JS Industries Demo Day
Average surfers put the world’s best boards under their feet in hopes of surfing like Parko and Occy.
Finally a demo with some surf! Normally cursed with flat conditions, we rallied the troops this morning at Buccaneer Beach in Oceanside, CA. to test out boards from JS Industries in fun, three to four foot peaks. Below is the feedback from everyday surfers like you and me…
I rode two boards today; a 5’10 x 19” x 2 3/8” Mystery model shaped for Joel Parkinson and a 5’8” x 19.5” x 2 3/8” I Am Red model. I paddled out the Parko model with visions of surfing like a bar of soap in a bathtub but it was a bit too beefy for me, which makes sense because Parko isn’t a small bloke. I liked how the board flew down the line but it was kinda corky and didn’t want to bite into the wave when I tried to turn. A bit thinner and this bad boy would have been a keeper. The great thing about a demo is that if a board doesn’t feel right, you simply go in and swap it out for something more to your liking. With something a bit smaller in mind I grabbed the “I Am Red” stick (which interestingly enough wasn’t red) and had it set up as a quad (with five FCS boxes my options were wide open). This board felt great; super fast down the line and able to turn on a dime. What I really liked about it was the wider nose; it really helps your paddling. Granted I wasn’t doing Occy hacks, but I’d put one of these in my quiver in a heartbeat!—Justin Coté/TWS Online Editor
When there are 100 boards lying around it’s hard to pick one out and say it’s gonna be the one. Since I like a little more volume in the nose, the JS crew started me off with a 6’0” Mystery which had a full mid section. I rode it on a few waves and felt the beefiness of it wasn’t my cup of tea for the steep beachbreak conditions. After that, I grabbed a 6’1” x 18 3/4” x 2 3/8” Forget Me Not which is a narrower performance board. The dimensions weren’t perfect for me, but the board definitely achieved the rail-to-rail effect you’d want in a shortboard. For anyone’s quiver (or at least those who can afford a quiver), this would be a chest-high plus, punchy-wave performance board.—Aaron Checkwood/TWS Photo Editor/Owner Of A Vintage Body Glove Wetsuit
Just back from the JS demo at Buccaneer Beach in O’Side—the spread of boards was amazing! I test drove a 6’1’ Mystery and a 6’1’ Konfusion. Both had signature series Parko fins. The waves were a bit of a challenge by the time I arrived; offering up short interval double ups. I normally ride 6’3” but both models paddled pretty fast for the shorter length.
-The Konfusion rode smooth through every strange transition and carried speed without effort. It felt really comfortable off my front foot when I had to be forward on the board—this is a must in the daily quiver. It could ride in larger and better quality surf or supply joy in junk.
-The Mystery (which had a tight little swallow tail) was almost too fast for the short shoulders on offer. It turned far tighter than the Konfusion in the pocket but supplied too much drive on my forehand—the board had an electric turbocharger hidden under the hood! The Mystery wanted more than O-Side had to offer…today.
-If you’re interested in trying a few new Tractors come down to Seaside Reef in Solana Beach Saturday, July 9th between 8am -1pm.—Jeff Baldwin/TWS Sales/80s World Tour Warrior
I tried four boards today and had four totally different experiences. I surfed the:
1. Konfusion 6’2″ x 19 x 2 3/8
2. Kingpin 5’11” X 19 1/2 X 2 ½
3. Mystery 6’1″ X 19 1/4 X 2 ½
4. I Am Red Quad 6’0″ X 20 X 2 ½
My favorite board was the “Mystery” (after I figured out that one of the fins
was missing on my first wave—apparently you’re supposed to screw them in beforehand?) it was fast down the line and very responsive in the pocket but a little squirrely for the first couple of waves. Once I got used to it, I decided that this is the perfect board for waves under head high. My least favorite board was the “I Am Red” quad because it was way too much board. It was really hard to get on rail and just too much volume for me. Maybe a smaller version would have been the ticket. The Kingpin was the other standout for me; it had a double bump rounded pin tail and was set up as a thruster (but had a quad option). This board was super fun and responsive and less squirrely than the Mystery even at a smaller size. It turned on a dime and accelerated out of my turns, always a plus.—Charlie Anderson/TWS Publisher/Somewhat Hairy Barista