JS Pier Pony Review no.14 | Compare Surfboards

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Shop Surfboards, Fins & Gear (keep this free resource free): AUS (Benny's Boardroom) - https://bennysboardroom.com.au/ USA (Jack's Surfboards) - http://www.avantlink.com/click.php?tt=ml&ti=21491&pw=251913 No pressure, but buying your gear through the above links helps us keep this free resource free! Thanks for your support! This big, fat groveler surfboard is JS's answer to surfing tiny, weak waves. This is the JS Pier Pony surfboard review at Benny's Boardroom. Enjoy the Pier Pony? Let me know what you think in the comments! p.s. for Rasmus and anyone trying to find their volume sweet spot, check out the article 'Know Your Volume, Catch More Waves' here: http://bit.ly/GZVtIS -------------- + See the Full Review with Full Standard Dims, Rocker/Outline Images, Ride Pluses/Minuses, Comparisons to Similar Models and More: http://bit.ly/17CFmgo + Subscribe to Get the Latest Reviews, Deals & Updates Direct from Benny and CompareSurfboards.com: http://bit.ly/SubscribeToFrothMail -------------- Looking for a source of real, honest, objective information about surfboards and surfing products – based on actual experience from surfers? Do you have a surfboard problem? Want to ride every shape and design of surfboard you see? Need friendly advice on what product may work for you in a world of choice? You’re not alone. There is a community of surfers here who are like you and are here to share the passion. Welcome to Benny's Boardroom: REAL surfboard reviews & chronicles of a wave obsessed surfboard addict. New surfboard reviews each week, subscribe now! If you’re a passionate surfer, are just trying to find out how a given surfboard or wetsuit will work for you or if you simply can’t resist the desire to ride every different shape and design of surfboard you see, you are in the right place. Subscribe now to get access to the latest surfboard reviews and surf hardware reviews each week. Visit http://www.CompareSurfboards.com/ for full reviews, news, articles and more! Thank you for watching, I hope you enjoy the show. HIT SUBSCRIBE NOW! All the best, Benny

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DJ Anthony
DJ Anthony - 4 years ago
a lil knub fin helps for the big ass tail
rpparkster
rpparkster - 7 years ago
Ben,
Did you ever get around to riding the Show Pony? I'm just curious how the two compared. Also any fin recommendations/preferences for either board?
Cheers.
Roger
Treeve Oates
Treeve Oates - 7 years ago
Just got a 5'4 Pier Pony.  Works great in absolute garbage, makes those frustrating small windy days good fun.  Catches anything, speed straight off the bat means you can throw a few hacks on sections you wouldn't have even though about previously.

Surfed twice in waist high wind swell and had a real blast, went this over the bottom feeder and BP/SP etc etc.  For me it turns real well and could do all the standard snaps etc on crappy waves with no dramas.  I am about 190lbs and the 5'4 is perfect I recon, if I was in better shape would go slightly smaller.
Treeve Oates
Treeve Oates - 7 years ago
Sure mate.  Rides like a a dream! haha
Hello Admin
Hello Admin - 7 years ago
Hi Treeve Oates, I have a portion on the review post for the JS Pier Pony where you could share your experience with the board. It would be awesome if I could add this to the post, would that be good with you? Pretty sure other surfers would love to know your take on the board. Cheers! 
CompareSurfboards.com
CompareSurfboards.com - 7 years ago
Cool T Bone! Awesome to hear your take on the JS Pier Pony!
CompareSurfboards.com
CompareSurfboards.com - 7 years ago
Hi mattie kassis, for some odd reason, YouTube won't let me reply to you directly but it's great to hear that you're digging the JS Pier Pony!

All the best,
Benny
mattie kassis
mattie kassis - 7 years ago
I just bought a pier pony 5ft and loved every thing of it never thought I could have so much fun in such small surf. I could still turn pretty good and get some great carves heaps better than any long board u would use in that condition. Because the nose is so round and wide I could all ways lean into it and get in front of the wave and pick up speed no matter how small the swell is! Great board
RS
RS - 7 years ago
Hi! Im 165 pounds and Im looking for smaller wider board because mini mals are not my thing. What board would fit best? Pier pony, Average joe, Baked potato or Sweet potato or something else? Im not the best surfer, so Im looking easy paddle and wave catching board. Btw nice vids!
CompareSurfboards.com
CompareSurfboards.com - 7 years ago
@Craig T Hi Craig T, thank you for the good feedback - it's great to hear your experience with the JS Pier Pony.

