Put your Valentine's weekend plans on hold, as Pipeline's going to shoot an arrow straight through your heart tomorrow, as a Hawaiian love bomb is on the way – and it's going to send that miracle into meltdown.
At the same time, this pulse for Europe is about to unleash as well, sending swell to the opposite of the globe. That's already started to fill into some locales last night and into today – and we'll be bringing you updates throughout the weekend.
But back to the Pacific. We know it's going to be chunky out there tomorrow, and we also know that a group of the world's best surfers are currently holed up on the North Shore. So this is going to be an interesting one to keep an eye on.
“A low pressure system that developed earlier in the week deepened rapidly while remaining almost stationary about 3,000 miles northwest of Hawaii,” says MSW forecaster Tony Butt about the development of this swell. “A relatively short but intense fetch on its southern flank generated a pulse of swell that is just about to hit the Islands.
“The low then weakened and expanded and is currently a complex system centred south of the Aleutian Islands, with a moderate fetch on its southwest flank, and small peripheral systems continuing to generate further pulses of swell.
“The initial pulse will arrive from the northwest today Friday, with periods around 17 secs and wave heights ramping up to six feet or so on the North Shore of Oahu by the end of the day.
“The swell increases overnight and pumps all day Saturday, hitting ten feet at exposed spots, with moderate east or southeast winds. Sunday and Monday see a gradual decrease in wave heights, and local conditions remain very good with light to moderate south-easterlies becoming light and variable.”