Kai Hing's Best of 2016 - Splashing

Thursday, December 22, 2016

 

From giant punts to charging some of Indo's heaviest waves, everything about Kai's surfing has gotten bigger and better in 2016. The transition from Pro Junior young gun to the QS isn't always easy, but this ridiculous edit by Shane Fletcher makes it pretty obvious that Kai won't have any problems stepping up! Board breakdowns, below (he's 5'10"/68kg): 

MONSTA 6 - 5'10" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 25.1L

FORGET ME NOT - 5'11" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 25.5L

FORGET ME NOT - 6'0" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 25.6L

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pipe Masters PreGame

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Joel, burning a whole lotta speed in just about the finest way possible! On the smaller days in Hawaii, he's been riding a HYFI Monsta Box - 5'10" x 19 1/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L (he's 6'0" / 83kg).  Photo Trevor Moran

Parko, springing through another crisp top turn, and already eyeing off the next section. Photo Trevor Moran

Julian, getting experimental at Rocky Point. At 6'0" / 80kg he rides a 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran

All rail, nose to tail. Jules rides his Air 17 at 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L. Photo Ryan Miller

There's been plenty of down days but still a few chances to warm up for proper Pipe! Jules, getting reacquainted with the Hawaiian juice. Forget Me Not round pin 6'2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.4L. Photo Trevor Moran

The perfect punt for the perfect setting.. Even between swells Hawaii can do no wrong! At 6'0" / 80kg, Ryan rides a 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller

Hiroto, high and tight on one of the more flawless days of the season so far! He rides a 5'8" x 18 1/8" x 2 1/4" x 24L Monsta 6 (5'4" / 64kg). Photo Trevor Moran 

Riley Laing, racing for the light at the end of the tunnel. At 6'0" / 76kg, one of his go-to good waves boards is a 6'3" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L Forget Me Not round pin. Photo Trevor Moran

Everything about Caleb's act has gotten a whole lot bigger in 2016, airs included. Monsta 6 Youth 5'1" x 16 3/4" x 2 1/16" (he's 5'2" / 45kg). Photo Trevor Moran 

Frontside or backside, Jeremy's a genius in the barrel. At 5'9" / 68kg, he rides a slight step up 6'0" x 18 1/4" x 2 5/16" x 25L Forget Me Not round pin. Photo Trevor Moran


Early Days in Hawaii

Thursday, December 01, 2016

If your strong point is a solid combination of big rail turns and hunting tubes, you'll always take the opportunity to work on the other parts of your game. Ace Buchan, air guy. Photo Trevor Moran

 

Paradise and Forget Me Nots always seem to go together! With Ace's approach revolving around hitting the steepest, most critical part of whatever wave he surfs, the FMN's extra curve and refined rails suit perfectly. For fun to excellent conditions, some of his go-to dimensions are 5'11" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 26L (he's 5'9" / 76kg).

 

Our young gun Caleb, laying a whole lot of rail into Rocky Rights. At 5'2" / 45kg, he rides a 5'1" x 16 3/4" x 2 1/16" Monsta 6 Youth. Photo Trevor Moran

Joel, slicing small Backdoor in half. Our world champ's 6'0" / 83kg, and rides a 6'2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Forget Me Not round pin. Photo Ryan Miller

Functional and pretty damn easy on the eye - rock 'n' roll floaters never go out of style. 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller

Ryan Callinan and a good example of what happens when 100% commitment collides with a big section. Even when he's not surfing perfect tubes, ones of Ryan's go-to boards is the Forget Me Not, as long as the waves have decent shape (something you don't often have to worry about in Hawaii!). At 6'0" / 80kg, he rides a 6'2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L. Photo Ryan Miller

Hiroto Ohhara, staying fast and loose between contests. At 5'4" / 64kg, he rides a 5'8" x 18 1/8" x 2 1/4" x 24L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran 

Hawaiian trade winds aren't only good for grooming big scary tubes. Riley Laing, boosting into the breeze with an equally scary backside rotor.  Some of Riles' favourite everyday dims in the Air 17 are 5'11" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 27L. Photo Trevor Moran


Julian's HYFI BB2 For Small Wave Slaying

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Spring shorey fun with J-Dub and the Board of the Year! Photo Grant Sproule

This time of year on the east coast normally comes with weeks of northerlies and barely any swell, but that doesn't mean you can't still have fun if you have the right board! While Jules was passing through Newcastle he grabbed a stock HYFI Blak Box 2 right off the rack at Sanbah, and subsequently blew up on the thing in typical springtime slop all over town. At 6'0" / 80kg, he rides a 5'9" x 19 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.3L. 

When you put a super fast small wave sled in fun little runners, it's definitely time to work on the progressive stuff! Julian, mid-shuvit. Photo Grant Sproule.


Parko's Hawaii Quiver

Monday, November 21, 2016

Joel's Hawaiian blades, looking sharp. 

With three Triple Crown titles, a Pipe Masters and numerous 10 point rides (including a perfect heat) in the proving grounds, Hawaii's always been a happy hunting ground for our world champ! From one of his go-to everyday boards (top), to slightly thicker step ups for extra paddle power (below), these Performer Series sleds are all about harnessing speed for big turns and deep barrels. Full breakdown, here (he's 6'0" / 83kg):  

FORGET ME NOT - 6'2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L

FORGET ME NOT - 6'2" x 18 7/8" x 2 7/16" x 28.5L

FORGET ME NOT - 6'4" x 18 7/8" x 2 7/16" x 29.3L

FORGET ME NOT - 6'6" x 18 7/8" x 2 7/16" x 30.1L

Last time the CT rolled through the tropics, Joel dominated Teahupo'o on a 6'2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Forget Me Not rounded pin. Photo Ryan Miller

 

 


FCS II - JS Shaper Fin

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Jeremy, blowing the back out of a Portuguese beachie. At 5'9" / 68kg, he rides the new JS FCS2 template in medium. Photo Ryan Miller 



Available in Tri and Tri-Quad options in both Medium and Large sizes, the JS template has the longest base length of any comparable size tri fin in the FCS range. It’s this longer base that produces all the drive and speed.

