (NNW)


8.8ft @ 13s from 314° (NW)
3.4ft @ 10s from 323° (NW)
2.7ft @ 11s from 317° (NW)
8.7ft @ 14s from 313° (NW)
5.3ft @ 11s from 326° (NW) 
7.9ft @ 14s from 321° (NW)
4.5ft @ 9s from 343° (NNW) 
NW swell on the decline exactly as predicted by the Surfline forecast. Below is Pauwela’s today graph, together with yesterday’s prediction. I keep hearing “this swell wasn’t as big as they said it was going to be” and I keep replying “maybe it wasn’t as big as you thought it was going to be, but it was just as big as predicted”.

So at this point most readers would like to know where to go surf today. That obviously depends on skills and preferences. Can you handle 8ft 14s from 321 at Hookipa? Then you go there! If not, you go down the coast. You don’t know how big the waves will be with 8ft 14s? Then you go look, and you remember next time… but it’ll be still big up there.

Wind map at noon. Early hours should be glassy towards Kahului.

North Pacific has a pretty unimpressive fetch NW fetch.

South Pacific has nothing for us.

 Morning sky.