If you get another JS groveler, ask for heavy glassing!

Cheers,
Benny
Craig T
Craig T - 7 years ago
@CompareSurfboards.com i love it, handles any conditions you throw at it but the fiberglass is too light! she dings, scratches and cracks with barely any impact! i would happily pay the price with a heavier glassing job for a more durable longer lasting board.
CompareSurfboards.com
CompareSurfboards.com - 7 years ago
@Craig T Cool Craig T - great to hear you're digging your Channel Islands New Flyer!
Craig T
Craig T - 7 years ago
@rasmus suuronen My mate has a 5'9 average Joe and is the same weight as you. Ive riden it too and its a great all rounder. It really really wide though so it struggles in steep waves but still a whole ton of fun!

 I currently have a 5'9 CI New Flyer and the thing shreds in all conditions! im about 80kgs and the volume is perfect for me. You should look into it for sure!
CompareSurfboards.com
CompareSurfboards.com - 7 years ago
@rasmus suuronen Hi Rasmus, given your weight, I would go for the 5'9.  It is a little bit big for you but, for the waves for which the Average Joe is intended, I don't think the extra volume will hurt.

Also, I added a link for you in the description called 'Know Your Volume, Catch More Waves.' This is a guide to help you determine the right volume for you.

All the best,
Benny
RS
RS - 7 years ago
@CompareSurfboards.com Average joe sounds good! Im wondering, what might be the right size for me. 6'0 might be too monster and I'm not going to under 5'7 so? What would be your recommendation?
CompareSurfboards.com
CompareSurfboards.com - 7 years ago
@rasmus suuronen It's a pleasure Rasmus.  Let me know how you go!

Benny
RS
RS - 7 years ago
@CompareSurfboards.com Okay thanks!
CompareSurfboards.com
CompareSurfboards.com - 7 years ago
Hi Rasmus, thank you for your message!

These are all great boards but, given your description, the Average Joe is a great call for you.  It's easy to surf and fun in tiny waves - I think you will enjoy it!

Please let me know if you get a Joe and what you think of it.

All the best,
Benny
Jan Willem den Ouden
Jan Willem den Ouden - 7 years ago
Regarding the difficulties with turning i'd say you're surfing this board too big for your size. imho you are therefore not completely experiencing/ reviewing this vehicle as it should.

6'0 must have a volume of 48 liters? i'd have trouble turning that as well.  i'm 1,95 m/ 6'4, weigh about 100kg in my wintergear and my 5'9 with 40 liters of volume still goes like a rocket and turns tight as well. even in the weaker wind swells i surf over here in the north sea.

 if you are considering this board: it's a cool board for smaller waves but indeed holds suprisingly well in headhigh surf. just get the right size and volume for your weight.(and skills)
CompareSurfboards.com
CompareSurfboards.com - 7 years ago
Hi Jan, thanks very much for your message!

Yes, it is probably a touch too big.  If available, I would have opted for the 5'10 at 43.2L's but that may have been a touch too small for me for a groveler.  I am 105kg's in my birthday suit (on a good day) and, for a groveler style board intended for tiny, weak waves, I need that much beef just to get up and going.  

Regardless, I think I would have trouble digging that thick, wide tail into the wave face.  I've had other grovelers (5'10 Firewire Sweet Potato, 6'1 CI Average Joe, 6'0 Lost Bottom Feeder) at mid-to-high 40L's of volume and had no trouble turning them hard.

Regardless, it's great to hear your take on the Pier Pony, thanks very much for taking the time to write.  Also, JS have just released a more performance oriented version of the Pier Pony call the JS Show Pony.  Check out the blog at CompareSurfboards.com for a preview!

