Non-Stop Perfection in SA

Friday, July 21, 2017

The last men standing at JBay, both owners of perfect 10s, a couple of hard fought trophies, and the obligatory face full of our title sponsor's suds. What a week! Photo Ryan Miller

With JBay firing non-stop from the warm-ups to just about every round of competition, Fred stuck with one of his favourite slight step-ups all the way to the finals. At 6'1" / 81kg, he rides a 6'2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L Forget Me Not squash tail. Photo Ryan Miller

Fred, using every inch of that longer rail line (and longer frame) on another dreamy Supers canvas. Photo Trevor Moran

Julian looked incredibly sharp right from the start in SA, and kept delivering all the way through to another huge semi-final result at one of his favourite waves. Photo Trevor Moran

From throwing down 10s with tubes like this, to laying into some of the best rail turns of the event, Jules is a perennial standout at the best point break in the world. Photo Trevor Moran

J-Dub, heavy on the back foot. Similar to Fred, he went with a slight step up 6'2" Forget Me Not on the bigger days, but also switched to several other favourites - including his regular shortboard (Monsta 6, 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L). Photo Trevor Moran


Another brand new gem made especially for the Jefferies Bay points was this FOMO channel bottom Monsta 6, 6'1" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.4L. With Joel, Jules and JS himself experimenting even more with channels this year (and absolutely loving them when conditions call for it) we've made them available on all PU custom orders for that extra bit of drive and speed in good waves. Photo Trevor Moran

JBay 2017's already guaranteed to be one of the most memorable CT events in recent memory for everyone around the world, but for this guy, it's just about the biggest milestone of his career so far. Congratulations Fred! Photo Trevor Moran


On Fire At JBay

Sunday, July 16, 2017

One of the classiest match-ups in surfing - Joel and Jeffries. Photo Trevor Moran

Everything in the right place. Photo Ryan Miller

After several days of waking up before dawn to be ready for the call, Parko came out of the blocks firing to win the first heat of the event and waltz straight onto round three. With perfect, overhead sets on offer, he settled on a new Forget Me Not squash tail, 6'1 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L (6'0" / 81kg). Photo Ryan Miller


Jeremy flaired on his way through to round three with plenty of power gauges just like this. Photo Ryan Miller

Like Joel, Jezza went with a slight step-up for the pumping, long walls of opening day. Bumping up from his usual shortboard (a 5'9 1/2" M6 squash), this one is 5'10 1/2" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.9L, pulled into a smooth round tail for extra hold and drive. Photo Ryan Miller

Owen dropped one of the biggest scores of his heat with turns like this huge fin waft, but couldn't quite find the back-up he needed to jump straight into round three. Up next when round two resumes, O's got several Forget Me Not's that JS built to complement his favourite FMN shortboard from Brazil - 6'3" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.3L (he's 6'3" / 76kg). Photo Trevor Moran

O, ready to roll with one of his bright new Forget Me Nots. Photo Ryan Miller 

Firing JBay suits Fred better than just about any stop on Tour (or anywhere, for that matter). Big man, big turn, beautiful canvas. Photo Trevor Moran

With plenty of similar right points at home in Portugal, Fred's dialled in this part of his quiver constantly over the last year or so. In fun to perfect surf like we saw in round one, his go-to dims are a 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6 (6'1" / 81kg). Photo Ryan Miller

 

Ace's razor sharp backhand had commentators like Ronnie Blakey calling him the standout of all the goofy-footers during the warm up sessions. Not hard to see why with big cracks like this! At 5'9" / 76kg, one of his favourite shortboards is a 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 26L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller

 

When power, progression and technical polish all come together, you get turns like this banger from just before opening day. Like all of the very best surfers at the top of their game, Jules just keeps adding extra layers to his already insane repertoire. Photo Ryan Miller. 

JW laid down some serious tracks pre-event, and found plenty of favourites in his quiver in the process. This one's a 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L Monsta 6 (he's 6'0" / 80kg). Clip Peter King

Long arcs, stupid amounts of power, and one of the best bottom turns in the world. J-Dub at JBay. Photo Ryan Miller 

It's hard to fathom the amount of talent between these two guys. Legends on land, freaks in the water, long-time friends (except for maybe in a heat), and quite possibly Australia's next World Champs. Big things to come in SA! 


J-Bay Quivers - Julian

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Julian's approach is built for J-Bay. The technical polish, swooping bottom turns and long lines he draws translate to some of the best surfing we've ever seen out there, not to mention final and semi-finals appearances during the CT event over the last two years.

