Next stop, Tokyo. We’ve got five incredible ambassadors for surfing and their respective nations set to compete in Japan as our sport makes its debut on the world stage.
JS made sure the Traktor Team’s quivers would have them ready for anything. From new model prototypes and a mind blowing construction that’ll provide an edge in even the smallest, weakest conditions, to their favourite high performance shortboards. And with a typhoon in the forecast likely to provide at least one day of quality surf, we’ll probably see just about every single board come into play. Board breakdowns, below:
"I want to surf faster, higher and stronger than ever before. Riding the Traktors, I know I'll achieve my goals."
He's the 3x WSL European Junior Champion, one of Tahiti's brightest prospects ever, and the type of talent we know will push us to innovate constantly to create even better surfboards. Here's two minutes with Kauli, filmed during a few sessions at home in Tahiti on a fresh batch from JS. We can't wait to see what he'll do with the rest of this year and beyond. Filming by Manea Fabisch. Board breakdowns, below (he's 5'10" / 70kg):
Before coming out to Australia for the CT, Conner and some our USA team including Oliver Kurtz, Brent Reilly and Heath Walker travelled to Texas for some board testing at the Waco wave pool. Using his regular Monsta 2020 shortboard as a starting point, Conner stepped down to a Monsta Box 2020 and a Bullseye in HYFI, before eventually going all the way down to our twin fins.
Pete Devries and Jeremy Koreski, two long-time partners in the mission to surf and photograph the best waves Vancouver Island have to offer, take the extra step into their deep backyard returning to a wave that had shown past potential for a legendary session. Full quiver breakdown, below:
After a long stint at home, most of the Traktor Team are heading to Hawaii with everything from fishes and shortboards to step ups and guns along for the ride. JS finished off batches of FMNII round pins for everyone just in time - the most ridden model each and every Hawaiian season. Pictured - JW's Pipe quiver.
With a batch of fresh boards, Conner jumped on a quick trip to Texas with his brother, dad and a few good friends to check out the now infamous Waco wave pool. And alongside plenty of hefty punts on the end section, we definitely found it refreshing to see Conner's heavy footed, rail burying approach compared to most of the other clips we've seen out of there this year. Clip & board breakdowns, below.
With the Tweed Coast Pro kicking off the first of three World Surf League Countdown Series Events, STAB’s Australian No Contest host Danny heads north to meet up with Julian Wilson to see his offseason cross training and impressive motocross skills.