All the best,
Benny     
Nero
Nero - 7 years ago
Ben,

Check this out. JS are bringing out the new Pier Pony - The "Show Pony". The  volume has been re-distributed and it is has a thinner diamond tail. Built for speed and peformance. Not sure if the less volume will take away the planing speed of the PP but it will certainly make it more easier to throw around on and above the lip. They say "the Show Pony is a thoroughbred Pier Pony" ..I was looking to get another Tiny Groveller, like a Cab Sav. Probably not now. I reckon this will be the one. I'll wait around.

http://www.downthelinesurf.co.uk/blog/2014/01/js-show-pony-monsta-3-lowdown-surfboards/
CompareSurfboards.com
CompareSurfboards.com - 7 years ago
@Nero Thank you very much Nero for the JS Pier Pony review. It's great to hear your feedback on this board (and others).  You clearly pay a lot of attention to your surfboards!  

May I ask a favour?  Do you mind adding this as a comment on the Full Review (link in the description) of the Pier Pony so other surfers will benefit from your good feedback?

I would really appreciate it and I know other surfers will, too!

All the best,
Benny 
CompareSurfboards.com
CompareSurfboards.com - 7 years ago
Cheers Nero, thank you for your message.  I really like the look of the Show Pony...will have to sample the goods :)

Cheers,
Benny
Nero
Nero - 7 years ago
Oh and here is my JS Pier Pony review:
Good Board for 0.5 - 2 feet. Takes a few surfs to get used to as it was so small length wise. I have the 4'10" and am 5'7 62kg. Good planing speed and easy to turn. It seems to work better in fuller cleaner waves which break out the back then you can cruise and cutback all the way to the shoreline. On suckier or even mushier heavier sections it might struggle to fit in the pocket on take off. You may even slide a bit if the wave is steep and you are using your backfoot too much, This will cause you to lose speed on take off, but you will regain that speed once you are on the face going across the wave. It is flat like a ironing board and sometimes you will bury the nose after a critical manoeuvre. It cutbacks well and can get above the lip when required. I use a quad setup and have rode it up to 5 feet. I give it 4 stars.
Guilherme Torres
Guilherme Torres - 7 years ago
Hey Ben,
I would like to buy a surfboard for small waves, but I want a fast surfboard which could give me an easy paddle. I am between JS - Pier Pony, Rust - TDwart and Lost - Uber Plank. Could you help me?
CompareSurfboards.com
CompareSurfboards.com - 7 years ago
Thanks for your question Guilherme.  

All three of these boards are intended to paddle well and generate speed in small surf.  I class the Pier Pony as a groveler, which is intended for the tiniest, weakest of conditions (~waist high and smaller) while the other two are for a broader wave range (~waist to head high).

If you can be more specific, I can help further.

Cheers,
Benny 

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Noah Sellers
Noah Sellers - 7 years ago
hi,
did you prefer the pier pony or the sweet potato?

thanks
CompareSurfboards.com
CompareSurfboards.com - 7 years ago
@noah isawesome No worries Noah, thanks for watching the show
Noah Sellers
Noah Sellers - 7 years ago
thanks
CompareSurfboards.com
CompareSurfboards.com - 7 years ago
Hi Noah, I prefer the Pier Pony.  It worked for me more consistently and in a broader wave range versus the Sweet Potato.

Cheers,
Ben
Nero Davis
Nero Davis - 7 years ago
Hi Ben,

How did you find the Pier Pony vs the Dropped Swallow in terms of speed and as a small to tiny wave board. I have the 4'10 PP and like it, but was thinking how it compares the the Drop Swallow which seems to have a heap more nose rocker and looks more like a traditional board.
CompareSurfboards.com
CompareSurfboards.com - 7 years ago
Thanks for your message Nero!  These are two very different boards with different purposes.  

The Pier Pony, as a groveler, is the go when the surf is tiny and weak; it excels at the catching waves and generating speed in the knee to waist high range but it's extremely wide outline makes it difficult to turn. 

As you said, the Dropped Swallow has a more traditional outline and I found it more lively and manoeuvrable but it worked best for me in shoulder to head high, flatter faced beach breaks.  Still, it is a small to medium size wave board and doesn't have much rocker.

I hope this helps you!

Benny    
CompareSurfboards.com
CompareSurfboards.com - 8 years ago
Hi Mat K, it is massive...even for me! This bad boy is 6'0 x 22 7/8 x 3. Great for days when you would normally pull out a longboard
mat k
mat k - 8 years ago
what were the dims on that, it looks massive!

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