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Carissa Moore claims Rip Curl Pro Bells once again. Carissa Moore © ASP/Kirstin Carissa Moore wins the 2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Surf News, 23 April, Bells Beach, Victoria - Carissa Moore and Tyler Wright took to the water in a rematch of last year's Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach Final, with matching 7.50s to open their campaigns. Moore quickly added to her total with a series of powerful carves on the open face, tacking on an excellent 8.73 to her score. The high-scoring battle continued when Wright unloaded her forehand attack with critical snaps in the pocket, earning an 8.27 for her efforts. Wright's incredible commitment continued, planting herself on dry reef in an attempt to take the win, but the Australian failed to earn the score. Moore's win marks her second consecutive victory this season.... Read the Full Story
Special Talk Story engagement :The awesome North Shore Life Guards Join us Wednesday April 23 for a special #TalkStory with our local heroes... The North Shore Lifeguard Association! $5 cover goes to the Jr. North Shore Lifeguard program. Read the Full Story
A message from Ron Iwami, President Friends of Kewalos  
I was born on Maui and raised in Honolulu in Manoa Valley.  From a very young age I was drawn to the ocean ever since my parents took me and my brother and sister to San Souci Beach with its brilliant white sand and crystal clear water.  Today, thousands of people including my son and daughter live the “ocean lifestyle” for sustenance and pure enjoyment.  Here in Hawaii, we are all tied to the land and the ocean in our own special way, just as much a part of us as we are of it. For this reason, we all need to protect the last remaining shoreline areas of the State to ensure that this lifestyle is perpetuated for the sake of who we are to become as a People.
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DEAL STRUCK ON TURTLE BAY RESORT LAND Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced Thursday that an agreement has been reached between the State of Hawaii, City and County of Honolulu, The Trust for Public Land, and Turtle Bay Resort to establish a conservation easement on 665.8 acres of land at Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku. Portions of this land had previously been planned for development but will now be protected forever from future development. Read the Full Story
Great travel tips and tricks from Mason Ho If the old saying “The best surfer in the water is the one who’s having the most fun” rings true, then Mason Ho is the best surfer ever. For those of you not familiar with him, allow me to introduce you: Mason is the son of legendary Hawaiian surfer Michael Ho. He’s the brother of women’s world tour standout Coco Ho, and if you ask just about any surfer fromKelly Slater to Dane Reynolds, you’ll no doubt get a consensus that Mason Ho is hands down one of the most exciting, unpredictable, and fun-to-watch surfers on the planet. Whether it’s pulling into massive Pipeline while looking back into the barrel with a huge smile, or doing insanely creative and high-risk aerial surfing over dry reef, Ho’s act on a surfboard is like no one else’s. Read the Full Story
Maui's Kai Lenny claims a win at the 3rd stop of the SUP World Tour After 3 days of intense action at Wadi Adventure Park in the UAE, it all came down to one final heat: 3 lefts, 3 rights and 3 closeouts as 3x World Champion Kai Lenny (Naish) from Maui stepped it up a gear to secure his first win of the season here at the Abu Dhabi All Stars Grand Slam. Read the Full Story
Celebrate Easter and Earth Day this weekend at Camp Erdman! Hurry space is limited! The Ka’ena Pt10k Trail Run is happening Sunday April 20th, 2014. This inaugural event will be held at Camp Erdman on Oahu’s North Shore. This race will be the first of its kind to welcome runners of all skill levels to the beautifully scenic and sometimes challenging trails of Ka’ena Pt. State Park. The Ka’ena Pt. 10k Trail Run is a benefit for Hawaii’s Lifeguard & Water Safety Fund. Read the Full Story
Team Hawaii wins the 2014 VISSLA ISA World Junior Champs Following an incredible week of camaraderie and competition between the 32 National Teams, the Final Day of the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship (WJSC) delivered great waves and exciting surfing performances. The VISSLA ISA WJSC officially closed after all the individual and team champions were crowned. Hawaii is the new VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Gold Medal Team and winner of the Team Champion Trophy. Read the Full Story
TODAY: Mens Final Rounds At Margaret River Pro Quarterfinalists were decided today at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, stop No. 2 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour. Following the completion of Round 4 at Main Break, history was made when Round 5 of the competition was held at the iconic Western Australian slab 'The Box' for the first time in history. Read the Full Story
Wanna melt your heart...watch this. A fist full of slabs across the planet...HAwaii's Alex Gray shows he can handle much more than the tropics. Read the Full Story
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Waves, Winds, Weather compliments of NS Lifeguards at Surfer, the Bar Wednesday.

