Friday, April 20, 2018

7.30am Hookipa chest to head high waves. A mix of windswell and the occasional nw set. Wind is not too strong at the moment, but conditions are still poor in my opinion.
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Friday 4 20 morning call

A shortboard and a longboard session for me yesterday. That's how clean the waves were.






The foiling frog instead was at Hookipa.


5am significant buoy readings
South shore
No indication of southerly energy at the buoys anymore, the Surfline forecast looks pretty steady instead with 1.8f 12s.

North shore
Hanalei
4.9ft @ 6s from 74° (ENE)
3.8ft @ 9s from 72° (ENE)
2.1ft @ 11s from 320° (NW)
1.6ft @ 15s from 333° (NNW)
 
Pauwela
5.6ft @ 9s from 73° (ENE)
3.6ft @ 5s from 72° (ENE)
1.1ft @ 16s from 354° (N)
 
Yesterday's NW pulse was pretty small, but there were some fun waves at Hookipa. Today there's another one on the rise, as the longer period readings at the buoys confirm. Here's Pat Caldwell's explanation of the fetches:
 
A severe gale formed east of the Kuril Islands 4/15 with a NE track. The center entered the Bering Sea 4/16 with storm-force winds. A long fetch south of the Aleutians 4/15-17 aimed highest seas at the Americas. Long-period forerunners are expected locally Thursday PM from 320-330 degrees. Heights are expected to reach near the April average for the peak of the event on Friday.
The fetch width spread 4/17-18 with a large area of marginal gales north of 40N within 160-180W. With the tail of the fetch 2000 nm away, this should make for a long-lived event. The event should linger over the weekend from 325-340 degrees at levels under the average. A new episode is due Sunday PM.

Below is the collage of the maps of April 16, 17 and 18 and that might help you trying to follow what uncle Pat described in words. Nothing to be too excited about if you're a north shore surfer, as the wind will keep blowing relentlessly.


Wind map at noon.


North Pacific shows a NW fetch and the windswell one.


South Pacific shows a large and well oriented fetch, unfortunately greatly blocked by New Zealand.


Morning sky.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

7am lahaina side is down to knee to waist high. occasionally bigger sets and clean in town. Ukumehame wasn't windy, but it looked like it was going to.

Thursday 4 19 18 morning call

A shortboard session for me yesterday.

This photo was posted by my friend Bart and it's Hanavave Bay, Fatu Hiva. He's on another of his crazy expeditions paddling/sailing on a Starboard board (btw, we just got in a big shipment of those yesterday), this time in the Marquesas Island.


Waves down to summer size according to Jimmie Hepp yesterday at Hookipa. Photo from this gallery.



4am significant buoy readings
South shore

W
3ft @ 12s from 170° (S)

SW
2.4ft @ 12s from 147° (SE)

SE
2.2ft @ 12s from 165° (SSE)

Southerly energy down to 12s, but still up in size, so there should be plenty waves also today. Stay tuned for a beach report.

North shore
Hanalei
5.0ft @ 7s from 64° (ENE)
4.1ft @ 9s from 80° (E)
2.9ft @ 12s from 319° (NW)
 
Pauwela
5.7ft @ 9s from 73° (ENE)
4.2ft @ 6s from 69° (ENE)
 
Just 3f 12s of NW energy at Hanalei for a tiny pulse that should also arrive in Maui today. Here's Pat Caldwell's description of the fetch that made it: A marginal gale near the Date Line hugging the Aleutians 4/14-15 is expected to give small surf for Thursday from 320-330 degrees.
Here's the fetch in the maps of April 14 and 15.
 
He also adds that a new event is on its heels. We'll analyze the fetch tomorrow, in the meantime, have a look at how small today's one is (blue line) in the Surfline forecast. Nothing huge tomorrow either, mo' bettah Monday.
Size doesn't really matter, actually, as the wind will blown out everything, small or big.


Wind map at noon.


North Pacific shows a small NW fetch and the windswell one.


South Pacific shows a fetch deep down SW of the Tasman Sea.


Morning sky. Getting gloomy.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

6.30am lahaina side is knee to waist occasionally chest high. Ukumehame windy.

Wednesday 4 18 18 morning call

A prone foiling and shortboard session for me yesterday. No photo of the day, here's an image from one of the past Kalama Kamps in the past that shows the incredibly clear water of Fiji.



4am significant buoy readings
South shore

W
2.8ft @ 12s from 167° (SSE)

SW
2.6ft @ 13s from 154° (SSE)

SE
2.7ft @ 13s from 151° (SSE)

Southerly energy at the buoys went down in period, but it's still there. As reported, yesterday the waves on the Lahaina side were knee to waist, occasionally chest high.

North shore
Pauwela
6ft @ 9s from 68° (ENE)

Another day of wind and windswell on the north shore.

Wind map at noon


North Pacific shows a fairly big fetch NW of us, but only its tail is oriented towards us. Its head is oriented towards the mainland and hopefully we'll get a bit of angular spreading of that energy. First significant pulse of NW swell will be here on Friday and next week doesn't look too bad from the NW energy point of view. Still plenty wind, so pretty blown out.
The map also shows the windswell fetch, which I forgot to circle.


Nothing on offer in the South Pacific today.


Morning sky.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

6.30am lahaina side is knee to waist high occasionally chest. I've seen the best waves in the launiupoko area

Tuesday 4 17 18 morning call

A shortboard session for me yesterday.
As predicted, the waves at Hookipa were smaller than the past couple of days, as the NW swell died during the day and now there's only windswell in the water. Photo by Jimmie Hepp from this gallery.


4am significant buoy readings
South shore

W
1.9ft @ 14s from 168° (SSE)

SW
2.2ft @ 14s from 130° (ESE)

SE
2.4ft @ 15s from 132° (SE)

Lovely long period southerly energy at the buoy, stay tuned for a beach report later as I'm probably heading Lahaina way.

North shore
Pauwela
6.8ft @ 9s from 64° (ENE)

Windswell and wind on the north shore today.

Wind map at noon.


North Pacific shows a fetch in the NW corner and the windswell fetch.


South Pacific shows a fetch in the Tasman Sea. I circled in black a massive fetch oriented towards central and south America.


Morning sky.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Monday 4 16 18 morning call

A shortboard session for me yesterday. Even though Honolua was not even remotely as glorious as the day before, it was still fun. Plus, we don't know if it's gonna break again this season, so I had to get a last session down.


Lahaina side was knee to occasionally waist high.


Meanwhile, at Hookipa the windsurfers still had some solid size waves to play with. Photo by Jimmie Hepp from this gallery.


5am significant buoy readings
South shore

No indication of southerly energy at the buoys, the Surfline forecast calls for 2f 15s.

Below is the collage of the fetches maps of April 8, 9 10 and 11. As you can see, there were fetches every day, hence we should have waves every day.


That is confirmed by the Samoa buoy graph (yellowish/greenish line), which I saved yesterday just before it went offline.


North shore
Pauwela
7.9ft @ 9s from 51° (ENE)
2.8ft @ 12s from 341° (NNW)

NW energy almost completely gone, it's all about the windswell today and it will be so until at least Thursday. The trades are going to be pretty strong too, so it's going to be difficult to find clean waves on the north shore.

Wind map at noon.


North Pacific shows a fetch in the NW corner and the windswell one.


South Pacific shows a strong fetch SW of the Tasman Sea, hopefully we'll get something out of it. Surfline calls for 1-1.4f 18-14s for the first days of next week.


Morning sky.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

8am honolua is much smaller than yesterday, but still waist to chest at the point and occasionally head high at the cave. 20 guys total.