A versatile daily driver, meet your new all rounder, the JS Industries Blak Box 2 (Round Tail). This board will live in your car and get pulled out for most of your surfs.
Meet JS Industries Blak Box 2 Review + FCS 2 Accelerators…and a round tail. A board that promises versatility & performance as your favourite daily driver; does it deliver?
I think it does. I surfed the Blak Box 2 (round tail) in a variety of wave types (junky, clean, running, closing, grunty, flat-faced) and heights (chest high to a few feet overhead), this board feels dynamic and lively under foot and handles most conditions with style and grace.
This is the JS Industries Blak Box 2 Surfboard Review + FCS 2 Accelerators for Compare Surfboards.
+ A true all rounder for most of the waves you will encounter most of the time
+ Very smooth, settled ride that feels forgiving but still gets radical
+ Love the drive off of bottom turns: the Blak Box 2 makes you feel like you are setting up for every wave just right
– I struggled with it during one session at a very fast, hollow beach break. I don’t know if any board would have been better
The JS Industries Blak Box 2 at 6’4 x 21 1/4 x 2 11/16 at 38.4L’s. I played with a lot of different quad fin setups on my JS Blak Box 2 but my favourite fins for this board are the FCS 2 Accelerators with matching quad trailers.
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Best Wave Type
Waist high to a few feet overhead. Junky, more average conditions to better, cleaner waves.
- Low rocker throughout with low entry and flat exit rocker to help you get up and get going with ease
- Standard 5-fin setup
- Medium full rails that won’t catch in more average conditions and help to push you through turns in weaker waves
- Single to deeper double concave for life and a lively, responsive feel
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This is the JS Industries Blak Box 2 with a round tail. I have a stock standard 6’4 Blak Box Two with a round tail, so mine is 6’4 x 21 1/4 2 11/16 and 38.1 liters, which is about what I ride for this type of board, which is intended really, to be an all around performance board for the average, everyday waves that a lot of us surf all the time. This is intended as an all-arounder, a daily driver for the waves that a lot of us get. For a lot of us around, say, Sydney or Southern California or Florida where the waves don’t generally get that big and that often, this type of board I think is a must have.
This Blak Box 2 round tail is obviously an evolution of the Blak Box 2 with just a rounded squash tail. I was actually keen to try that board, but I do really like round tails. They always seem to go pretty well for me, so when I found out that JS Surfboards was coming out with a round tail I jumped on the round tail instead. I haven’t ridden the squash.
You can see that this board doesn’t have a tremendous amount of rocker. It’s got a little bit of entry lift and it doesn’t have very much rocker through the tail at all. Again, it’s meant to help you to get up and get going in flatter, mushier, weaker waves. It’s stuff that’s a little bit less than perfect. It has slightly fuller rails, so rails then aren’t going to really catch when you’re going through turns. They’re not going to hit a bit of chop and send you sideways, and it’s got that…
“Nice refined round tail at the back which is great for release and feels nice and smooth through turns.”
It has a single concave running through here and then a double that starts back about just in front of the fins here, and quite a deep concave flowing out through the back fins there, so it’s a standard all around bottom contour of choice, and, in general, this board has all the elements again for being a great average wave all arounder. I have surfed this board a lot – really taken it right through the traps and surfed in a lot of different conditions – and I’m going to share with you up next what my experience was riding this Blak Box 2 round tail in lots of different waves.
Experience in the Water
My first surf on the Blak Box 2 round tail was at a beach break very close to my house that gets pretty steep and hollow but on this day it was standing up a little bit flatter and had these nice, running walls. There were some closeouts here and there but actually the smaller waves – that would have been in the chest high region – were actually running really well and it was a very clean almost windless day. Just a touch of offshore, it was really beautiful conditions. I took this out for the first time, and I was looking at the board and the size of it and the 6’4 and everything. I’m thinking maybe it’s a little bit too small, the waves may be a little bit too small for this style of board. It actually wasn’t at all.
This was a great option in those types of conditions and my first couple of waves on this, I was taking off and actually most of the waves were breaking better right, which I don’t like because I really like left, but I was taking off and I would just get my bottom turn in and the rocker and that slightly wider round tail felt really drivey as I was punching through my bottom turns on my backhand. The board just felt really snappy and responsive, almost like it had a lot of extra curve in the tail rocker, but it doesn’t which is interesting.
