Sal's Set for Snapper

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sal's been surfing and training non-stop in the offseason, and with Newcastle, Manly and the CT opener at Snapper all running back to back, she's added a few more Monsta 6s to her quiver that'll be her go-to performance sleds in everything from Sydney's beachies to the Gold Coast points. Board breakdowns, below (she's 5'7" / 57kg):

MONSTA 6 - 5'7" x 17 7/8" x 2 3/16" x 22.8L

If anyone's personality matches a fluro quiver, it's Sal. Art by our in house legend Adrian Turner. 


Nitro Tech Talk

Thursday, February 09, 2017

We built the Nitro to go fast, have heaps of flow, and attack tiny to fun waves however you'd mind surf them. In this tech talk with our mate, the legendary Timmy Hanrahan from Aloha Manly, you'll get a bit of extra insight on why our latest X Series board does exactly that, and performs so damn well in the small stuff. Enjoy!

Clip - Coastalwatch

Just one day from the R&D Joel did on a few slightly tweaked Nitro's to find the best of the best! This one, his favourite, is exactly what's now become everyone's favourite little pocket rocket, and the flattest X series board we've ever done. 

Footage - Jackson O'Brien


New Sleds & New Sprays for Ace

Monday, February 06, 2017

Ace's got a little bit of everything in this latest batch of boards! From his favourite everyday Monsta 6s in PU, to grovellers, shortboards and even slight step ups in HYFI, he's coming into the 2017 season with a plenty of creativity from both JS and our resident artistic lunatic Adrian Turner.

One of the main developments in this quiver has come from Ace surfing HYFIs in a solid range of waves last year, from the CT event at Trestles to a bunch of small and medium sized days in Hawaii. All of that R & D has translated into plenty of positive feedback from the Central Coaster, and now Ace's ready to experiment even more coming into CT season! Full board breakdowns, below (he's 5'9" / 76kg). 

Sprayboy never knows what to expect when Ace calls... 2017's first batch didn't disappoint! 

HYFI BLAK BOX 2 - 5'8" x 19 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 27.1L

HYFI MONSTA 6 - 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 25.5L

HYFI MONSTA 6 - 5'11" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 26L

HYFI MONSTA 6 - 6'0" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 26.4L (round tail)

MONSTA 6 - 5'11" x 18 5/8"x 2 5/16" x 26L

MONSTA 6 - 6'0" x 18 5/8"x 2 5/16" x 26.3L (round tail) 


Staying Sharp in the Small Stuff

Friday, February 03, 2017


Summer on the Gold Coast so far has been just about the polar opposite of last year - instead of southerlies and cyclone swells we've mostly dealt with northerlies and wind slop, but the Traktor Team have been looking on the bright side! Even with a pretty tough run of conditions, if you've got the right board and make the time to search around a bit, then you'll keep surfing, and maybe even stumble onto something super fun. Full gallery and board breakdowns, below!


Hiroto and some super sharp rail work on a classic little summer beachie. Our Japanese young gun's been in Australia for nearly two weeks now, and he's looking more than ready for an assault on the QS in 2017! One of Hiroto's favourite high performance step downs is a 5'7 1/2" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 23.5L HYFI Monsta 6, compared to his regular 5'8" x 18 1/8" x 2 1/4" x 24L PU Monsta 6 for decent to pumping surf. 

 

Over Christmas, Caleb kept telling us about a favourite HYFI shortboard he couldn't get off of, and after seeing him on the Gold Coast it was easy to see why! At 5'3" x 16 3/4" x 2 1/6" x 19.1L, this Monsta 6 in the new tech was just the thing to get him through small days from the Central Coast to the QS leg around the Gold Coast (he's 5'3" / 49kg). Photo Jeff Levingston

 

After a long time out with injury, Mikey's been dedicated to training and rehab to get back to surfing as much as possible. While some of the boys focussed on throwing fins, Mikey kept his rail wet and linked turns to feel out a few new grovellers - with one of his favourites being a HYFI Monsta Box 5'10" x 19 1/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L (he's 6'0" / 80kg). Photo Jeff Levingston

Part one of QS prep and rehab for the day, done! Photo Jeff Levingston. 

