J-Bay Quivers - Julian

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Julian's approach is built for J-Bay. The technical polish, swooping bottom turns and long lines he draws translate to some of the best surfing we've ever seen out there, not to mention final and semi-finals appearances during the CT event over the last two years.

For this year's quiver, Jules is rolling with a bunch of his existing favourite M6s and Forget Me Nots, plus a few new shortboards both in his regular dims and slightly thicker variations. With the extra rubber involved (not to mention the paddling, wind, and overall pace of the wave & lineup), a bit of extra volume is often great to have up your sleeve for certain conditions. Full breakdown, below (he's 6'0" / 80kg): 


MONSTA 6 - 5'11 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 27.7L

MONSTA 6 - 5'11 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 27.9L (swallow tail channel bottom)

MONSTA 6 - 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L

MONSTA 6 - 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 28.1L

Bright, fast, and ready for the best point break in the world. 


J-Bay Quivers - Joel

Monday, July 03, 2017

We're right in the middle of the CT's dream leg, and with this type of wave quality on hand, you know Joel's going to be a major contender at each stop. Fiji especially is one of Parko's favourite places in the world, and after tearing his way to the semi-finals at Cloudbreak on a new FOMO channel bottom Monsta 6, there have been a few late additions to his J-Bay board bag!

Ever since JS made himself a few channel bottoms over the Christmas holidays (including one borrowed/stolen by Joel for a trip to Bali), the boys have kept them on hand whenever the waves turn on. Now, with Parko heading to one of the best and fastest point breaks in the world, it's the perfect time to break out a bunch of fresh FOMOs, plus his standard go-to Monsta 6s. Full breakdown, below (he's 6'0" / 81kg):

MONSTA 6 - 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L

MONSTA 6 - 6'1" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.6L

MONSTA 6 round - 6'2 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.7L

MONSTA 6 swallow - 6'2 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 29L


Four channel bottoms in slight step-up dims, plus two more (bottom) in Joel's regular shortboard size. 

With a lot of the bigger boards being round tails, JS also put a few swallows in to mix perfectly with the speed of the longer channel bottoms. This one (left) also has a similar tiger spray to one of Joel's favourites from last year that he rode to the final at Trestles... here's hoping one of these lets him get on a similar role in SA! 



J-Bay Quivers - Owen

Friday, June 30, 2017

Owen's put in some of the best backhand performances of the last decade out at J-Bay, and with his form he's in this year, O's ready to push it to the next level again. After taking out the Quik Pro Snapper riding a new Monsta 6 at the start of the season, the extra size at both Margaret River and Bells had Owen riding Forget Me Nots for the majority of the events, with a few big results along the way.

Even in Brazil, Saquarema's clean, punchy beachbreaks allowed O to keep riding his favourite FMN, although in his shortboard size (6'3") - not the step ups we saw through the back half of Australia's CT leg. For South Africa, he'll be packing a range of Monsta 6s and Forget Me Nots from earlier in the season, plus these brand new FMNs with a bit of added colour. Board breakdowns, below (he's 6'3" / 76kg): 

FORGET ME NOT - 6'3" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.5L 

Caleb's J-Bay Boards

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Our young gun's been scoring at home on the Central Coast this winter, and with a trip to Jbay on the cards for next week, he put in an order for a new batch of Monsta 6s and Forget Me Nots matched with a few watercolour inspired ideas for our in-house spray maniac Adrian Turner. Looking at these, Sprayer's absolutely nailed it, and so has JS. 

Heading to that particularly wave-rich part of South Africa often means long walls, extra rubber and plenty of paddling, so this latest quiver has a combination of Caleb's regular Monsta 6 shortboards, plus several slight step up Forget Me Not round pins with a little extra width and thickness. Youth Series board breakdowns, below (he's 5'6" / 50kg): 

Dream lineup for a dream destination! 

