Wednesday 2 20 18 morning call

A longboard and a SUP foiling session for me yesterday. It was only Brett Lickle and I in the second one, here’s a quick chat in the empty lineup that could have been an epic interview, had I managed to catch that wave and ride it criss-crossing with him, but I didn’t.

I made up with this other one.

Here’s Brett gliding in perfect solitude.

This photo by Tomoko was taken earlier in the day shows foiler Robert with a perfectly executed shift of the weight on the front foot to handle the speed of a relatively steep drop. Had he not done that, the overfoil was pretty much guaranteed.

4am significant buoy readings
South shore

No indication of southerly energy at the buoys, the Surfline forecast calls for 0.8f 10s. The new WNW swell picking up today (see below) is likely to bring waves in the Kihei area.

North shore
NW101
6.1ft @ 16s from 292° (WNW)

Hanalei
2.7ft @ 18s from 306° (WNW)

Pauwela
6.7ft @ 9s from 73° (ENE)

2.9ft @ 13s from 340° (NNW)
0.8ft @ 20s from 321° (NW)

New long period WNW swell on the rise at the buoys, even though in Maui it will be noticeable only in the afternoon. Waimea is down, below is the graph of the three reported buoys (with red arrows to indicate the new swell), plus the Surfline forecast which is extremely reliable (if you look at the offshore swells tab and not at the spot forecasts). Direction at the NW buoy is 292, so we’re gonna get partially blocked. That is no surprise if you remember the position of the fetch. If you don’t, scroll down and check the fetch map of the past 4 days.

In the meantime, there’s still 3f 13s from yesterday’s swell and still a solid easterly windswell to play with. Might not have time for a beach report again, been very busy with surf guides.

Wind map at noon. The wind should hit Hookipa around 9-10am, according to this model.

North Pacific shows a tiny NW fetch in the NW corner and the “usual” east one that is getting closer.

Starting tomorrow, we’re gonna have ESE trades for a long time, as the windguru table below shows.

South Pacific shows a small Tasman Sea fetch.

Morning sky shows some clouds moving in from the south.

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