Status Quo:

Last year Jason Polakow and his shaper Richard Greene designed a range of high performance wave boards which are exceptionally fast and great on the plane. They do all that a good wave rider will ask for – and more. The 2001 shapes are great ‘down-the-line’ wave designs with radical characteristics, which were winning many international wave tests thanks to their superb waveriding and free-riding qualities. But some sailors found the boards are a little technical to sail and therefore more demanding.

What we wanted from Richard for 2002

- Boards which are easier to sail and which will help less experienced sailors to develop their wave riding skills by providing them with boards which are easy to handle.

- Boards which offer improved wave riding performance and which are even more radical!

- Boards which plane quickly but are nevertheless still as fast as the exceptional - and unbeaten - 2001 designs.

What we got

- Boards which are versatile, powerful and which provide precise short turns on the wave. And more advanced sailors will get even more radical action from these brilliant new wave designs. No limits!

  1. Boards which are much easier to carve tightly and are therefore even easier to ride for both advanced and less experienced sailors. Now, whatever our level, we can all improve our wave riding techniques.
  2. Boards which are multi-purpose. Fast wave designs which offer:-

    speed and momentum;

    powerful and impressive wave riding;

    aerial moves and jumps;

    and last but by no means least great ‘freeriding fun’ too.

  3. Short boards that plane very early in spite of the fact that they are small to offer easy handling and radical sailing.

- Boards which perform great in a wide range of conditions.

The new series of Wave boards is named according their volume, now.


By Richard Greene:

A hard carving, high wind wave board. With a volume of 66 liters it is designed

for use by lightweight and/or hardcore wave sailors. The board is designed for

power and when the wind is strong it works well in all surf conditions. Its

thin rails enable easy hard carving turns and it offers fantastic performance

in driving bottom turns – beating the opposition to bits. The small 66 is unique.

Compared to other boards of this size it is amazingly easy to sail and it is

a design which Jason uses on big days.

By Richard Greene:

This is the design which Mr. Polakow prefers to any other. He spends most of

his time sailing in Ho’okipa and the board is ideal for the local conditions.

Its shape is adapted to Jason’s radical riding style and he describes the board

as "fast and fun to sail". It is very small and aggressive and it

will please any competent wave sailor with its ultra responsive feel. It has

a little more volume so that it is less dependent on constantly high winds as

the smallest JP wave board. The 72 not only performs superbly in down the line

surf conditions but also in side onshore waves.


By Richard Greene:

The Wave 78 is Jason’s allround wave board and is a firm favorite among the

professional Ho’okipa testers. Sailors like Diony Guadagnino and Greg Allaway

describe the 78 as a "magic board". In side shore and onshore conditions

it can do everything: long and smooth, or short and snappy wave turns. It is

very responsive and its speed and performance gives the good rider the confidence

to extend his limits

Other tester’s comments were "smooth and almost unreal". One reason

why the board is so popular with everybody is because of its new shape – but

especially its size. It is a small and aggressive design offering just enough

floatation. To sum up the 78 will enable everybody to become an even better

wave sailor by allowing him or her to concentrate on the wave and their technique

because the 78 almost wave-sails itself.

Josh Stone’s comment, "We should call this board the "Cat" -

you’ll always land on your feet!"


By Richard Greene:

The size and volume of the 84 makes it THE allround wave board for 2002. It

provides an unparalleled performance range to suit all conditions for almost

all sailors who will find themselves equally at home in both side and onshore

conditions, small and big waves. There is no doubt that the versatile 84 is

the most important board in the JP wave range.

Jason and I designed this board to be both "hardcore and moderate".

This means that like last year’s Wave 255 the new 84 is still quick to plane

and very fast but is easier to handle and control. Thus it has the performance

to deal with all conditions - even flat water. Like all JP Waves 2002, the thinner

rails and modern profile help the sailor to initiate turns easily and allow

the rider to feel part of both his board and the wave. The 84 is super responsive

and predictable – significantly better than last year’s 255. Super positive

carving and maneuverability make this a pure-bred wave machine, which absolutely

rips and is a real confidence booster.


By Richard Greene:

This is the big JP Wave board which doesn’t feel big. Designed for moderate

winds or bigger sailors, the 90 planes beautifully and is fast with good acceleration.

I have given extra attention to the Vee and the rail release to keep the 90

loose and turny, resulting from a lively ride. The size makes this a classic

"more waves per hour" board. You’ll be able to rip the best waves,

while others are struggling to catch any wave at all. It is also lot's of fun

in smaller surf and in flatter, less than ideal conditions. But the 90 really

comes alive with its great wave performance ability when conditions are good.

