Early Days in France

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Think you'd be smiling too? J-Dub, full of froth. Photo Trevor Moran

All day offshores and peaks as far as the eye can see... What does that sound like to you? Heaven? South-west France? A bit of both? Either way, it's the polar opposite of Queensland at the moment, and exactly what the CT crew found when they rolled into Hossegor before the Quik Pro! With new boards aplenty for the longest leg of the tour, you couldn't really ask for better waves to get started on a bunch of super fun R&D.. Full gallery and board breakdowns, below:

Julian, swamped in his own spray. At 6'0"/80kg, he rides his Air 17 and the Monsta 6 (here) at 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L in a massive variety of waves. More lined up reefs and points will see Jules lean towards a M6, while the Air 17 is his go-to for everyday high performance surfing. Really though, both boards are so versatile it's the little idiosyncracies from day to day and the specific approach Jules is going for that'll decide it. Win/win! Photo Trevor Moran

An Air 17, a Monsta 6, and Jules' new fins from FCS (both medium and large). Yep, that'd do us too! Photo Ryan Miller

Jules, showing us his fins on the way to the flats. Photo Trevor Moran

Ace, finding another one of many backside tubes on the comp bank. At 5'9" / 76kg, he rides a 5'11" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 26.2L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran

Dusty, springing into a huge frontside punt on his HYFI Monsta 6. At 5'11" / 80kg, he rides a 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L (the same as his standard PU dims). Photo Trevor Moran

Dusty's been surfing his HYFI M6 all through Europe so far, along with Ryan Callinan, who made the quarters at Cascais on his own shortboard in the new tech. Through constant R&D we've found that as the waves get better and the boards become more high performance, slightly more stiffness works best (as well as added strength), which has seen the black carbon stringer added on top for HYFI customs and team boards like the Monsta 6. It's all about the small details to perfectly suit the design and waves being surfed!

Sally, laying into another dreamy right pre Roxy Pro. At 5'7" / 57kg, Sal's everyday Monsta 6 is 5'8" x 17 7/8" x 2 3/16" x 22.5L. Photo Trevor Moran

Ryan, charging before the contest started (very briefly) on opening day. Makeable waves like this were few and far between, but still, you can't blame the WSL for trying with this on the cards! At 6'0" / 80kg, Ryan rides the Forget Me Not at 6'2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L. Photo Trevor Moran

Joel, perfectly positioned on one of the biggest and (almost!) best waves of the morning. If this thing had stayed open it would've won the heat on its own, but the North Atlantic had other ideas. At 6'0" / 83kg, Parko rides a 6'2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran 

Jeremy's Quik Pro Boards

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

MONSTA 6 - 5'9 ½" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.6L

MONSTA 6 - 510 ½" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 25L

FORGET ME NOT Squash Tail - 5'9 ½" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.5L

FORGET ME NOT Round Pin - 6'0" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4"x 25.5L

FORGET ME NOT Round Pin - 6'1" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4"x 25.9L

Jezza's Quik Pro pre-game? Very strong. Clip Dane Burnheim


Julian's France Quiver

Saturday, October 01, 2016

 J-Dub throwing the fins over a damn fine piece of French sand. Photo Ryan Miller

Last year France offered up everything from rippable rights to heaving tubes for the Quik Pro, and the forecast for 2016's edition is starting to shape up even better! Whether it's super high performance beachies close to shore, or big barrels at La Nord's outside banks, Jules has a few new favourite Air 17s, along with a range of Monsta 6s and Forget Me Nots that'll handle anything the Atlantic might offer up. Board breakdowns, below (he's 6'0" / 80kg):  

Two Air 17s and one Julian Wilson, all ready for Europe - art courtesy of Jules' talented mum Nola. 

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

J-Dub's quiver from Fiji - ready for action when Hossegor's beachies turn on!

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

FORGET ME NOT - 6'2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.4L

FORGET ME NOT - 6'2" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 28.8L

FORGET ME NOT - 6'3" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.8L

FORGET ME NOT - 6'3" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 29.2L

STEP UP - 6'6" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 30.4L




Stab & Oakley's Nu Church of Surf

Friday, September 30, 2016


In 2016, you'd be hard pressed to find two supremely talented surfers better suited than Julian Wilson and Kai Lenny to tackle a concept shoot like this. Nu Church of Surf is Stab and Oakley's joint venture set out to demonstrate how wonderfully eclectic surfing has become, while giving us all a sneak peek at what's likely just over the horizon. And we reckon they've absolutely nailed it. Full board dims, below:

For a lot of the year, Bali's all about setting new benchmarks in performance. Jules runs his Air 17 and the Monsta 6 in a massive variety of waves, both at 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L. Photo Nate Lawrence

When he's not experimenting with hydrofoils or dropping into 30 foot Jaws on a SUP, these are Kai's sleds for average to pumping surf - an Air 17, Monsta 6 and Forget Me Not, all 5'9" x 18 5/8" x 2 1/4" x approx. 25L (a fraction less in the FMN, and a touch over in the Air 17).


