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! 


All Kinds of Pumping, from North Point to Main Break

Thursday, March 30, 2017

 

Owen, under the ledge on one of the heaviest barrels of opening day. From the yellow jersey to the classic no-grab tube stance, this shot is a great marker of where O's at right now - right back in his element. Photo Trevor Moran

With a few of his best waves in round one shutting down right at the last second, O blew up on his backhand to smash round two and keep the roll going. After choosing a 6'4 1/2" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.7L Forget Me Not round pin at North Point (above), Owen chose a 6'8" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 31.1L Step Up to tackle the bigger, windier walls of Main Break on day two (he's 6'3" / 76kg). Fingers crossed we'll see some heats at The Box to complete our WA trifecta! Photo Trevor Moran

Ace's been putting his finely-tuned backhand to work all over the southwest, and after a tight battle with Fred in round two, he's through to round three. At 5'9" / 76kg, he rides a step up Forget Me Not round pin - 6'4" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L. Photo Trevor Moran

In WA, it's all about big fins and rounded pins. One of Ace's go-to templates is our FCS thruster set in large for a great mix of drive and flow between turns. Photo Ryan Miller

 

Fred's been absolutely flairing, but will now have to focus on putting all that power (and a lot of new step-ups) to use at Bells. At 6'1" / 81kg, he rides a 6'2 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L Forget Me Not round pin. Photo Trevor Moran

 

Frontside or backside, Jeremy's a freak in the barrel. After locking into easily the best wave of his heat at North Point, Jezza scored a well-earned day off, after which we'll hopefully see him line up for round three at The Box. Photo Trevor Moran

Having so many good waves on offer, Jezza kept plenty of Monsta 6 and Forget Me Not round pins on hand to choose from, with one of his go-to sizes being a FMN 6'0" x 18 1/4" x 2 5/16" x 25.5L (he's 5'9" / 68kg). Photo Ryan Miller

While Joel found a few tubes in a super slow round one heat, he had to completely switch mindsets (and boards) overnight to get through round two at big Main Break. Photo Trevor Moran

After using a 6'4" Forget Me Not at North Point on opening day, Joel chose a 6'6" Step Up to take apart a few solid, windy rights on his way to round three, with a 6'8" in backup. At 6'0" / 83kg, he rides a 6'6" x 18 7/8" x 2 7/16" x 30.5L. Photo Ryan Miller

Joel, swooping on a roundhouse covering so much distance that the rebound looks like Main Break lefts. Every inch of that 6'6" came in handy this heat! Photo Ryan Miller

While Julian's heat at North Point was yet another half hour characterised by long lulls, it definitely had its moments. Here's J-Dub swooping on the inside ledge, riding one of his Snapper favourites - a 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L Monsta 6 (he's 6'0" / 80kg). Photo Trevor Moran

With plenty of bigger boards waiting in the wings for Main Break, Jules mostly kept his favourite shortboards on hand for North Point, all geared with his signature FCS template in large. Photo Ryan Miller

 


West Aus Warm-Ups

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Julian, bending minds at North Point. Photo Ryan Miller

WA's been firing since the CT rolled into town, and the Traktor Team's thrown themselves into everything that's come their way. From huge walls at Main Break, to mutant slabs at The Box, and a few crazy ramps at North Point, there's a whole lot of variety popping up around Margaret River. And the best part? We should see almost all of it come into play throughout the contest. Full gallery and board breakdowns below: 

With so many different conditions forecast for the main event, Jules brought a whole range of new shortboards and step-ups, plus a few favourite Monsta 6's from the Gold Coast. This one's 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L (he's 6'0" / 80kg). 

