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Perfect Easter Bells for the Rip Curl Pro! Coco Ho © ASP/Cestari Men's Round 2 and Women's Rounds 2 & 3 light up Bells Surf News, 20 April,  Bells Beach, Victoria - Stop No. 3 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, was treated to classic conditions at the world renowned right-hand reef break today. The event ran through Round 2 of the men’s and Round 2 and 3 of the women’s in clean and pristine Bells Beach conditions.  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
MENS is ON for Friday. Plus, Results for the Ladies Day One Rip Curl Pro at Bell Courtney Conlogue © ASP/Cestari The men kicked off at 1115am HI time today in a building 5-8' swell. Mens round one to get done. Then the Ladies head out for their 2nd day of comp surf permitting. Recent update: World's Best Female Surfers Tear Through Round 1 16 April, 2014 Bells Beach, Victoria - Stop No. 3 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP Women's World Championship Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, got underway today on first day of the event window in small punchy waves at the world-famous right hander. The men's event was put on standby while the world's best female surfers ran through the six heats of Round 1. The half day of surfing wasn't short of action and upsets as rookies claimed victory and excellent scores were posted. 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
LOCAL SWELL TRACKER:One more WNW Thursday on the models and South is below average till last 1/3 of month. 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. 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
Congrats to Michel Bourez Wins Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Michel Bourez takes his first ASP World Tour victory Finalists Michel Bourez and Josh Kerr would take to the water at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, with both surfers searching for their first career ASP WCT wins. The bout would get off to a slow start, but Bourez would eventually light up two consecutive waves of 6.33 and 7.57 with his patented forehand power. Read the Full Story
Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge celebrates sports and games this weekend Article courtesy of Hawaii Magazine If you’re in the midst of very modern Waikiki this weekend and find yourself yearningt for a glimpse into old Hawaii, check out the 29th annual Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge.

The annual event, which benefits the Waikiki Community Center, is a mix of Hawaii heritage and modern Waikiki fun, with double-hulled canoe races, tug-of-war, stand-up paddle board races and a variety of Makahiki season games such as ulu maika(sand bowling) and konane (Hawaiian checkers).
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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
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Waves, Winds, Weather compliments of Cholos

Your exclusive Observations for Easter Sunday April 20th at 7am update

Clouds and light rain with windy NE Trades filling 15-30. Small Craft Advrys up for all waters. Small 0.5 High tide 8am dropping out to 0.0 at 115pm.

NORTH: Down and Holding small on the NW at 2-3+' at Sunset and 1-2+ at Pipe but poor squally conditions and rain...
West: Makaha is down and holding on the NW swell; it's 0-2' with smooth offshores and stiffer later. Town: Ala Moana, Kaisers, etc. holding on the background S swell Fl-1.5 maybe the occ 2' and smoother early with gusty offshores later. Diamond Head: Holding on the SSE at 0-1.5' occ 2' on the take offs and gusty sideoff trade chop.  Sandy's: Down and Holding on NE tradeswell at 1-2 occ higher' at Half Pt to Gas Chambers; moderate side offshores but windy soon.  East: Makapu'u:  Holding and rising some later on building ENE trade swell at 1-2'+ and choppy with 10-25mph NE trades getting to 30mph.

Events etc
:  Mens and Womens Rounds likely for today... the RipCurl Pro Event at Bells  GO HERE

Quote of the Week "I need to feel it as an education to put myself in the zone" Pete Mel on Mavericks Invitational 2014.

Update on BIG PICTURE HERE

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Surf Report

Surf

North
Sun '04/20'
Dropping - NW
HAW: 2-3
FACE: 3-5
cloudy, sideshore fickle
Mon '04/21'
Dropping - NW
HAW: 1-2
FACE: 1-3
Tue '04/22'
Holding - NW
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'
Holding - NW
HAW: 4-6+
FACE: 6-10+
Haleiwa
Sun '04/20'
Time
Ht.
L 1:20 AM 0.1 ft.
H 7:08 AM 0.4 ft.
L 11:11 AM 0 ft.
H 7:54 PM 1.5 ft.
Sunrise: 6:07 AM
Sunset: 6:52 PM
Mon '04/21'
Time
Ht.
L 2:32 AM 0.1 ft.
H 8:49 AM 0.5 ft.
L 12:32 PM 0.1 ft.
H 9:03 PM 1.4 ft.
Sunrise: 6:06 AM
Sunset: 6:53 PM
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