Check out the JS Shaper fins here.

 


Ryan Callinan Performance Guy

Thursday, November 03, 2016


Surfing Magazine dropped a five part series on Ryan Callinan recently.  Catch a little glimpse and insight into Ryan's thoughts along with his freakish ability in all types of waves.

Board details, below (Ryan's 6'0"/80kg):

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

FORGET ME NOT - 6'2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L


 


Julian's Portugal Quiver

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

JW, knifing into one the best barrels of the event at Supertubos. Photo Trevor Moran

Locker room prep - slight step up Monsta 6 round tail, 6'2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.8L. Photo Ryan Miller

Matching power with power, back on the other side of the peninsula. Reckon J-Dub's up there on the all time "best bottom turn" list?! When the swell kicked, and threatened to overpower the lefthander that the WSL bet on for their backup location, Jules went to a Forget Me Not round pin step up - 6'2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.4L, set up as a quad. Photo Trevor Moran

Julian, freesurfing in more playful conditions around Peniche. At 6'0"/80kg, his everyday dims in the both the Monsta 6 and Air 17 are 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x approx. 28L. Clip Peter King

 


A Little Bit of Everything in Peniche

Friday, October 21, 2016

Dusty, reaping the rewards of getting into town early. Photo Trevor Moran

From small, dumpy Supertubos in the early rounds to perfect free surfs up and down the coast, there's been plenty of variety on offer around the Portugal CT leg this year! Thankfully the event is mobile and has some of the best backup venues on tour, so with a bit of luck we'll see the team bringing their A-game in quality waves from now on, both in and out of the contest rashie. Full quiver breakdowns, below:

That's the Dusty we know and love! Photo Trevor Moran

Freakish above and below the lip. Photo Trevor Moran

Dusty's setup for the early days in Portugal - 5'11 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 27.6L and 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6s, paired with large sets of the new FCS2 x JS template designed for hard driving turns and controlled directional changes. Photo Ryan Miller

Julian, swooping into Portugal on a favourite Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran

From big backside reverses to honing his rail game, Jules has had plenty of warmups for whatever waves we end up seeing for the main event. At 6'0" / 80kg, he rides his Air 17 and the Monsta 6 in similar dims (6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L), usually paired with his signature template from FCS for extra projection and control. Photo Trevor Moran

Joel somehow found a few pits & punts amongst the closeouts to nail his round one heat! Photo Trevor Moran

Parko and one of his favourite Monsta 6s that he rode to the final at Trestles, dropping 9s the whole way there. At 6'0" / 83kg, he rides a 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L, usually paired with either the FCS2 Carver in large, or our new JS template, which belongs in the same family of fins with plenty of drive. Photo Ryan Miller

Jezza found one of the only decent tubes of the day to score a 9 point ride and knock Wilko straight out of the title race. Some of his go-to everyday dims in the Monsta 6 are 5'9 1/2" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.6L. Photo Trevor Moran

Ace, finding a gem around the corner that must feel worlds away from sloppy, two foot Supertubos. Photo Ryan Miller

Yet another silky speed burn from the Central Coaster. At 5'9" / 76kgs, he rides a 5'11" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 26L Forget Me Not. Photo Ryan Miller

Ryan, going huge in a dreamy-looking afternoon free surf. At 6'0" / 80kg, he rides a 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6, usually with a set of the FCS2 MF template in large to suit his hard hitting approach. Photo Trevor Moran 

 

 


European Favourites

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Julian, going huge in Hossegor. Photo Trevor Moran

From the south-west of France to Peniche, the European leg of the CT throws up a whole lot of variety. Whether it's the biggest and best beachbreak tubes you'll see all year, to perfect runners and ramps, or a tricky onshore mixed-bag, you'll almost certainly see a good portion of the waves all of us surf for a good chunk of the year! Even though 2016's edition of the Quiksilver Pro saw a lot more of the latter, the team have already found a few favourite boards that we're likely to see a lot more of in Portugal. Full breakdowns, below: 

Jules dominated in a massive range of conditions throughout the Quik Pro, mostly opting for a 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L Monsta 6 paired with his new signature fins from FCS in large (he's 6'0" / 80kg). 

After taking out Jordy in round 2 with a risky backside fin ditch, Ryan kept rolling into round 3 where he went down swinging against John John, landing one of the airs of the whole event for a massive 9.13. At 6'0" / 80kg, he went for a 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L Monsta 6.

Being a past event winner in France, Ace knows what he likes when Hossegor's beachies turn on. Similar to what he'd ride at smaller Teahupo'o or a range of good quality, high performance venues, Ace's everyday dims in the Forget Me Not are 5'11" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 26L (he's 5'9" / 76kg). 

Dusty, laying down one of the turns of the event on his way to a heat win. At 5'11" / 80kg, one of his go-to boards is a 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6, and this time, he's running a large set of our upcoming FCS2 fins. This drivey, raked out template is geared towards power and progression, and Dusty's already given them a whole lot of use through France and the early days in Portugal! Photo Trevor Moran


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