Therefore the 90 is the ultimate coastal board, because it performs in the widest

range of conditions, from small waves to big, from less then ideal onshore waves

to true down the line side off shore.

By Richard Greene:

First of all, there are few boards on the market that are really able to rip

hard in light to moderate winds. The 96 is a full-on down the line wave board.

Of course I tried to optimize the freeride range of use of this board without

sacrificing "wave-ability". Like all JP Waves, the precise carving

characteristics help you to hold your speed through your turns resulting in

bigger and more explosive moves off the top of the wave.

Secondly, heavier sailors need more volume and they will love the 96 – it is

a great light wind performer covering a big range of wave riding conditions.

It is not too wide, so it bottom turns and cuts back easily. It is not too straight

either for smooth carving all the way through the turns. By adding a squash

tail carrying width aft past the fin we found a good balance between lift and

turning ability. Many of the testers, even lighter ones, couldn’t believe that

such a ‘big’ board could wave ride so smooth and easy.

Characteristics - Wave 2002


Shape comparisons between the 2001 and the new range of 2002 Wave boards.

Outline and Width

Compared to the 2001 boards the new Wave’s are generally wider. This is about

1/2 cm at the maximum wide point (max WP) and between 1/2 to 1 cm in the nose

area. In general the tail widths have not changed.

Rails and Thickness (Volume)

The rails are thinner and the overall thickness of the boards is less, too.

From the side, in the profile, the boards look sleeker. In general, the boards

are thinner everywhere. The rails have lost at least 3 mm in the high section

of the rail. Thus, the new production shapes look and perform even more like

custom boards.

Bottom Shape and Rocker Curve

This year we’ve added about 2-3 mm of tail rocker from 90 to 100 cm and back.

It is added gradually over that length. The boards are fast, but I have given

up a minor percentage in points for acceleration and top end speed in exchange

for clearly improved wave riding, carving and responsiveness. The JP Wave’s

will turn quicker and easier. At lower speeds the boards will respond to every

command without losing speed and stalling. At higher speeds the boards will

turn and carve quickly and precisely, but won’t over-respond.

All boards have at least some Vee in the bottom everywhere and there are no

flat areas in the bottom cross section (x-section). The smallest wave board

has a little bit more Vee now for better control and the two larger wave boards

feature a little less Vee for more performance.

X-Section (Deck Shape)

X-section usually means the cross section along the board, but in this case

I’m referring to the deck shape from the tail to the mast track. Here the deck

is a little flatter. It is easier to get in and out of the rear strap and the

rider will feel more connected to the board. The flatter deck shape is not so

noticeable forward of the front straps. This improves the board’s appearance

and makes them thinner and a little "surfier"

Changes in the Channel Design of the wave boards

The most outstanding and obvious feature of all JP boards is the Channel Bottom.

It allows to design a well ‘rockered’ board providing great wave performance

and yet is still fast and quick to plane. This design was quite successful and

therefore the Channels of the new boards have the same length and depth.

The only change is that they are radiused into the bottom. So, as in the past,

the Channel increases the Vee angle in the middle of the board and straightens

the rocker line without changing the rail line. This combination gives a number

of benefits: better stability, greater sailing speed, improved upwind performance,

good down the line speed and the ability to carve the board hard.


By Richard Greene:

"The 2002 wave line is better than ever. We’ve had lots of feedback on

the 2001 models and made refinements to the entire line.

Our primary goal in designing the JP Wave line was to improve

the wave riding performance without sacrificing the ease of use, versatility

or performance in poor conditions. But we felt that we could sacrifice a minor

part of aggressive acceleration and top end speed.

We were especially conscious of maintaining volume and light

air performance. It is important to be able to wave ride in a precise, predictable

and responsive manner. A lot of people think that you can’t have all these in

one board – but JP 2002 wave line proves that you can".


JP wave boards are firmly established as top performers in all surf conditions

for the best wave sailors. This year we have improved the boards by increasing

the overall wave performance without sacrificing the planing performance. Being

looser and snappier, the new designs will wave ride better and easier.

The width makes the boards less tippy when slogging out. Most (if not all)

riders will prefer the thinner flatter decks and they will feel part of the

board while surfing. It puts your ankle in a more relaxed, natural position

- especially the rear foot.

Wave sailors will push JP Wave’s to the limit – but JP boards won’t limit the