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Freestyle Wave

JP Freestyle Wave 92 (FWS) (2009)

Design: Standard tail width but slightly narrower than most in both mid point and nose. The planing flat is standard freestyle-wave, but the tail rocker is considerably higher than average. It features low amounts of vee.

On the water: Once up and going the JP has a very similar feel to the fast-tailed freestyle-wave boards, feeling very flat on the water, accelerating fast, pointing high and being extremely comfortable to blast around on. However, the extra tail rocker does make it slightly but noticeably slower onto the plane than some of those other boards.

Nevertheless it is still very capable of taking a 6.5m sail in comfort. Our testers loved the feel of the board for blasting around, jumping and gybing as it is very comfortable underfoot, feeling small, compact and responsive and although it was not the loosest when riding it still carves and turns very nicely and was considered quite well suited to freestyle too.

Fittings: The straps are excellent although the wide inserts tend to suit wider rather than narrower feet. The pads and doming under the back strap give an unusually positive and comfortable feel that really helps the sailor’s connection to the board and was widely commented on. The fin was OK but may have contributed to occasional spin out.

Overall: The JP was consistently popular with our testers and guesters who invariably found it comfortable, neat and compact. It’s also pleasingly insensitive to size, appealing to both heavy and lighter sailors alike. It is a good all-rounder, particularly good for easy relaxed blasting, jumping, carving and control. It was a little less strong for early planing or for feeling really loose in the waves but it works well in a very wide range of wind and water conditions and has a very appealing, agile feel.

We can happily recommend it for all standards of sailor and for use either in flat water or coastal conditions.

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