Status Quo:

World Cup Discipline - Freestyle - is the very latest trend and brings with

it the requirement for a totally new breed of boards. For the first time in

windsurfing there are boards which work perfectly for the professional windsurfer

and the recreational short board intermediate alike.

The man behind these designs is Werner Gnigler who, working extensively with

his ambassador, Josh Stone, the King of Freestyle, has become one of the most

creative and respected shapers of freestyle boards.

This dynamic duo now present their next step in development – the Freestyle

designs for 2002.

The 2001 collection has already made a huge impression around the world. With

its amazing versatility and, as the base for Josh Stones second consecutive

World Cup Victory, the range has become the benchmark for all others. Early

planing, easy and forgiving – yet very sporty. These boards represent what most

of the ‘every day windsurfers’ want from their boards.

Now the new 2002 Freestyle boards have been fine tuned especially with regard

to the early planing and easy sailing characteristics.

What we wanted from Werner for 2002

  1. Boards with an increased early planing potential
  2. Fast designs, able to keep the pace of slalom oriented freeride boards
  3. Easy to sail and forgiving allround shapes for the short board novice and

    everybody working on his jibing skills

  4. Best freestyle performance and a sporty, loose ride for the pro sailor
  5. What we got

  6. Boards with incredible planing power. The new generation gets up on the

    plane faster, earlier and much easier. This is very important - especially

    for the less experienced sailors who do not have the technique to pump (say:

    plane passively).

  7. JP Freestyle 2002 offer even more speed on all tracks combining a very sporty

    feel with comfort and a smooth ride. So the new and lively Freestyles challenge

    the performance of pure-bred freeride designs.

  8. True allrounders which are even more forgiving, easier to control and jibe.

    Intermediates will love these characteristics finding they are able to improve

    their skills easier and faster without ever getting tired of their new boards.

  9. Versatility - designs that, even in moderate winds, positively encourage

    the rider to play in the swell and waves.

  10. - New fin – especially designed to compliment Freestyle character and

    easy sailing characteristics of the boards.

  11. Last but not least (but very self-evident): lively and very maneuverable

    Freestyle boards not only pleasing the pro sailor but every sporty windsurfer.

  12. The new series of Freestyle boards are now named according their volume.

    FREESTYLE 95

    Werner Gnigler kept the smallest of the JP Freestyle’s short and his 95 liter

    is only 256x58 centimeters. Decreasing the width, Werner tightened the boards

    waist. Brevity is the soul of maneuver, thus the 95 feels agile, compact and

    handy in all carving turns and freestyle tricks. It immediately reacts to

    steering input and with little effort cuts through tight jibes or take-off

    commands lifting clear of the water with ease. And the best prerequisite for

    big air is a lot of freeride velocity. The balanced shape planes early with

    ease and accelerates to high speeds on all points of sailing. Overall the

    lively 95 has more performance and, more importantly, performance that every

    sailor can easily exploit with ease. Therefore this Freestyle is a better

    freerider than its predecessor. An easy to sail allrounder for a big range

    of use.

    FREESTYLE 105

    The 105 is the flagship of the JP Freestyle range. Offering almost the same

    versatility and lively ride as its smaller brother the 105 matches the requirements

    of the sportiest windsurfer and even the professional sailor. In medium winds

    this allrounder will give the rider no cause for complaint – acceleration,

    top end speed, upwind performance. All the Freestyle 2002 boards outperform

    their predecessors and thus will surprise even the hardcore freeride sailors.

    But it’s not only radical sailors who will rave about this shape – ask Amy

    Stone - perfect volume, high comfort, smooth riding, easy planing, easy jibing

    are all attributes that Amy and all less experienced jibing novices will appreciate.

    Excellent early planing comfort mixed with smoothness and control in overpowered

    conditions – these are the keys for an unbeatable range of use.

    FREESTYLE 115

    Simple handling AND sporty moves. Undisputed free-riding

    AND –styling. Even with the biggest of Freesstlye boards Werner has managed

    to unite these apparent contradictions.

    The 115 probably has the biggest target group. For light

    winds or unsteady conditions the 115 offers the sailor enough volume not to

    sink between the gusts or to reach the beach with dry feet. Shortboard novices

    and heavy sailors will be pampered by the increased planing potential at the

    lower wind limit. From now on ‘early planing’ means ‘easy early planing’.

