BOARD TALK: The Surfboard Review For The 2016 Quiksilver Pro

28 Feb 2016 7

Tim Hanrahan

Coastalwatch Board Reviewer

PRESENTED BY CREATURES OF LEISURE

Welcome to the 2016 Quiksilver Pro Board Review presented by Creatures of Leisure.

In this edition of Board Talk, Tim Hanrahan from Aloha Manly Syle and world tour surfer Kai Otton pick apart the high-performance boards that six Aussie world tour surfers will be riding for the first event of the year at Snapper Rocks on 10th March. From performance to design and the style of the surfer, find out what goes into a potential world champion's magic stick.

Each board is either the surfers signature model or a brand new model from the shaper and all models are available for purchase.

Check out each individual board or watch the complete video review above. 

THE PRO'S BOARD REVIEWS 

STEPHANIE GILMORE - DHD DX1

SALLY FITZGIBBONS - JS INDUSTRIES MONSTA 6

DAVEY CATHELS - WARNER SURFBOARDS DAVEY CATHELS

MICK FANNING - DHD DUCKS NUTS DNA

JULIAN WILSON - JS INDUSTRIES AIR 17


Hosted by Tim Hanrahan & Kai Otton
Shot on location at Aloha Manly Style
Video production by Matt Johnston

Produced by Sally Mac
Master of Sales Warren Randell 

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QUIKSILVER PRO SNAPPER ROCKS SWELL OUTLOOK

Forecast by Coastalwatch Surf Forecaster, Matt McKay

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast March 10 – 21, 2016

After back to back to back swells and what can only be described as one of the best summers of surf along the Gold Coast we’ve ever witnessed, our focus now shifts to the waiting period of the upcoming Quiksilver Pro which is scheduled to run between March 10 - 21. Being 10 days out, long range model guidance is always a bit hit and miss, especially when we are dealing with dynamic tropical systems. With this in mind, this surf forecast will be general in nature as nailing down any specifics is just asking for trouble.

In comparison to the last couple of weeks, the long-term outlook isn’t great. Judging by the latest long range GFS model guidance we will see a broad subtropical high-pressure system extend from the Tasman Sea all the way to the South East Pacific. In conjunction with this high, is your typical tropical weather pattern made up of a number of relatively weak depressions over the Western Pacific/ Coral Sea boundary. So whilst this isn’t the most spectacular scenario as far as wave propagation is concerned, we should still see a broad, stubborn fetch of easterly winds set up along the convergence zone as the aforementioned tropical and subtropical systems interact.

From this we should see some fun waves (speculatively in the 2 to 4ft range) out of the eastern quadrant make their way to the coastline over the first few days of the waiting period. Gazing further ahead, there are early signs of a possible easterly dip developing in the North Tasman Sea sometime between March 13-16 which could potentially generate some pretty substantial swell. However, as mentioned previously, we can’t rely too much on this long range guidance, as conditions will almost certainly change in the lead up to the event. We will just have to wait and see what unfolds over the

 Current long range models are showing signs of a fun-sized easterly swell due by the start of the Quiksilver Pro waiting period. Source: tropicaltidbits.com

Current long range models are showing signs of a fun-sized easterly swell due by the start of the Quiksilver Pro waiting period. Source: tropicaltidbits.com


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