FREERIDE

Status

Werner Gnigler shapes the

liveliest and sportiest boards in the freeride class. His philosophy is clear

- when experienced sailors use a big board they want to plane early but they

must also have a lively board which offers great jibing characteristics. Thanks

to Werner’s designs the buzz which you used to get in higher winds is now yours

in light to moderate conditions. So you can now spend more time and enjoy much

more action on the water.

What we wanted from Werner

for 2002

Fast boards which get up on

the plane early and which offer excitement with great maneuvering characteristics.

What we got

  1. Superb designs: For light wind

    sailing and great performance combined with great riding sensation when you

    reach the planing threshold.

  2. Speed – and more speed: Big boards,

    which sit high on the water and speed with minimum contact with the waters.

    This ensures really high speeds in light winds. Impressive acceleration and

    great speed make these boards perfect for dynamic carving.

  3. "Plane-ability":

    The flat channel area with wider tails and a redesigned entry and outline

    in the center section provide boards which plane beautifully.

  4. Maneuverability: Lively

    shapes which - despite their size - respond immediately to steering commands.

    The Freeride range initiates any type of turn easily and thin rails and channel

    rails deliver enormous grip even in fast carving.

  5. Technology:

    All 3 models of the 2002

    Freeride boards are available in two different technologies:

    The Epoxy Sandwich Technology

    more or less is the equivalent to the 2001 JP Freeride technology with a High

    Density PVC in the deck an bottom.

    As special highlight the

    Freerides 2002 are available in Full Wood Sandwich Technology with an additional

    wood layer in the whole deck area, making the boards stiffer, more durable

    and lighter.

    The 130 is the smallest

    of the JP Freeride shapes and it delivers the finest ride in its class. Compared

    to last year’s designs the 2002 Freeride boards are a little wider in the

    tail. They feature a slightly more parallel outline in the center area with

    a newly designed rocker curve. Thus sailing becomes much more comfortable

    and "easy-planing" simpler, without affecting the lively character

    of the board. When planing the hull sits high on the water, accelerates rapidly

    and runs fast on the small wetted underside area. It also reacts astonishingly

    quickly to foot pressure. Throughout carving turns the board offers excellent

    grip which means that experienced sailors can carve very hard and tight. When

    the wind picks up this shape remains easy to control.

    To sum up the Freeride 130

    planes extremely fast and jibes outstandingly well in a wide range of conditions.

    FREERIDE 145

    This new Freeride shape

    is a powerful alternative to Freeride-Race boards. In the right conditions

    the performance is awesome and sailors at any reasonable level will love the

    board’s excellent early planing and speed on all tracks. It is great fun to

    sail. Even less experienced sailors will be able to achieve high speeds because

    you don’t need a huge sail to get planing, accelerate and go really fast.

    More than that, the board is easier to handle and it is significantly more

    comfortable at high speeds. The JP Freeride is much more maneuverable than

    other boards of the same size.

    The 145 is the liveliest

    and fastest early planing freeride design yet produced?

    How big can a board get,

    which still feels lively, challenging and fun to sail?

    Last year Werner Gnigler

    provided the answer - a 144 liter hull. And now for 2002 Werner has gone a

    stage further with a new shape for heavy sailors in light winds whatever their

    abilities. The Freeride 160 transfers the power of big light wind sails -

    up to 10m2 - into early planing. The width of the 160 is 74cm which makes

    it extremely stable. Nevertheless the board ain’t no lazy laggard - it planes

    exceptionally early and easily, accelerates quickly and runs freely.

    Compared to a formula board,

    this freeride can keep up very well: it may not plane that soon or go upwind

    in such an extreme angle, but the JP feels much more dynamic on all tracks

    and is easier to control in a wider range of conditions. Right, because this

    is a clearly more nimble freeride shape for maximum fun and not a pro-riders

    workout machine.

    The lively 160 fits all

    hobby racers who want to plane early and fast even with ‘normal’ sail sizes.


