"“On smaller days I hardly ever veer away from surfing it - even if the waves suck it hasn't let me down and in better surf or contests it still has that spark you need to go as hard as you want.”
- Mikey Wright
"For those fun little sessions where a shortboard won’t work, but you still want to surf your absolute best, I wouldn’t want to be on anything else.”
- Joel Parkinson
HYFI’s enhanced flex and mind-blowing speed combines with the Monsta Box’s versatility to create a board that flies down the line, springs through turns, and can be surfed in everything from average, everyday grovels to the most fun sessions you can imagine.
HYFI’s enhanced flex and mind-blowing speed combines with the Monsta Box’s versatility to create a board that flies down the line, springs through turns, and can be surfed in everything from average, everyday grovels to the most fun sessions you can imagine. .
Julian Wilsonʼs AIR 17 is a specially designed model that Julian and I have been working on since 2013. Julian is now riding boards
that aren’t like anybody else’s – he’s taken design theories and thought processes and run with them. Having such a polished,
technical surfer who is incredibly knowledgeable on board design proved invaluable time and time again while designing the
One of the key elements to this new model is a larger sweet spot through the central part of the board. Iʼve also made the AIR
17 thicker under the front foot by redistributing the foam slightly forward, with a deeper single to double concave than the
Monsta allowing you to enjoy quick drive and acceleration right from take oﬀ. The overall combination of softer rails, a ﬂatter
rocker through the middle (which allows it that larger sweet spot), deeper concaves and extra curve in the nose and tail make
a PERFORMER SERIES model that will give you a fast and forgiving ride.
AIR 17 was built to work for all types of surfers in all types of conditions – if you want to find as much speed as possible in
the waves you surf every day, from weak onshore rubbish to overhead perfection, then this is the board that will take you to
the next level.
Foam Distribution. Rail shape. Nose and tail curve. These are the three key components that combine to make this brand new addition
to the PERFORMER SERIES the pinnacle of progression in the waves each of us surf day in day out, and it’s also why the AIR17
is Julian Wilson’s first ever signature surfboard model.
“This is what I was hoping to achieve with JS and I feel like we’ve found exactly that. For the waves I surf everyday, this thing is just magic.”
- Julian Wilson
“On smaller days I hardly ever veer away from surfing it - even if the waves suck it hasn't let me down and in better surf or contests it still has that spark you need to go as hard as you want.”
- Mikey Wright
TEAM RIDER REFERENCE
JULIAN WILSON (JW) Height: 6’1” (185 cm) // // Weight: 79 kg - 174 lbs
*Rides 5’11.5” x 18 ¾” x 2 3/8” = 27.8L
2-6 foot in all wave types
AIR17 is designed for a wide range of surfers in an array of different conditions – from small, weak surf to the days we all dream
STANDARD AS THRUSTER. 4X4X4 GLASSING + HYBRID FIBRE TAIL STRIPS. MEDIUM FULL RAIL TYPE.
One of the key elements to the AIR17 working as well as it does is its rocker – tailored to suit Julian’s surfing in a wide range
of waves. A flatter rocker extending through the middle of the board (particularly under front foot) allows a nice sweet spot
to add forgiveness and ease of generating speed, while late curve in the nose and tail provides an ideal balance of release
AIR17 comes stock as a thruster. Alterative setups are available with custom orders.
AIR17 is glassed standard with 4 x 4 oz. deck x 4 oz. bottom (All sizes come standard with Hybrid Fibre tail strips)
AIR17 has medium full rails, helping to reduce catch from chop or soft sections.
AIR17 features a single concave starting at the nose, which runs into a double concave starting in front of the fins. Compared
to other PERFORMER SERIES models like the Monsta, concave on the AIR17 is slightly deeper, particularly through the fins, providing
more lift. Overall, this bottom contour allows for easy maneuverability while still giving the board as much drive as possible.
When I was talking to JS about what I was looking for, especially as an every day board up on the coast, the main focus were things like getting lift in the tail, softening up the rails sooner, and generally making something with extra forgiveness. It gives you more of a controlled speed that you’ll feel in anything from a backside pocket turn to a big frontside tail whip.
With this board, there’s a bit more thickness under the chest, which doesn’t hurt when you’re surfing, but really helps when paddling and landing airs and that kind of thing. You’ve got a bit more foam under your front foot so you don’t get stuck in the whitewater or come to a halt when you’re landing backwards or whatever.
With those features in the design, it feels more predictable, so if say the tail pops out on my backhand, I know it isn’t going to bite and throw me off. You get that really nice control in the pocket, even in average waves. Especially with the kind of surf that we get a lot of the time on the Sunny Coast, I need this in the quiver 100%. Haha!
I’m always working towards not being boxed in towards any certain type of surfing. And I know that whatever wave comes, this board’s gonna work.