Unlike a lot of spots in the world, 'round here's mostly about harnessing speed rather than generating it yourself. Julian, burning through a chunky North Point shoulder. Photo Ryan Miller

Jack Robbo, flying through yet another tube before the trials. At 5'9" / 67kg, he rides a 5'10" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.8L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran

Jack, heavy on the back foot before lining up the inside. Photo Trevor Moran

Whether it's tubes, turns or throwing big punts on the reg, Robbo's got it all. Photo Trevor Moran

Sal arrived in WA early enough to try plenty of step-ups at solid Main Break, and it shows. New lines on a 6'1" x 17 5/8" x 2 1/4" x 24.3L Forget Me Not round pin (she's 5'7" / 57kg). Photo Trevor Moran

Sal, carving through a foamy one at Margies. While 6'1" might not seem like much of a step up, remember her normal shortboard is a 5'8 1/2" x 17 5/8" x 2 3/16" x 22.3L Monsta 6. That's a lot more rail! Photo Trevor Moran

Ace, fitting a big backhand crack into North Point's shallow end section. At 5'9" / 76kg, he rides a 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 26L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran

Fred, all power. At 6'1" / 81kg, he rides a 6'0" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 28.5L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran

Like the rest of the team, Fred grabbed a bunch of Forget Me Not's for WA to suit the extra push and curve in the majority of the waves. Some of his go-to sizes are 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 27.6L (a touch less width and thickness than his M6), and 6'2 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L (slight step up). Photo Trevor Moran

Whenever there's big tubes and big ramps, Mikey's there. At 6'0" / 78kg, he rides a 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran

You'd think something that high and that inverted might be a throwaway, but not for Mikey. He came within a fraction of landing this thing... Which might mean yet another day of hucking himself until he stomps it. Monsta 6 round tail - 6'1" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L. Photo Ryan Miller

 


Julian's WA Quiver

Monday, March 27, 2017

West Australia's set to fire for the second CT stop of 2017, and Julian's packing plenty of foam to be ready for anything. Last year Jules' world class rail game took him all the way to the final at Main Break, and with the forecast reading 18ft SSW at 17 seconds on opening day, we should see a bunch of the bigger boards in action this time around! Full breakdown, below (he's 6'0" / 80kg): 

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

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

FORGET ME NOT round pin - 6'2" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 28.9L

FORGET ME NOT round pin - 6'4" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 29.6L  

STEP UP round pin - 6'6" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 30.4L

If you want to go big, then WA's the place to be. Jules and a huge slob grab, not too far from Margaret River. Photo Ryan Miller

 

 


Owen's Quik Pro Epic

Monday, March 20, 2017

The final day we were all hoping for but didn't dare dream could actually happen! Incredibly well deserving champions Owen Wright and Stephanie Gilmore, plus amazing runner-up performances from Wilko and Lakey. Photo Trevor Moran. 

If you can properly consider where Owen's come from a year, a month and even a week before winning 2017's Quiksilver Pro, there's no doubt it's one of the greatest and most inspiring comebacks you'll ever see in any sport, let alone surfing. His off-season and lead up to this year's Championship Tour might have been relatively short, but with O being so enthusiastic about surfing again and having so much appreciation for the whole process, he was able to rapidly dial in boards with JS while also building his confidence and muscle memory to the point where he's now number one in the world. Of course, this is a huge high point in O's comeback, but you also get the feeling it's just the beginning of a long and happy story. More insight, below: 

 

 

Back in 2015 when Owen won in Fiji, his Monsta 6s were all around 6'3" x 19 1/4" x 2 1/2" x 31.5L, and his contest winner was a slight step-up 6'4 1/2" x 19 3/16" x 2 1/2" x 31.5L Forget Me Not. With Owen's current fighting weight now being 76kg (down from approx. 82-86kg beforehand), he's gravitated towards new, equally slimmed down dims in his M6 shortboard - 6'3" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.5L. Clip Peter King. 

