Good friend of mine is shaping these great hand planes. We did some test runs on them yesterday in some local windslop - super fun. The lift, drive and pocket position you can achieve using one of these is really special. If you're interested in one, let me know and i'll get you connected.
Meanwhile, strong late season storm out of the Gulf of Alaska is dropping rain this morning and bringing sw winds. Swell is a mix of small north and new south showing with some longer periods. But conditions are trashed due to the wind direction. Northwest winds for the remainder of the week as high pressure takes control. We will have a mix of windswell, small traces of north swell and background swell from the southern hemi. Best bet will probably be breaks protected from the wind.