I have read a few reviews about this board and the theme of each one has been pretty consistent. This board truly works as a good all rounder. Like the Laird Pearson Arrow it has the capabilities and fin setup which allows one to truly switch from waves to flats and still get a great deal from the board.
The waves on the day that I used the board were small and clean with waist high sets rolling through. It was super fun taking off way out the back, trimming and ripping down the line. We traded out between this board and the Mana AST construction and I can hand on heart say that the price difference is truly worth it. The board feels smooth and lively when wave riding. We also did a direct comparison of board speed between the boards and the wood again beat the AST.
This board will suit a wide range of people looking to have true versatility on the water . I would recommend this board for intermediate to advanced riders between 150-195lbs and for beginners between 130-175lbs, you can always go a tad smaller for the waves.
Tubes Tuning Tip - Ride the board with the side biters in for good surf days and as a single fin for small days and flat-water sessions.
You can't go wrong..from flat to waves
by Stefano on June 15, 2012
I bought a Mana 10ft wood from Matt last year. I couldn't be happier.
I have used this board to train on the flat as well as medium size surf.
The board keeps an excellent straight trajectory for long distance paddling while, at the same time, offering outstanding maneuverability when there is the need to turn fast to catch a wave.
I personally think that shorter + wider is the optimal design for SUP boards. You can see that many company now adopting this design. We saw it on windsurfing and now the same thing is happening for SUPs. People often get fooled by the length and don't pay attention to the board width. I used long 12ftx29 boards in choppy nasty surf and hated it. The moment that I switched to the Mana 10x32 the whole session turned into something completely different.
Who is this board for?
I think is for people like me, who want to use the board for some flat water paddling but want to have a board that is ready to go when the surf is up.
I strongly advise to spend the extra buck to get the bamboo version. It saves a little bit of weigth and pleases the eyes.