Thursday, 10 March 2016 12:30:38 pm Australia/Sydney
With the amazing run of waves in Queensland to start off 2016, Joel's had a dreamy run of dialling in boards and warming up for contest season. And, even though the points haven't broken properly since Cyclone Winston left the building a bit over a week ago, he's had plenty of practise fine tuning his small wave game in the meantime. Read More
Monday, 14 March 2016 1:19:48 pm Australia/Sydney
Ryan Callinan's way up there on the list of everyone's favourite goofies. He's fast and progressive, unpredictable yet hard-hitting, and has a ridiculous completion rate, which makes a perfect fit for the CT in 2016. Read More
Monday, 14 March 2016 1:24:00 pm Australia/Sydney
After getting his first ever CT wildcard for the 2016 Quiksilver Pro, Mikey Wright justified the decision straight off the bat by taking out the reigning World Champ in round one with a last minute flurry of solid hacks. Read More
Thursday, 24 March 2016 1:16:05 pm Australia/Sydney
One of the world’s most electric young freesurfers, Mikey Wright, has joined the likes of Joel Parkinson, Julian Wilson and older brother Owen Wright by signing exclusively with JS Industries surfboards.
Originally from Culburra on the NSW South Coast, Mikey has spent the last several years mixing part time competition with trips focussed on getting the biggest and best waves possible. From Tahiti to Hawaii and Micronesia, including a range of waves all over Australia, he’s ridden boards from Jason Stevenson in every condition imaginable before finally deciding to lock-in full time.
“The best part about my boards from JS is that I can rely on them for everything. Last year I went straight from a huge Hawaii season to P-Pass, chasing a swell, and I had so many good boards that made me more confident in heavy waves. In the main session when it was solid, I was lucky to not fall once, so thankfully I didn’t even break any!
Mikey standing tall during the swell of the season at P-Pass, Micronesia. Photo - Andrew Shield.
“After that I went back home, and with all the waves around there we’ve just been dialing in my boards non-stop. I’ve got a few that I can use in the smaller surf we usually get in contests, but they still have that spark you need to feel like you’re surfing your best.”
After receiving the wildcard into the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, 2016’s season opener, Mikey managed to take out the reigning WSL World Champion, Adriano de Souza in his first ever CT heat. Showing that he’s got all of the skills and finely tuned technique of a top level pro, but with his own signature edge, Mikey’s start to the year confirmed what a lot of people had already suspected – one of Australia’s best up-and-coming natural talents is ready to blow minds in 2016.
“He’s the kind of surfer you’re just always excited to watch. From contests to clips, he’s fast, raw and unpredictable,” says JS. “Working with Mikey is always great because he’s already one of the most well rounded guys in the world – from huge airs in head high beachbreaks to mind-blowing tubes at 10 foot P-Pass, he can do it all.”
So, where to next for Mikey? “This year I’m mainly chasing contests and doing a few trips on the side, trying to get into the best waves possible, and really working hard on qualifying for the CT. Just about every one of my new boards has been put away for a contest, so that shows how consistently good they’ve been! I can’t wait to see where we take it to from here.”
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 1:07:24 pm Australia/Sydney
So far in the Rip Curl Pro Bells waiting period we've seen it all - from small and onshore to head high and rippable, followed by the madness of Easter weekend. Sunday peaked with bumpy 8ft plus sets pushing all the way from Rincon to the Winki Pop button, proving to be a huge test for every surfer and their equipment. Read More
Tuesday, 5 April 2016 1:04:12 pm Australia/Sydney
West Aus always throws more of a mixed bag at the CT than just about any other spot on the schedule, with massive jumps in swell and switches between polar opposite surf spots the norm. Read More
Thursday, 7 April 2016 1:02:00 pm Australia/Sydney
With a second straight WSL wildcard in his back pocket, Dusty dropped by the JS factory earlier in the week to talk boards and grab some fresh equipment for WA. Read More
Friday, 8 April 2016 12:44:54 pm Australia/Sydney
Living on the Central Coast, Ace gets plenty of opportunities to test his equipment on a range of reefs and points. Couple this with his experience in the Pacific, including a win at Teahupo'o a couple of years back, and he knows exactly what works for him in the juice. For Margies, Ace has a range of new boards and a few older favourites, with some being based on what he's previously ridden in Fiji and Tahiti, all the way down to his standard high performance Monsta 6. More info, below:
Monsta 6's, Forget Me Nots and Step Ups - all round pins. Ace is 5'9" / 76kgs.
MONSTA 6 - 5'11 1/2" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 26.1L
FORGET ME NOT - 6'0" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 26.7L
FORGET ME NOT - 6'2" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 27.5L
FORGET ME NOT - 6'4" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L
STEP UP - 6'6" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 29.1L
STEP UP - 6'8" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 30L
Friday, 8 April 2016 12:52:00 pm Australia/Sydney
Jack Robinson is one of the few 18 year olds in the world who could win a CT event, particularly if the main component is tuberiding. Ever since he was 10 years old he's been marked as a once-in-a-generation talent, and in the last year he's put in performances at both Pipeline and Teahupo'o that have shown everyone he's starting to grow into all of that potential. Read More
Saturday, 9 April 2016 12:33:11 pm Australia/Sydney
After 10 years on tour, Jeremy's more than comfortable at every place the WSL visits. But it's on reef breaks that he starts to truly come into his own. Growing up on Reunion Island, on the opposite side of the Indian Ocean to Margaret River, he's incredibly dangerous in waves might make others uncomfortable (or downright scared), and he's probably not quite as worried about sharks either. Read More