Staying Sharp in the Small Stuff
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