My favourite time to SUP is in the morning when there is still a hint of sunrise left in the air. It’s a magical time of day. It feels serene - the beaches are quiet and the water calm. In a city of 1.6 million people, it will feel like the whole Auckland harbour is yours to explore.
There will likely be birds gliding and fish jumping, and if you’re really lucky orca might pop up nearby. It’s more common for you to see them from a distance, but they once came silently out of the water beside me. Silent, that is, until the loud exhale from their blowhole.