    Characteristics Freeride - 2002

    A) SHAPE HIGHLIGHTS

  6. Slightly wider nose area to optimise

    the flow of outline and rail shape

  7. Parallel outline in the center

    of the board

  8. Round rails clearly "Tucked-Under"
  9. Thin rails
  10. Thinner hulls with less volume

    especially in the rails and from the mast foot forward

  11. Refined rocker line
  12. Optimized deck shape
  13. Channel bottom design

B) CHARACTERISTICS

1) "Free Ride"

Turbo & Speed

The shape of the bottom curve

and channels enable the boards to sit high on the water offering a lively ride

for their size. When planing, the wetted area reduces steadily and the boards

take off rapidly to reach high speeds, even in lighter winds.

Lively Feeling

This season the rails are

thinner, especially from the center to the nose. In front of the mast foot the

hulls, too, are thinner. Thinner rails, thinner nose area, less volume and mass

– this causes that the boards feel light and lively despite their width. Some

years ago, shapers had a similar idea, which they realized in No-Nose boards

designs, a totally different and more radical approach. The new Freeride range

offers the feeling of small boards - and yet they are not that small.

Control and Comfort

The Freerides sit high an

the water and plane on short wetted area. Due to the rocker curve they keep

clear of the cop, resulting in a smoother and more comfortable ride with better

control in a wide range of conditions.

Smaller Sails

Average freeride and slalom

boards hit the chop with their nose, hard and more often. This means that the

wetted area increases, the board slows down and more sail power is needed to

push the board through.

JPs don’t - they run free

and therefore gain high speed even with quite small sails.

2) Easy Planing

Early Planing

The new generation of JP Freeride boards is clearly wider! The outline in

the mid section is slightly more parallel. The rocker curve and the ‘entry’

have been refined. The channel makes the flat planing area longer.

Therefore the sporty JP’s

pass the planing barrier much easier -even passively- and plane through lulls

comfortably.

Upwind

Improved planing characteristics

enable the new Freerides to go upwind better and easier. As in the past, the

rails of the channel take some of the leeward pressure and work like an additional

small fin.

3) Maneuver

Initiating Turns

The boards still have enough

curve in the outline to make turning simple. The rails are well ‘tucked under’.

The Freerides have a light Vee, which makes it easier to rail up the board without

affecting the boards’ planing position in the water. The areas beside the channel

have more curve to ensure smooth turns.

"Carving"

The thinner rails and the channel rails of the 2002 Freerides offer excellent

grip when the boards are railed up. Thus the sailors are able to handle a lot

of speed in the turn.


Technologies

For 2002 all three FREERIDE models are available in either

of two technologies – the choice is yours.

Epoxy Sandwich Technology

The proven sandwich technology with High Density PVC (Sandwich)

in the deck and the bottom.

Full Wood Sandwich Technology

(Sandwich + Wood)

A full layer of veneered wood in the whole deck makes the

boards stiffer, stronger and about 1 kg lighter.

Board

Length

Width

Volume

Weight (+/-5%)

Fin

Sails

cm

Foot/Inch

cm

Inch

Inch

liters

kg lbs

name system ideal recomm.
Freeride

Full Wood Sandwich Technology, Double Heel Pads

Freeride 130 FWS

274

9'

0"

66.5

26.1''

130

7.5

16.5

Freeride 40 Powerbox 5,8-8,0 5,5-8,5

Freeride 145 FWS

277

9'

1"

70

27.6''

145

7.9

17.4

Freeride 44 Powerbox 6,2-9,0 6,0-9,5

Freeride 160 FWS

280

9'

2''

74.5

29.3''

160

8.5

18.7

Freeride 48 Powerbox 6,5-10 6,2

+

Freeride

Epoxy Sandwich Technology

Freeride 130 ES

274

9'

0"

66.5

26.1''

130

8.4

18.5

Freeride 40 Powerbox 5,8-8,0 5,5-8,5

Freeride 145 ES

277

9'

1"

70

27.6''

145

8.8

19.4

Freeride 44 Powerbox 6,2-9,0 6,0-9,5

Freeride 160 ES

280

9'

2''

74.5

29.3''

160

9.4

20.7

Freeride 48 Powerbox 6,5-10 6,2

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