For this year's quiver, Jules is rolling with a bunch of his existing favourite M6s and Forget Me Nots, plus a few new shortboards both in his regular dims and slightly thicker variations. With the extra rubber involved (not to mention the paddling, wind, and overall pace of the wave & lineup), a bit of extra volume is often great to have up your sleeve for certain conditions. Full breakdown, below (he's 6'0" / 80kg): 

 

MONSTA 6 - 5'11 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 27.7L

MONSTA 6 - 5'11 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 27.9L (swallow tail channel bottom)

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

MONSTA 6 - 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 28.1L

Bright, fast, and ready for the best point break in the world. 

 


J-Bay Quivers - Joel

Monday, July 03, 2017

We're right in the middle of the CT's dream leg, and with this type of wave quality on hand, you know Joel's going to be a major contender at each stop. Fiji especially is one of Parko's favourite places in the world, and after tearing his way to the semi-finals at Cloudbreak on a new FOMO channel bottom Monsta 6, there have been a few late additions to his J-Bay board bag!

Ever since JS made himself a few channel bottoms over the Christmas holidays (including one borrowed/stolen by Joel for a trip to Bali), the boys have kept them on hand whenever the waves turn on. Now, with Parko heading to one of the best and fastest point breaks in the world, it's the perfect time to break out a bunch of fresh FOMOs, plus his standard go-to Monsta 6s. Full breakdown, below (he's 6'0" / 81kg):

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

MONSTA 6 - 6'1" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.6L

MONSTA 6 round - 6'2 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.7L

MONSTA 6 swallow - 6'2 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 29L

 

Four channel bottoms in slight step-up dims, plus two more (bottom) in Joel's regular shortboard size. 

With a lot of the bigger boards being round tails, JS also put a few swallows in to mix perfectly with the speed of the longer channel bottoms. This one (left) also has a similar tiger spray to one of Joel's favourites from last year that he rode to the final at Trestles... here's hoping one of these lets him get on a similar role in SA! 

 

 


J-Bay Quivers - Owen

Friday, June 30, 2017


Owen's put in some of the best backhand performances of the last decade out at J-Bay, and with his form he's in this year, O's ready to push it to the next level again. After taking out the Quik Pro Snapper riding a new Monsta 6 at the start of the season, the extra size at both Margaret River and Bells had Owen riding Forget Me Nots for the majority of the events, with a few big results along the way.

Even in Brazil, Saquarema's clean, punchy beachbreaks allowed O to keep riding his favourite FMN, although in his shortboard size (6'3") - not the step ups we saw through the back half of Australia's CT leg. For South Africa, he'll be packing a range of Monsta 6s and Forget Me Nots from earlier in the season, plus these brand new FMNs with a bit of added colour. Board breakdowns, below (he's 6'3" / 76kg): 

FORGET ME NOT - 6'3" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.5L 


Caleb's J-Bay Boards

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Our young gun's been scoring at home on the Central Coast this winter, and with a trip to Jbay on the cards for next week, he put in an order for a new batch of Monsta 6s and Forget Me Nots matched with a few watercolour inspired ideas for our in-house spray maniac Adrian Turner. Looking at these, Sprayer's absolutely nailed it, and so has JS. 

Heading to that particularly wave-rich part of South Africa often means long walls, extra rubber and plenty of paddling, so this latest quiver has a combination of Caleb's regular Monsta 6 shortboards, plus several slight step up Forget Me Not round pins with a little extra width and thickness. Youth Series board breakdowns, below (he's 5'6" / 50kg): 


Dream lineup for a dream destination! 


MONSTA 6 - 5'6" x 17 1/8" x 2 1/16" x 20.4L

FORGET ME NOT - 5'6 1/2" x 17 5/8" x 2 1/8" x 21.9L

FORGET ME NOT - 5'7 1/2" x 17 5/8" x 2 1/8" x 22.3L


Mikey's South Africa Quiver

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Whether they're on boards or spurting out of a can, Mikey's all about flames. Art by Adrian Turner

The southern hemisphere winter's been pumping out storms from Cape Town to Cloudbreak, and a solid chunk of the world's surfing population has been breaking out their good wave boards to make the most of it. Mikey's just landed in South Africa, and while part of the trip's dedicated to chasing points on the QS, his sights are set on two of Africa's best waves - Jbay, and Namibia's ridiculous lefthander. Board breakdowns, below (he's 6'0" / 78kg): 

 


While Mikey's regular Monsta 6s have him covered in everything from average beachies to quality reefs or points, South Africa and Namibia have the potential to turn on some of the best (and fastest) waves in the world. That's where the channels and round pins come in! 

