Got out on the lake today for the first time on the new board from OR - the Origin!
Weather station said we had 10 to 14 knots, gusts to 20. I don’t believe it - I think we had 15-20 and gusts to 25 because I was riding a 2011 Crossbow 10m and was riding upwind on a “small” board. Seriously, my other board is 170x50 so the Origin at 142x47 is small for me - I’m over 100kg :(
Back to the board. In short - it’s great!
Very easy planing and great upwind.
Very smooth through the chop.
NO spray in the face! None at all from normal riding; occasionally, I’d get squirted when I slammed into chop-waves flat-footed but that’ll learn me…
Pop is fine. It’s not a freestyle board so I guess the compromise for smooth and easy riding is less radical pop but it’s good enough for hooked in stunting!
Carves fine. It’s not a freaky razorblade like the Mako… more like a butter-knife but you can still play in the waves easily.
Pads are plush and grippy.
Landings are comfy. I got dropped a few times by the tiny 10m when jumps ran out of wind, but it was easy on my feet and knees.
Speed… I always seem to ride faster than everyone else, so I can’t really tell but for me, the board lands with speed and rides at speed just fine.
Don’t like the straps. They sit more over my toes than I like… but that’s just me.
Wish it was orange :D
In summary - excellent all-round free-ride twin tip, especially for the price!