For the 2017 WSL Tour, John John Florence wanted to improve on every aspect of his already world-conquering surfing. Knowing the variety of waves the pros come across on tour, Jon Pyzel started working on a new shape that would help John John in the weaker waves while still giving a performance ride.
The board needed it to work in good surf, but still be able to carry more speed and flow when the waves were weaker and less curvy. Plenty of testing and fine-tuning resulted in a board that had all the right ingredients. Named by John John after the 1977 NASA interstellar explorer, “Voyager 1” gives you all the best elements of high performance surfing in everyday surf conditions and all kinds of waves but is best for everyday conditions in the 1-4 ft range. If you're looking for a performance shortboard to progress your surfing to the next level this is it!
With a flatter rocker through the entry and under the front foot to add speed, flow and drive, the tail has a touch of extra bend in the last 6 inches to make it loose and sensitive.
The Voyager 1 has a clean outline that compliments the rocker with a hip to help add a little squirt and creates a pivot point through snappy turns.
With a simple single concave through the whole bottom, the board can get on top of the water and keep speed up even in weaker surf. The fuller, soft rails help to balance out the effects of the concave and keep it from feeling to “catchy” and less likely to dig rail.