August 30th, 2015
This has been the most consistent summer for waves I have ever seen. Although we only really had three sizable south swells this season, there were several days with consistent 3-4 foot surf and it hardly ever went below 2 ft. The Northshore has also had non stop small swells in the 1-2 foot range all summer with one or two flat days here and there, but not many. It has been really unprecedented. After a short span of smaller surf, this week rose again on both shores; town reaching up to 4 feet on the sets, while country had some 6 ft surf through the past weekend. Northshore swells are known to kick off in late September, but not usually August. I do not know if we could call this a Northshore swell since it was more of a rare WSW - WNW which was breaking at some interesting spots and mysterious angles. Unfortunately, the town swells were plagued with poop from the sewage spill. There is certainly something suspicious about sitting in a sewage spill at Ala Moana Bowls and assessing thirty plus cranes that are creating more buildings to add to the problem. The Duke's Oceanfest had to put their event on hold due to the casualty. Kai Sallas and Stacia Ahina won the Longboard heat which qualifies them to surf at the Jeep World Championships in China. Josh Moniz recently won the NoRep Hawai‘i Surf Championships at Bowls which kicked off just before the spill took place.
During the last solid south swell on July 26th, Keala Kennely caught a unreal wave at Teahupoo which was probably the narliest wave ever encountered by a female. She pulled into the tube, got obliterated and somehow managed to remain in one piece. Keala has been chasing Teahupoo for some time now and although she may be a petite female, her skill level equates to some of the top males in the line up which is testified by her recent survival skills. At Ala Moana Bowls, the swell came in a little more south than the previous one which was a bit of a bummer since it was the biggest surf of the whole summer. The amount of boats which were going in and out of the harbor that day was very dangerous. Ever since they privatized the harbor, there has been a whole new breed of boaters who obviously either don't know what they are doing or do not care about anyone else. A sailboat washed up on the reef after dark and several other close calls were evaded as cowboys and luxury yachts attempted to race the close outs which were coming through the Ala Wai channel. At one point the entire channel marker was completely covered. I guess you could say that the buoy caught the wave of the day.
Looks like another solid south swell is on tap late next week, but some south wind from the various hurricanes may ruin it. Country will surely receive more wrap from the next two or three hurricanes brewing out there. The last one brought some highly irregular flash flooding on the Big Island which was pretty daunting. While I do remember some super hot days in August throughout my years, the high humidity and consistency of this heat is unusual. There have been days when I have seriously felt like I was sitting in a sauna. Then you have consider things like snow falling at Mauna Kea on record hot days just after a series of protests on the mountain? For some reason however, I equate really good surf seasons with warmer weather so we will have to see what happens with the predicted El Nino for this winter.