If you’re anything like me, surfing daily is fairly high on the priority list. So its critical to have those one or two boards in the quiver you can grab and ride without too much thought, and know they’ll perform well.
After riding the 7S Jet Stream in a variety of conditions, this board is certainly one of those.
Designed by former WSL professional surfer Richie Lovett, the Jet Stream feature’s Global Surf Industries exclusive Innegra Matrix (IM) material, which is unique to 7S. It provides the performance benefits of an EPS build, with a feel that’s closer to a standard PU.
I tested the 5’9″ version in 1-2′ and 3-4′ surf to find the range that best suits this model (in quad and tri-fin set up’s). I found the Jet Stream to be fast, responsive and have great flow in transition from turn to turn.
I was also able to ride the board on a recent trip to the Mentawai’s, where it went sensationally well in 4-5′ clean and powerful conditions.
This board suits my own style of surfing in 1-4′ surf. I’d highly recommend this board for those small to medium size days, and I think it suits all levels of surfer.
I’ll go into a bit more detail below, but overall:
I’m a big fan of GSI’s IM technology. The IM construction gives the board a very lively feeling under your feet – it provides great flex and pop, springing you in and out of turns.
And it’s more buoyant, so the paddle power is noticeably better than a standard PU of equivalent specs (the theory goes that an epoxy-styled surfboard provides an approximate 0.5 litre advantage).
I tested the 5’9″ version of the Jet Stream (29 litres), but the model caters for above and below this:
The Jet Stream’s width in the nose means more hidden foam, greater overall surface area and hence better paddling – a vital feature in riding small to medium size surf.
Tail width gives the board greater surface area in the back end, creating lift and speed down the line, and helps you get through those flat spots.
The 5’9 gave me plenty of rail in the water, giving it a high performance feel feel even in small grovel conditions. It goes rail-to-rail in the pocket really easy.
Rocker & Concave
The 7S Jet Stream has a low entry rocket, is consistent through the middle, with a medium/relaxed exit rocker out the tail.
The board comes with a standard 5 fin FCS2 set-up. In testing both tri and quad configurations, I find riding the model as a quad to be the better option.
Using FCS2 Medium Accelerators in the side, plus FCS AM’s as the smaller side trailers, the board is fast off the mark with seamless flow between top and bottom turns. It’s especially fun to ride with this configuration in waist to chest high clean waves – I couldn’t fault it in any way.
In thruster mode (testing in different conditions with FCS2 Medium Performers, and Large Mick Fanning’s) the board is a little less lively, lacking the squirt you get from a quad, but nonetheless had reliable consistency turn-to-turn.
The 7S Jet Stream is designed for speed, flow and fun; and its a board that over-delivers. Its the perfect step-down – maintaining a shortboard’s performance advantages while exaggerating small wave surfing capabilities. In good wave conditions, its great top-to-bottom, and in weaker conditions it allow’s you to go anywhere you like.
For further details, check out the 7S Website. It’s certainly one for the quiver.