“The ride is great. It feels fast and rides off the tail with plenty of control”
“The harder, grippier turning style means that it doesn’t feel as loose as some of the other boards, but has more security through the turn”
“A really easy board to sail for all levels of rider”
J P have two Twinser / Quad ranges – the Jason Polakow signature range and the Kauli Seadi range. Jason’s are targeted slightly more at down-the-line riding while Kauli’s are more all-round.
This test looks at the Kauli Seadi shape, the 74 Twinser Quad. The graphics are quite a departure from the theme JP have run for the past few years, while the quality of fittings is everything you would expect from this brand – great straps, pads, and a high quality G10 main fin. The pads and straps feel a little softer than previous years, which is nice.
The JP is notably the longest board in this test (226cm) and also has the narrowest tail width at 32.5cm. Max width is moderate at 55cm, while it’s impressively light at 7.22kg complete.
The board is supplied with four fins (as a quad) but can also be used as a twinser using two (unsupplied) bigger rear fins. We tried it as a twinser, which loosened the feel of the board a little (particularly the initiation of the turn), but generally we preferred it as a quad and have mostly tested as such.
This board is arguably the best in test in a straight line (scoring joint first with the RRD, but with quite a different character). The RRD is loose, fast and compact with a short nose, while the JP feels longer, gunnier and more direct. It has a harder, more directional feel to it and allows you to push against the fins while the board rides smoothly off the tail. It’s a welcome change to many of the very sedate and planted rides of other quad-fins, and made this JP our Clones’ favourite board for jumping.
The way it rides makes the JP a very easy board to sail. It flies upwind and has (again jointly with the RRD) the best ‘get up and go’ of this group. That extra bit of length and riding from the tail makes life a lot more comfortable, particularly in chop.
It turns with a very smooth, grippy feel. It’s actually quite a hard and drivey feel in the turn compared with the softer RRD and Starboard styles. The JP takes a bit more effort to initiate the turn, so in some ways doesn’t feel quite as loose, but it’s more a question of turning style than performance. In fact the JP was very good for allowing the rider to push just a little bit extra from their back foot at the end of the bottom turn to get really vertical, something a lot of boards – particularly quads – aren’t so happy with. Off the top it has very good grip and allows you to fully engage the rail and throw plenty of spray. In smaller onshore waves its more grippy, harder style make it feel a little less ‘playful’ than the softer style boards, but no less potent.
In bigger waves, the JP is really good. That grippy, driving bottom turn and harder feel give the board a lot of security, allowing you to bottom turn hard at speed into the biggest waves with full confidence. The top turn is also great, with all the grip you need to drive hard powerful turns. Some of the boards in this test feel almost too loose in better conditions, but the JP has no such problem.
Thanks to the great ‘get up and go’ and straight-line performance, the JP was comfortable carrying sails up to 5.3, and the control at the top end meant that it remained happy right down to about 3.7.
This board has big appeal, as it’s ideal for such a wide range of users. Intermediates will love the straight-line performance, the ride and secure turning style, while advanced riders will find the JP as equally potent in big down-the-line waves as in smaller onshore mush. It’s not as loose feeling as some of the other boards, but in some conditions, boards can sometimes be too loose and the JP counteracts this by being very secure and drivey through the turn. You also have the option of the twinser setup if you want a slightly looser ride than the Quad can offer.
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