SUNSET BEACH, Oahu/Hawaii (Wednesday, November 28, 2012) - The ASP Prime rated Vans World Cup of Surfing kicked off action in pumping Sunset Beach for the opening round. With a drop in swell overnight, event officials have opted to wait for the arrival of a new swell to restart the second jewel of the Vans Triple Crown. Surfline, official forecasters for the ASP Specialty Series, have given a breakdown on what to expect for the remainder of the Sunset waiting period.
BRIEF OVERVIEW: Northerly swell mix drops off on Wednesday, with just small leftovers Thursday. Another medium size North swell will build all day Friday, continue Saturday, and ease Sunday. Another medium size WNW swell moves in Mon-Tue, the 3rd-4th.
SWELL/SURF: Dropping surf as NNW swellfades and the dominant swell direction shifts to the NE. Surf is roughly half the size of Tuesday in the morning with 4-6’ faces, and a few leftover larger sets, but dropping through the day. WIND/WEATHER: Decreasing East trades, 8-11kts, gradually shifting more ESE through the day.
SWELL/SURF: Small North swell leftovers and the surf drops to shoulder high and below. WIND/WEATHER: Light/variable SE wind in the morning, with a weak sea breeze possible in the afternoon.
FRI (30th) BUILDING SURF ALL DAY
SWELL/SURF: North swell builds all daywith developing 6-8-10’ faces for the afternoon. Stay tuned. WIND/WEATHER: Light/variable SE wind in the morning, with a weak sea breeze possible in the afternoon.
SAT (1st )
SWELL/SURF: New North swell continues with 6-8 occ. 10’+ faces and some larger sets possible. Stay tuned. WIND/WEATHER: Light/variable SE wind in the morning, with a weak sea breeze possible in the afternoon.
SUN (2nd )
SWELL/SURF: North swell fading but still in the 5-7’ range on the face in the morning and backing down through the day. Stay tuned. WIND/WEATHER: Light/variable SE wind in the morning, with weak SW wind in the afternoon.
As the dominant direction of the current surf episode shifts more to the NNE on Wednesday the surf will drop off, with minor leftovers for Thursday.
Going further out, we’re monitoring another medium size north swell (350-010) for the 30th-1st (Friday and Saturday), which looks similar in size to our current swell. The storm producing this storm is just now pulling together and, if it behaves as forecast in the next day or two, solid overhead to double overhead waves will build through Friday afternoon and continue Saturday. Easing surf will takeover on Sunday. Stay tuned, we’ll have more details on this swell as we see the storm develop in the next couple days.
Beyond that, long range charts/models indicate that we’ll see another medium sized WNW swell (300-310) for Mon/Tue the 3rd-4th. Stay tuned.
Trades ease Wednesday as surface high pressure drifts to the east of the islands, with light/variable wind developing for the second half of the week and into the weekend. We’ll see light morning offshore flow from the SE and a weak sea breeze developing in the afternoons with mostly sunny skies. An approaching/passing front could bring weak kona flow on Monday with trades returning on Tuesday. Stay tuned.