2002 JP Freerides

FREERIDE





Status


Werner Gnigler shapes the
liveliest and sportiest boards in the freeride class. His philosophy is clear
– when experienced sailors use a big board they want to plane early but they
must also have a lively board which offers great jibing characteristics. Thanks
to Werner’s designs the buzz which you used to get in higher winds is now yours
in light to moderate conditions. So you can now spend more time and enjoy much
more action on the water.



What we wanted from Werner
for 2002


Fast boards which get up on
the plane early and which offer excitement with great maneuvering characteristics.






What we got











  1. Superb designs: For light wind
    sailing and great performance combined with great riding sensation when you
    reach the planing threshold.





  2. Speed – and more speed: Big boards,
    which sit high on the water and speed with minimum contact with the waters.
    This ensures really high speeds in light winds. Impressive acceleration and
    great speed make these boards perfect for dynamic carving.





  3. “Plane-ability”:
    The flat channel area with wider tails and a redesigned entry and outline
    in the center section provide boards which plane beautifully.





  4. Maneuverability: Lively
    shapes which – despite their size – respond immediately to steering commands.
    The Freeride range initiates any type of turn easily and thin rails and channel
    rails deliver enormous grip even in fast carving.

  5. Technology:






    All 3 models of the 2002
    Freeride boards are available in two different technologies:


    The Epoxy Sandwich Technology
    more or less is the equivalent to the 2001 JP Freeride technology with a High
    Density PVC in the deck an bottom.


    As special highlight the
    Freerides 2002 are available in Full Wood Sandwich Technology with an additional
    wood layer in the whole deck area, making the boards stiffer, more durable
    and lighter.






    FREERIDE
    130






    The 130 is the smallest
    of the JP Freeride shapes and it delivers the finest ride in its class. Compared
    to last year’s designs the 2002 Freeride boards are a little wider in the
    tail. They feature a slightly more parallel outline in the center area with
    a newly designed rocker curve. Thus sailing becomes much more comfortable
    and “easy-planing” simpler, without affecting the lively character
    of the board. When planing the hull sits high on the water, accelerates rapidly
    and runs fast on the small wetted underside area. It also reacts astonishingly
    quickly to foot pressure. Throughout carving turns the board offers excellent
    grip which means that experienced sailors can carve very hard and tight. When
    the wind picks up this shape remains easy to control.


    To sum up the Freeride 130
    planes extremely fast and jibes outstandingly well in a wide range of conditions.



    FREERIDE 145






    This new Freeride shape
    is a powerful alternative to Freeride-Race boards. In the right conditions
    the performance is awesome and sailors at any reasonable level will love the
    board’s excellent early planing and speed on all tracks. It is great fun to
    sail. Even less experienced sailors will be able to achieve high speeds because
    you don’t need a huge sail to get planing, accelerate and go really fast.
    More than that, the board is easier to handle and it is significantly more
    comfortable at high speeds. The JP Freeride is much more maneuverable than
    other boards of the same size.


    The 145 is the liveliest
    and fastest early planing freeride design yet produced?



    FREERIDE
    160






    How big can a board get,
    which still feels lively, challenging and fun to sail?


    Last year Werner Gnigler
    provided the answer – a 144 liter hull. And now for 2002 Werner has gone a
    stage further with a new shape for heavy sailors in light winds whatever their
    abilities. The Freeride 160 transfers the power of big light wind sails –
    up to 10m2 – into early planing. The width of the 160 is 74cm which makes
    it extremely stable. Nevertheless the board ain’t no lazy laggard – it planes
    exceptionally early and easily, accelerates quickly and runs freely.


    Compared to a formula board,
    this freeride can keep up very well: it may not plane that soon or go upwind
    in such an extreme angle, but the JP feels much more dynamic on all tracks
    and is easier to control in a wider range of conditions. Right, because this
    is a clearly more nimble freeride shape for maximum fun and not a pro-riders
    workout machine.


    The lively 160 fits all
    hobby racers who want to plane early and fast even with ‘normal’ sail sizes.






