When a surfboard works, people usually know about it. Word spreads quickly on the coconut wireless, and the best shapers always have stacks of board orders piled up in their shaping bays. But once in awhile a board gets more official recognition than simple popularity. Occasionally, the industry acknowledges excellence and forward thinking—and in Australia, that acknowledgement typically comes in the form of a SBIA award.
The SBIA awards are an annual Australian award that recognizes excellence in the surf industry, with categories like brand of the year, marketing campaign of the year, wetsuit of the year, and sales rep of the year.
This year, the SBIA award for best surfboard went to JS’s Monsta Box. The Monsta Box is the go-to high-performance shortboard in Jason Stevenson’s catalogue. A combination of the Monsta 6 and the Blak Box 2, the Monsta Box is the ultimate fusion board, bringing together performance, speed, and paddleability in a one-board-quiver that always delivers. This is Mikey Wright’s go-to board—and considering Mikey qualified for the 2019 world tour on the back of a year full of stellar wild card results, that’s saying a lot.
With blended curves to hide volume without sacrificing maneuverability, the Monsta Box maintains drive while still turning fast and sharp. The single to double concave generates speed in small, soft waves, but the board also goes well in medium-power waves as well. The board comes with five fin boxes standard, so it can be ridden either as a thruster or a quad, depending on the conditions and your style of surfing.
Here at Hawaiian South Shore, we carry the Monsta Box in JS’s signature HiFy construction, which adds more strength and durability without sacrificing the lightweight high-performance characteristic that the JS line is known for. And we will soon be one of the first surf shops to carry the Monsta Box in a swallow tail design, which is something we are super excited to get our hands on!
Come on down and see what all the fuss is about. After all, this is the surfboard of the year!