Mar 4, 2011
V: 96 L: 237 W: 60.5
The All Ride is JP’s new line that takes over where the resized X-Cite Ride line ends, and is designed to make sailing smaller boards easier.
Not only is the All Ride 96 at least nine litres bigger than any other test board, it’s also the only board designed for flatwater. With its incredibly light Pro construction, it’s no surprise that the All Ride was, by far, the quickest to plane. In a straight line, we were pleasantly surprised by the speed. It could easily give a slalom board a run for its money when set up with outboard straps. The rider position is perfectly balanced, regardless of strap position—though, it does deal with chop differently. With the inboard setting, the board seems to settle in the water for a smooth ride with the concave and channel bottom cutting through the chop. The board becomes much more lively in the outboard setting, requiring the rider to drive off the fin while keeping the sail sheeted-in, allowing it to skip across the top of the chop. JP has done an amazing job of making this board easy to sail in the inboard position, while offering the progressing sailor plenty to grow into.
It’s not really fair to compare this bigger flatwater board’s turning ability directly to the others in the test, but that doesn’t mean the All Ride isn’t still fun to jibe: what it lacks in responsiveness and turning radius it gains in planing ability and speed through the turn. In an aggressive slalom-style jibe, this board planes deep into the turn and does a great job of holding the rail while going in at full speed. For those learning to jibe, the All Ride’s planing ability will get you far enough through a jibe for the stability to take over and let you finagle an exit that keeps the hair dry.
The All Ride is a fun, flatwater freeride board that is perfect for the progressing sailor, yet, provides plenty of performance to grow into. jp-australia.com