MONSTA 6 - 6'0 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L

MONSTA 6 - 6'0 1/2" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 28.9L (round tail with FOMO channel bottom)

MONSTA 6 - 6'0 1/2" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 29.2L (swallow tail with FOMO channel bottom)

MONSTA 6 - 6'1 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 7/16" x 29.1L (round tail with FOMO channel bottom)


 


Dusty's Best Bits From South Africa and WA

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Dusty's got a lot of strengths, and crazy combos on perfect right-handers are just about at the top of the list! Jbay and North Point showcase the Hawaiian's mix of pure power and ridiculous creativity as well as anywhere, and thanks to his longtime filmer Wes Larsen, we all get to watch two of the best waves in the world ridden to their potential. Dusty's go-to boards for these spots, below (he's 5'11" / 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

Dusty at this year's Jbay Open, during which he nailed one of the best surfed waves of the entire event - a 9.77. The wildcard run continues! Photo Trevor Moran
 


What's Julian Riding?

Monday, July 11, 2016


J-Dub blasting a lofty slob-grab on a fresh Monsta 6 during a warmup - confidence, sky high. Photo Ryan Miller

Whether it was laying down huge turns and finding tubes in the earlier rounds, or landing some solid airs on his way to the quarterfinals, Julian's gone from strength to strength so far in Jbay. Regardless of the conditions, Jules' versatility so far has been ridiculous - even a close encounter with the infamous "bricks" after committing to the end section against Parko didn't interrupt his run of heat wins!

Another good sized swell with howling offshores is tipped for finals day this Friday, and with a new favourite board under his feet and a whole lot of experience to draw upon in the lineup, an epic showdown for Julian and everyone else is definitely on the cards. Brand new board breakdowns, below:


It might be the best pointbreak in the world, but Jbay is still incredibly hard to read. Julian, showing his experience with one of the rail turns of the event so far. Photo Ryan Miller 

Getting it done in the water before getting it done on land, head cuts and all! Legend. Photo Trevor Moran

Insightful as always, even with a few battle scars. Clip Peter King

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

 


Warming Up In Jbay

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Julian and Jbay - both all about speed. Photo Trevor Moran

The CT's been unlucky this year, with the best waves at each spot often falling just outside the waiting period - giving either an epic warm up session (like Snapper) that overshadows the main event, or never really getting out of second gear at all. Thankfully Jbay is set to deliver a bit of everything, with the lead up to the contest pumping for days on end, and round one expected to kick off at dreamy, overhead Supertubes. As you'll see below, everyone's had a chance to sharpen their reflexes and test new boards in some incredibly rippable looking waves... Bring on opening day!

Ryan, still repping his Fijian 'Taj cut', and licking his chops at the chance to put that ridiculous backhand to the test. At 6'0" / 80kg Ryan rides a 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran


Jeremy, taking a break from burying his rail to pull in at Supertubes. At 5'9" / 68kg Jezza rides a 5'8 1/2" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.4L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller

Ace looking super sharp, but still playing second fiddle to another ridiculous African sunset. At 5'9" / 76kg Ace rides a 5'11" x 18 3/4" x 2 5/16" x 26.7L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran

Parko, well and truly over his knee injury from Fiji. Still recovering from his mohawk though... At 6'0" / 83kg, Joel rides a 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran

 

Dusty, and the kind of finishing move that should keep his wildcard roll going well into the Jbay Open. At 5'11" / 80kg Dusty rides very similar boards to Parko and a few of the other team (so much so that they can share quivers, like in Fiji) - two of his go to sleds for both contests and free surfs all year round are 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. Photo Trevor Moran


After surfing in the QS 10,000 at Ballito, 1000kms up the coast, Frederico Morais made the drive down to score Jbay before heading back to Portugal. After winning his firs QS event in the Caribbean earlier this year, the big fella's gone from strength to strength - reckon he looks right at home amongst the CT in Jbay? At 6'1" / 81kg, Fred rides a 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6. Photo 

On a rail or in the air, Julian's one of the few surfers who could win Jbay no matter what the waves are doing. Right before flying out Jules grabbed a fresh batch of boards, with a combination of both his Air 17 and the Monsta 6. At 6'0" / 80kg, he rides both models at 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x approx. 28L in the vast majority of waves he surfs around the world, from free surfs to the CT. Photo Trevor Moran

 

 


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