‘Perfect all-round board with plenty of zip’

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Specifications: 5’9 x 18 3/4 x 2 5/16 @ 26.4L

Price: $999

Store demos available:

5’9, 5’10, 5’11, 6’0 and 6’1

Overview:

In the past I have had a few of Julian Wilson’s JS models including the LOWDWN and the AIR 17 PERFORMER. The LOWDOWN in particular was one of my favourite JS boards.

When i was told this model was being developed and having popped one under the arm, i knew i had to get amongst this model. Even more so when i found out that it held all the characteristics of the AIR 17 PERFORMER, but was better suited to the majority of waves we surf here on the Central Coast… And i wasn’t let down.

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I went with the 5’9 as the literage was good for me, and I ran the HYFI tech as I’m sold on the epoxy/hybrid carbon construction. I used AM Blakstix from FutureFins as they are my go-to fins but found there was already a lot of speed generated through the flatter rocker and deep concaves on the board so I reverted back to the same template fins (AM), but in the flat-sided honeycomb series which gave me more control and flow, especially as the wave size increased.

My typical surfing locations were all spot X’s, but mostly beach breaks. Most notable, the initial entry speed and glide through dead sections, I felt the board performed best in clean 2 to 4 foot waves and would be more suitable for someone wanting progression in their surfing but isn’t ready for a full high-performance model.

If you’re looking for a 1 board quiver, I’d definitely consider the AIR 17 X. You can take this board to the beach, not knowing the conditions, and surf it over 90% of the time. Consider PU if you generally surf bigger waves but I simply can’t fault the pop and liveliness of the HYFI construction.

Pros: 

  • Ultimate performance board, that you can really trust under you feet when the waves are calling
  • Drive and speed down the line is unbelievable.
  • Instantly felt comfortable from the first session.
  • The HYFI material adds insane responsiveness and explosiveness through turns.

Cons:

  • Didn’t handle in bigger waves, especially with down the one bump and if the wind was onshore, which is generally the same with all epoxy’s.

‘This puppy’s a staple for my quiver’.

Blogged By: Darren Cooper.