Orewa

Auckland, New Zealand

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Classic Orewa Bar sesh!

Orewa, Auckland
Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Surfing
2 pm - 4 pm Friday. January 28. 2011
my rating 4 star rating
Wind Direction: SE Wind Strength: gentle breeze Swell Direction: NE Swell Size: waist Tide: High - Falling.

After a good sesh at Orewa yesterday and checking out that a 12 sec pulse of swell was due this afternoon and from watching the cams all morning - it was time hit Orewa.

Launched about 3pm and paddled over the bar as there were some nice left and rights breaking. The main beach was packed with people and the swell was just beach breaking.

The bar was working sweeeet. Scored multiple set waves from way out the back and rode right into the beach. Probably 100m rides!

Still learning how the Naih 9'5 Mana turns. Need to get back further and use the rocker line to generate speed to turn.

Swell Map was predicting a rapid increase in period to 12 secs in the afternoon and the swell did pick all afternoon. There were some nice solid shoulder high sets every now and again!

Classic Orewa Bar sesh!

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28.01.11 12.40 am
once you get the Mana sorted you should have a go on a Hokua... quite a bit narrower so more unstable when not moving, but they're real surf machines and can handle bigger swell.

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28.01.11 8.19 am
Funnnily enough I have demoed a 9'6 Hokua and it was a shock how tippy it was - but I did get a sense of what it would be like on a wave. Reaslied that stability is my friend as we don't get many glassy and bigger waves unless on the west coast and I need to get ripping on the Mana first. Maybe in a year or so I'll look at a Hokua. But I was talking to Wyane Zimmerman 'Zimmo' in Taranaki and he sold his 9'6 Hokua as he reckoned the 9'5 Mana was as good as the 9'6 Hokua on a wave as it has more rocker and is easier and faster to paddle and handles chop and windy conditions way better!

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28.01.11 1.33 pm
I have an 8'10" Hokua and a 9'5 Mana and no way does the Mana handle surf as well as a Hokua. The Mana is great and I won't be selling it for the reason that Zimmo says but, for fast peaking waves, the Mana is too much of a liability and when you are turning it from the back end, there is all that volume in front of you, it's scary. The Hokua can take a good drop, is way turnier and I'd be much happier to take it out on the west coast on 3ft days. In Taranaki, you have much more choice of the type of wave you want to surf than in AK. Having said all that, the Hokua is far more tiring. If you want an all-round board definitely the Mana is the way to go.

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04.11.12 12.10 am
Funny to read this post again and now I ride the 9' Hokua which seems really stable but makes you feel like a god on the wave!

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14.04.13 12.47 am
Funny how I read this post again and now i ride a LSD 8'6 x 29" @107L!...and that feels really stable. Nice to see progression :-)

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