G. Niblock on the L41 TipSUP Noserider. Photo: J. Chandler

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Storm #3 (Hawaii) Not All That Great

Storm #3 (Hawaii) made landfall last night around 11PM. The swell put up some pretty good numbers on the buoys, but for some reason it just wasn't doing it. I held off on dawn patrol in favor of waiting for the lower tide. In the almost two hours I was out, I experienced only one set of three-plus waves. Everyone was a bit disappointed, hoping for something with a little more juice. C'est la vie! Maybe we're all just getting a bit spoiled after last weekend's macker.

However, Mash and Mikey B were getting out from dp as I was getting in, and they reported that it was good and, watch out for the sneaker sets. I never saw one but the buoy data supports their claims.

Weather was great though, clear and sunny, temps in the low 60's. Water is cold at 55 degrees if you ask me. Surfed in the 4/3 though and was comfortable. (Let's hear it for solar gain!) Kelp was kinda rough, it's almost impossible to get through the inside sections on the smaller waves.

Lots of friends surfing today. John, Andy, Andy, Dave, Sam, Tim, Sean, Mikey, Mash just to name nine or so. Can't complain. There will be waves (maybe not great waves, but waves none the less) through the weekend and into Monday.
Dec 4, 2008 (Th)
In: 0827
Out: 1015
AT= 47F to 54F
WT= 55F
Wx: Clear and sunny with some light broken high clouds
Tide: 3.1' Rising 3.2
Wind: Light and variable
Sea Surface: Mostly glassy with some backwash bump
10-2 Angulo SUP with Infinity Ottertail paddle
Fin set-up: 2+1 with Future 9" Cutaway center fin and Future Quad 340 side bites
Bathymetry: Reefs
CDIP: Deep Water Swell
0800: 8.9 feet @ 17 WNW (285 degrees-NPAC) and 0.0 @ 0.0 (000 degrees-SPAC)
0900: 6.7 feet @ 17 WWNW (280 degrees-NPAC) and 0.5 @ 11.0 SSW (195 degrees-SPAC)
1000: 7.4 feet @ 17 WNW (290 degrees-NPAC) and 0.7 @ 10.0 SW (235 degrees-SPAC)
1100: 8.9 feet @ 17 WNW (285 degrees-NPAC) and 0.7 @ 11.0 S (180 degrees-SPAC)
CDIP: Wave Face Heights
0800: 4-8 feet
0900: 2-6 feet
1000: 4-6 feet
1100: 4-8 feet
Buoy: NWS (Nearshore)
0800: 3.6 feet @ 16.7 WNW
0900: 3.6 feet @ 15.4 WNW
1000: 4.3 feet @ 16.7 WNW
1100: 4.6 feet @ 16.7 WNW

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