NAWILIWILI — “It was getting pretty crowded so I got out,” said Terry Teves yesterday.
“I was out there for about three hours, and when we got here, there weren’t that many people,” he said. “But now it’s getting crowded so it’s time to leave.”
Teves, a fisherman by trade, said the east swell started filling in Saturday, and since he can’t go out fishing, he is enjoying himself on the waves instead.
The 30-knot winds coming out of the east pretty much blew out Kealia where waves up to 12-feet were observed.
Similarly, Wailua, with waves in the 10-foot range, was also blown out.
“But the wind is what makes Ammonia’s,” Teves said, about the Kalapaki break. “Because it’s not that deep, the stronger the winds, the better.”
A National Weather Service forecast states winds were still gusting up to 30 mph in many areas of the state yesterday morning.
The winds were expected to gradually decrease, though, beginning Thursday.
The forecast said the strong trades will continue to produce stormy surf on eastern shores for several more days, with the high surf advisory on east-facing shores extended through today.
“The last time I was out on the water was Saturday,” Teves said. “I tried to tell the people they should save their money, but they wanted to go fishing.”
Teves said the high waves on the Eastside of the island “hammered” many, but fun was still had.
“I’m wondering when this east swell will subside,” he said. “As long as I’m on land, I’m not making any money,” said the fisherman.