Your exclusive Observations for Easter Tuesday April 22 at 630am update

Fairly Cloudy (75% leeward and Windward) and another windy ENE Trade day filling 15-30mph. High Surf for East and Small Craft Advrys up for all waters. Minus Low at 530am pushes to a Small 0.7 High tide 1130am dropping out to 0.2 at 430pm.

NORTH: Down and Holding small on the NNW/NE wrap at mostly 0-1' maybe some plus' at Sunset bone yards-Rocky's and 0-1 at Off the Wall (Pipe not really breaking) Chuns has 0-1 occ slow motion-marginal 2' and fair texture so far as trades have yet to fill. Overall a dive, paddle, windsurf day.
West: Makaha is  holding on the NNW swell plus hint of South; it's mostly flat but lets give it 0-1' with smooth offshores and stiffer later. Town: Ala Moana, Kaisers, etc. holding on the 13 second S-SSW swell 1-2 occ soft 2.5' and smoother early with gusty offshores later. Diamond Head: Holding on the S+SSE at 2-3' occ higher' (just overhead on some take offs combo peaks) and gusty sideshore trade chop but thats what we do.  Sandy's:  Holding on ENE tradeswell + South at 2-3  at Half Pt etc but focusing the best  from Generals to Gas Chambers on the right side; hollow; moderate to strong side offshores ENE winds.  East: Makapu'u:  Holding on the ENE trade swell at 2-3 with some 4' sets and choppy with 15-25+mph ENE trades getting to 30mph soon.

Events etc
:  Congrads to Carissa Moore (her 2nd win) and Mick Fanning (his 3rd win)! Winners of the 2014   RipCurl Pro.   GO HERE

Quote of the Week...."it was scary to come up against those Kelly (Slater) and Gabriel (Medina),”  “I got that first wave and forgot about the nerves. I took off, I saw the section coming and just flew to the air, the wind caught and spun me around perfectly". John John Florence on his perfect 10 from Sunday's heat in the 4th round.

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Surf Report

Surf

North
Tue '04/22'
Dropping - NNW+NNE
HAW: 0-1.5
FACE: 0-2
Wed '04/23'
Rising Later - NW
HAW: 0-1
FACE: 0-1.5
2' 18 sec forerunners morning; 4-6+' NW tonight
Thu '04/24'
Rising - NW
HAW: 5-7+
FACE: 7-12+
marginally high
Fri '04/25'
Dropping - NW
HAW: 4-6+
FACE: 6-10+
Sat '04/26'
Holding - NW
HAW: 2-4
FACE: 3-7
slight reinforcemnt
Haleiwa
Tue '04/22'
Time
Ht.
L 3:29 AM 0 ft.
H 10:19 AM 0.6 ft.
L 2:09 PM 0.2 ft.
H 10:08 PM 1.3 ft.
Sunrise: 6:05 AM
Sunset: 6:53 PM
Wed '04/23'
Time
Ht.
L 4:14 AM -0.1 ft.
H 11:25 AM 0.8 ft.
L 3:38 PM 0.2 ft.
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Sunrise: 6:05 AM
Sunset: 6:54 PM
Thu '04/24'
Time
Ht.
H 11:06 PM 1.3 ft.
L 4:53 AM -0.2 ft.
H 12:16 PM 1 ft.
L 4:53 PM 0.2 ft.
Sunrise: 6:04 AM
Sunset: 6:54 PM
Fri '04/25'
Time
Ht.
H 11:57 PM 1.2 ft.
L 5:27 AM -0.2 ft.
H 1:01 PM 1.2 ft.
L 5:56 PM 0.1 ft.
Sunrise: 6:03 AM
Sunset: 6:54 PM
Sat '04/26'
Time
Ht.
H 12:44 AM 1.1 ft.
L 5:59 AM -0.3 ft.
H 1:42 PM 1.4 ft.
L 6:53 PM 0.1 ft.
Sunrise: 6:02 AM
Sunset: 6:55 PM