    And, once on the plane, the board speeds off. It sits high and loose on the

    water offering impressive acceleration. The rider now makes the choice whether

    to exploit the full speed potential of this board, or to go for high jump

    sessions or perhaps to open the ‘jibing orgy’ of the day. On the other hand

    he could go for a relaxed cruising session or follow the original concept

    of this board and…freestyle. A huge potential for a huge range of use.

    Characteristics – Freestyle 2002

    A) SHAPE HIGHLIGHTS

  13. Slightly wider outline in the center area
  14. To increase passive early planing
  15. more "tucked under" rails from the center to the nose
  16. Slightly wider tails
  17. Thin rails at the tail
  18. Refined bottom curve (rocker line)
  19. Optimized deck shape
  20. Double channel bottom design

B) CHARACTERISTICS

1) Easy Planing and General Performance

(Early) Planing

The outlines of the old Freestyle boards 2001 were rounder and the entry

had more curve. Werner Gnigler talks about a „sweet spot". Good sailors

will find this by putting their board in the right position, pump and plane

off immediately. Less experienced sailors will not find this spot as quickly.

For the new 2002 Freestyle boards Werner designed the outline of the

center a little bit more parallel. The entry, the beginning of the planing area,

is more harmonious and, together with the wider tail, increases passive early

planing and the overall planing power. The boards offer more planing lift from

the mast foot area and thus slide faster through the planing barrier. The new

shape concept makes early planing and sailing upwind easier and increases the

whole performance of the boards.

Design comparison: the difference between FS and Freeride

Carve designs of similar size:

This generation of JP Freestyle boards is wider with a bigger planing surface.

Additionally the straight area inside the rear Channel increases the flat planing

area. The overall performance is better, passive early planing and sailing upwind

are easier.

Less experienced sailors will love the planing power and the comfort of the

JP Freestyle’s.

Planing more often and quicker, Freestyle pros can pull off more maneuvers

in their heats. All that aside the simple fact is that the sooner you plane

the more time to accelerate for higher and wilder jumps and more powerful maneuvers

– the more fun you have!

Control and Smoothness

To support control, Werner shaped the outline in the center area slightly more

parallel. The nose is a little rounder. The thin rails at the tail are maintained

as they did a great job already. Offering more control and a smoother run the

sailor is easily able to concentrate on pushing the board for more speed.

Upwind

The great planing characteristics and the rails of the rear channel make it

easier to stay in the competition zone.

Lively

The key is the bottom curve: the Freestyle boards sit high on the water and

deliver fun and a typical JP, sporty freeride feeling, ready to immediately

respond to any steering input from the sailor.

Small Fin -> Better Allrounder

A board which is able to perform well with a small fin generaly feels livelier

and is more exciting. It works in a wider wind range and is fun to sail in a

big variety of wave conditions.

2) Maneuvers

Ease

Being very wide the Freestyle’s are generally stable, especially in low speed

maneuver where the board is able to increase balance during sail rotations or

body pirouettes.

Initiating of Carving Turns

The boards still have a quiet, round outline, thin rails and tucked-under edges.

The rocker line has enough curve and Vee. Thus the Freestyles need little pressure

to go into the turn. The boards feel versatile and ‘ready for action’ at all

times.

Carving

Even at high speeds the thin tail rails ensure that the board carve their way

through every turn in total control.

Handling

These new JP boards are shorter and more compact. Designed to perform with

small fins and small sails they feel great under foot and are very versatile.

The Shapers Comments - Werner Gnigler:

"Being such great planing and maneuverable boards the JP Freestyle range

matches the desires and needs of most of the windsurfers today. The average

windsurfer will find these shapes the very best fun-allrounders"

Board Length Width Volume Weight

(+/-5%)

Fin Sails
cm

Foot/Inch

cm

Inch

Inch

liters

kg lbs name system ideal recomm.

Freestyle 95 258

8'

6''

60

23,8"

95

6.7

14.8

Freestyle 28 Powerbox 5,0-6,4 4,7-6,7
Freestyle 105 261

8'

7''

62

24,5"

105

6.9

15.2

Freestyle 29 Powerbox 5,4-6,9 5,0-7,2
Freestyle 115 263

8'

8''

64

25,3"

115

7.1

15.7

Freestyle 30 Powerbox 5,7-7,2 5,4-7,5