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

Ace's Trestles Quiver

Thursday, September 01, 2016

With Ace sitting at number four in the world, he's rolling into Trestles with a whole lot of momentum a bunch of new boards! His latest Monsta 6s include everything from a spicy step down swallow tail (far left) to his favourite shortboard sizes, which, thanks to the look of the forecast, should see plenty of use as soon as the CT circus rolls into San Clemente. Ace's approach is all about speed, precision, and burying rail to turn as hard as he can in the most critical part of the wave - which is exactly what these Performer Series blades are designed for. Full breakdown, below (Ace is 5'9" / 76kg):

MONSTA 6 Swallow - 5'9 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 26.7L 

MONSTA 6 - 5'10 x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 26L

MONSTA 6 - 5'10" x 18 3/4" x 2 5/16" x 26.2L

MONSTA 6 - 5'10 1/2" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 26L

MONSTA 6 - 5'11" x 18 5/8" 2 5/16" x 26.1L (x2)

Plus, one favourite HYFI Monsta 6 step down from previous events (not pictured) - 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 25.5L


Ryan Callinan Going Bonkers in WA

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ryan Callinan's a freak in all types of waves - from tubes to man turns and super tweaked airs, he's got plenty up his sleeve to absolutely blow your mind. It's exactly that type of versatility that makes south west WA such a perfect canvas for him to unleash on, and in this latest edit, there's a little bit of everything. 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 




SurfingMag's HYFI Field Test

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Surfing Magazine crew really know their craft. From master photographers to quality wordsmiths, they've got one of the youngest and most driven media teams in the entire industry, and they all manage to create a ridiculous product thanks to their skills and genuine passion for surfing. In this edition of their Field Test series, one of their staffers, Dayton Silva, gives a rundown on the HYFI Blak Box 2 (and surfs it pretty damn well to boot).

Dayto visited the Gold Coast earlier in 2016, and grabbed a HYFI from the JS Factory that he's ridden ever since with a couple of rave reviews. In this clip, he focuses on its spark in small waves, and how it built and carried momentum through turns in pretty standard but fun California conditions.

Thanks to the overwhelming feedback on the new tech since its release, core stores everywhere are carrying both HYFI Blak Box 2s in stock, and taking custom orders for other models, from Summer Series pocket rockets like the Psycho Nitro, to the Air 17 and Monsta 6 Performer Series blades. Enjoy!  

The HYFI Blak Box 2 is designed for conditions anywhere from absolute rubbish to pretty damn good, and it turns all of 'em into a stupidly fun blur of speed and flow that'll get you excited to surf whatever your local is throwing up. That's why surf shops all around Australia voted it the 2016 SBIA Board of the Year.

Mikey Wright's Mixed Bag for Europe

Saturday, August 27, 2016

After spending the last few months rehabbing his ankle and gradually getting back to 100%, Mikey's dialled in his quiver for the European leg of the QS, which sees a range of contests running in anything from mushy beachies to solid tubes. Unfortunately, Mikey's tendency to go as big as he can whenever he can has resulted in another ankle injury just days before he was meant to leave, so his return to contests will have to wait for another 4-8 weeks! 

As soon as he's back in action though, this latest quiver is versatile enough to be used just about anywhere. These performer series and X series models can be pushed to the limits for big scores in fun to pumping surf, but still handle incredibly average waves. Full breakdown, below (he's 6'0" / 80kg):

HYFI MONSTA BOX - 5'10" x 19 1/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.7L

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

AIR 17 - 5'11 1/2" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 27.9L

AIR 17 - 6'0 1/2" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 28.3L

MONSTA 6 - 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 27.9L 

Step downs, daily drivers and full high performance shorties... Mikey's sorted. 

Off axis earlier this year in WA. Photo Trevor Moran