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. 

Nitro Tech Talk

Thursday, February 09, 2017

We built the Nitro to go fast, have heaps of flow, and attack tiny to fun waves however you'd mind surf them. In this tech talk with our mate, the legendary Timmy Hanrahan from Aloha Manly, you'll get a bit of extra insight on why our latest X Series board does exactly that, and performs so damn well in the small stuff. Enjoy!

Clip - Coastalwatch

Just one day from the R&D Joel did on a few slightly tweaked Nitro's to find the best of the best! This one, his favourite, is exactly what's now become everyone's favourite little pocket rocket, and the flattest X series board we've ever done. 

Footage - Jackson O'Brien

New Sleds & New Sprays for Ace

Monday, February 06, 2017

Ace's got a little bit of everything in this latest batch of boards! From his favourite everyday Monsta 6s in PU, to grovellers, shortboards and even slight step ups in HYFI, he's coming into the 2017 season with a plenty of creativity from both JS and our resident artistic lunatic Adrian Turner.

One of the main developments in this quiver has come from Ace surfing HYFIs in a solid range of waves last year, from the CT event at Trestles to a bunch of small and medium sized days in Hawaii. All of that R & D has translated into plenty of positive feedback from the Central Coaster, and now Ace's ready to experiment even more coming into CT season! Full board breakdowns, below (he's 5'9" / 76kg). 

Sprayboy never knows what to expect when Ace calls... 2017's first batch didn't disappoint! 

HYFI BLAK BOX 2 - 5'8" x 19 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 27.1L

HYFI MONSTA 6 - 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 25.5L

HYFI MONSTA 6 - 5'11" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 26L

HYFI MONSTA 6 - 6'0" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 26.4L (round tail)

MONSTA 6 - 5'11" x 18 5/8"x 2 5/16" x 26L

MONSTA 6 - 6'0" x 18 5/8"x 2 5/16" x 26.3L (round tail) 

Staying Sharp in the Small Stuff

Friday, February 03, 2017

Summer on the Gold Coast so far has been just about the polar opposite of last year - instead of southerlies and cyclone swells we've mostly dealt with northerlies and wind slop, but the Traktor Team have been looking on the bright side! Even with a pretty tough run of conditions, if you've got the right board and make the time to search around a bit, then you'll keep surfing, and maybe even stumble onto something super fun. Full gallery and board breakdowns, below!

Hiroto and some super sharp rail work on a classic little summer beachie. Our Japanese young gun's been in Australia for nearly two weeks now, and he's looking more than ready for an assault on the QS in 2017! One of Hiroto's favourite high performance step downs is a 5'7 1/2" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 23.5L HYFI Monsta 6, compared to his regular 5'8" x 18 1/8" x 2 1/4" x 24L PU Monsta 6 for decent to pumping surf. 


Over Christmas, Caleb kept telling us about a favourite HYFI shortboard he couldn't get off of, and after seeing him on the Gold Coast it was easy to see why! At 5'3" x 16 3/4" x 2 1/6" x 19.1L, this Monsta 6 in the new tech was just the thing to get him through small days from the Central Coast to the QS leg around the Gold Coast (he's 5'3" / 49kg). Photo Jeff Levingston


After a long time out with injury, Mikey's been dedicated to training and rehab to get back to surfing as much as possible. While some of the boys focussed on throwing fins, Mikey kept his rail wet and linked turns to feel out a few new grovellers - with one of his favourites being a HYFI Monsta Box 5'10" x 19 1/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L (he's 6'0" / 80kg). Photo Jeff Levingston

Part one of QS prep and rehab for the day, done! Photo Jeff Levingston. 

Parko's been mixing a solid end of holidays training regime with a diet cleanse and a whole bunch of wave hunting, and it shows. Our world champ's got his froth back (not that it really went anywhere), and has been trying a bunch of new step downs, both in HYFI and PU. This one's a 5'10" x 19 1/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.3L Monsta Box round tail (he's 6'0" / 83kg). Photo Jeff Levingston

You know you're doing something (or everything) right when there's more spray than wave! Joel, hacking through the inside. On other small days, he's also been riding his new Nitro - 5'7" x 19 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L. Photo Jeff Levingston

J-Dub's Ready For Fireworks!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Almost that time of year again! Jules always goes pink with his Quik Pro Gold Coast quiver as a part of his support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, with art either by his talented mum Nola, or our resident sprayer Adrian Turner (above). 

Exactly six weeks from now the WSL's 2017 CT circus kicks off on the Gold Coast, and the Traktor Team are all starting to dial in boards for whatever Snapper might throw at them for the season opener! 

Julian's first batch are all Monsta 6s based on his favourites from Jbay last year, and combined with a few other gems in his garage (including a couple spicy Air 17s built for home on the Sunny Coast), he's got all the tools he needs to kick into gear for a huge 2017! Gallery and board breakdowns, below (he's 6'0" / 80kg):

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

Jules, doing some last minute R&D in Hawaii before heading home for the off season. He rides both the Monsta 6 and his Air 17 at 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x approx. 28L (a touch more foam being in the Air 17) geared with his signature fin from FCS in large. Photo Ryan Miller

A bag of tricks this deep usually translates to stunts you'll barely see anyone else even attempt... Not hard to understand why alley-oops are Jules' favourite air for big sections! Photo Ryan Miller. 

No surprise that one of the best bottom turns in the game translates to arcs like this! Julian, burning through exactly the kind of turn that'll win a lot of heats (and hearts) at Snapper. Photo Trevor Moran


All New Blades for JS!

Monday, January 09, 2017

2017's started with a mixed bag of waves on the Gold Coast, from almost pumping, to super average and plenty of classic fun little summer days in between. So, with lots of surfing to do and plenty of different waves around, JS has gone ahead and shaped himself a whole new quiver! The boss's work ethic means he barely ever stops designing, so before getting back into making the next round of boards for the team and keen surfers all around the world, this is what he's come up with for himself! 

*Good to know - Jason's coming off a knee injury, prompting a slight tweak from his normal dims (the same as Parko's), to slightly thicker and nearly a litre more volume, which is essentially up one size on all of our stock dims. Full board breakdowns, below (he's 5'11" / 83kg). 

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

BLAK BOX 2 - 5'10" x 19 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 30.4L

HYFI MONSTA BOX - 5'11" x 19 1/2" x 2 7/16" x 29.7L

MONSTA BOX ROUND - 5'11" x 19 1/2" x 2 7/16" x 29.9L

MONSTA 6 - 6'0 1/2" x 19 1/8" x 2 7/16" x 29.3L

FORGET ME NOT - 6'2" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 29.2L

Right about now the HSV wagon comes in pretty damn handy. All stacked up for summer! 

We called this Forget Me Not channel bottom the FOMO, partly because everyone seems to be doing channels, but mostly because you really don't want to be missing out when the waves are good enough to jump on this weapon! 

Jason was calling the last HYFI Monsta Box he made for himself the most fun all-round board he's had in two years, which is a huge call for the man with just about every type of performance craft under the sun! Also the prototype for our HYFI Monsta Box stock boards, it's essentially the same great daily driver, with slightly lower rails to compensate for HYFI's extra buoyancy, plus the mind-blowing acceleration off the mark and through turns of the new tech.