    Characteristics Freeride – 2002


    A) SHAPE HIGHLIGHTS











  6. Slightly wider nose area to optimise
    the flow of outline and rail shape





  7. Parallel outline in the center
    of the board





  8. Round rails clearly “Tucked-Under”





  9. Thin rails





  10. Thinner hulls with less volume
    especially in the rails and from the mast foot forward





  11. Refined rocker line





  12. Optimized deck shape





  13. Channel bottom design



B) CHARACTERISTICS





 



1) “Free Ride”







Turbo & Speed


The shape of the bottom curve
and channels enable the boards to sit high on the water offering a lively ride
for their size. When planing, the wetted area reduces steadily and the boards
take off rapidly to reach high speeds, even in lighter winds.






Lively Feeling


This season the rails are
thinner, especially from the center to the nose. In front of the mast foot the
hulls, too, are thinner. Thinner rails, thinner nose area, less volume and mass
– this causes that the boards feel light and lively despite their width. Some
years ago, shapers had a similar idea, which they realized in No-Nose boards
designs, a totally different and more radical approach. The new Freeride range
offers the feeling of small boards – and yet they are not that small.






Control and Comfort


The Freerides sit high an
the water and plane on short wetted area. Due to the rocker curve they keep
clear of the cop, resulting in a smoother and more comfortable ride with better
control in a wide range of conditions.



Smaller Sails


Average freeride and slalom
boards hit the chop with their nose, hard and more often. This means that the
wetted area increases, the board slows down and more sail power is needed to
push the board through.


JPs don’t – they run free
and therefore gain high speed even with quite small sails.


2) Easy Planing







Early Planing

The new generation of JP Freeride boards is clearly wider! The outline in
the mid section is slightly more parallel. The rocker curve and the ‘entry’
have been refined. The channel makes the flat planing area longer.


Therefore the sporty JP’s
pass the planing barrier much easier -even passively- and plane through lulls
comfortably.



Upwind


Improved planing characteristics
enable the new Freerides to go upwind better and easier. As in the past, the
rails of the channel take some of the leeward pressure and work like an additional
small fin.



3) Maneuver







Initiating Turns


The boards still have enough
curve in the outline to make turning simple. The rails are well ‘tucked under’.
The Freerides have a light Vee, which makes it easier to rail up the board without
affecting the boards’ planing position in the water. The areas beside the channel
have more curve to ensure smooth turns.






“Carving”

The thinner rails and the channel rails of the 2002 Freerides offer excellent
grip when the boards are railed up. Thus the sailors are able to handle a lot
of speed in the turn.



Technologies

For 2002 all three FREERIDE models are available in either
of two technologies – the choice is yours.

Epoxy Sandwich Technology

The proven sandwich technology with High Density PVC (Sandwich)
in the deck and the bottom.

Full Wood Sandwich Technology

(Sandwich + Wood)

A full layer of veneered wood in the whole deck makes the
boards stiffer, stronger and about 1 kg lighter.


Board
 
Length
 
Width
 
Volume


Weight (+/-5%)


Fin
     
Sails

  cm
Foot/Inch
  cm
Inch

Inch

liters
kg lbs
name system ideal recomm.
Freeride
Full Wood Sandwich Technology, Double Heel Pads

Freeride 130 FWS
  274
9′

0″
  66.5

26.1”

130
7.5
16.5

Freeride 40 Powerbox 5,8-8,0 5,5-8,5

Freeride 145 FWS
  277
9′

1″
  70

27.6”

145
7.9
17.4

Freeride 44 Powerbox 6,2-9,0 6,0-9,5

Freeride 160 FWS
  280
9′

2”
  74.5

29.3”

160
8.5
18.7

Freeride 48 Powerbox 6,5-10 6,2
+
Freeride
Epoxy Sandwich Technology

Freeride 130 ES
  274
9′

0″
  66.5

26.1”

130
8.4
18.5

Freeride 40 Powerbox 5,8-8,0 5,5-8,5

Freeride 145 ES
  277
9′

1″
  70

27.6”

145
8.8
19.4

Freeride 44 Powerbox 6,2-9,0 6,0-9,5

Freeride 160 ES
  280
9′

2”
  74.5

29.3”

160
9.4
20.7

Freeride 48 Powerbox 6,5-10 6,2
+
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