West
Dropping - COMBO
HAW: 0-1.5
FACE: 0-2
Rising Later - NW
HAW: 0-1
FACE: 0-1.5
2-4' evening
Rising - NW
HAW: 3-5+
FACE: 5-8+
Dropping - NW
HAW: 2-4+
FACE: 3-7+
Holding - NW
HAW: 1-3
FACE: 2-5

South
Dropping - SSE+SSW
HAW: 1-2+
FACE: 1-3+
Dropping - SSE+SSW
HAW: 1-2
FACE: 1-3
Holding - SSE+SSW
HAW: 0-1.5
FACE: 0-2
Holding - SSE+SSW
HAW: 0-1.5
FACE: 0-2
Holding - SSE+SSW
HAW: 0-1.5
FACE: 0-2
Honolulu Harbor
Tue '04/22'
Time
Ht.
L 5:34 AM 0 ft.
H 11:21 AM 0.7 ft.
L 4:14 PM 0.3 ft.
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Sunrise: 6:05 AM
Sunset: 6:53 PM
Wed '04/23'
Time
Ht.
H 11:10 PM 1.7 ft.
L 6:19 AM -0.1 ft.
H 12:27 PM 1 ft.
L 5:43 PM 0.3 ft.
Sunrise: 6:05 AM
Sunset: 6:54 PM
Thu '04/24'
Time
Ht.
H 12:08 AM 1.6 ft.
L 6:58 AM -0.2 ft.
H 1:18 PM 1.3 ft.
L 6:58 PM 0.2 ft.
Sunrise: 6:04 AM
Sunset: 6:54 PM
Fri '04/25'
Time
Ht.
H 12:59 AM 1.5 ft.
L 7:32 AM -0.3 ft.
H 2:03 PM 1.5 ft.
L 8:01 PM 0.2 ft.
Sunrise: 6:03 AM
Sunset: 6:54 PM
Sat '04/26'
Time
Ht.
H 1:46 AM 1.4 ft.
L 8:04 AM -0.3 ft.
H 2:44 PM 1.8 ft.
L 8:58 PM 0.1 ft.
Sunrise: 6:02 AM
Sunset: 6:55 PM

East
Dropping - E-NE
HAW: 2-3+
FACE: 3-5+
Holding - E-NE
HAW: 1-3
FACE: 2-5
Holding - E-NE
HAW: 1-3
FACE: 2-5
Holding - E-NE
HAW: 1-3
FACE: 2-5
Holding - E-NE
HAW: 1-3
FACE: 2-5

Winds
Hawaii
Tue '04/22'
E-NE E-NE
Mph: 15-30
partly clear, small craft advrsy
Wed '04/23'
E-NE E-NE
Mph: 10-25
small craft
Thu '04/24'
E-NE E-NE
Mph: 10-25
Fri '04/25'
E-NE E-NE
Mph: 10-25
Sat '04/26'
E-NE E-NE
Mph: 10-25

Current Swells

Tue '04/22'
Primary : E-NE / Dropping , 2-3+'
Secondary : SSE+SSW / Dropping , 1-2+
Third : N-NW / Dropping , 0-1'

Marine Warnings

Tue '04/22'
Hawaii : Small craft advisories for all waters.

Sailing Report

Tue '04/22'
Hawaii : Good with moderate to strong and gusty E-NE trades filling to 15-30mph

Diving Report

Tue '04/22'
Hawaii : Fair to good for North and poor for east. Fair to good for West and south.

