Tuesday 1 28 20 morning call

This video with some amazing waves from Jan 23rd at Jaws just came out.

The first half of January has shown us how bad a winter in Hawaii can be. The second is showing us how good it can be. Waves every day, easterly trades that allow for clean surfing conditions in the morning and wind sports in the afternoon and then surfing again at sunset, with overall extremely pleasant weather and temperatures. And the best feels even better when experienced right after the worst!

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

4am significant buoy readings and discussion
South shore
I heard there were waves on the Lahaina side yesterday, I was too busy between sessions on the north shore to even check out the webcam, please do so if you’re interested to see what’s there.

North shore
5.9ft @ 12s from 303° (WNW)

2.9ft @ 10s from 309° (WNW)

5.5ft @ 14s from 322° (NW)

2.8ft @ 10s from 323° (NW)


4.8ft @ 14s from 330° (NW)

3.5ft @ 9s from 62° (ENE)
3.3ft @ 12s from 330° (NW)
3.2ft @ 7s from 74° (ENE)
The NW swell remained at a pretty steady 7ft 14s all day yesterday (that is unusual), but right after sunset, it went down quite a bit, as shown in the Pauwela graph below (orange line). It should continue to slowly decline all day. With a 4am reading of almost 5ft 14s, fun still overhead waves should be on offer at Hookipa (smaller down the coast and on the west side) with good wind conditions in the early morning. I will report from the beach later.

Wind map at noon

Kahului Tides
High Tide     High Tide     Low Tide     Low Tide       Sunrise   Sunset
4:47a  +2.3   4:22p  +1.3  11:20a  +0.6  10:14p  +0.2    7:05a   6:16p

North Pacific has a NW, a tiny N and a windswell fetch.

Nothing from the south.

Morning sky.