The best JS Industries small wave board yet? This JS Industries 107 is an exciting small wave performance board that is lightning fast off the mark and has a nice, settled feel in the water.
Surfers of all ability levels will likely find something to love about this board and, if you’re in a place where your average days are smaller and flatter faced, this is definitely a board you should consider.
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+ Forgiving, easy board to ride in a variety of small wave conditions
+ Agile, performance oriented small wave design can be pushed hard and will still suit an advanced / experienced surfer
+ Dynamite, exciting ride that strikes the right balance between performance and ease of use in small to medium size waves
+ Overall, one of the best small wave boards we have ridden in some time
– This is really a head high and below affair – keep in that range and the board is dynamite
The JS Industries 107 model at 6’3 x 21 x 2 3/4 at 39.5L’s. I started with the Julian Wilson medium FCS 2 fins but knocked one out in the surf and lost it on my first surf. After, I moved to the large Gorilla Sloth Palm Tri Fin Set. I preferred the feel of the medium JW FCS2 fins but like the extra hold of the Gorilla’s when the swell was larger and more critical. I did try surfing the 107 as a quad with the Gorilla’s up front with FCS 2 Performer trailer fins at the back but reverted to the thruster setup, which I felt complimented this board better.
Standard JS 107 dimensions and volumes may be found at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
The sweet spot for the JS Industries 107 is a flatter faced wave in more average, mushy conditions in the thigh / waist high to head high. It will handle more punchy, hollow waves but it’s so FAST, it really loves to carve apart a weaker wave face.
- Flatter rocker with mild entry and tail rocker
- Full rails, which are ideal for cutting through chop in more average conditions
- Intricate bottom contours with a slight rolled vee at the nose entry to a deep single concave and then a deeper double concave with vee out of the tail
- Wider, stubbier outline with generous foam distributed throughout
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You are looking at the JS Industries 107 Model. This is one of the best small wave boards I’ve ridden in quite some time. It’s a really well balanced board. It’s easy and forgiving to ride, but on those days where I really wanted to push the board hard, I could. I think this board would be really useful for a lot of different ability levels of surfers, so I think a beginner and or a novice could actually get up on this board and find that the width of the outline, if you can see, it’s got quite a wider outline, I think it does feel quite forgiving.
It has a lot of foam distributed throughout the board so it’s a really easy board to ride, but at the same time, you can really push the board hard. It’s intended for smaller, weaker, more crumbly waves but it does handle bigger and steeper, more hollow waves, more critical waves. I have a very good friend, one of the best surfers I know, who surfs this board, he surfed it right through winter. His name is Joel. He loves this board. This is by no means going to limit the more advanced surfer. A couple things about the JS 107 that I think help this to perform the way it does in small wave conditions.
It’s quite a simple little design. Again, it’s intended for smaller waves so it’s got a slightly wider outline. It’s got a little bit more width through the nose. It’s got a little bit more width through the tail. It has quite a bit of foam through the tail as well. I found the tail was really great pushing through turns, especially in smaller waves where you really want it to get, do your bottom turn and get a lot of drive and acceleration out of that turn and I think the slightly wider, thicker tail, I think will help you to achieve that.
You can see that it has very little rocker throughout the board. There’s a little bit of tail rocker or a little bit of tail curve here. Same with the nose, there’s just kind of a relaxed entry rocker to the board but other than that, it’s a relatively flat board. Again, you can see the foam distributed throughout. If I look at this in contrast to the JS Blak Box 2 [See the review…], which I reviewed recently, the JS Blak Box 2 loses a lot of it’s bulk through the tail here and through the nose.
Having this foam, this distribution of foam throughout the board in this manner makes this perform the way it does, in that it just picks up and accelerates really quickly, generates a lot of speed, which in smaller more crumbly waves is exactly what you want. It has slightly fuller rails. Those are going to help you again cut through mush and chop. They won’t catch as easily. They’re not intended to be very refined rails that you’re going to be pushing hard through big, hollow barrels or anything like that.
“It has quite an interesting intricate bottom contour.”
JS has put a little rolled vee in the front here, so it’s got a slight rolled vee just at the tip of the nose there. That comes into a deeper single concave and then that flows through to a deeper still double concave running to the back of the board here. It’s got a nice channeling mechanism that literally is like a jet engine funneling water from the tip of the board when you enter into a wave, all the way through to a little vee out of the tail, which helps to release the water out the back of the tail.
