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JP Freeride Carve


The brand new board line in
the JP range.

To a certain degree these
shapes can be seen as successors to the Freemove boards, but Freemove always
symbolized a compromise between various ranges of use. By way of contrast, the
aim of the new Freeride Carve boards (FRC) is different and clearly defined.
The name explains the program: speeding and carving. Despite many trends these
two aspects remain the most important in many sailors lives and, based on this
fact, Werner Gnigler designed this whole Freeride Carve concept.

What we wanted from Werner
for the new board generation

  1. Dashing, blasting and speeding: Mega fast,
    excitingly lively freeride bullets !

  2. Simple initiation of jibes and
    good planing through the turn for maneuver novices

  3. Maximum grip for the connoisseur:
    Accepting mad speed into the turn and extreme centrifugal forces yet not bouncing
    out of the turn.

  4. Easy planer: the FRC’s should pass
    the planing barrier with ease, accelerating easily and in control to a high
    top end speed.

  5. Allround speed boards, for every
    sporty sailor tending towards fast sailing in a wide range of use.


    What we got

  7. “Simple speed boards”:
    extremely fast boards with impressive acceleration. Always easy to control,
    they reach top speed on all tracks quickly and outperform conventional freeriders.
    Due to the rocker line, the small wet surface area and the Channel Bottom
    Design the boards sit high on the water and speed over chop as if non-existent.
    They ARE fast and they FEEL fast.

  8. “Easy carving jiber”
    – at these high speeds, the boards move smoothly into the jibes with ease
    and carves hard through power turns.

  9. “Easy planers” – effortlessly
    passing the planing barrier.

  10. “Wave toys” – happily
    carving through small waves thanks to the combination of the rounded outline
    and the new rocker line. Aggressive or comfortable – the board carve perfectly
    every time.

  11. “Ambitious freestyle amateurs”
    – encourage the sailors interested in freestyle to successfully try out new
    carving maneuvers. Slalom oriented riders will love the trick and maneuver
    characteristics of these fast boards.

The new Freeride Carves are named according
their volume.


The 86 is fast, very fast
! And what does the „windsurfer of today” do with all this speed ? Full
tilt into a hard carve. That’s what all the lively Freeride Carve boards love
to do: speeding and carving. Naturally the smallest of this family does this
with wild dedication. Sporty and experienced sailors with active style can lean
into radical turns and exploit the full potential of this small shape. In medium
to high winds, these sailors will push the 86 to top speed on minimum surface
area, steadily accelerating and taking off for huge air. Less experienced sailors
will have a thrilling and exciting time on this board as it is not too demanding,
even when flying over the water at full speed. Thanks to its low volume, the
board remains easy to control and good natured when speeding and jibing. This
FRC can do all the classic freestyle maneuvers with power. Carving extremely
nicely in waves it is a great coastal -as well as a B&J- allrounder.



With a volume of 96 liters
this Freeride Carve has an impressive acceleration. Particularly on this Gnigler
shape you will experience the speedy, freeride feeling. You feel faster than
ever before and yet are totally in control of this new high tempo. A major advantage
for the new FRC is the ease at which these boards can be sailed when comparing
them to conventional freeride shapes. You really can go beyond your previous
limits but, most importantly, you can go beyond and yet remain in control. How
fast do you want go? How fast dare you go? You are no longer restricted by how
fast the board can go – how brave are you? Not only straight line speeding does
the board feels smooth – for maneuvers at all speeds, you can rail up the board
softly and with little effort and the forgiving shape carves a constant arc
around the buoy or your windsurfing buddy. This board is the perfect partner
for learning carving freestyle tricks. The board performs nicely in small waves
and chop, too, offering the potential for high jumps.



With 106 liters this Freeride
Carve covers the medium wind range the best. Thus it suits an incredibly big
target group. It will impress with its high speed potential which the experienced
sailors will love. Yet the short board novice can still remain in control. The
106 is not only fast, it also feels very fast! This lively board planes early,
sits high on the water and accelerates rapidly. Thanks to its shape it remains
easy to control – even in overpowered conditions or when the wind picks up.
Maneuvers are quite easy as well. With its quite thin rails there is hardly
any better board of this size for high speed maneuvers. Wide or tight turns
alike, a little pressure or full body weight and max foot pressure, the 106
neutrally transfers its speed into the turn and carves every radius. It can
do all classic freestyle tricks and feels comfortable in smaller, not too steep


