Saturday 12 21 19 morning call

Thanks to Gale for the donation.
Normally I use the last week of the year to ask for donations to show the appreciation for the 2019 season of the MSR blog. This year I’ll be off the island in that week, so I’ll do it now.

Yesterday I was thinking about foil downwinders and watched the video documenting my attempt n.13. After the non particularly motivating vision of which, fortunately the autoplay brought up this one from one of the masters of the discipline which was much worthier watching (and sharing). Brother Jeremy Riggs knows how to read the bumps and just flies out there.

Btw, the next video the autoplay brought up was this phenomenal 2012 final of the Volcom Pipe Pro. I never saw it before, great to see Maui’s Kai Barger fighting it out with the top guys and incredible performances overall.

This is my pick of Jimmie Hepp’s album of the windsurfing action at Hookipa.

Honolua Bay had some fun waves (thanks Nino for the photo).

6am significant buoy readings and discussion
South shore
No southerly energy at the buoys, check the Lahaina webcam.

North shore
Pauwela
12.1ft @ 9s from 40° (NE)

4.6ft @ 11s from 351° (N)
3.3ft @ 13s from 334° (NNW)

No need to look at the other buoys today, as they won’t add any information with no new NW swells arriving. Pauwela feels between 3-4ft of 11-13s leftover of the previous one (both pretty northerly directions now), plus a whooping 12ft 9s from 40 degrees from the fetch we are totally immersed in today. Needless to say, conditions will be horrible pretty much everywhere on the north shore, due to the strong wind. Gonna be hard to find shelter from it (and from the associated rain). I’d recommend a day off, but if you still want to surf, the eastern exposures will obviously offer the bigger sizes. Just be careful, because there’s going to be a lot of raw energy out in the ocean today. West side will be cleaner, even though the blustery winds will likely introduce some roughness also at Honolua.

Wind map at noon. Possibly the windiest I’ve ever posted.
       

Kahului Tides
High Tide     High Tide     Low Tide     Low Tide       Sunrise   Sunset
10:26a  +1.7                      5:16a  +1.1   5:23p  -0.1    7:00a   5:52p

North Pacific has a pretty decent fetch in the NW corner and the NNE one in which we are totally immersed in.

That’s a strong fetch way south in the Tasman Sea. Big Cloudbreak in 3-4 days and possible small SSW swell in 7-8 days locally.

Morning sky.

Lots of rain pushed again the eastern slopes of the island chain mountains.