MONSTA 6 - 5'6" x 17 1/8" x 2 1/16" x 20.4L

FORGET ME NOT - 5'6 1/2" x 17 5/8" x 2 1/8" x 21.9L

FORGET ME NOT - 5'7 1/2" x 17 5/8" x 2 1/8" x 22.3L

Mikey's South Africa Quiver

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Whether they're on boards or spurting out of a can, Mikey's all about flames. Art by Adrian Turner

The southern hemisphere winter's been pumping out storms from Cape Town to Cloudbreak, and a solid chunk of the world's surfing population has been breaking out their good wave boards to make the most of it. Mikey's just landed in South Africa, and while part of the trip's dedicated to chasing points on the QS, his sights are set on two of Africa's best waves - Jbay, and Namibia's ridiculous lefthander. Board breakdowns, below (he's 6'0" / 78kg): 


While Mikey's regular Monsta 6s have him covered in everything from average beachies to quality reefs or points, South Africa and Namibia have the potential to turn on some of the best (and fastest) waves in the world. That's where the channels and round pins come in! 

MONSTA 6 - 6'0 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L

MONSTA 6 - 6'0 1/2" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 28.9L (round tail with FOMO channel bottom)

MONSTA 6 - 6'0 1/2" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 29.2L (swallow tail with FOMO channel bottom)

MONSTA 6 - 6'1 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 7/16" x 29.1L (round tail with FOMO channel bottom)


Two Weeks of Cloudbreak Gold

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Owen, about to get spat into the channel while super coach Micro gives the Cloudbreak salute. Photo Ryan Miller

The Big O, matching power with power at solid Cloudbreak. At 6'3" / 76kg, he dominated on a 6'4 1/2" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.7L Forget Me Not round pin. Photo WSL / Kelly Cestari

Even with some of the biggest turns and best barrels of the event, Owen went down in a close round three heat. Thankfully though, the rest of the top four did as well, and O was still ripping everywhere from Cloudbreak to Restaurants long after most of the CT had gone home. Onto JBay! Photo Ryan Miller


Tubes or turns, Fiji's all about commitment. J-Dub, sending it. Photo Ryan Miller

With Cloudbreak showing solid double overhead sets on the first two days of competition, Julian went with a slight step up Forget Me Not round pin, 6'2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.4L. Photo Ryan Miller

Even though it was a touch smaller than the start of the waiting period, finals day was still fast, rippable, and occasionally super hollow. Jules, locked into his 9.17 on the way to the quarters. Photo Ryan Miller

Another day in Fiji, another good wave blade. J-Dub loves using the Forget Me Not in his shortboard size whenever the waves don't quite call for a step up - this one's 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 28.6L. As per usual in quality reef breaks, a lot of Jules' Fijian quiver are set up as quads, with his choice this time around being the FCS2 Accelerator template up front, paired with our JS rears. Photo Ryan Miller

Ace, in his element during the chunkier early rounds. At 5'9" / 76kg, one of his go-to slight step ups is a 6'0" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 26.7L Forget Me Not round pin. Photo Ryan Miller. 

Small days in paradise still mean shortboards! 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 26L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller

Fred, getting critical on his way to round three. At 6'1" / 81kg, one of his favourite slight step ups is a 6'2 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller

Jeremy's more at home in grinding left reefs than just about anywhere in the world, and it shows. Photo Ryan Miller


After dominating his round two heat with an 8 and a 9.57, Jezza went down to Joel in a tough round three match-up that easily could've been on finals day. Photo Ryan Miller 



Having won both Teahupo'o and Pipe in the double overhead range before, Jezza's dialled in exactly the type of boards he likes to use as a slight step up. Compared to his regular 5'9 1/2" Monsta 6, one of his go-to sleds for spots like Cloudbreak is a 6'0" x 18 1/4" x 2 5/16" x 25.5L Forget Me Not round pin. Photo Ryan Miller

Joel, threading a throaty one on his way through to round three. Forget Me Not round pin 6'2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L 

Lay days aren't exactly a bad time on Namotu. In between swells, Joel was back on his regular shortboard - a 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller


Parko, flying into the semis with an obscene amount of speed. For finals day, he went with a Monsta 6 round tail with our FOMO channel bottom, 6'1 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.6L (he's 6'0" / 81kg). Photo Ryan Miller


Perfect turn, perfect canvas. 'Til next year Fiji! Photo Ryan Miller

Courtney Fires in Fiji

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

From 2ft to 10ft, Courtney dominated at Cloudbreak. Just seconds after a very well-deserved CT win, courtesy of Ryan Miller. 

