Our Raging Bull, the SBIA Board of the Year for 2021, as voted on by surf shops around Australia.
The Raging Bull began as a forgiving all-rounder developed by JS with Occy - built for fast, flowing and hard-hitting surfing. Understandably, it was instantly adopted by people of all ages and abilities, as the board’s generous distribution of volume under the chest balanced by a lower rail became a precursor to our eventual Easy Rider dimensions, now available in each of our most popular shortboards.
At the same time, each of the younger guys on the Traktor Team discovered everything else the Bull was perfect for – from Julian using the same stock 5’9” HYFI to throw giant airs and thread overhead tubes, while Mikey fell in love with the 6’0” and 6’2” step ups based off his own 5’9”.
In the last 10 years, we’re honoured to have won this prestigious award five times. In 2012, our original Performer Series flagship model, the Monsta, took out Board of the Year for redefining the modern shortboard into a more forgiving, yet finely tuned all-round weapon that Parko rode more than any other board on the way to his World Title.
In 2016, JS released our HYFI construction on the world – a faster, stronger, lighter way of making surfboards that’s essential for every surfer’s quiver, especially when thinking of ways to surf your best and have the most fun in smaller waves. The first model we used to unveil HYFI globally was the Blak Box 2, our best seller, used by weekend warriors and pros alike as a dependable everyday board. At the end of the season, our HYFI Blak Box 2 became the next JS to win Board of the Year.
Mixing the BB2 with our latest incarnation of the Monsta, 6 years after the model was first released, JS created what would soon become our favourite fusion to ever grace the JS lineup – the Monsta Box. Feedback from the team, friends and long-time customers was overwhelming, and word of mouth on this new model spread to make it our most ridden and talked about board.
While the Monsta, in its various incarnations, was still at the pinnacle of high performance boards ridden by the team in the majority of surf contests, the Monsta Box was found by almost everyone who tried it to have the perfect blend of strengths to excel for surfers of all types, day in day out, anywhere in the world. Now available in both regular PU and HYFI constructions, plus squash, round and swallow tails, the Monsta Box’s versatility and user-friendly performance defines what our X Series is all about, and with its very DNA being crafted from two other SBIA award winning models, it’s only fitting that the Monsta Box became Board of the Year… Twice. Back-to-back in 2018 and 2019.
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