Parko's been mixing a solid end of holidays training regime with a diet cleanse and a whole bunch of wave hunting, and it shows. Our world champ's got his froth back (not that it really went anywhere), and has been trying a bunch of new step downs, both in HYFI and PU. This one's a 5'10" x 19 1/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.3L Monsta Box round tail (he's 6'0" / 83kg). Photo Jeff Levingston

You know you're doing something (or everything) right when there's more spray than wave! Joel, hacking through the inside. On other small days, he's also been riding his new Nitro - 5'7" x 19 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L. Photo Jeff Levingston


J-Dub's Ready For Fireworks!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Almost that time of year again! Jules always goes pink with his Quik Pro Gold Coast quiver as a part of his support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, with art either by his talented mum Nola, or our resident sprayer Adrian Turner (above). 

Exactly six weeks from now the WSL's 2017 CT circus kicks off on the Gold Coast, and the Traktor Team are all starting to dial in boards for whatever Snapper might throw at them for the season opener! 

Julian's first batch are all Monsta 6s based on his favourites from Jbay last year, and combined with a few other gems in his garage (including a couple spicy Air 17s built for home on the Sunny Coast), he's got all the tools he needs to kick into gear for a huge 2017! Gallery and board breakdowns, below (he's 6'0" / 80kg):

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

Jules, doing some last minute R&D in Hawaii before heading home for the off season. He rides both the Monsta 6 and his Air 17 at 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x approx. 28L (a touch more foam being in the Air 17) geared with his signature fin from FCS in large. Photo Ryan Miller

A bag of tricks this deep usually translates to stunts you'll barely see anyone else even attempt... Not hard to understand why alley-oops are Jules' favourite air for big sections! Photo Ryan Miller. 

No surprise that one of the best bottom turns in the game translates to arcs like this! Julian, burning through exactly the kind of turn that'll win a lot of heats (and hearts) at Snapper. Photo Trevor Moran

 


All New Blades for JS!

Monday, January 09, 2017

2017's started with a mixed bag of waves on the Gold Coast, from almost pumping, to super average and plenty of classic fun little summer days in between. So, with lots of surfing to do and plenty of different waves around, JS has gone ahead and shaped himself a whole new quiver! The boss's work ethic means he barely ever stops designing, so before getting back into making the next round of boards for the team and keen surfers all around the world, this is what he's come up with for himself! 

*Good to know - Jason's coming off a knee injury, prompting a slight tweak from his normal dims (the same as Parko's), to slightly thicker and nearly a litre more volume, which is essentially up one size on all of our stock dims. Full board breakdowns, below (he's 5'11" / 83kg). 

NITRO - 5'8" x 19 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 30L

BLAK BOX 2 - 5'10" x 19 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 30.4L

HYFI MONSTA BOX - 5'11" x 19 1/2" x 2 7/16" x 29.7L

MONSTA BOX ROUND - 5'11" x 19 1/2" x 2 7/16" x 29.9L

MONSTA 6 - 6'0 1/2" x 19 1/8" x 2 7/16" x 29.3L

FORGET ME NOT - 6'2" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 29.2L

Right about now the HSV wagon comes in pretty damn handy. All stacked up for summer! 

We called this Forget Me Not channel bottom the FOMO, partly because everyone seems to be doing channels, but mostly because you really don't want to be missing out when the waves are good enough to jump on this weapon! 

Jason was calling the last HYFI Monsta Box he made for himself the most fun all-round board he's had in two years, which is a huge call for the man with just about every type of performance craft under the sun! Also the prototype for our HYFI Monsta Box stock boards, it's essentially the same great daily driver, with slightly lower rails to compensate for HYFI's extra buoyancy, plus the mind-blowing acceleration off the mark and through turns of the new tech.  


