- Jan 27th - Feb 7th 2013
- Banzai Pipeline, HI
- A WQS 5-Star Event
- $130,000 Prize Purse
After a couple of big messy days, Pipeline is now looking small and sloppy forcing us to call yet another Lei Day. There were a few good waves over the course of the day yesterday, but not nearly enough to run a contest, check them out in these video highlights of yesterday’s freesurfing:
Be sure to check back tomorrow morning, 7:30am for the next call!
SWELL ANALYSIS AND LONG-RANGE OUTLOOK
The current/fading NW swell (315-335 deg) will continue to steadily drop off today. However, thanks to a complex storm system that recently pushed off Japan and developed over the Northwest Pacific, an overlapping dose of new/solid WNW-NW swell (295-325 deg) will move into the North Shore over Thurs/Fri.
The first pulse will build in over the AM hours on Thursday and top out mid day through the afternoon, offering overhead to double overhead+ sets at Pipe. Then a second and larger pulse rapidly builds in through the PM hours on Thursday, peaking very late at night into early Friday. On Friday morning (strongest early), look for plenty of double to triple overhead sets at Pipe with occasional larger sets rolling through from 2nd reef in the early morning. This swell backs down Friday and through the weekend.
Over the next few days or so, we’ll continue to monitor the progress of the large developing complex storm system over the Northwest Pacific, as well as another storm that may slide off Siberia during the first days of February. At this point, there is good potential for more NW pulses to spawn for the longer range. Possible medium size back-to-back swells, WNW-NW (305-320 deg) and NW-NNW (320-340 deg), for the 4th-5th respectively. Then a possible solid WNW-NW swell (300-315 deg) for around the 7th-8th. Stay posted for updates, still pending development
High pressure will slowly build back over Hawaii for the rest of the week. Therefore, light to moderate NE’erly Trades will show today, gradually becoming moderate to fairly breezy over Thurs/Fri, while veering ENE then East with partly cloudy/mostly sunny skies. At this point, moderate+ easterly Trades will continue to prevail through the weekend and into early next week (but possibly becoming light to moderate from the ESE for Saturday as a weak front sweeps to the north).
Check out these features on the Mechanics of Pipeline