A shortboard and a longboard session for me yesterday. I took this shot of Hookipa after the first one.
This is my pick of Jimmie Hepp’s gallery of the daily windsurfing action later in the afternoon.
5am significant buoy readings
1.3ft @ 13s from 180° (S)
1.2ft @ 15s from 180° (S)
0.6ft @ 20s from 195° (SSW)
1.6ft @ 13s from 190° (S)
0.6ft @ 20s from 192° (SSW)
Background energy from the south hanging in there at 13s, but both local buoys feel a “solid” half foot 20s from the SSW. Once again I had to go back to the fetches maps and the first map I found that had those kind of fetches was from Friday April 26th. Today it’s Wednesday, it seems a bit early to see that, but it’s also true that 20s travel pretty fast (30 knots!). Below is the collage of the maps of the 26, 27 and 28.
Please don’t get excited by any means, as that low 20s from the Tasman Sea will be extremely inconsistent. 20s or not, the webcam shows some clean waves. But DO CHECK IT YOURSELF before going. Always.
3.8ft @ 9s from 344° (NNW)
1.3ft @ 4s from 27° (NNE)
Quite an unexciting day on the north shore today. The NW swell of the last two days is trickling down and nothing new will arrive today. Hookipa is waist to chest high.
We’re up to a pretty unusual start of May. A low is about to form just north of the islands and it will cause the wind to do what is indicated in the Windguru 10 days table below. Saturday is the day for the first Maliko downwind race of the season, which, unless they reverse the course, might end up being an upwind one.
While I’m at it, let me point out once again how ridiculously wrong the wave forecast on this table is. 5ft 16s tomorrow morning…. we all wish!!!
Wind map at noon.
North Pacific only has a couple of weak fetches.
The 40’s are roaring, the 50’s are furious, the 60’s are screaming, but all zonally west to east, not much energy generated for us down there.
I was taking photos of the foilers after my longboard session when Miki Eskimo showed up and started stretching right in front of me. “Downward facing old dog?”, was my teasing line. To which, he replied with […]