Due to the Channels with the
flat rocker line and enough volume, the board planes already in moderate winds
and remains easy to control in stronger gusts or when sailing overpowered. The
116 runs free, delivers an exciting ride with excellent acceleration and high
top end speed. Therefore it addresses the sporty and ambitious sailor. Non-expert
sailors will already enjoy (and exploit) the high speed potential, and the expert
can push it to speed excesses like never before. Like its smaller brothers this
board not only wins with its sheer velocity but with its total “carvability”.
Fast carving maneuvers are a dream. There are few shapes (if any) that can cut
jibes this elegantly in medium winds and shoot out of the turn at full speed.
Obviously there are ‘natural’ limitations in wave riding for a board of this
size but, never the less, the 116 carves nice turns into decent swells.


Characteristics – Freeride Carve 2002


– Outline combining the roundness that you
need for easy maneuvering and the straightness for planing, speed and control

– Clearly “tucked under” rails,
especially from the center to the nose

– Thin rails at the tail

– Mixture of speed and maneuver-oriented bottom

– Even deck shape

– Channel bottom design

Channel Bottom Design

Like the whole JP board range
of last year and the wave board line for two years, the new Freeride Carve series
features a Channel in the bottom transferring all the benefits of this concept
to this new range.

B) “Free Ride”
& Performance

Turbo, Speed & Lively

The Freeride Carve’s are not
too wide, comparably short and have relatively little volume. They fit perfectly
into gnarly bump&jump conditions. The rocker line makes them sit high on
the water and due to a small wetted area accelerate quickly to high speeds.

Control and Smoothness

To support control, Werner
shaped the center outline area slightly more parallel. The nose is a little
rounder. It has a light Vee all along the bottom and the rails get constantly
thinner towards the tail. All this makes the boards run comfortably over chop
as if there were no waves at all.

Overall the Freeride Carve’s
are easier to sail than the Freemove boards. Especially at speed where the boards
offer increased control together with a smoother and more comfortable ride.

Using the straps on the outside,
speed oriented position, the rider can push on the full rails and drive the
board even harder to his new personal limit. With active board control you can
let the boards fly over the water.

Using the inboard strap position
the rider stands on and over the board, increasing the passive board control.
In addition the rider can rail up the boards quicker for faster and more direct

2) Maneuvers

Initiating Turns

With the wide center and thin
tails, the boards have quite a round outline. This is especially noticeable
from the middle section forward, towards the nose, where the rails have clearly
marked tucked-under edges. The rocker line makes the FRC’s very lively. Thus
the boards need little pressure to carve into fast maneuvers.


The thin rails and the edge of the rear channel delivers great grip and control
when railing up. Even at high speeds the boards will not bounce. All four designs
favor active riders and for sailors with a sporty style they will love the fast
carving turns and freestyle tricks they can get out of this shape.

Handling (Smaller Sails)

JP boards run free and their
noses do not stick in the chop. The wetted planing area reduces steadily allowing
the JP’s to reach super fast speeds even with small sails.

Radical Maneuver

The outline is very harmonious
and has an even curve in the mid section. The rail shape is also very constant.
This causes an even and constant lift during the maneuver, no matter how hard
you rail up the board and how much of the rail is pushed into the water. The
board feels absolutely neutral throughout the whole turn. The rail does not
‘dig’ or ‘lead’, when hitting chop in a jibe or wave turns.


The Freeride Carves are versatile
and carve very well. They can deliver sporty performance on the waves. In light
to moderate winds the FRCs encourage the rider to play with waves which aren’t
too high or steep.

3) Easy Planing

Early Planing

There is a short mid section of the board which is wide and parallel. This
flattened planing area at the entry, together with the channel, ensures that
the boards plane very quickly and easily remain on the plane through lulls.
They feel easy and comfortable.


The rail of the rear channel
works like an additional little fin, taking some of the leeway pressure.


Weight (+/-5%)


kg lbs
name system     ideal recomm.
Full Wood Sandwich Technology, Double Heel Pads
Carve 86



27 Powerbox     4,4-6,2 4,0-6,4
Carve 96



29 Powerbox     5,0-6,6 4,5-6,9
Carve 106



31 Powerbox     5,4-6,8 5,0-7,0
Carve 116



35 Powerbox     5,8-7,2 5,3-7,4


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