JS MONSTA 8 // SURFBOARD REVIEW


Hey Guys, my name is Malcolm Hill and today
I’m going to give you my surfboard review of this board here which is a JS Mosta 8. This particular board is 5’11 x 18 3/4 x 2
3/8 and come in at 27.5L. My weight is around 160 pounds which is around
72 / 73 kilos and I’m around 5’9 / 5’10. I’d been riding a lot of kind of what you’d
call less traditional boards. A lot of boards out of the Firewire range, I was riding a
TOMO EVO, I was riding one of the OMNI’s, a SCI-FI, a Gamma. A lot of Epoxies. The main
reason that I wanted to jump on this board is because I felt like all of those boards
in their time really helped me to improve certain thing in my surfing, but I really
wanted to get on the kind of most stock standard short board that was available on the market
and everyone that I’d talked to had said that the Monsta 8 is about as ‘short board’ as
a modern short board can get. Also, I don’t think its an accident that JS probably has
one of the best teams in the surf world. I did see this board a lot in CT events I was
watching. So that was another motivation for me. I wanted to get a surfboard that a lot
of the pros are riding to see how this sort of surfboard would work for me and my surfing
as a ‘non-professional’ surfer and to test my skills with this sort of shape. I also
wanted to get a board that was slightly longer than what I’d been riding before. With a lot
of the alternative shapes I’d been riding a lot of them are a lot shorter and my typical
kind of short board would be a 5’8 / 5’9. This board being a 5’11 it is a lot longer
than what I typically ride but I’ve always liked seeing boards that are longer because
the rail line looks better when doing turns. I wanted to see how that would look with my
surfing, having a bit of extra length. Before I received this board, my biggest misconception
was that the board would only going to work in really really good waves. I’m not saying
that this board is a groveller, but one thing that surprised me is the fact that it will
work in sub-par conditions. The waves don’t have to be pumping for this board to work
and go pretty well. I think that it’s at it’s best in high quality
really good waves but it’s not just a surfboard thats ‘only’ good in good waves. It does work
in everyday conditions. Almost all of the surfing I’ve done on this
board have been here in Costa Rica where I live and the waves here are kind of mostly
playful beach breaks. We do have a couple of reef breaks that work and a couple of point
breaks. I’ve only really ridden it in the beach breaks and a couple of the reef breaks.
This part of the country has really strong offshore winds. Because this board is PU,
I’ve found that the extra weight in the PU helps the board to sit in the water deeper
and you can feel the rail sink into the water a bit better instead of sitting on top of
the water. I don’t have any experience with shaping boards
or massive knowledge on surfboards but with this board here, if you look at the outline
of it, it looks like a high performance shortboard. It doesn’t have anywhere where the rails are
too straight, it’s pretty curved right the way through. The rocker of this surfboard, on the JS website
is says that it has a medium rocker throughout and I would say that the rocker is pretty
continuous throughout the whole surfboard. Like I said earlier, one of the things I was
slightly worried about when I first got this surfboard was that it wouldn’t perform in
sub-par conditions and that’s been proven wrong for me. It really wants to surf in the
pocket and that’s where you’re gonna get the best performance out of the board, however
that being said, it’s not so rockered that when you get out onto a flat section it just
dies. I have ridden high performance boards in the past that unless you’re surfing right
in the pocket of the wave, the just don’t work. Where as this board is just the perfect balance
between something that fits into the pocket well but when you get out on the face of the
wave it will still hold a rail and get over that flat section pretty comfortably. The construction of this board is standard
PU. Polyurethane. I’ve found this board really durable. I’ve had roughly 30 to 40 surf on
the board. There are no real foot wells and the board hasn’t gone yellow either. There is the white carbon strips on the tail
back here. I usually get really bad foot rot, like toe rot on the back rails of my boards
and this one has held up perfectly. It would be in my opinion one of the strongest
PU constructions that I’ve ever had. Personally, I only ride FUTURES fins. Those
are the fins I own. I’ve always had this theory that with a wider tail board, you want to
have more fin in the water so that the wide tail doesn’t slide out as much. With a narrower
tailed board like this, you actually get a lot of grip in the turns from the rail of
the surfboard. I’ve found that I can have a smaller fin in a board that has a tighter
tail because the rail is giving me a lot of grip from my turns as well. I’ve used EA Blackstix. They’ve gone really
well when the waves are tiny. For day to day use, this particular fin here
is very similar to a John John Florence Medium template. The JJF Techflex medium template
is what these are similar to and I’ve found they work perfectly in most conditions. If you are an intermediate to advanced surfer,
you’re looking to try your surfing ability with something that is a more high performance
surfboard, I think that this is a great purchase. When I first bought this surfboard, I had
this fear that a board like this would be beyond my ability and beyond what I knew how
to do in surfing because the pros are riding this. In my head I’ve always had this thought that
if the pros are riding a certain board this it’s going to be beyond my ability to ride.
That misconception is what had me riding so many alternative boards for so many years. Once I got on this board, it showed me that
I can actually do turns in the pocket that this board has allowed me to do which I feel
like I couldn’t do on many of the boards I rode in the past. Personally I haven’t done many airs on this
board. I don’t do many airs. I’m not very good at it (yet). I’ve found that shorter,
wider boards for me have made it much easier to learn to do airs on. This board for me is much more about doing
turns on the face of the wave, doing good top turns, getting barreled, that sort of
stuff. I’ve found it great for that. I’m sure it is a great air board for those
of you who know how to do airs really well, but that’s not me, I’ve still got a lot to
improve with that. I hope you guys enjoyed my review of the JS
Monsta 8. If you’ve got any specific questions about this board, feel free to leave the questions
in the comments section below. All of the footage for this review was filmed
with a SOLOSHOT 3 camera which I’ve had for about 18 months now. If you’ve got questions
about the SOLOSHOT 3, or you think I should make a review of that camera, please leave
a comment down below. Lastly, I’d love to thank my beautiful wife
for sitting here and filming me to make this video. She is awesome and I’m very lucky to
have her.

3 thoughts on “JS MONSTA 8 // SURFBOARD REVIEW”

  1. Great review! Thank you!
    The music was a bit loud…
    Amazing waves!!!
    Wich fins and size did you choose?
    Thank you for every details! God job

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