Today’s NNW swell started off with a whimper, but by dark the waves had maxed out at a number of spots. Above is a shot of Pipeline this morning just before 7 a.m. Flat-ta-tat. There was an inconsistent bump occasionally pushing through, but it was unrideable for the most part.
Looking at the Waimea Bay buoy chart, we can see that the surf was only starting its ascent this morning, with a swell height of 2.6 feet as of 6:42 a.m. The swell continued to steadily build as the day progressed, and by mid-afternoon the surf was in the 6-8 foot range, with places that favor a Northerly direction seeing the most energy.
Rockpiles turns on given a good sized North, and a few nuggets were available in between the closeouts, but no one was super eager to give it a go.
Above: Here’s another Rockpiles angle, the view from Log Cabins looking East towards Pipe.
Above: Currently the Waimea Bay buoy is hovering around 6 feet, slightly smaller than the forecast, but holding steady with solid energy in the 14-second range.
Below: The Northwest Hawaii buoy looks like it may have peaked, with swell heights around 10 feet being consistently reported during the last 12 hours.
If @buoy51101 continues to hold at 10 feet through the night, expect surf tomorrow morning to be at least as large as this evening, and keep an eye on @buoy51201 tonight to see if the swell builds as forecast.
Regardless, even if the swell has already peaked, there will still be plenty of surf to be had tomorrow.