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JP X-Cite Ride 120

Apr 28, 2010

JP X-Cite 120
V: 120 L: 250 W: 67.5

The ride: One of the most impressive things about JP’s X-Cite Ride is that it has performance for any level rider. It’s not very wide for its volume so be sure to choose the appropriate size for your needs, possibly adding a few litres compared to chunkier models. Its smallish feel makes it smoother across chop and allows it to be ridden with smaller sails than the other 120-litre boards. For sailors learning the footstraps, this means that you can control and carry extra volume, even in windier conditions to help ease the ride. Part of the reason the X-Cite line works well for any level rider is that there are numerous well-placed footstrap inserts. The inboard inserts promote a proper hips-in stance with your feet finding the straps instinctively. Progress to the outboard setting and the X-Cite Ride transforms into a much quicker board. It’s responsive to trim work and breaks free to an impressive top speed that also feels very efficient. To maximize the wind range we’d add a longer fin for a 7.5 m2 and a smaller fin if you need to ride it with a 5.0 m2.

The jibe: First-time jibers will find comfort in how easy it is to set the rail and have the board slice through chop. Advanced jibers will find that it’s able to perform both an exhilarating high speed turn off the nose with an oversheeted entry or a relatively tight turn if aggressively pivoted off the tail.

The forte: The X-Cite Ride is a jack-of-all-trades, but one thing that sets it apart is its performance in chop. Anyone from a first-time short boarder to an advanced rider will find years of carefree fun from the X-Cite, especially if your local spot is anything but flat.


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