A magical little modern performance fish / hybrid shortboard, this is a great, versatile option for surfing the average waves that most of us surf, most of the time. Fast, lively and maneuverable, this is the JR Voodoo review.
+ Just the right amount of width and thickness through the board but never too much
+ The JR Voodoo can be cruisy, can be nimble, can be serious – a great all rounder
+ Smooth riding – getting into the zone with the JR Voodoo feels great
– In slower waves, sometimes, it feels, well, slow. This was rare – most of the time the JR Voodoo goes like a rocket ship – but I noticed it enough to mention
The JR Voodoo at 6’1 x 20 7/8 x 2 3/4 @ 37.5L’s of volume. I rode the Voodoo as a quad using large FCS 2 ‘Performer’ fins. Standard JR Voodoo dimensions and volume at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Great average wave all rounder. Excels in waist/chest high, flatter faces waves but will handle overhead waves with a bit more grunt.
- Diamond or ‘coffin’ tail as JR Surfboards call it
- 5-fin setup
- Low entry and tail rocker
- Nice medium to low rails
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Hey, welcome back to Benny’s Boardroom! My names Ben, and I buy, ride, and review surfboards. For me and for you!
This is the JR Surfboards Voodoo model. When I saw this board on JR Surfboards website, I liked the shape instantly. To me, is just the type of board I like to surf when the waves are average, which they are most of the time. I’m thinking waist high to head high, to maybe a touch overhead but nothing to hollow or critical; just your standard, flatter, average waves. I’ve surfed the JR Voodoo in those conditions all the way up to a couple feet overhead and it is really, really, fun and fast. The JR Voodoo flows really nicely down the line. I’ve also surfed it in sub-shoulder high conditions and similar story, it gets up and gets going quickly and easily.
The Voodoo a nice foil, so the distribution to volume throughout the board is really balanced. It has a nice, forgiving tip and tail so it’s a really fun board to ride in those average conditions that we surf a lot of the time. The JR Voodoo boasts a wider outline running from a wider nose. The nose trails off well so there is not too much bulk, which is nice. That nose doesn’t get in your way when you’re trying to take a steeper drop.
If we come through to the tail – this cool diamond tail or coffin tail as JR calls it – this also loses the bulk.
When we look at the rocker, you can also see the distribution in the volume from the tip to tail. This has very little rocker; it is a very flat board from tip to tail. Again, you can see that that nose is quite thin as well as the tail so the volume has all been pushed through to the center where it helps you to get up and get going. It gives you lots of paddle power but that bulk doesn’t get in your way either. When you get up and get going on this thing it’s [00:02:00] really fast and flows nicely and smoothly down the line, but because of the nose and the tail being a little bit more refined you can still turn this board hard and take a slightly steeper drop with that nose.
The Voodoo has the all-rounder bottom contour of choice: a single concave and that runs out through to the back here where you have a double concave and a slight vee off of the tail. That’s a pretty standard all-rounder bottom contour.
Overall, I found this to be a really cool, modern performance fish / hybrid shortboard outline. This is the Voodoo by JR Surfboards. If you’ve had a go on the Voodoo, please let me know what you think. I know a lot of surfers that are getting a lot of enjoyment out of this board because it excels in the conditions that most of us surf, most of the time. That’s the JR Voodoo.
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Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Full standard JR Voodoo surfboard volumes and dimensions from the JR Surfboards website:
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I've had a 6'2" JR Voodoo for a bit over a year, and I love it! I find that I surf it 80+% of the time up here on the Gold Coast.
I find it goes really well for me (196cm tall, 103kg) in 1+ foot to 3-4 foot waves that are a bit fatter/fuller. And if the waves are hollower in the 2+ foot range, I'll switch to a 6'6" JR Punt Rocka in EPS "Tri-Flex".
It was great chatting to Roddy in the factory before I ordered the board off him, and the Voodoo has really helped my surfing, allowing me to surf in all conditions in a nice neutral stance for easy manoeuvrability (due to the short length) while being able to catch heaps of waves thanks to the volume.