For the 2017 World Tour John John Florence knew that he wanted to improve every aspect of his surfing so we started working on a new board that would help him in the smaller/weaker wave end of performance.
He wanted it to work in good surf, but carry more speed and flow when the waves were weaker and less curvy. After a lot of testing and fine-tuning we ended up with the board that had all the right ingredients. John named it Voyager 1 after the NASA spacecraft launched in 1977 for Interstellar exploration. He then got together with his friend J.P. Olson and designed the logo.
If you are looking for all the best elements of high performance surfing in everyday surf conditions and all kinds of waves, Voyager 1 is the board for you.
The rocker is flatter through the entry and under the front foot to add speed, flow and drive, while the tail has a touch of extra bend in the last 6 inches to make it loose and sensitive.
The outline is clean, and compliments the rocker with a hip that helps to add a little squirt and creates a pivot point through.
It has a simple single concave through the whole bottom which helps get the board on top of the water and keeps its speed up 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.
Voyager 1 is now an important part of JJF quiver and one of his favorite boards. Ride it same in same dims as your other shortboards, or go an inch shorter and a touch wider for smaller waves.