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

Dane Zaun's Cali Quiver

Thursday, April 27, 2017

From the biggest and best days of winter, to everyday summer beachies, this quiver's got Dane covered. Full breakdown, below (he's 5'11" / 81kg):

NITRO - 5'8" x 19 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 30L

HYFI MONSTA BOX - 5'10" x 19 1/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L

HYFI MONSTA 6 - 6'0" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 28L

FORGET ME NOT - 6'1" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 27.6L

FORGET ME NOT - 6'4" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 29.1L

Dane, throwing down at home in LA. HYFI Monsta Box 5'10" x 19 1/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L. Photo Eric Henderson

Plenty of spark in this guy's rail game! HYFI Monsta 6 - 6'0" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 28L. Photo Civic Couch Productions. 

Long walls, lots of water and extra rubber call for step ups! Dane, flairing on his 6'4" Forget Me Not round pin. Photo Civic Couch Productions

Best of Bells

Friday, April 21, 2017

Joel, flairing through the Bells Bowl. With plenty of power on hand throughout the Rip Curl Pro, one of his go-to boards was a slight step-up 6'1 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.6L Monsta 6 (he's 6'0" / 83kg). Photo Ryan Miller 

Parko, locked and loaded for yet another timeless performance on the Surf Coast reefs. With several rounds running at pumping Winki before Bells came to the party in a big way for the finale, Joel switched between his normal 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6, the 6'1 1/2" (above), and several other boards up to 6'2 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 29L, paired with both our JS FCS2 template, and the Carver (all in large). Photo Ryan Miller

Jeremy, laying it over on a ridiculous Winki wall. Photo Trevor Moran

Like Joel, Jezza went with a slight step-up Monsta 6, an inch longer than his normal shortboard - 5'10 1/2" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.9L (he's 5'9" / 68kg). Clip Peter King

After looking incredibly comfortable in waves of any size throughout the Aus leg, especially the chunkier days at Margies and Bells, Jeremy's moving onto the next leg of the CT with his boards dialled in, a razor sharp rail game, and some of his favourite events in the firing line. Big things to come! Photo Ryan Miller

Sal, wetting her rails through the Bowl. Photo Trevor Moran

Even with a fin slice to the foot and a back injury, Sal managed to follow up her Margies win with a solid quarterfinal finish at Bells. With plenty of perfect, punchy surf on tap for the girls as well as the guys throughout the event, she went up from her normal shortboard (5'8 1/2" x 17 5/8" x 2 3/16" x 22.3L M6) to one of her favourites from WA - a 5'10" x 17 5/8" x 2 3/16" x 23L Monsta 6 round tail. Photo Ryan Miller

Ace's backhand, looking as smooth and powerful as ever. At 5'9" / 76kg, he rides a 5'11" x 18 5/8"x 2 5/16" x 26L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller

When the sunrise looks like this and the Torquay reefs are doing their thing, it makes it pretty damn easy to get up in the dark. Throughout the Rip Curl Pro, Ace's been rotating between his 5'10 and 5'11" Monsta 6s, geared with our JS FCS2 template in large. Photo Trevor Moran

Owen and the fruits of his own dawn patrol. Event warm ups don't get much better as long as you've got the right rubber! Photo Trevor Moran

Throughout the Aus CT leg we saw a hundred different shades of O's backhand attack, and it's delivered consistently enough for him to now sit at second in the world. Can't get enough of this guy's rail game! Photo Trevor Moran

Owen loves his Forget Me Nots to pivot tight in the pocket and push as hard as he can when the conditions allow, and this one fit the bill perfectly while the Surf Coast reefs lit up. Close to his shortboard size, this FMN round pin is 6'3 1/2" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.3L (O's 6'3" / 76kg). Photo Ryan Miller

Perfect surfing for a perfect canvas. Fred, dismantling Winki on the way to the quarters. Photo Trevor Moran

Fred's always smiling, especially during the first big CT result of his career. A well-deserved quarter final finish at Bells, in the bag. At 6'1" / 81kg, he rides a 6'0" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 28.7L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller

Raw power one second and as progressive as it gets the next - Jules knows how to get it done anywhere. Photo Ryan Miller

With a bunch of his favourite shortboards on hand for both Winki and Bells, ones of J-Dub's go-to all rounders was a 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller

Nitro Testing with Noel Salas

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wherever you surf around the world, the new Nitro is all about making those smaller, weaker days as much fun as possible. With a flatter rocker than any other board in our X Series, it's built to generate and hold maximum speed in whatever waves you have on hand. In this review, Noel Salas surfs his Nitro on a few small days at Trestles, and gives it a great going over. Looks like it suits him pretty damn well too... Dimensions, below (he's 5'9" / 77kg). Enjoy!

