I wanted to post some pics from the Kite contest, but I guess I’m not friend with/follow enough kiters on the social media and couldn’t find any. Instead here’s a video of Maui’s Jesse Richman kiting Nazare last winter. The height on some of the kick outs is ridiculous.
4am significant buoy readings
1.7ft @ 14s from 184° (S)
1.2ft @ 10s from 180° (S)
1.5ft @ 13s from 169° (SSE)
1.4ft @ 9s from 161° (SSE)
Pretty small numbers at the buoy, but we knew that this week was going to be smaller than it’s been. Should improve a little starting tomorrow or the day after. On what basis do I say that? Below is the collage of the fetches maps of May 28, 29, 30 and 31. The 28th was a Tuesday, so 7 days ago. That’s the map you want to look at (most times) when you want to see what made the waves of the current day. Most times, in fact, the south swell fetches are either in the Tasman Sea or to the E-SE of New Zealand and they take roughly 7 days to get here. By looking at the following days maps, you can have an idea of what’s coming in the next days. The map of the 29 (you can click on the photo to see better) already had a strong fetch in the Tasman Sea, but I circled it in blue to point out that it wasn’t aiming at us directly (but we might still have a bit of angular spreading). The map of Thursday 30th had a better oriented fetch in the Tasman Sea and that should coincide with the start of a small SSW swell, which should last long enough to bless the Hi-Tech organized kids contest at Launiupoko on Saturday with some fun waves.
There we go: today it’s mostly ankle to knee high with occasional slightly bigger high sets, but check the webcam yourself.
5.4ft @ 8s from 90° (E)
Pure easterly windswell at Pauwela, Hookipa close to flat, better on the east facing shores.
Wind map at noon.
North Pacific only has a modest windswell fetch. I put a couple of arrows to indicate the spot that tomorrow will already see a decent NW fetch.
South Pacific has a couple of small fetches on both sides of New Zealand. The black dotted line shows better the amount of blockage that the land of the Kiwi’s provide. Quite a bit, but not as much as Kahoolawe locally.
Out of curiosity, I also circled in black a fetch from which we’re not going to get anything, but Chile and Peru will see their long point break lefts fire. 14ft 14s for the first, 7ft 14s for the latter in the Surfline forecast.