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Showtime at the Surf Ranch

 
A week ago, Julian Wilson had never been to the Surf Ranch in Lemoore. With plenty of motivation from a completely new CT format, world title points on the line, and a high performance playground unlike anywhere else, he packed his boardbag full of regular shorties and a few spicy options in our new tech, and left early enough to try anything he wanted in the wavepool before the rest of the circus got to town.

Right from Julian's first warm-up, his favourite board was a HYFI Air 17. The construction's extra speed and pop matches the wave perfectly, plus, JW was always going to be looking at the ramps more than any other section.

After a full day of testing, Jules understandably wanted to try a few more HYFIs, so we asked our USA sales manager Dayton to bring in some stock boards and see which one felt best:

“Late last Friday night I scrummaged through the warehouse and grabbed 5 different boards I thought Julian might like. All stock HYFI that would have ended up at a store here in So Cal. Turns out that one of the 5’11” Air 17 Xs in that bunch felt really good under his feet. It was kind of surprising because it was actually a bit wider and thicker than the other HYFI he brought to the pool. So then on Sunday they met me back down here at the warehouse and traded back the ones in other dimensions for three more of that exact magic one. It’s pretty cool to see our same boards that the everyday surfer can get from the shops are up to the standards of the world’s best!"



Jules, getting compact on the left in between punts.  

When non-stop stoke mixes with burning legs after consecutive minute long waves... 

Julian (6’0” / 80kg) 

Air 17
6’0” x 18 3/4” x 2 3/8” x 28.2L 

HYFI Air 17
6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.3L

HYFI Air 17X
5’11” x 19 1/8” x 2 7/16” x 28.6L




Classic Parko with a tube stance like no one else. 



Joel's new Blak Box 3 - the perfect balance of novelty fun and high performance mixed into a sleek little swallow tail. After riding this board at home on the Gold Coast just before leaving for the States, he ended up loving it enough to use on both runs for the Surf Ranch Pro's opening day.

Joel (6’0” / 83kg)

Monsta 8
6’0” x 18 7/8” x 2 3/8” x 28.2L

Blak Box 3
5’9” x 19 5/8” x 2 7/16” x 29.9L



Having converted his CT event starts in 2018 to #11 in the world, Mikey's the most successful wildcard in years. In this kind of form, he'll have the confidence to mix his brand of brutal power surfing with the technical airs we've seen him nail around the world. In the pool so far, he's been riding his regular all-round Monsta 8, plus a HYFI version in the same dimensions. 



Mikey Wright (6’0” / 75kg)

Monsta 8
6’0” x 18 3/4” x 2 5/16” x 27.2L

HYFI Monsta 8
6’0” x 18 3/4” x 2 5/16” x 26.9L



The Portuguese Prince, all power.



Frederico Morais (6'1" / 81kg)

Monsta 8
6’0” x 18 7/8” x 2 3/8” x 28.2L

HYFI Monsta 8
6’0” x 18 7/8” x 2 3/8” x 27.8L



Ace, wetting his rail in between throwing the fins. 



Ace Buchan (5'9" / 73kg)

Monsta 8 
5’10” x 18 5/8” x 2 5/16” x 26L 

HYFI Monsta 8 
5’10” x 18 5/8” x 2 5/16” x 25.5L 



Jezza, and one of the more creative approaches to the right-hander's money section that we've seen so far. 



Jeremy Flores (5’9” / 70kg)

Monsta 8
5’9 1/2” x 18 1/4” x 2 1/4” x 24.9L

HYFI Monsta 8
5’9” x 18 3/8” x 2 1/4” x 24.4L



Sal's been surfing more free than ever this season, and with that mindset comes turns like this. 



Sally Fitzgibbons (5’7” / 62kg)

Monsta 8
5’7” x 18 1/4” x 2 1/4” x 23.6L



Hiroto, lining up another one in Lemoore's morning light.



Hiroto Ohhara (5’4” / 64kg)

Monsta 8
5’8 1/2” x 18 1/4” x 2 1/4” x 24.6L

HYFI Monsta 8
5’8” x 18 1/4” x 2 1/4” x 24.1L

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