We have just got in our first batch of JS HYFI Custom Surfboards for a couple of customers – & they look pure fire!!! Despite the gusty wind today, I managed to grab a couple of quick pics of this custom dimension AIR 17 in the HYFI tech before it raced out the door.
This brand new HYFI technology is a construction method that has been developed by JS Industries over the last 2 years. It has been available to the general public now for a little while as an option for the Blak Box II, but recently they added selected other models in this construction to their custom program. Developed through a rigerous RND process, JS have come up with a patent pending Hybrid Fiber Diamond EPS construction (or HYFI for short). It is a multi-layer construction that apparently feels completely unique underfoot – like nothing else out there. The glassing process that they use essentially creates an exoskeleton that makes this surfboard construction lighter and significantly stronger than ever before, while creating the perfect flex to maximize performance.
The model pictured is the relatively new AIR 17 that has been developed by Jason Stevenson in collaboration with Julian Wilson to facilitate a progressive approach in everyday waves.
What makes this AIR 17 design quite unique is the larger than usual sweet spot through the central part of the board. This sweet spot makes this model relatively forgiving to surf, compared to many other performance short boards. Added thickness under the front foot coupled with deeper concaves make this board very quick off the mark- providing drive and acceleration right from take off. The combination of this extra thickness and larger sweet spot helps you hold speed through turns and maintain it throughout the whole wave. Helping you to flow through maneuvers with ease, and connect the dots from the start to the finish of the wave, even in more marginal conditions.