West
Dropping - NW
HAW: 1-2
FACE: 1-3
cloudy, offshore weak
Dropping - NW
HAW: 0-1
FACE: 0-1.5
Holding - NW
HAW: 0-1
FACE: 0-1.5
Rising Later - NW
HAW: 0-1
FACE: 0-1.5
2-4' evening
Holding - NW
HAW: 2-4+
FACE: 3-7+

South
Holding - SSE+SSW
HAW: 0-1.5
FACE: 0-2
cloudy, offshore smooth
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
Holding - SSE+SSW
HAW: 0-1.5
FACE: 0-2
Honolulu Harbor
Sun '04/20'
Time
Ht.
L 3:25 AM 0.1 ft.
H 8:10 AM 0.5 ft.
L 1:16 PM 0.1 ft.
H 8:56 PM 1.8 ft.
Sunrise: 6:07 AM
Sunset: 6:52 PM
Mon '04/21'
Time
Ht.
L 4:37 AM 0.1 ft.
H 9:51 AM 0.6 ft.
L 2:37 PM 0.2 ft.
H 10:05 PM 1.7 ft.
Sunrise: 6:06 AM
Sunset: 6:53 PM
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

East
Rising - E-NE
HAW: 1-2+
FACE: 1-3+
cloudy, onshore, up later
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
Sun '04/20'
E-NE E-NE
Mph: 15-25+
cloudy, small craft
Mon '04/21'
E-NE E-NE
Mph: 15-25+
small craft
Tue '04/22'
E-NE E-NE
Mph: 10-25
Wed '04/23'
E-NE E-NE
Mph: 10-25
small craft
Thu '04/24'
E-NE E-NE
Mph: 10-20+

Current Swells

Sun '04/20'
Primary : NW / Rising , 2-3'
Secondary : E-NE / Holding , 1-2+
Third : SSE+SSW / Holding , 0-2'

Marine Warnings

Sun '04/20'
Hawaii : Small craft advisories for all waters.

Sailing Report

Sun '04/20'
Hawaii : Good with gusty E-NE trades filling up to 30mph

Diving Report

Sun '04/20'
Hawaii : Poor to fair for North and east. Fair to good for West and south.

Oahu

Spot Direction Height - Hawaiian Scale Height - Face Scale Winds Conditions Comments
Oahu - Sunset NW 2- to 3-feet, occ. larger sets Waist to Head occ. + Gusty Trades poor to fair

Oahu - Pipeline NW 1- to 2-feet Knee to Waist Gusty Trades poor sideshores

Oahu - Rocky Point NW 2- to 3-feet Waist to Head Gusty Trades poor to fair

Oahu - Haleiwa NW Flat- to 2-feet 0 to Waist Gusty Trades fair

Oahu - Makaha NW Flat- to 2-feet 0 to Waist Gusty Trades smooth offshore

Oahu - Ala Moana SSE+SSW Flat- to 2-feet 0 to Waist Gusty Trades smooth Lulls

Oahu - Waikiki SSE+SSW Flat- to 1 1/2-feet 0 to Thigh Gusty Trades smooth

Oahu - Diamond Head SSE+SSW 1- to occ. 2-feet Knee to occ. Waist Gusty Trades fair to good

Oahu - Sandy Beach E-NE 1- to 2-feet, occ. 3 feet Knee to Waist occ. Head Gusty Trades fair to good

Oahu - Makapuu E-NE 1- to 2-feet, occ. 3 feet Knee to Waist occ. Head Gusty Trades choppy Increasing trade swell

Maui

Spot Direction Height - Hawaiian Scale Height - Face Scale Winds Conditions Comments
Maui - North-Hookipa area COMBO 1- to occ. 2-feet Knee to occ. Waist Gusty Trades wind blown conditons