Oahu

Spot Direction Height - Hawaiian Scale Height - Face Scale Winds Conditions Comments
Oahu - Sunset NNW+NNE Flat- to 1 1/2-feet 0 to Thigh STRONG TRADES fair

Oahu - Pipeline NNW+NNE Flat- to 1 foot 0 to Knee STRONG TRADES diving , paddling and fishin' side offshores

Oahu - Rocky Point NNW+NNE Flat- to 1 1/2-feet 0 to Thigh STRONG TRADES fair

Oahu - Haleiwa NNW+NNE Flat- to 1 foot 0 to Knee STRONG TRADES diving , paddling and fishin'

Oahu - Makaha NNW+NNE Flat- to 1 1/2-feet 0 to Thigh Trades Offshore

Oahu - Ala Moana SSE+SSW 1- to 2-feet, occ. 3 feet Knee to Waist occ. Head STRONG TRADES fair to good Lulls

Oahu - Waikiki SSE+SSW 1- to 2-feet Knee to Waist STRONG TRADES fair to good

Oahu - Diamond Head SSE+SSW 1- to 2-feet, occ. 3 feet Knee to Waist occ. Head STRONG TRADES fair

Oahu - Sandy Beach E-NE 2- to 3-feet Waist to Head STRONG TRADES fair to good

Oahu - Makapuu E-NE 2- to 4-feet Waist to 2 ft. Overhead STRONG TRADES choppy

Maui

Spot Direction Height - Hawaiian Scale Height - Face Scale Winds Conditions Comments
Maui - North-Hookipa area COMBO Flat- to 1 1/2-feet 0 to Thigh STRONG TRADES wind blown conditons

Maui - Upper West - Honolua COMBO Flat- to 1/2 foot 0 to Ankle Snappers STRONG TRADES diving , paddling and fishin'

Maui - Lower West - Lahaina COMBO 1- to 2-feet Knee to Waist STRONG TRADES smooth

Maui - South - Kihei COMBO Flat 0 to Flat STRONG TRADES diving , paddling and fishin'

Maui - East - Hana E-NE 2- to 4-feet Waist to 2 ft. Overhead STRONG TRADES sloppy and choppy

Kauai

Spot Direction Height - Hawaiian Scale Height - Face Scale Winds Conditions Comments
Kauai - North - Hanalei N Flat- to 1 foot 0 to Knee STRONG TRADES diving , paddling and fishin'

Kauai - West - Majors COMBO Flat- to 1 1/2-feet 0 to Thigh STRONG TRADES Offshore

Kauai - South - Poipu SSE+SSW 1- to 2-feet, occ. 3 feet Knee to Waist occ. Head STRONG TRADES semi-clean

Kauai - East - Kapaa NE rising 2- to 4-feet Waist to 2 ft. Overhead STRONG TRADES choppy

Big Island

Spot Direction Height - Hawaiian Scale Height - Face Scale Winds Conditions Comments
Big Isl. - North - Hamakua Coast COMBO 1- to 3-feet, occ. larger sets Knee to Head occ. + STRONG TRADES wind blown conditons

Big Isl. - North West - Kohala COMBO Flat 0 to Flat STRONG TRADES diving , paddling and fishin'

Big Isl. - South West - Kona Coast S-SW 1- to 2-feet Knee to Waist STRONG TRADES Offshore

Big Isl. - East - Hilo Coast E-NE 2- to 3-feet Waist to Head STRONG TRADES slightly bumpy choppier later

Big Isl. - SE to S Puna, Ka u Coasts COMBO 2- to 3-feet, occ. larger sets Waist to Head occ. + STRONG TRADES fair to good

THE WHERE, WHEN & WHY OF HAWAII’S WAVES & WEATHER: A VIDEO PRESENTATION BY SNN

Winds Statewide in a glance ...just go HERE(this link is also the 4th drop down under weather)

Apr 21, 2014 3:39 AM HST

Synopsis
Strong high pressure to the north of the state will create locally windy trades today. The strong trades will continue to blow passing windward and mauka showers over into leeward areas at times today into tonight. The trades will gradually ease Tuesday through Wednesday as high pressure moves further away from the state. Drier air and fewer showers are expected from Tuesday through the rest of the work week.