 

Exactly the type of fast, yet critical backside surfing that led O all the way to the podium! Photo Ryan Miller

 


Terrible One Day, Perfect The Next

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Julian, flying through another dreamy Snapper funnel. Photo Trevor Moran

From small, onshore, blue-bottle infested conditions at the start of the waiting period, to perfectly groomed walls and tubes for the rest of the contest, Snapper finally showed up for the Quiksilver Pro in 2017. Joel painted masterpieces all over his favourite Superbank canvas, Julian threw down some of the best turn/tube combos of the event, and Owen blew the entire field apart to take the most inspirational CT event win that we've ever seen. As far as contests go, this was a damn good one! Full gallery and board breakdowns, below: 

J-Dub exploding into the first section before wetting his rails down the line. 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

Sal, sinking her rails into a clean line at Snapper on the way to the semis. At 5'7" / 57kg, she rides a 5'8 1/2" x 17 5/8" x 2 3/16" x 22.3L. Photo Ryan Miller

Ace, adding even more spark to his small wave game on a fresh HYFI.  At 5'9" / 76kg, he rides a 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 25.5L HYFI Monsta 6, geared with our FCS2 template in large.

Ace's warm ups went so damn well that he kept his HYFI for the main event, and absolutely blew up on the thing. Several excellent scores later he eventually went down to Jeremy Flores in a super close heat, with the highest losing heat total of the round. Plenty of positives for the next one! Photo Trevor Moran

Jeremy, laying deep tracks on a pristine Snapper wall. At 5'9" / 68kg, he rides a 5'9 1/2" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.6L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran

Mikey threw a whole lot of water on his way through to round 3, and went within 10 seconds of taking out the reigning world champ in the first event of the season. With more chances to perform in quality waves and (hopefully) no injuries this year, 2017's gonna be a huge one for the wildest wildcard of 'em all! At 6'0" / 78kg, he rides a 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller

Fred, dropping the hammer on another buttery Snapper section. At 6'1" / 81kg, he rides a 6'0" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 28.5L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran

Joel, making it rain before the weather decided to join the party. Photo Trevor Moran

Parko laying it over on the way to yet another 9+ ride at Snapper... This thing has to be up there with the best rail turns of the contest! At 6'0" / 83kg, he rides a 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran

The Big O, going upside down between fin throws. For more insight into Owen's new boards and his amazing comeback win, check over here. Photo Trevor Moran


Welcome to the Gold Coast

Monday, March 13, 2017

Fred's first ever CT event as a member of the top 34 is just around the corner, and the big fella's settling in just fine. At 6'1" / 81kg, he rides a 6'0" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 28.5L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran

Big wingspan, big turns. Photo Trevor Moran

R-Cal, cracking one down the line - only a matter of time 'til this guy's back on the CT! At 6'0" / 80kg, he rides a 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller


Equally comfortable burying rail or throwing tail, Julian's been honing his power game all week on a brand new batch of shortboards, and it shows. At 6'0" / 80kg, he rides a 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller

Jules, colour co-ordinated for a cause. If you get a chance, check his limited edition FCS and Hurley gear branded to support breast cancer research. Photo Ryan Miller

Ace, sharpening his already razor-edged backhand at Snapper. Having experimented with a lot of HYFIs during the off-season, from shortboards to step downs, he's kept plenty of options in the new tech close for the Quik Pro. At 5'9" / 76kg, he rides a 5'11" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 26L HYFI Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran

Sal arrived on the Gold Coast early enough to dial in boards during the best swell of the season so far, and she's been flairing on a batch of fresh, slightly narrower Monsta 6s. At 5'7" / 57kg, she rides a 5'8 1/2" x 17 5/8" x 2 3/16" x 22.3L M6 in fun to pumping surf. Photo Trevor Moran 

Owen's been looking sharper than ever on the Gold Coast points during the contest warm ups, riding a few favourite new boards to match his even leaner frame. At 6'3" / 76kg, his go-to everyday Monsta 6 has been 6'3" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29L. Photo Trevor Moran