Kai Hing's Best of 2016 - Splashing

Thursday, December 22, 2016

 

From giant punts to charging some of Indo's heaviest waves, everything about Kai's surfing has gotten bigger and better in 2016. The transition from Pro Junior young gun to the QS isn't always easy, but this ridiculous edit by Shane Fletcher makes it pretty obvious that Kai won't have any problems stepping up! Board breakdowns, below (he's 5'10"/68kg): 

MONSTA 6 - 5'10" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 25.1L

FORGET ME NOT - 5'11" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 25.5L

FORGET ME NOT - 6'0" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 25.6L

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pipe Masters PreGame

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Joel, burning a whole lotta speed in just about the finest way possible! On the smaller days in Hawaii, he's been riding a HYFI Monsta Box - 5'10" x 19 1/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L (he's 6'0" / 83kg).  Photo Trevor Moran

Parko, springing through another crisp top turn, and already eyeing off the next section. Photo Trevor Moran

Julian, getting experimental at Rocky Point. At 6'0" / 80kg he rides a 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran

All rail, nose to tail. Jules rides his Air 17 at 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L. Photo Ryan Miller

There's been plenty of down days but still a few chances to warm up for proper Pipe! Jules, getting reacquainted with the Hawaiian juice. Forget Me Not round pin 6'2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.4L. Photo Trevor Moran

The perfect punt for the perfect setting.. Even between swells Hawaii can do no wrong! At 6'0" / 80kg, Ryan rides a 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller

Hiroto, high and tight on one of the more flawless days of the season so far! He rides a 5'8" x 18 1/8" x 2 1/4" x 24L Monsta 6 (5'4" / 64kg). Photo Trevor Moran 

Riley Laing, racing for the light at the end of the tunnel. At 6'0" / 76kg, one of his go-to good waves boards is a 6'3" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L Forget Me Not round pin. Photo Trevor Moran

Everything about Caleb's act has gotten a whole lot bigger in 2016, airs included. Monsta 6 Youth 5'1" x 16 3/4" x 2 1/16" (he's 5'2" / 45kg). Photo Trevor Moran 

Frontside or backside, Jeremy's a genius in the barrel. At 5'9" / 68kg, he rides a slight step up 6'0" x 18 1/4" x 2 5/16" x 25L Forget Me Not round pin. Photo Trevor Moran


Early Days in Hawaii

Thursday, December 01, 2016

If your strong point is a solid combination of big rail turns and hunting tubes, you'll always take the opportunity to work on the other parts of your game. Ace Buchan, air guy. Photo Trevor Moran

 

Paradise and Forget Me Nots always seem to go together! With Ace's approach revolving around hitting the steepest, most critical part of whatever wave he surfs, the FMN's extra curve and refined rails suit perfectly. For fun to excellent conditions, some of his go-to dimensions are 5'11" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 26L (he's 5'9" / 76kg).

 

Our young gun Caleb, laying a whole lot of rail into Rocky Rights. At 5'2" / 45kg, he rides a 5'1" x 16 3/4" x 2 1/16" Monsta 6 Youth. Photo Trevor Moran

Joel, slicing small Backdoor in half. Our world champ's 6'0" / 83kg, and rides a 6'2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Forget Me Not round pin. Photo Ryan Miller

Functional and pretty damn easy on the eye - rock 'n' roll floaters never go out of style. 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller

Ryan Callinan and a good example of what happens when 100% commitment collides with a big section. Even when he's not surfing perfect tubes, ones of Ryan's go-to boards is the Forget Me Not, as long as the waves have decent shape (something you don't often have to worry about in Hawaii!). At 6'0" / 80kg, he rides a 6'2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L. Photo Ryan Miller

Hiroto Ohhara, staying fast and loose between contests. At 5'4" / 64kg, he rides a 5'8" x 18 1/8" x 2 1/4" x 24L Monsta 6. Photo Trevor Moran 

Hawaiian trade winds aren't only good for grooming big scary tubes. Riley Laing, boosting into the breeze with an equally scary backside rotor.  Some of Riles' favourite everyday dims in the Air 17 are 5'11" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 27L. Photo Trevor Moran


Julian's HYFI BB2 For Small Wave Slaying

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Spring shorey fun with J-Dub and the Board of the Year! Photo Grant Sproule

This time of year on the east coast normally comes with weeks of northerlies and barely any swell, but that doesn't mean you can't still have fun if you have the right board! While Jules was passing through Newcastle he grabbed a stock HYFI Blak Box 2 right off the rack at Sanbah, and subsequently blew up on the thing in typical springtime slop all over town. At 6'0" / 80kg, he rides a 5'9" x 19 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.3L. 

When you put a super fast small wave sled in fun little runners, it's definitely time to work on the progressive stuff! Julian, mid-shuvit. Photo Grant Sproule.


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