She's one of the most impressive surfers in the world when it comes to constantly improving every facet of her surfing, and for her Fiji preparation, Courtney and JS started working together on a quiver of shortboards and step ups that she eventually rode to a huge victory - her second of the year so far. Board details, below: 

One of Courtney's go-to boards throughout the Fiji contest was a Forget Me Not round pin step up, 6'2" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 26.8L (she's 5'9" / 63kg). Photo Ryan Miller

The first OK Fiji Pro Champion of 2017! Photo Ryan Miller



Blowing Up in Brazil

Monday, May 15, 2017

Owen's got plenty of options for the smaller days at Saquarema in his Monsta 6's (both HYFI and PU), but with good, clean conditions on offer, he's been dominating with the extra drive and hold of his Forget Me Not! At 6'3" / 76kg, he rides a FMN round tail 6'3" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.3L. Clip Peter King

O, powering his way to a high 9 and the quarterfinals! Photo Trevor Moran

A couple of 6'3" weapons - O and his favourite FMN. From the points and reefs of the Aus leg, to Brazil's beachies, this model's been a massive go-to for Owen so far this year. Expect to see plenty more of it in Fiji too! Photo Ryan Miller

Joel, tearing into the Saquarema right-hander. Throughout the contest so far he's been riding a new Monsta 6 that JS made him for Brazil - 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.3L (he's 6'0" / 81kg). Photo Trevor Moran

Fred may have lost a tight round three heat to Julian, but he still throw down a couple of highlights of his own. At 6'1" / 81kg, one of his go-to Monsta 6's is 6'0" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 28.5L. Photo Trevor Moran

Sal's backhand has always been one of her weapons, even in broken-up beachbreaks. At 5'7" / 57kg, her regular Monsta 6 for everyday high performance waves is 5'8 1/2" x 17 5/8" x 2 3/16" x 22.3L. Photo Trevor Moran. 

After another solid semi-finals finish, Sal heads into Fiji at number three in the world with a bunch of huge performances under her belt. Time to get tubed! Photo Ryan Miller

From running lefts to rampy rights, Saquarema's had plenty of room for entertainment so far! Jules, tail high on his way to a round four match-up with Owen. Photo Trevor Moran 

Board to board and heat to heat, J-Dub's been killing it so far in Brazil. The earlier rounds saw clean, punchy surf with his go-to being a Monsta 6, while round four's drop in swell prompted a switch to his favourite Air 17 from Sydney's Aus Open. With Owen taking the win in their epic non-elimation matchup, Jules is heading into round five with a couple of solid favourites to deal with whatever the forecast holds. Dims, below:

MONSTA 6 - 6'0" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 28.1L

AIR 17 - 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L

Jules' favourite Air 17 has already seen a perfect 10 and a final in Sydney, plus a bunch of fin throws and sharp rail work in Rio. Hopefully more to come! Photo Ryan Miller


Ace, giving us a bit of insight into the board that helped him through to the quarters! Like Julian, Bucho changed up his equipment for round four's smaller conditions, going with his favourite HYFI from the Gold Coast (Monsta 6 - 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 25.5L). Clip Peter King


After riding a bunch of HYFIs in the off season, Ace's been addicted to the new tech when the conditions are right! His Saquarema boards, below (he's 5'9" / 76kg):

HYFI MONSTA 6 - 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 25.5L 

HYFI MONSTA 6 - 5'11" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 26L

MONSTA 6 - 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 26L

MONSTA 6 - 5'11" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 26.5L

Early Days in Saquarema

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Joel, unlocking the backdoor on the tube of the day to roll on through to round three. At 6'0" / 81kg, he rides a 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.3L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran

Saquarema's mixed bag has been on full display for the start of the Brazil CT leg, with everything from peeling lefts to wedgey rights throwing up sections for turns, airs, and even the odd barrel (for Parko, especially). Having so much variety on offer and a fun-sized, consistent swell, the Traktor Team's equipment is all about high performance, and the first few days have delivered in spades. Board breakdowns and gallery, below: 

Any time there's even a hint of this type of canvas, Joel manages to fit in yet another ridiculous power gouge. Photo Trevor Moran

Show time. For maximum flow and drive, Joel's been using a mix of our JS x FCS2 template, plus the Carver (here), both in large. Photo Ryan Miller

Jeremy, throwing fins and a whole lotta spray on his way to winning a close heat with Owen in round one. Having made the final at Saquarema before in a tough QS 10,000 draw, Jezza's riding the exact same shortboard now - a 5'9 1/2" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.6L Monsta 6 (he's 5'9" / 68kg). Photo Trevor Moran

Owen, finding vertical lines amongst the backwash. At 6'3" / 76kg, O's riding a 6'3" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.5L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran

Ace nailed the best wave of his heat thanks to sharp forehand rail work like this, but missed out on a decent back-up. Consolation prize - we all get to see more of this from Bucho in round two! At 5'9" / 76kg, he rides a 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 26L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran

Whatever the conditions are in Brazil, Sal's shown she can adapt better than almost anyone over the last couple of years. Backhand blasting on the way through to round three! At 5'7" / 57kg, she rides a 5'8 1/2" x 17 5/8" x 2 3/16" x 22.3L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran

Fred's been busy testing boards and putting his backhand to work at Saquarema in the lead up to the event, with one of his go-to shortboards being a 6'0" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 28.5L Monsta 6 (he's 6'1" / 81kg). After a tricky round one heat, we'll see him in round two along with Ace and Owen. Photo Ryan Miller

Here's hoping the main event looks a bit like these warm-ups when round two gets back underway... Fred, getting loose on his backhand. Photo Trevor Moran

We don't get to see Julian's backhand on high performance lefts as often as we'd like on the CT, and round one showed us a glimpse of why it's one of the best in the world. Jules, timing a huge fin throw perfectly over the backwash. Photo Ryan Miller

J-Dub, heavy on the back foot. Photo Trevor Moran

For Brazil's range of beach breaks, Julian's got several shortboards on hand to make up the ideal high performance quiver (he's 6'0" / 80kg):

Air 17 - 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L

Monsta 6 - 6'0" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 28.1L

Monsta 6 - 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L

Parko's Brazil Boards

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Brazil's beachies demand equipment that'll let you perform your best in everything from weak, onshore mediocrity up to powerful, wedging tubes. This is Joel's lineup for 2017! 

The WSL's revamped Rio CT event starts in a red hot minute at Saquarema, and Parko's been doing the R&D at home to pick a few definite favourites for whatever's on offer over the next two weeks. Details, below (he's 6'0" / 81kg): 

HYFI MONSTA 6 - 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.3L

MONSTA 6 - 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.3L 

Autumn on the Gold Coast's seen a super rippable run of waves so far, with almost every day offering up little waist to head high beachies. This HYFI M6 has been Joel's go-to, geared with our FCS2 template in large

Other than the flatter and more forgiving HYFI models in the X Series, most of the team have been using a bunch of boards in the new tech with their exact same shortboard dims, or just slightly stepped down. Here's Joel, with two of his go-to shortboards - same size, different construction. 

Jason and Joel have just about the ideal scenario to test and perfect boards - they surf together all the time, live in the same neighbourhood along with the JS factory and a range of Australia's best and most consistent waves, and being almost exactly the same size, they often trade boards to dial in new refinements even quicker. Sessions like this are just about as good as it gets, no crowds and fresh sleds. What's not to love? 

Joel (6'0" / 81kg) - 6'0 x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.3L Monsta 6

Jason (5'11" / 85kg) - 6'0" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 28.8L Monsta 6