I actually had to go back and look at the specs again because I was expecting it to have quite a bit more curve in that tail given how smooth it felt doing the bottom turn and then smooth it felt coming up and doing a top turn. I’ve actually surfed the Blak Box 2 in a few different wave types now and I’ve always had that experience. That was a great start I think surfing this board, and again nice conditions, but smaller. That chest high range with slightly weaker waves and offshore conditions. I would get up, get a lot of speed, get to do a couple of backhand hacks and I was really pleased with this as the first surf.
The second time that I took this board, I went down the coast to a really punchy, hollow beach break that breaks in really shallow sand. It doesn’t matter how big it is. From double overhead down to waist high, it breaks in knee deep water and gets really fast and hollow. It can get fantastic with beautiful A-frame peaks that barrel in both directions. I took this board out in those conditions and it was very clean. It was off shore but man it was quick. I am pretty good at getting up to my feet quickly but for the first half of that surf, I struggled. I don’t know if I can blame the board because I did hit a groove in that surf for about forty-five minutes.
“I was up to my feet, sticking bottom turns and blasting down the line.”
As soon as I would get up to my feet and get down the line and hit my bottom turn the speed of this board is tremendous and it felt really great running in front of these little fast sections, basically outrunning the lip the whole time. A couple of times I took off and I actually ducked under the lip and got little cover-up but didn’t make it out of any barrels. An interesting experience and one that showed me that even despite that flat rocker and this wider outline, you could still take off on a steeper wave and you could still make a drop and once I got up to my feet and got going the board felt great.
I think one thing that achieved that, you can see that there’s a bit of foam that runs throughout the board here, but then it really tapers off quite a lot here, and this area of the board, just this front bit of the nose here, feels really quite refined. It’s pulled in a little bit more, it’s thinner, and it just doesn’t really get in your way. Unlike some other average all-arounders that have a little bit more width and thickness in the nose that I think wouldn’t have handled the drops on that day. This JS Industries Blak Box Two did handle it.
Now, the third surf that I wanted to share with you to show you the versatility and the wave ranges that I could surf on this board, I was surfing up the coast again and I was surfing on a bigger day, and there were these big rolling rights coming through in this deep water beach break where the waves would come in with quite a lot of power and they would sit up quickly, but because of the size they were breaking slowly in the beginning and if you got in front of the peak then you would be able to get down and get in front of the wave and make the most out of it. It was overhead to a few feet overhead consistently with fast, steep walls and you had to really paddle to get on top of it and once you got into it you were fine.
The thing that impressed me about this board again was the push and drive off of the bottom, which made me think that had more curve through the rocker. It really felt like I was able to weave out and underneath these rights and come up and do hacks and everything.
On the lefts – the lefts were breaking really quickly – I was able to slot it in easily, stick the bottom turn and then careen down the line and had some really good waves on this board. That demonstrated the wave heights that this board can handle. I surfed it up to a few feet overhead all the way down to stomach/chest high and everything in between. This board is intended to gravitate towards more of those junky waves, and I’ve surfed the junkier conditions and it does handle those very well but I have been quite impressed at its prowess when the waves are slightly bigger and better.
There are probably other options in JS Industries stable or in other surfboard manufacturer’s stables that would be better for those better waves but if you again are looking for a board that’s going to handle a lot of conditions, especially if you’re around Sydney or the East Coast of Australia or around California and you want a board that’s going to perform as a solid all-arounder, then I think this proved to me that it can handle all of those conditions well.
For fin setups, I have been surfing these FCS 2 Accelerator fins. You can see that the Blak Box 2 has the five fin setup. It’s the same in the squash as it is in the round tail. You’ve got the five fin option. I never surfed this board as a thruster. I always surfed it as a quad because I do really like round tails with a quad fin setup. That combination is a staple for me. It’s one of those things that just seems to work for me a lot of the time and I put these fins in, these FCS 2 Accelerators up front, which are an all-around high performance fin by FCS and I have been sticking with these Performer quad trailer fins, which are more like an all-around, everyday surfers performance fins. This set up worked very well for me.
You can see it is quite a lot of fin. These Performers are almost at the same level as these Accelerators. It never felt like too much fin. Again, the set up worked very well. I think perhaps if I was able to surf this more and more I’d probably try it with just the Performers up front and I’d also try it with the Accelerators as a thruster but I was pleased with the way it went and it worked for me in a lot of waves.
SUMMARY: The Good The Good & The Not So Good
The good, the good, and the not so good about the JS Industries Blak Box 2 round tail. The good is this board delivers on what it is intended to deliver. For a sturdy all-arounder that you can take out from probably down to waist high, (I didn’t surf it quite that small, but I’m sure I could have) all the way up to again a few feet over head, steeper, cleaner conditions, junkier, less clean conditions, flatter faces, it handles it. It handles a variety of conditions and wave types really, really well.