Riley Laing, Summer in Aus to Winter in Hawaii

Monday, September 26, 2016

Riley Laing's easily one of the most versatile young guys in Australian surfing, so when he orders 10 boards for the next few months, you know there's going to be plenty of variety! Step downs and high performance shorties for the Aussie summer, to good wave boards and step ups for Hawaii - full details, below (he's 6'0" / 76kgs):

MONSTA BOX - 5'9 x 18 7/8" x 2 5/16" x 26.9L

MONSTA BOX - 5'9 x 18 3/4" x 2 5/16" x 26.7L

AIR 17 - 5'10" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 27L

AIR 17 - 5'11" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 27L

MONSTA 6 - 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 26.4L

MONSTA 6 - 5'11" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 26.7L

FORGET ME NOT - 6'3" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L

STEP UP - 6'6" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8"

STEP UP - 6'6" x 18 5/8" x2 3/8"

STEP UP - 6'8" x 18 5/8" x2 7/16"

Summer swooping back on the Gold Coast. Photo Andrew Shield

Hurley Pro Finals Showdown

Friday, September 16, 2016

Parko back on the podium! Photo Ryan Miller

Trestles is always won on the back of fluidity and big combos, and Joel's shown he's got both in spades all week on the way to the final! After blitzing the early rounds, he kept running with his favourite Monsta 6 in a solid variety of conditions - from small and onshore to clean, lined-up Lowers walls. Now sitting at 6th on the CT ladder, Parko's earned a couple of weeks break at home before heading to Europe, and with spring in full effect on the Gold Coast, he'll probably be trying a few new X Series and Summer Series sleds before tackling Hossegor's (hopefully) world-class beachies. Board breakdown, below (he's 6'0" / 83kg):

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

The money turn. Photo Trevor Moran

Parko On Fire At Trestles

Monday, September 12, 2016

Just another ridiculous frontside swerve. Instant classic from the Champ! Photo Trevor Moran. 

Right from his first heat at Lowers, Joel's been throwing down huge turns and giant scores all over the place. With a fresh batch of Monsta 6s in his quiver alongside some older gems (including his best Jbay board), Parko went with a brand new one in his standard dims to combo Mick and Jadsen in round one, and has dominated on it all the way through to what could be finals day, tomorrow. Here's hoping Trestles gives us one more decent day of waves! 

Parko's had a good, relaxed time in Southern California this time around. As he puts it - "just surfing heats and waxing guys hopefully!"

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

Trestles Warm Ups

Friday, September 09, 2016

Ace and the long Trestles rights go pretty damn well - year after year, his combination of flow and ridiculous speed ends up a highlight for powersurfing purists everywhere. At 5'9" / 76kg, he rides a 5'11" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 26.2L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran

More board testing at the San Clemente circus. While Ace will probably be on his standard 5'11" when the contest kicks off in decent waves, he usually drops an inch or so in the types of surf we saw for the warm ups - 5'10 x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 26L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller

Jeremy's gotta have one of the best body torque wraps on tour. Just look at this thing! At 5'9" / 68kg, Jezza rides a 5'8 1/2" x 18 3/8" x 2 1/4" x 24.1L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller

Ryan's equally comfortable burying rail or throwing fins (and usually most of his body). For most steeper waves, even when small, he loves his Forget Me Nots (think Snapper, West Aus etc), but for Trestles, the extra versatility of the Monsta 6 is first choice. He's 6'0" / 80kg and rides 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L. Photo Trevor Moran

Sal's been loving her shortboards and step downs in HYFI when the waves don't have a lot of push, and for smaller Trestles, she's getting her campaign underway with a Monsta 6 in the new tech at 5'8" x 17 7/8" x 2 3/16" x 22.5L (she's 5'7" / 57kg).


Endless possibilities for a seemingly endless repertoire... Julian loves Trestles and Trestles seems to love him right back. Photo Trevor Moran


In Jules' warmups he's been riding a mix of Air 17s and Monsta 6s at 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" (approx. 28L), with a few brand new sleds alongside favourites from places like Jbay. And in this frame, it's not exactly hard to see why... Photo Ryan Miller

Parko's Monsta 6s for California

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Joel went mental at Trestles last year - from huge rail turns to a few solid airs, a lot of the best surfing in the best waves of the comp featured the 2012 World Champ doing what he does all too easily. For 2016, Parko's new boards are a mix of Monsta 6s - in both his favourite everyday shortboard dims, and a couple of slight step downs for those smaller, weaker days. Full details, below (he's 6'0"/83kg):

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

MONSTA 6 - 5'11" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L

Here's hoping we see Trestles line up like this clip from 2015!

Exactly the kind of fluid power that let Parko throw 9s around last year like nobody's business. Photo WSL/Kirstin Scholtz

Julian Wilson's Boards for Trestles

Monday, September 05, 2016

J-Dub's sitting at number five in the world after his quarterfinals performance at Teahupo'o, and with Lower Trestles right around the corner, followed closely by France and Portugal, he's hit his straps at the perfect time to blow up at a bunch of waves that suit him to a tee. All of these events have been happy hunting grounds for Julian in the past, and for California in particular, he uses his Air 17 and the Monsta 6 in his favourite everyday shortboard dimensions, along with a few slight step downs in both PU and HYFI. Quiver specs, below (he's 6'0" / 80kg):

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

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

AIR 17 - 5'11 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 27.8L

HYFI AIR 17 - 5'11 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 27.8L