The Jordy Y-Generation model has been the board that took Jordy to the top as a youngster – winning the ISA World Games in 2003 at the age of 15 in Durban.
This board is better known as my Junior Series and we still work off Jordy’s Grom templates, dating back from the early 2000. We have made considerable improvements to this model, by adding more width (+-1″) all round to all our Grom templates so the kids can ride shorter boards and get ahead in their surfing quicker.
Through my experience, I find young surfers developing in two categories: Early Developers and Late Developers” – so my focus is to have a natural bottom curve, with soft under-tucked rails in the nose area to prevent rail digging, and with a bit more volume pushed forward for easier surfing. Speed is key for these groms in any conditions, so a generous 3/16″ concave will generate consistent speed in and out of turns.
Most important is to find the correct balance in such a small board that will perform better all round, so swallow tails or squashes are best used. This model has being tried and tested by many young surfers in the past and is still much in demanded. As I have done for Jordy in the past, paying attention to finer details is very important. We need to adjusted and rectify fin positions, contours and other components that play a significant part in helping our groms to improve rapidly.
There is little need to play with the standard length of your board – it’s way better to add volume and width, so the board suits your weight, as shorter is easier to maneuver when preforming. We find thruster setups are fine for the shorter boards, but 5-fin setups are in demand for the longer boards with the heavier groms.