“Overall, a really good, clean, simple small wave design.”
This is intended for the one to two foot range. In Australian speak, that’s thigh / waist high, up to head high. I did surf it probably just a touch overhead. I wouldn’t surf it much higher than that but it was fine in those conditions and it was actually fine when the waves were a little bit more hollow and more critical, as I mentioned before.
Experience in the Surf
The experiences that I had with the JS Industries 107, again, I surfed it in all manner of conditions. I have been surfing this board for a few months and I absolutely love surfing this board. I find myself pulling it out time and time again, especially around Sydney where the waves aren’t always big and powerful. You know, we do get a lot of like shorter period, weaker wind swell and for this, this type of board really, really works well in those types of conditions.
I think for somebody in Southern California or Sydney or the East Coast of Australia or in and around Perth or even Florida, I think this type of board would be great for a lot of those average kind of smaller to medium size waves. Places where you get juicy powerful waves every now and then, but most of the time we’re surfing kind of smaller stuff, I think you would easily get away with this as your all rounder for those types of conditions.
The most memorable surfs I have had on this, I did surf it a couple times at my local, which can get steep, fast, hollow, and quite critical, I did surf it a couple of times in those steeper, faster waves. I think if you’re an advanced surfer and you’re worried that this might have a little bit too much bulk, I don’t think it does.
I, again, have other people I know who are very good surfers, very advanced surfers and actually my friend Joel I referenced earlier, he got like a three second barrel on this board at a fantastic beach break up the coast. So it can be pushed, it can be surfed hard.
I think the most memorable time where this board really, really excels is again, in those I’ll say waist to probably chest high, maybe shoulder high conditions where the waves are a little bit more flatter faced.
This thing just takes off and accelerates so quickly, it’s such a fast board that I think it really excels in carving and turning and chopping up those kind of flatter faced waves in that wave range I said earlier. I think most people are going to find that is the sweet spot for the board.
For the beginner, I think, or a novice, I think you could get away with this board in lots of different conditions. Again, because it is quite forgiving and has a nice settled feel in the water.
For the advanced surfer, if you want to surf a wave and really tear it apart, I think those smaller, flatter faced, more crumbly waves are really where you’re going to find this board really excels.
For fin set ups, I tried this board first as a thruster. I actually surfed it as a thruster using these FCS 2 Julian Wilson fins. These are medium sized fins. These felt great actually. I loved them, but the first time I was surfing this board I accidentally knocked one of those fins out in the water and lost it. I ended up switching up to these Gorilla large template fins. These are very similar – if you look at the shape of them – these are very similar to the FCS 2 Accelerators, the orange FCS 2 fins, so these are considered to be their high performance all rounder fin, if you will.
These felt great. They didn’t feel too finny. I did try pulling out this back fin and I put medium FCS 2 Performer trailers in the back, but I actually prefer it as a thruster. I just felt it has a nice pivot feel to it when you’re doing turns and I just preferred it as a thruster. Most of the time when I’m surfing these kind of wider tail boards, I would go for a quad, but I really like this board as a thruster.
Looking at the pros and the cons of the JS 107, again, this is one of the best small wave boards I’ve ridden in awhile. I do really like this style of board. It is really good for somebody at my ability level. It allows me, I think, to perform maneuvers that I wouldn’t normally be able to do because it is a little bit easier to surf, a little bit more forgiving but at the same time, you know, when I was surfing slightly juicier waves, I could still get up and I could get into a little, I could get a little cover up with it. I didn’t feel like it held me back in most situations.
The one thing that I probably wouldn’t do with this board – it’s not really a negative, it’s just not the purpose of the board – I probably wouldn’t surf it much overhead. I think the sweet spot for this would be again in that waist to head high range and that’s where I certainly surfed it and again, flatter faced waves as well, just because the amount of speed you can get pumping down the line with this thing given it’s design, it just really, really worked well in those situations.
That is the JS107, a fantastic little small wave board from JS, one of the best small wave boards I’ve ridden in quite some time. Really, I love surfing this board.
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This board is so so so good for most of the waves we get around Sydney and the East Coast of Oz...a must have if you like to throw it around in the smaller, more average waves we get so often