You will dig this silky smooth JR Sardine; a different take the summer small wave board, this is a more refined small wave performance specimen.
+ Silky smooth feel when flowing down the line
+ Thin tail is perfectly balanced through turns
+ A lively performance option for smaller surf (and it looks cool)
+ JR Surfboards are lovely people to work with – helpful and professional
– It took me a while to find the sweet spot on the Sardine. I am heavy on my front foot (especially in smaller surf) and I thought the wide outline would support me pushing on the accelerator but I ended up nose diving instead! Once I figured out where to shift my weight, all fell into place
The JR Surfboards Sardine at 6’0 x 21 x 2 3/4 at ~37.8L’s of volume. Full standard JR Surfboards Sardine surfboard volumes and dimensions at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Waist to head high, flat faced or a bit steeper. Sardine doesn’t mind a bit of chop but feels best in cleaner, more lined up surf (as most boards do 🙂
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Hey, welcome to Benny’s Boardroom! Welcome back! I hope you’re doing well. My name is Ben and I buy, ride and review surfboards. I was put onto this board by a gentleman who spends a bit of time on the site; a really interesting gentleman named Tony. He had gone and ordered a JR surfboard. I hadn’t heard of JR before. [00:00:30] Anyway, he put me in touch with them and they’re lovely people to deal with, and they make some really cool shapes as well. I ordered a couple boards from them and this is the first board that I’m going to review from JR Surfboards. This is called the Sardine.
When I saw this Sardine on the JR Surfboards website, I was coming into summer in Australia and I really liked the shape of this thing. It looks cool! It has this big wide looking outline but it is intended to be more high performance. It’s meant [00:01:00] to be able to turn a little bit sharper and feel a little bit more precise than a lot of other small wave boards you’ll see.
It’s actually quite a different design. The outline again has a bit of width through the nose and a bit of width through the tail but it has really nice, low, sharp rails. Up front, this nose is quite thin. There is not a lot of bulk in that nose; it’s pretty sharp. The first couple of times I took off on this, [00:01:30] actually, I was struggling a little bit because I was expecting to have a lot of volume up front and I’m pretty heavy on my front foot. That nose is wide but quite refined; I was actually digging the nose a few times on takeoff. It wasn’t until I figured out that the sweet spot of this board is a little bit more centered and that I needed to be a little bit more on my back foot that I finally started to work this board out; it took me about half a session. Once I did that, it was off to the races.
This JR Sardine just flows really beautifully on the wave face. [00:02:00] The nice flat rocker, as you can see, is good and conducive to surfing flatter, weaker wave face conditions. The tail, which is also nice and thin nice and thinned out, is really easy to turn. I remember the first good wave that I rode on the Sardine; I did three big back hand hacks in a row. It just felt so smooth and so nice. Other than that, you can see that it has a [00:02:30] standard single concave that doubles out to a vee through the back. I’ve been surfing the Sardine as a quad with these FCS2 fins.
Overall, a fun and quite lively board in smaller waves. This worked best for me in the waist to head-high range. I did surf at a little bit overhead and it was fine but I preferred the Sardine by JR Surfboards when it was a little bit smaller – the waves for which it is intended. That is the Sardine by JR Surfboards.
If you’ve had a go [00:03:00] on the Sardine or another JR surfboard, please let me know what you think. Thanks very much for watching the show.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Standard JR Surfboards Sardine surfboard standard dimensions and volume from JR Surfboards website:
|5’2||19 1/4||2 3/16||23.8L|
|5’3||19 3/4||2 1/4||25.1L|
|5’4||19 1/2||2 5/16||26.3L|
|5’5||19 5/8||2 5/16||27L|
|5’6||19 3/4||2 3/8||28.2L|
|5’7||19 7/8||2 7/16||29.5L|
|5’9||20 1/4||2 1/2||31.9L|
|5’10||20 1/2||2 9/16||33.7L|
|5’11||20 3/4||2 5/8||35.4L|
|6’1||21 1/4||2 3/4||38.8L|
|6’2||21 1/2||2 3/4||39.8L|
|6’3||21 3/4||2 7/8||42.4L|
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