JP SUPER RIDE
PRO 116L 2019
The all-new Super Ride freeride series was released by JP-Australia midway through last season and sits in their range between the user-friendly Magic Ride and the freerace specialist Super Sport. Exhibiting many of the contemporary compact design traits of the Wave Slate and Freestyle Wave, it is said to hail from a ”new generation” approach, resulting in a desirable combination of attributes including speed and comfort, control and ease. Available in no less than four different construction options and five volume sizes (albeit not all sizes are available in every technology), it is clear that JP are putting plenty of onus on the Super Ride this year. With its diamond tail and parallel rails, the angular nose provides some symmetry to the outline, making it easy on the eye. The rails possess a hard edge along much of their length, displaying relatively little tuck, whilst there is plenty of dome to the 116’s deck, particularly in the tail. A 38cm “Maui Ultra Fin” replica G10 fin with masses of surface area is supplied, as well as thick dual density deckpads, plenty of footstrap options and a foil-ready Deep Tuttle fin box.
“For this new concept we picked the best features of all our board lines to come up with an amazing all-rounder.”
We were lucky enough to try the Super Ride earlier in the year and have to say, the more you use this 116, the more you appreciate how versatile it is, particularly around the corners. When you first step on it, the initial sensation is one of buoyancy, the board providing more than enough support for its quoted volume. It responds and releases onto the plane early and easily, the drive and feedback provided by the fin’s extended chord really helping in this respect. Accelerating smoothly, it is directionally stable and irons out the bumps well, the footstraps easy to locate as you move down the board. The thick deckpads and dome in the rear of the deck undoubtedly contribute to the comfort of the 116’s nature, yet it is its life and energy that really keep you captivated. It really does feel alive and exciting to sail – crisp and responsive like a freerace board 15L its junior. For the timid, passive sailor there is the potential that it could be a bit too much initially, but stand more upright over the board and it settles down, happy to cruise and cover distance at leisure. And yet for the more advanced rider, it shines when loaded and sailed in challenging seas, responding well to an efficient sail and more performance oriented fin.
The dome in the tail really helps you to connect with the fin and experiment with the setup to achieve the best stance. It keeps you thinking and makes you want to go out on it again and again. And as with the other notable compact designs in this test group, the JP is a simply stunning board to drive through the gybes. Whatever your ability or style, the Super Ride is always willing to accommodate, retaining its speed and commitment effortlessly through the arc. Push harder and it responds time and again, encouraging the rider to get on their front foot and force the issue to see just how much they can get away with. And the truth is … a lot! It may not be the fastest here compared to some of the outright freerace contenders, but we’re sure that whoever is on the JP will be one of the riders having the most fun.
A board that keeps delivering, rewarding rider input time and again – the more you put in, the more you get out. A go anywhere board that will bring a smile to your face every time you use it.
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