Packing extra volume over other high performance-esque shortboards of the time, the JS Occy helped to take my surfing to another level. An oldie but a goodie, the JS Occy or ‘Raging Bull’ model as it’s now called is Mark Occhilupo’s signature model.
+ Paddle power in bigger, better surf with an outline geared for speed
+ Precise, nimble
+ Loves a steep face and hollow waves even with a flatter rocker
– I couldn’t surf my JS Occy in surf below shoulder high unless the swell packed serious punch (Read: solid long period groundswell)
The JS Occy at 6’4 x 19 1/2 x 2 5/8 at ~33.2L’s of volume. Full standard JS Occy model surfboard volumes and dimensions at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Shoulder high to well overhead. Steep, hollow, punchy beach, reef and point breaks
- Flatter entry and exit rocker
- Forgiving but versatile medium rails
- Flexible outline suitable for a variety of surfing ability levels
- Three fin thruster setup
- Nice tight round tail loves a steep face
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Long ago in my surfing career, I did what I think many surfers do with regards to the size of the boards we ride. I continually tried to ride smaller and smaller boards in the hopes that going smaller would make me surf better. I’m unsure why exactly I thought this was the case. Perhaps an influence of the pros who appear to effortlessly catch waves and generate speed on tiny little toothpick boards?
Regardless, the standard high performance boards I was riding eventually became too small for me to surf practically. I had so much trouble catching waves – I dropped in too late for the ones I did catch – and generating speed, my surfing started to go backwards. It was frustrating.
Then I found the JS Occy, Mark Occhilupo’s signature model. I hadn’t paid much attention to volume up to that point but it was noticeable easier to catch waves and generate speed with this board. Not only that, I could take a big, steep drop, make it and then cruise down the line, throwing a turn or two. It was easy to paddle, easy to surf and yet I instantly felt as though my technical surfer was improving.
Smooth yet precise, after weeks of surfing the Occy at my local beach break on bigger, better days, I took my Occy to Uluwatu for the first time on an overhead day as a second test. The quick, shifty peaks at Ulus were no match for the Occy’s prowess. That round tail sat perfectly in the steep Uluwatu wave faces and helped control the power and speed of the waves. Plus, the extra paddle power helped me to get onto waves that the ever present packs of surfers at Uluwatu could not. Sun burnt, exhausted and completely surfed out, I was hooked.
Regardless of the fact that the Occy model has only a slight rocker running the length of the board, it became my ‘go to’ shortboard option for bigger, better waves. However, I still struggled to catch and ride waves well (especially lower quality, lower period waves) in the sub-chest/shoulder high range. I believe this is attributed to the lower volume of the Occy I rode, which is below my volume sweet spot).
Overall, the Occy or ‘Raging Bull’ model and JS Industries now calls it is a great, forgiving option for bigger, better waves.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
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The Occy is a solid all around short board. But you can read all of the specs on the JS website so I am not going to get into that.
What might be relevant is that I am an average surfer, weekend warrior, about 80kgs (175lbs). I have owned two of these boards over 5 years. Although I have surfed this board in chest high reef breaks, it excels in the more powerful stuff. About head-high+ ground swells. As long as you don't get it too small (sorry Benny), it catches waves and surfs like a dream, never feeling out of control but very solid and secure.
Every manufacture has an "all-around performance board", but if you have ridden JS boards in the past and want a performance shortboard with a bit more volume in it you can't go wrong with this one. Highly recommend. It will be a sad day when they discontinue this board.