THE ALL-NEW ALL-IN-ONE
The hunt for versatility stops right here! The JPs have always been the true classics in the Freestyle Wave class because they are super balanced and incredible fun in the widest possible wind and water range. And this latest, brand-new generation of all-water toys raises its own benchmark – again. The new shapes provide a more compact feel and quicker response in manoeuvres. As an additional treat they not only sail faster but at the same time feel more comfortable. Uniting the core virtues almost every windsurfer is looking for they truly tick all the boxes as all in one boards!
The demands for Werner Gnigler’s new shapes were not extensive, they were as simple as it gets: Just make them better without sacrificing in any segment. A very tricky task when you have to improve our already market-leading all-rounders but with the development of the Magic Wave in his pocket, our shaper already had a pretty clear idea what to do. Werner: “I planned to maintain the proven proportions of width, length and volume as they are key to overall ease and let us offer the perfect balance between all disciplines. The major change I had in mind was that I wanted to re-work the bottom curve…”
The most visual change is the new outline in the nose area which got slimmer and provides the feel of lightness. The centered swing weight further enhances the compact feel and the great responsiveness in manoeuvres.
The outline of this new concept is still parallel in the mid-section creating maximum surface area for early planing and stability.
Marginally wider than the previous tails, they are still narrow to maintain control during fast runs over choppy water. The thin rails bite hard into high speed carving turns and small waves without getting stuck.
The deck shape creates a comfortable stance for all foot strap positions, providing perfect board control and excellent responsiveness. The outboard strap position matches best with a single fin setup and offers the best freeride solution. On the other hand, the thruster fin box set up in combination with the inboard strap option makes for the perfect tuning for maximum manoeuvrability.
And now to the essential shape news:
The biggest change happened in the V flow and scoop rocker line along the bottom of the boards.
The front section of the board features a significantly increased Vee combined with double concaves making the board super comfortable and effortless to sail.
Starting between the straps and towards the tail, the Vee becomes less pronounced resulting in a very curvy rail line and thinned out rails. This is responsible for the outstanding manoeuvrability and grip during turns and further improves the wave heritage of these boards.
The rocker was reduced along the centre, not only boosting the performance level in blasting mode but also resulting in a more comfortable stance due to the loose and stable water position of the new shapes.
By popular demand, 2022 sees the return of the Pro Edition! Coming with the same layup as the Freestyle boards, the FSWs now feature a Carbon Innegra deck! (also see technology)
Additionally, all Pro Edition sizes come with the JP Foil-Powerbox and are ready for foil action! Even the small FSW 78 features this reinforced fin box which probably makes it the smallest board for foiling on the market. This box widens the total wind range and opens the options for this new discipline of ‘flying’.
All Freestyle Waves come with thruster fin boxes: The main Powerbox and two side fin boxes and covers (PRO: with two small side fins).
New G-10 fin: The Pro Edition boards now also come with a new fin shape featuring more area towards the tip. The new curvy outline comes with a smooth swept back rake angle. Thus, in combination with the new carbon Side Wave fins, the new G10 fin provides more drive and a secure, steady ride in combination with outstanding manoeuvrability.
It has been said before and has to be pointed out again: The Freestyle Wave concept is the ideal option for 99% of coastal-sailing recreational windsurfers. The Freestyle Wave offers so many tuning options that it can be set up perfectly for any given day, no matter what the conditions. It’s an ideal all-round high wind board for both, blasting and bump&jump sailing. It also shines as a powerful, all-round wave board for lighter winds, heavier sailors or difficult conditions and is great fun especially for huge jumps and fast carves in side to side onshore conditions.
Hassle-free medium to high wind freeriding, bump and jump blasting, classic freestyle, high speed carving, wave sailing..... You name it and the Freestyle Wave has it in his bag. Still as all-round as ever, they are JP’s new fastest and most manoeuvrable all-water toys. They are livelier and more versatile, too.
No matter the conditions, you’ll simply have the best time on the water – easy!
NOTE: The ES boards come with the standard Powerbox and only the PRO models feature JP’s specially reinforced Foil-Powerbox.
Windsurf Magazine, UK, 2022 JP FREESTYLE WAVE 94 Pro Test Review