Discussion
Radar loops show an active shower pattern continuing across windward portions of the state during the night, with some shower activity spilling over into leeward sections of Oahu, Kauai and Molokai. Rain gauges report light to locally moderate accumulations as the showers are moving quickly within rather brisk trade wind flow. The 12Z soundings show weak inversions based from around 6500 feet at Lihue up to 9000 feet at Hilo. As has been the case for the past couple of days, abundant mid/high level cloudiness continues to stream northward across the state, to the east of a stationary mid/upper level trough centered several hundred miles to the southwest. At the surface, a 1032 mb high is centered about 1050 miles due north of the Big Island, and continues to move eastward.

The main forecast issue remains gusty and locally advisory level winds across some downslope and exposed headland/ridge areas. In addition to Kamuela which has reported sustained winds of 30 mph or greater off and on for the past 12 hours or so, a few other mesonet sites on Oahu, Lanai and Kahoolawe have reported peak wind gusts at or just below 50 mph as well. Model guidance, including the high resolution university of Hawaii WRF model, does still indicate boundary layer winds peaking today, with 925 mb winds reaching 35 knots or greater in some areas. Model soundings also show some lowering and strengthening of the inversion during this time, although this seems somewhat questionable given the weak inversions observed by the 12Z soundings. Will leave the wind advisory in place for today with no coverage changes, although it seems likely that the strongest wind gusts of 50 mph or greater will remain fairly isolated. It should be reiterated that the strongest winds will not affect entire forecast zones, but instead only specific favored areas immediately downslope of the smaller mountain ranges and over some ridges and headlands.

The trades should gradually relax to more moderate levels Tuesday through Wednesday as the surface high moves further northeast and away from the state. Another weaker high will build to the north of our area Wednesday through Thursday, but would not expect any significant wind problems. A static pattern will then develop across the central Pacific for the late week into the weekend, with an east-west high pressure ridge north of the state and moderate trades prevailing across Hawaii.

As for rain chances, the area of higher moisture currently across Hawaii is forecast to shift west of the state by late tonight or Tuesday morning, with a drier airmass then prevailing through the rest of the week. Therefore would expect another 24 hours or so of a more active windward/mauka shower pattern with some leeward spillover. Followed by more limited shower coverage focusing on windward and mauka areas thereafter.

Marine
The small craft advisory has been extended through 6 am Tuesday morning for all Hawaiian coastal waters. The overnight ascat pass missed the coastal waters, but available land obs and model data including the uh-wrf suggest that winds are likely around 25 knots across at least parts of most zones. Winds are forecast to peak just below 30 knots in the Alenuihaha channel today. Winds should slowly subside Tuesday through Wednesday.

The latest wavewatch data continues to show building short period easterly swell for today, which makes sense as the fetch length into Hawaii increases due to the movement of the strong high to our north. A high surf advisory for east facing shores remains in effect through Tuesday. No problems through the week for the other shores, with small northwest swell through Tuesday. The next moderate northwest swell will arrive Wednesday and continue through Friday, but the resulting surf on north/west facing shores will remain well below advisory levels.

Watches/Warnings/Advisories
Wind advisory until 6 pm HST this evening for Waianae coast, Oahu Koolau, olomana, Waianae mountains, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui windward west, Maui leeward west, Maui central valley, south Big Island, Big Island north and east, Kohala, Big Island interior.

High surf advisory until 6 pm HST Tuesday for Kauai windward, Oahu Koolau, olomana, Molokai windward, Maui windward west, windward Haleakala, south Big Island, Big Island north and east.

Small craft advisory until 6 am HST Tuesday for all Hawaiian waters.

