Just before the CT circus really kicked into gear for the 2019 WSL Season Opener in our backyard, we held a few #TraktorTeam R&D sessions to get everyone excited and prepare for the year ahead together. All of the CT crew from Julian to young gun Mateus Herdy prioritised their most high performance shortboards, while Parko and Occ couldn't get enough of the Black Baron twin fins. And thankfully, we invited STAB & RedBull Surfing along for the ride too. Clip above, dims below:
Thursday, 18 April 2019 12:55:30 pm Australia/Sydney
Occ’s surfing and training regime in the last 12 months has seen him in the water more and fitter than he has been for years. Last winter, he started spending extra time working with JS on an updated quiver, then jumped on some Billabong trips to WA and Hawaii, throwing down some of his best performances in recent memory. And now, he has a heritage heat with Tom Curren at Bells to reignite the fire even further.
In honour of the great man’s return to form, we’re updating his original Raging Bull shortboard and Bullseye step down. This quiver also includes a beautiful 6’5” Raging Bull channel bottom that’s a throwback to what he rode during the infamous Bells domination at the skins event 20 years ago.
With JS riding similar, generously proportioned dims in his own boards lately too, he’s managed to dial in exactly what Occ needs to keep performance surfing easy at 52 years young. And considering how much Occy and Jase have loved these last two batches, it might be the only type of shortboard that gets Parko out of twin fin retirement and back onto a thruster.
Wednesday, 3 April 2019 11:53:33 am Australia/Sydney
Our favourite edit of the year so far, Dust is STAB's new profile film on everything that went into Mikey's road to qualification throughout 2018. Injuries, honest insights, and of course, the kind of surfing that stops you in your tracks. Long form interview over here, and full board breakdowns, below (he's 6'0" / 75kg):
Throughout the CT off season we've been doing R&D with Ryan to make sure he's always got the equipment to be at his explosive best, no matter the conditions. And for a little rip bowl righthander, we think this HYFI Monsta 8 is it. Here's R-cal blowing up in the type of waves we're all faced with regularly at home.
Yep, you read that right. Mikey wants to hook you up. He recently fell in love with our Black Baron twin fin and figured you would too. So we partnered up with Quiksilver to give one away, along with $1000 worth of Quik gear. Need some new qetsuits? Grab 'em. Or some fresh clothes? All yours. Enter below:
Wednesday, 13 March 2019 2:04:59 pm Australia/Sydney
Throughout the Australian Boardriders Battle for 2019, we saw everyone from retired world champs to local legends and dads flairing on their HYFIs. Included in this clip is Lee Winkler representing Coffs Harbour, Johnnie Keith for North Shelly Beach on the Central Coast, and Parko leading the way for his beloved home club Snapper Rocks.
Rippable right points and barely anyone around - sounds like the ideal way to explore every inch of your repertoire, right? Here's Kai, jumping for the lenses of Metal Neck's Matt Tromberg and Tom Carey in Mainland Mexico. Board breakdowns, below (he's 5'10" / 68kg):
Friday, 1 February 2019 4:26:09 pm Australia/Sydney
Coming into the showdown at Pipe, with the most challenging road in our sport standing between him and even a shot at the World Title, you’d think Julian Wilson would be feeling the pressure. From a surfing mad nation, as its best shot at the crown. From family, friends and fans, willing J-Dub on to the win. From himself, as Julian’s ultimate career goal looms large, almost within reach.
What we saw however, and what Julian’s best mate and filmer Jimmy Lees has captured here, wasn’t quite the pressure cooker you’d imagine. It was just Australia’s best surfer, almost the world’s best, going about his daily routine. Taking care of his young family first and foremost, hanging with friends, surfing and training at every chance he’d get.
Among these were several historic performances on the North Shore, from some of the thickest Backdoor waves ridden during the biggest comp day run in years, to a huge victory against Kelly Slater at Pipeline to make the final.
We’re honoured to have been along for the ride as Julian closed out his best year yet on the WSL Dream Tour. 2019, here we come.