"I want to surf faster, higher and stronger than ever before. Riding the Traktors, I know I'll achieve my goals."
Kauli Vaast surfed in his first CT event as a 17-year-old local wildcard at Teahupo’o, and threaded tube after tube until one of his heroes, Jeremy Flores, knocked him out in the round before the quarters. Ever since then Kauli's surfing has grown up quickly, blowing minds from giant tubes to winning contests in tiny beachbreaks, and everything in between. After working with him sporadically for the last several years, we’re proud to officially welcome Kauli Vaast to the Traktor Team.
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 by Manea Fabisch during a few sessions at home in Tahiti on a fresh batch from JS.
"I was blown away to see how well he adjusted to the varied conditions outside his paradise home. From playful French beach breaks in late summer to massive Teahupo’o at his age...woah! Look out world."
2x World Champion
"Kauli is a hard working kid, he’s a complete surfer. Charges big waves and flying in small waves, contest machine,
very fit, he’s the full package!"
Pipeline Master, Tahiti Pro Champion & WCT Veteran
"Kauli is the golden boy – polite, smiley and very well educated. Behind this he is hungry and fearless and so good in all conditions. He’s a machine!"
1st European World Championship Tour Surfer
"Kauli Vaast is on a path to become the ultimate surfer. Groomed in the best beach breaks and reef breaks of Tahiti. Immersed since childhood in the perfect ocean environment and surrounded by all the right people, his progression is endless. Kauli is destined for greatness. Being the King of Teahupo’o is just the start."
World Renowned Surf Photographer
Board breakdowns, below (he's 5'10" / 70kg):
HYFI Monsta Box 2020
5’9” x 19” x 2 5/16” x 27L
5’10” x 18 5/8” x 2 5/16” x 26.5L
FMNII round pin
5’11” x 18 5/8” x 2 3/8” x 27.1L
6’0” x 18 5/8” x 2 3/8” x 27.5L
FMNII Step Up
6’2” x 18 5/8” x 2 3/8” x 28.2L
6’4” x 18 5/8” x 2 3/8” x 28.8L
6'6" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 29.1L