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Since it’s introduction, the Wave Slate has been a ground-breaking wave board in small to medium surf. Its compact shape and parallel outline combined with the single to double concave bottom shape allows for a new level of early planing and speed on the wave. Agile, fast and reliable, the Wave Slate has everything you need to make even the most mediocre sessions exciting and enjoyable. Don’t think that the amazing speed and early planing will take anything away from its performance in real wave conditions though. These boards are also excellent in down-the-line conditions and very much hold their own when the surf starts getting bigger.
What JP's riders say
“When the wave conditions are not epic, I like to use the Wave Slate to squeeze every extra ounce of energy out of the waves. It planes super fast so it’s easy to get going quickly to jump when the waves are breaking close to shore and it holds its speed in the bottom turn when turning on onshore waves so you can really utilize it to do radical turns when the waves are soft and slow.”
The parallel outline is the foundation of this board concept. It reduces drag and increases lift, resulting in more speed and early planing. Together with the efficient volume distribution, the parallel outline enhances stability allowing these boards to be shorter than before without feeling wobbly and difficult to sail.
The reduced length allows for tighter turns and makes the board feel small and compact in the air, the swing weight is centred, speeding up rotations and change of direction. Additionally, shorter boards fit better into steep sections or smaller waves with less risk of nose-diving in the critical section.
The second generation of our Wave Slates features a bottom concept which is widely used in surf boards and combines two totally different rocker lines:
On the one hand the relatively flat rocker along the centre-line supports early planing and overall performance along with a great deal of control. On the other hand, the strong V and narrow outline at the nose and tail create more curve at the rail which takes over once you initiate a turn.
This combination results in a very surf-oriented feeling on the wave while still giving you all the performance of a modern windsurf board. At the front of the board the narrow nose, pronounced V in the bottom and additional rocker keep the shoulders high and dry, resulting in a safe feeling during turns, on the wave face and when lining up jumps. Between the footstraps the deep single concave channels and accelerates the water to provide additional lift for early planing and speed.
At the tail the flat V creates a great water release and in combination with the slim outline enhances versatility on the wave and the ability to carve super tight.
The boards come with a thruster fin setup but the hull is equipped with 2 Mini Tuttle and 3 Slot Boxes to open up all trim options and to suit every rider’s style.
1. Compact wave all-rounder for tightest turns
2. Thruster fin setup with multiple fin options
3. Slotbox with fin positioning scale
4. Innegra Parabolic Rails
5. New footstrap with scale for easy adjustment to the foot size and 4 screw fixation
7. Double Footstrap Plugs
Windsurf Magazine sin test
Maturing like a fine wine and no less relevant today, the JP Wave Slate Pro 87L shows how the defining parameters of compact and conventional designs have become blurred over time. A supreme all-rounder for UK conditions, it has key performance qualities that both flatter and excite.
This second generation Slate is now in its third season, offering three sizes from 79 to 96 litres. This 87 is certainly the most obvious ‘compact’ design in the test group, with parallel rails, a squashed diamond tail and squared off nose. Turning the board over, the first thing that grabs you is just how soft the rails become, tucking early after the hard edged tail and softening to provide grip in the turn. JP are keen to point out the Slate’s dual rocker line, with a straighter profile running through the centre of the board and more curvature along the rails, which take over when the board’s pushed into a corner. Available solely in S-glass Pro construction with Innegra parabolic rails, it comes complete with a fresh new colour scheme and refined fittings for comfort and practicality. There are now just three position options provided for each footstrap, yet each one is double screwed to eliminate any twist, and incorporates the brand’s new internal scale graphic to gauge size at a glance. The deckpads are dual density and possess a new horizontal diamond groove that provides excellent comfort and traction. And in addition to the thruster setup, there are extra 13 cm long slot boxes (each with positioning reference scales) to provide setup permutations for every rider preference. Note, the board was first tested with K4 fins as there was no stock fins provided for initial outings.
“When the wave conditions are not epic, I like to use the Wave Slate to squeeze every extra ounce of energy out of the waves. It planes super fast, so it’s easy to get going quickly to jump when the waves are breaking close to shore and it holds its speed in the bottom turn when turning in onshore waves so you can really utilize it to do radical turns when the waves are soft and slow.” – Robby Swift.
The Slate is a three year old design now, but shows no signs of being obsolete. When we tested it back in 2017 we concluded that it was a great all-rounder and we still stand by those findings today. As power comes on, it does require a healthy turn off the wind to release, stepping back early to push air under the mono-concave. It remains fast and lively once going, accelerating quickly and feeling loose and playful underfoot. It is a great board for making the most of poor conditions, pointing high upwind and gliding through lulls with its innate speed. The fittings are excellent and provide plenty of connection, maintaining control and giving the rider the confidence to push power through the board. In onshore conditions the Slate’s early planing, speed and upwind agility all play their part, and yet we remain most impressed with the board’s ability to maintain its speed through the turn; the Slate has a natural ability to keep its inertia. The rails are just so soft and grip the water superbly, keeping the rail locked in so that the board traverses the face until the rider wants to turn. In cross-shore conditions and clean faces, the Slate is no less potent, the rails biting well before the rider can tighten the turn through the back foot. It may not feel as sharp or aggressive as others, such as the Ultimate Wave for example, yet the speed and ease of the Slate’s fluid rail to rail response makes it highly expressive and all the more rewarding to use.