JP AUSTRALIA FREESTYLE WAVE 101L PRO EDITION 2013 TEST REVIEW
The JP Freestyle Wave is available in sizes ranging from 77 up to 111 litres and comes in two different constructions, Full Wood Sandwich (all sizes bar 77L) or the Pro Edition carbon that we tested here. They are all compact, multipurpose shapes and the three smallest (77, 84, 92L) Pro Edition sizes come fitted with Thruster boxes for increased wave performance.
AT A GLANCE
• Compact outline with pointed nose and squashed pintail
• Quality JP straps and cushioned pads with heel bumpers
• Flat deck around the mast track and subtle dome around the pads
• JP Freestyle wave 29cm G10 Powerbox fin
• Double concave hull with Vee in the tail.
• Shortest and lightest board on test
This FSW’s early to plane and very quick off-the-mark. The super-compact shape has plenty of width making it stable underfoot, although it does feel a bit on the smaller side of 101 litres. The straps are comfy with firm pads offering cushioning under the heels. Soaking-up the bumps in choppy conditions extremely well, it’s fun to blast around on and the feel of the short waterline at speed is exciting! This is a very manoeuvrable and playful board with a highly versatile carving style – great fun through gybes and we’re confident it would also deliver well in better waves than those on test. The short, compact outline is easy to control while airborne and has good singlefin-style pop to make it a capable freestyler for entry-level aerial tricks. We found it sailed well with a smaller, dedicated freestyle fin fitted too – something we’d recommended if you want to exploit its newer-skool moves potential to the full.
The JP Freestyle Wave 101 is an early-planing, lively and exciting board that blends freestyle and wave performance nicely, yet it’s the freestyle potential that would probably be most appealing to budding trick artists. There’s plenty of pop and the compact feel makes for great fun in the air, all with the added bonus of being quick on the straights. A strong option for having fun in all sorts of situations.
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