Mikey and Tyler, both en route to the podium after stepping down to their HYFIs for finals day.
A little over a week ago in Newcastle, Mikey helped his hometown club of Culburra win the Australian Boardriders Battle alongside his sister Tyler and the Watson brothers. Then, on Sunday, with the surf dropping and the first QS 6000 of the year reaching finals time, Mikey and Tyler each swapped out their regular shortboards for something a little more suited to waist high beach breaks, and both ended up making the final.
For Tyler, her weapon of choice was a HYFI Monsta Box, straight from stock at Sanbah just down the road, and recommended by coach Micro for the weaker waves on offer. Mikey, on the other hand, already had a HYFI in backup, with a fresh Monsta 8 waiting in the wings. The result capped off an almost perfect week for the Wrights in Newcastle, with Tyler building momentum towards the Roxy Pro, and Mikey now leading the global QS rankings. Board breakdown, below:
Here's more from Mikey on his winning sled - “This HYFI's on par with my favourite shortboard. When the surf's high tide or a bit weaker and you need more flex through your turns, it's the go-to. I almost didn’t have it for finals day, then that was actually my first time riding it and I’m so glad I did!”
HYFI Monsta 8
6’0” x 19” x 2 7/16” x 28.5L - the same dimensions as his regular PU Monsta 8 squash tail (he’s 6’1” / 79kg).
Another record set for the Wrights, with the 2018 Burton Toyota Pro being the first time a brother and sister have both made the final at a major surifng contest. Probably not for the last time either... Photo WSL.