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


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


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