Ryan, back where he belongs on his way to the podium at Chiba. Photos WSL
After a week of fun to tiny sized surf in Japan, our boy Ryan Callinan has taken out the Ichinomiya Chiba Open in small but rippable conditions at Shida Point. Being a major qualifying series event with 6000 points up for grabs, almost all of the world's best vying for the CT were in the draw, and the victory takes Ryan straight up to 4th on the QS, just behind Mikey Wright.
The team at the JS factory are incredibly proud of Ryan for the way he's handled himself through some tough challenges in the last two years, and this win is right up there with the best feel good moments that we've seen recently in our sport. Wherever R-Cal goes from here, we're stoked to be along for the ride. Full details on what he rode in Japan below!
With weak waves on offer but plenty of sections to blow the fins or get as vertical as possible, Ryan went with a slight step down HYFI Air 17X for finals day. Earlier in the event when it was slightly bigger, he also had an Air 17 and Monsta 8 on hand as his all-rounders. Details, here (he's 6'0" / 78kg):
HYFI Air 17X
5'10" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 27.3L
5'11 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L
6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L