For a board with this much width and thickness for me anyways, with that much foam running through the foil, JS have really dialed in where to put the foam. The foil, or the distribution of foam through the outline, is fantastic in this board. They have pulled it out of just the right areas so it is a forgiving performer that does seem to work well in a lot of different conditions.
“Throw this in the car and it will handle most of the wave types that you are going to encounter in most of the places that most of us surf.”
The not so good: I really can’t fault this board on very much. I had that surf that I said I struggled with when it was really steep and really fast and really hollow and I was having trouble making waves and making drops and everything. I don’t know if it’s the board. I don’t know if any board would have helped me on that day. Every other time I surfed it I was fine and I was taking steeper, faster drops, nothing like that and it was okay. It didn’t have any trouble getting into a steeper face.
Overall, a very fast, dynamic ride that works in a lot of different conditions, and that is a great option for a lot of these surfers out there who are into that genre of board that is a little bit shorter and a little bit stubbier but still maintains a high performance shortboard feel.
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I'm 70 kg, 5'8". Just got a 5'8" x 19-5/8"x 2-3/8 (27 litres?) BB2 rt. Maybe too wide. 3'-6' ft. week-long swell. Surfed same spot whole week, similar tides, offshore wind. Rode it as tri w/cheap Futures F4 and Futures EA. No good. Rode it as quad w/cheap Futures F4. No good. Rode it w/honeycomb F4 quad. Money! Easy on the drop, board connects and projects out of bottom turns, pivots on top turns, skates across flats, holds in the pocket. Can race it, can fade and accelerate, can slow and accelerate on pivots. Terrific board.
Thoroughly enjoyed your review, Benny. The good, the good and the not so good, and your explanations of WHY are very informative. Turning the board over repeatedly also helps me see how the board looks from all angles.
Convinced me to order one today shipped to me, and can't wait to try it during summer here.
If it is delivered and delivers as good as all indications show, I'll probably also buy a squash BB2 as a back up. Thanks to your review of the 107, I may also order one of those. Ya got me stoked on JS!
I got this board on New Year's and I've had I've taken it out maybe a dozen times. I'm 6 2 and weigh in at about 85kgs. I'm 39 and not really too good at surfing and am moderately fit. I ended up getting the stock 6 4 squash hify and I've only surfed it as a thruster. I've been surfing mostly twins for the past few years, and mostly a Tomo twin at that. The Tomo is now brown with a rippled bottom so the BB2 is the replacement.
I find the board to excel in steeper head-high waves. I haven't tried it anything too overhead yet. I'm a fairly mellow surfer and I find this board to be responsive and fast. I make late drops that I previously would eat it on and that's true for hitting the lip as well. I might be tripping but it the board seems to want to hit the lip. The board gives me the speed to do what I want to do on the wave.
My first several sessions were in good head high steep waves and I was getting ready to take a hatchet to all of my California soul brother share the love hand crafted fairly heavy works of surf art... then I took the BB2 out in some mush and decided to let the hatchet be.
The board didn't kill my quiver BUT it will always have a place in my car, in shoulder to head high steepish quality waves, I'm taking it out. It's got plenty paddle power in the size I got as well. In mush, I'll still use my hand-crafted surf soul craft soul boards.
I have been riding this board for awhile now and am still struggling with it. Post surf reviews from observers is though it catches and goes in anything it tends to run flat. Having so much foam and width in the tail the board struggles to go tight rail to rail making it hard to hit the lip/hack. Result is the board wants to run flat and fast down the line then loves a big cut back figure eight (does this make sense?). Am currently trying different fin configuration to try to loosen it up. I think Benny being a bigger guy and with a quad set up suits being able to drive this type of board. Would recommend a size down from your groveller as an all rounder.
Great all rounder.
I have the square tail and usually ride as a quad.
Very smooth in transition and lack of concave under front foot doesn't push water as the rocket did.
Not the best in steep barrels as there is to much foam and rail doesn't grab.
But as a groveller to do turns on it is really good.
I got this board at jacks surf shop in Huntington Beach. I got one with too much foam and size but I love the glide. First bottom turn - couldn't believe how willing this board was to going vertical! I'm usually the one to go custom but this board really does everything well. I'm sort of inclined to go a few inches shorter. But yeah thanks for the review. It's good to know others felt the same way bout this board.