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JP Freestyle Wave 93

Apr 28, 2010

JP Freestyle Wave 93
V: 93 L: 234 W: 60.5

The ride: Over the last few years, JP has been putting more “wave” into its Freestyle Wave (FSW). This year the trend continues, with it finally becoming the all-around board we have been waiting for. It’s a perfect blend of speed and control. Sizable chop can be mowed over without fear, and when jumping off a ramp the FSW’s speed and pop sends you soaring. The smooth ride makes it a decent board for riders to grow into. Less experienced highwind sailors will have modest success at first and will gradually become more comfortable after a few windy days. Its speed can be a bit unnerving for novice sailors riding tiny sails, but it tolerates you backing off the power if you need to. In the Pro construction the FSW is very responsive to gusts and rockets onto a plane with incredible efficiency. Changing to a smaller fin makes a noticeable difference for gaining highwind control since the stock fin has a lot of surface area.

The jibe: All the wave shaping added to the FSW has certainly paid off in the jibe. You can take copious amounts of speed into a turn and still rail the board over with ease. The thinned out rails hold beautifully through both wide and tight arcs slicing cleaning through chop. There is not a lot of volume in the tail so you do need to be able to move your weight forward to plane out of jibes.

The forte: JP was kind enough to send us the FSW in the Pro construction. The lightness underfoot is noticeable and it seems to add another foot or two to jumps. It is capable of landing Spocks and Flakas but the tail sticks more than a true freestyle board, but for straight airs and loops the FSW was amazing.


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