JP Australia Supersport 112L 2014 Test Review
The Supersport has a stretched outline and is delivered with a 40-cm. G10 powerbox fin. Its JP go-fast stable mates are the Slalom/Speed Pros, X-Cite Ride Plus and Super Lightwind.
“The Super Sports deliver slalom-like performance but are way easier to ride and control. Great market feedback and lots of test wins have confirmed that. The line combines shape features from the X-Cite Ride and the Slalom boards to offer the best of both worlds. To make them really 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 everyone not only for World Cup professionals.” (Sic.)
Our early sessions on this 112 were in 25-30 knots of wind and a hectic water state – and really over-finned – and so our first findings were hugely different to when we ran it in 18-23 knots. Initially, we found the Super Sport to be comfy and connected to the water and generally easy to sail and forgiving of both foot and fin pressure. Yes, it was challenging to gybe when overpowered, but what isn’t? Although strong upwind, the boxy rails are a bit ‘slappy’ in chop, yet the head-to-head speed and feel of speed is good – especially deep downwind – and this model could rival some serious slalom boards and even occasionally the JP slalom pro version too. In the messy water it prefers fast, wide gybes, but later we enjoyed some good fast, tighter turns in lighter wind, but still in difficult ‘death chop’. There is a more old skool, dated feel of length (it is the longest and thinnest in this selection) and this model offers an outboard stance as opposed to an upright-and-on-toes sailing style. Overall the ride is smooth and controlled, alive and with a stable rail-to-rail feel and positive acceleration. When well powered it felt planted and pinned, but in lighter wind was much more nice and ‘slippery’, regardless of water state. The rails are super soft and forgiving, but there’s no ‘bite’ like a full-on slalom board, which is good news for those taking steps upwards to genuine racing gear. All-in-all this 112 is easier to ‘make fast’ than a dedicated racing shape and would be a good pick for those who like to stay in a controllable power band without being particularly fussed about pushing the limits of what size fins and sails they can handle in the name of speed.
A real-world racing board with a narrower wind range than a dedicated racing shape, but all the ease-of-use and forgiveness of a sporty freeride model. Best paired with softer, friendlier race sails or gruntier twin cams/no-cam freerace foils. A smaller carbon fin could pay dividends as you progress.
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JP AUSTRALIA SUPERSPORT 112L 2014
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