BIG SURF PICTURE 4/12/14 Saturday update

The Jet has a 150mph trough inbetween Japan and HI at 30-40N latitude or 600-1200 miles north of us. There's lotsa of broad weak Jet winds from the dateline to over Hawaii thus the wetter weather. A strong High bounces the Jet up and over HI Sunday into next week. Also a new trough moves our way of Japan again Monday allowing for slight potential for continued storm development. By Friday the 18th its very weak tho' extended across the NPAC to the west coast. Hinting of a long term quite period.

Currently, we have a nice sized high surf advsry level 15 second NW reaching heights of solid 8' or triple overhead for Pipe and Sunset. Winds are NE sideshore but hey its got power. The source of Saturday's peaking event was a broad gale near the Kurils last Sunday moving east making for 28' seas. This swell will drop a lot to about 3-4' maybe 5' Sunday morning.

Next: A Low pops on the charts Friday 4/11 near the Kurils Is again but this ones smaller and farther away (2200 miles). Winds are stronger but wont make up for the afore mentioned factors. She'll build Wed nite the 16th peaking 5-7' Thursday from the WNW.

Last: The Jet goes zonal mid April with quick eastbound Lows bring short lived smaller spring like/small NNW surf next Saturday. Keep you posted. Better shot of NW possible on Thursday the 24th.

Long range models love to fantasize. Meaning they run 'hot' making promises they can't always keep.

(See HERE)

SPAC: The Jet is weak and zonal or west to east from Sat to Wed. the 16th when a weak NE flow shows esp by Friday-Sunday. The main push for swell will move out of our window. 

Currently: Distant past sources make for background 14 seconds with just 1' swell...this leads to 2' surf for most spots thru next weekend. Below average.

Next: If long range outlook stands the test of time we'll get a 2' SSW Thursday the 24th from a marginal NE bound Low Thursday the 17th.

Last: Friday the 18th shows a large Low far south of Tahiti ramping to 35' seas by Saturday as it tracks ENE out of our window; maybe some long period 2-3' sideband SSE surf Saturday the 26th.

East Shores:

The Windward side see’s small 2' ENE wind swell at 8 seconds ramping to 2-4' this weekend esp Sunday into Monday the 14th from increasing trades from the building strong High. Chance of high surf advsy surf. Model hint of Trade fetch weakening Tuesday thus a weakeing windwave swell esp by Wednesday. Typical spring.

FETCH: Often called the fetch length, is a term for the length of water or distance over which a given wind direction has blown. Fetch length along with the wind speed (or strength) determines the size of waves produced. The longer the fetch length and the faster the wind speed, the larger and stronger the wave will be and vice versa.
CAPTURED or FOLLOWING FETCH: Not only does the fetch length determine the power and energy of the wave. Additionally, if the winds/fetch are blowing in the same direction as during the wave's or storm's lifetime, the wave will in turn be even stronger. The fetch is related to the orbit of the wave and track of the storm.The longer the wind drags along the sea the more energy the wave will have. This can be seen not just in vertical height measurement but in wave period (the measurement of waves through time).
WAVES PERIOD:Time, in seconds, between the passage of consecutive wave crests past a fixed point. In general the longer the period the bigger the wave. Windswell or 'close interval' swells are under 10 seconds. Big 'ground swells' are 17-20+ seconds (note: a 20+ second swell needs storm force 50+kt winds blowing over a 1500 mile fetch to be fully developed' into 20-25' beasts; these 20 second waves can be felt 1000 feet down!). This is why they jack so much more, pulling large amounts of H2O off the outer reefs.

More generic marine definitions click this link  http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/pages/marinedef.php

....All surf height observations and forecasts are for the full face surf height, from the trough to the crest of the wave.

Advisory and Warning Criteria
LocationAdvisoryWarning
North-Facing Shores 15 Feet (8') 25 Feet
West-Facing Shores - Big Island 8 Feet (4'+) 12 Feet
West-Facing Shores - Remaining Islands 12 Feet (7') 20 Feet
South-Facing Shores 8 Feet (4'+) 15 Feet
East-Facing Shores 8 Feet (4'+) 15 Feet
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