Between some ridiculous days on the points, Joel and Jason found themselves some incredible beachies over the last swell to try a bunch of new sleds. Parko's go-to Monsta 6 is 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L, while Jason rode his Forget Me Not FOMO (channel bottom) 6'2" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 29.2L. Being almost exactly the same size (Joel's 6'0" / 83kg and JS is 5'11" / 83kg), the boys often trade boards to dial in new refinements even quicker. Clip - Jackson O'Brien

One of the highlights every year before the Quik and Roxy Pros start is the Juraki Surf Challenge, which Joel helps to put together alongside a range of legends behind the scenes who ensure plenty of young Aboriginal surfers get a chance to surf with their heroes. This year, Brandon Mercy from Coffs Harbour managed to take the win, with a little help from Parko. Due to barely any swell hanging around for the morning of the pairs challenge, he went with a HYFI Monsta Box 5'10" x 19 1/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L. Photo Trevor Moran


JW Perfect at the Australian Open

Friday, March 03, 2017

Manly's been a mix of running rip bowls and super fun A-frames all week for the Australian Open, and so far Julian owns the performance of the event thanks to this ridiculous alley oop to air rev combination. Jules' home on the Sunshine Coast sees pretty similar surf for most of the year, along with 100s of other towns around the world, and because of this, his Air 17 is built for exactly these conditions. Average to decent/punchy beachbreaks, and high performance surfing. Board breakdown, below (he's 6'0" / 80kg):

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

As far as the Qualifying Series goes, Manly's been delivering in spades for 2017. Photo Ethan Smith


Julian Wilson's Wayward

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Julian's thrown down a handful of the best video parts in the world over the last few years, but this one might just be his best yet. From all-time Cloudbreak to perfect Keramas and some ridiculous performances at home on the Sunshine Coast, Wayward is an absolute masterpiece that we still can't quite wrap our heads around.

You can see RedBull Surfing's brilliant write-up on the project over on their site, while we've put together a brief rundown on Jules' entire Wayward quiver right here. For instance, at 10 foot Cloudbreak, J-Dub's so confident on taking off under the ledge that he navigated a lot of the best tubes in the edit on his 5'11" Forget Me Not round pin - even a touch shorter than his normal shortboard (yet slightly thicker). At solid Keramas, the board Jules landed that alley-oop on was exactly what he rides every day, a 6'0 1/2" Air 17. And finally at home, the backside big spin he stomps near the end is on a slight variation of his model - an inch shorter, and in our sparky HYFI tech. If you're not already watching, then get to it. Enjoy!  

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

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

Forget Me Not round pin - 6'2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.4L

Forget Me Not round pin - 5'11" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 27.4L

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

HYFI Air 17 - 5'11 1/2" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 27.8L

Jules is 6'0" / 80kg, and paired all of these boards with his signature template from FCS, in large. 

From the Sunshine Coast's beachies, to his now infamous session at Keramas, Julian's go-to Air 17 saw plenty of mileage last year. 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L. 

J-Dub had plenty of favourite boards in 2016, but for super high performance surfing (and super high performance waves), this Air 17 was the one. Photo Nate Lawrence

While he's never been afraid of the big stuff, Jules has turned into a proper lunatic over the last few years in solid tubes. From 10s at Teahupo'o to the most ridiculous late drops of the CT year at Pipe, it's hard to think of anything more he could do...  Until you see Wayward. Forget Me Not round pin 6'2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.4L. Photo Nate Lawrence 


Sal's Set for Snapper

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sal's been surfing and training non-stop in the offseason, and with Newcastle, Manly and the CT opener at Snapper all running back to back, she's added a few more Monsta 6s to her quiver that'll be her go-to performance sleds in everything from Sydney's beachies to the Gold Coast points. Board breakdowns, below (she's 5'7" / 57kg):

MONSTA 6 - 5'7" x 17 7/8" x 2 3/16" x 22.8L

If anyone's personality matches a fluro quiver, it's Sal. Art by our in house legend Adrian Turner. 


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