JP AUSTRALIA SUPER SPORT 124L PRO 2015 TEST REVIEW
Remaining current from last year, the 124 is the second largest in a four board line-up and is the only model in the Super Sport range that is also available in the brand’s elite GOLD construction. However, we test it here in their Pro construction, coming supplied with a precisely milled high performance 45cm fin.
“The Super Sports deliver slalom race-like performance but are way easier to ride and control. The line combines shape features from the X-Cite Ride and the Slalom boards to offer the best of both worlds. To make them seriously fast, Werner Gnigler used his experience from the Slalom developments while the influence of his X-Cite Ride shapes make sure that the power of the Super Sports is easily accessible for every advanced rider.”
Compared to some others on test here, the Super Sport feels quite conventional underfoot, being longer than most with a square boxy tail and balanced volume distribution through an evenly curved deck. There is plenty of stability in marginal winds and the 124 responds brilliantly to being pumped, popping up onto the surface of the water and releasing willingly. The straps are easy to find and once on the plane the Super Sport accelerates smoothly, gliding efficiently through lulls. It’s a fantastic platform for making the most of fluky marginal conditions, feeling very comfortable and composed. As the wind increases it can be pushed to a good top speed, but never gets carried away or compromising its control for out and out straight-line performance. And that is the Super Sport’s real trump card – when the conditions get hairy or the wind gets too much for the sail being used, the board allows the rider to stand up and ease out the power without bucking or misbehaving itself. It doesn’t have the extra gear others in the group seem to have, but makes up for it with an ease and practicality to make it useful through a wide wind range. In the gybe the 124 responds best to a committed and powerful style, where you can get your weight forward and keep it driving through the turn. The hard parallel rails in the tail of the board require good technique to stop them snagging and stalling, although the extra volume in the tail provides a ‘get out of jail free’ card even if all speed and momentum is lost.
Offering incredible early planing potential and an easy efficient ride, the Super Sport 124 is a master for making the most of marginal conditions, remaining practical and forgiving as the wind increases.
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