Saturday was a slow kind of day, but we took a drive to look for waves and found our favourite reef showing itself well enough for a paddle. There was a lunchtime glass off and some really good waves started coming through, jacking over the reef and shooting off onto the inside.
I wasn’t sure how a fish would go on these waves, on how much I could push it over the ledge, but towards the middle of the session things started clicking.
What really surprised me was how well the board responded on some pretty steep drops and handled critical bottom turns coming out of the drop without losing its line. And of course once on the open face it felt so fast.
There’s definitely a bouyancy to wood boards which translates into a smooth paddle in, while the extra weight actually helps on the take-off and drop rather than hinders. On the wave, I think this translates into a stability and smoothness of ride, but with a fish shape the board is still super maneuverable.
Flat spell for the next week, but looking forward to the next groundswell, which is due to come into town Saturday evening for Sunday and Monday.
Photo: Byron Loker