Maui - Upper West - Honolua COMBO Flat- to 1 foot 0 to Knee Gusty Trades diving , paddling and fishin'

Maui - Lower West - Lahaina COMBO Flat- to 1 foot 0 to Knee Gusty Trades smooth

Maui - South - Kihei COMBO Flat 0 to Flat Gusty Trades diving , paddling and fishin'

Maui - East - Hana E-NE 1- to 2-feet, occ. 3 feet Knee to Waist occ. Head Gusty Trades sloppy and choppy

Kauai

Spot Direction Height - Hawaiian Scale Height - Face Scale Winds Conditions Comments
Kauai - North - Hanalei NW 1- to 2-feet Knee to Waist Gusty Trades fair to good

Kauai - West - Majors NW Flat- to 2-feet 0 to Waist Gusty Trades Offshore

Kauai - South - Poipu SSE+SSW Flat- to 2-feet 0 to Waist Gusty Trades semi-clean

Kauai - East - Kapaa NE rising 1- to 2-feet, occ. 3 feet Knee to Waist occ. Head Gusty Trades choppy

Big Island

Spot Direction Height - Hawaiian Scale Height - Face Scale Winds Conditions Comments
Big Isl. - North - Hamakua Coast COMBO 1- to 2-feet, occ. 3 feet Knee to Waist occ. Head Gusty Trades wind blown conditons

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

Big Isl. - South West - Kona Coast S-SW Flat- to 1 foot 0 to Knee Gusty Trades Offshore

Big Isl. - East - Hilo Coast E-NE 1- to 3-feet Knee to Head Gusty Trades slightly bumpy

Big Isl. - SE to S Puna, Ka u Coasts COMBO 2- to 3-feet Waist to Head Gusty 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 20, 2014 3:30 AM HST

Synopsis
Trade winds will increase today and tonight, then remain strong on Monday, before dropping back to moderate levels by midweek. Showers will continue to focus across windward and mauka areas, with showers spilling over into some leeward areas as well.

Discussion

Radar loops indicate increased shower activity moving quickly westward across the state during the past few hours, but rain gauges show generally light accumulations over windward areas. The 12Z soundings show the inversion based between 5500 and 8000 feet, with winds around 850 mb (just below the inversion) increasing to 23-27 knots at Lihue. Satellite imagery continues to show abundant mid/high level cloudiness streaming northward across the region, to the east of a mid/upper level trough centered several hundred miles to the southwest. At the surface, a 1031 mb high is centered about 950 miles north of Kauai and is building eastward.

The primary weather concern through the short term is the potential for gusty advisory level trade winds, as strong high pressure passes by to the north of the state. The 00Z uh-wrf run continues to suggest that the strongest winds are likely to occur tonight and Monday, with 925 mb winds increasing to 35 to 40 knots in some areas. Model soundings do not show quite as strong an inversion as one would ideally like to see in order to maximize wind production at the surface, but still think that some of the typically favored downslope areas will receive at least minimal advisory conditions at times especially tonight and Monday. Earlier pushed back the start time of the wind advisory to 10 am this morning, and will not make any further changes at this point. See the latest advisory product for details on areas most likely to be affected by this event.

Otherwise, mimic-tpw satellite imagery and model data continue to suggest that an area of somewhat enhanced low level moisture will continue moving westward into the state this morning. Would expect this additional moisture within the building trade flow to support increased shower activity across windward and mauka areas, with some spillover into leeward sections.

Strong trades will prevail tonight and Monday as the high passes to our north, then trades should fall back to moderate levels on Tuesday with the high moving further away to the northeast. The other player in our weather during the early to mid week period will be a slow moving mid/upper trough to the southwest of the state. Guidance is a bit more emphatic with maintaining this feature in the mid levels (500 mb) than it was previously, but shows basically no reflection in the lower levels with a distinct dry layer maintained between the moisture aloft and the moist trade flow at low levels. At this point it still appears that there will be little impact from this feature on sensible weather aside from continued bouts of mid/high cloudiness, but this is something to keep an eye on through the next few days. Barring any surprises, expect showers to continue primarily across the typical windward and mauka areas through midweek, with some spillover into leeward due to the strength of the trades.

 

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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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