NITRO - 5'6" x 19 1/4" x 2 5/16" x 26.8L 

Sally Fitz Takes Out Margaret River

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


The reigning world champ and new equal world number one, all smiles. After getting through Carissa and Steph, Sal matched up against Tyler in the final - heat draws don't get any harder than that! Photo Trevor Moran

Another epic finish in WA and Sal's first chair up the beach of 2017, thanks to her dad Marty and Sage Erickson. Photo Ryan Miller

Sal, jamming it in the Main Break pocket. With two slight step-ups on hand for most heats, a 5'10" Monsta 6 round tail and 5'11" Forget Me Not round pin, the FMN ended up being her board of choice for the extra power and size that Margies was throwing down on finals day. Dims, below (she's 5'7" / 57kg). Photo Ryan Miller

Monsta 6 - 5'10" x 17 5/8" x 2 3/16" x 23L

Forget Me Not - 5'11" x 17 5/8" x 2 3/16" x 23.3L

The winning quiver! Photo Ryan Miller

Sal definitely left her mark on WA in 2017. And with Bells just around the corner, her rail game's primed and ready to roll straight into the Bowl. Photo Trevor Moran

More West Aus Gold

Monday, April 03, 2017

Owen, bottom turning around half the Indian Ocean to power straight into Margies Pro finals day. Photo WSL / Matt Dunbar

With so much energy in the water on Saturday, O went with one of his biggest boards in his WA quiver - a Forget Me Not round pin step up, 6'8" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 31.1L (with a 6'10" on hand as backup!). Clip Peter King

From huge carves out the back to critical tail drifts on the tricky inside section, O's backhand went into overdrive all weekend. Photo Ryan Miller

Joel, making sure he doesn't bring a knife to a gun fight. Forget Me Not round pin step up, 6'6" x 18 7/8" x 2 7/16" x 30.5L (he's 6'0" / 83kg). Photo Ryan Miller 

After smashing his first heat at Main Break (above), Joel lost a tough one to Jeremy in round three. Luckily, WA's full of consolation prizes. Photo Ryan Miller

Parko, stuffed inside one of the southwest's more treacherous consolation prizes - The Box. With the playing field and wave height being a fraction of Main Break, Joel went back down to his standard Monsta 6 shortboard out here - 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L. Photo Ryan Miller

Jeremy's rail game was helping him nail high scores all over the place, and JS was just as stoked as he was. Dream team! Throughout the bigger days at Margies, Jezza went with a Monsta 6 round tail step up - 6'2" x 18 1/4" x 2 5/16" x 26.5L (he's 5'9" / 68kg). Photo Ryan Miller

Jezza's money turn from the weekend - big laybacks in big sections. Photo Ryan Miller

Sally's put in plenty of hours at Main Break both before and during the event window, and it's starting to show. After riding 6'1"s and 6'2"s on the biggest days earlier on, she's settled on the following slight step ups for the last few rounds - Monsta 6 round tail 5'10" x 17 5/8" x 2 3/16" x 23L,  and Forget Me Not round pin 5'11" x 17 5/8" x 2 3/16" x 23L (she's 5'7" / 57kg). Photo Ryan Miller 

Sal, slicing her way to the semis and a 9.73 - the highest scoring wave of the women's event so far. Photo Ryan Miller

Julian, getting ready for what would be one of the performances of the event so far in round two. After using his Snapper shortboards at North Point, Jules stepped it up to a Forget Me Not round pin for Main Break - 6'4" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 29.6L (he's 6'0" / 80kg). Photo Ryan Miller

Jules, all commitment. Photo Ryan Miller

Give J-Dub some room to move, and you'll probably see some of the best rail work of the year. Laying deep tracks on that same Forget Me Not, on the way through to round four with Owen. Photo Ryan Miller

While he didn't get a wildcard or entry to the trials, Mikey's been scoring all over the south-west during the Margies waiting period. Along with throwing some of the biggest airs anyone's seen so far this year, he's also done his fair share of this - dodging the guillotine at The Box. At 6'0" / 78kg, Mikey rides a 6'1" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L Monsta 6 round tail. Photo Trevor Moran

With plenty of free surfing gold in the bank and no injuries, this year's WA strike mission was definitely a success for Mikey. Back on his regular Monsta 6 shortboard, 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L. Photo Trevor Moran 

Our young gun Caleb, driving through a chunky one during his first ever surf at The Box. After growing a lot in the last few months, Caleb's now 5'5" / 50kg, and rides his 5'6" x 17 1/8" x 2 1/16" x 20.4L Monsta 6 Youth in everything from smaller, rippable days to sessions like this. Photo Trevor Moran 

Jack Robbo's been another entertaining sideshow around the main event, and he's also the guy half the top 32 took their line-up markers from at North Point. Here's Robbo, casual as ever, setting up another one at The Box. At 5'10" / 70kg, he rides a 5'10" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.8L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran 

Owen's WA & Bells Weapons

Friday, March 31, 2017


For the rest of the Australian CT leg, O's rolling with a bit of variety in his shortboards. Forget Me Not round pins, Monsta 6 squash tails, and a couple of HYFI Monsta 6s. After choosing the part of his quiver for WA, including some much bigger step ups, we decided on one or more of almost everything for Bells as well. Or as Owen put it - "these for the Bowl, them for Winki, and the HYFIs for Rincon! Hah." Full breakdown, below (he's 6'3" / 76kg):

MONSTA 6 - 6'3" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.5L (Snapper winner)

HYFI MONSTA 6 - 6'3" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.2L

FORGET ME NOT - 6'3 1/2" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.3L

FORGET ME NOT - 6'4 1/2" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.7L

STEP UP - 6'6" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.9L

STEP UP - 6'8" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 31.1L

STEP UP - 6'10" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 32L 

From surfing to boards, travelling and training, these two seem to talk for hours every time they're together. Here's O and JS, breaking down the next lot of magic sleds.  

Owen's Snapper winning Monsta 6 - definitely in the boardbag for both Margies and Bells!

O's biggest boards were reserved for the west, and they came in handy almost straight away. 6'8" and 6'10" Forget Me Not round pin step ups, ready for 10 - 12 foot Margies, huge Fiji, or second reef Pipe. 

Humble, hard working, and as talented as they come. Can't get enough of working with this guy!