JP Formula 2018
Formula Race boards have to cover a huge wind range and the competitors are only allowed to use one board. Maximum up- and downwind performance is required – a difficult task in the development to match these opposing parameters. Formula boards are registered for racing 2 seasons. Therefore the shape has to be perfect before it goes into production and as a consequence there is a very long lasting development circle to make sure every aspect of Formula racing is covered during the test period.
The new shape looks substantially different with a shorter hull and a more parallel outline. The nose has also been squared off. Thus, the rider can make use of the longest possible parallel rail line on the upwind course. At the same time, it produces a very stable platform on the downwind legs producing efficient lift to fly over chop.
The deep concave on the deck lowers the mast base and reduces the swing weight in the nose area. It also allows the rider to keep the rig more upright, which adds efficiency and creates more down force keeping the board nicely trimmed on all courses. Various shape concepts are combined in this bottom: Double concaves under the straps for maximum lift and acceleration flowing into double concave V. Going upwind the rider benefits from a long waterline and he can reduce the wetted surface on the downwind leg by railing up the board up and only ride on a narrow section.
The new tail shape features two cut-outs for the most efficient water release, one starting between the footstraps running all the way to the tail and the other around the fin box area. This substantially reduces the wetted surface area at the tail. The footstraps are now further back, especially the inboard straps which are used on the downwind courses when it gets windy. Additionally, the entry and nose rocker were raised slightly in order to make the ride over chop safe and fast.
The standing area features a new deck shape prioritizing comfort and efficiency. The higher stance offers better leverage, creating more fin pressure for better acceleration and top end performance.