The JS Industries Monsta Box Surfboard is one of our favourite all-around performance shortboards. With ample speed & flow in more average, everyday conditions, it also feels right at home in punchy, more critical surf.
Surfboards, the best thing since sliced bread? This is the JS Industries Monsta Box Surfboard Review + Futures F8 Fins…and, yes, Craig thought it was better than sliced bread.
While he struggles to mask his excitement in this surfboard review, Craig privately shared that this is, in fact, his favourite board right now. A bold call for a man with many a hot stick in his quiver.
This sexy little combo of flattish rocker and a touch of girth through the center of the board mashes with a knifey, performance tuned nose and tail to produce our favourite JS Surfboards ‘All Rounder’ performance shortboard in recent memory.
You should get one. Or two.
Happy New Year, hope you dig our take on the JS Industries Monsta Box Surfboard Review + Futures F8 Fins.
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Have a question? Wondering if the JS Industries Monsta Box Surfboard is the right board for you? Let’s talk about it in the comments…
+ The JS Monsta Box features really simple bottom concaves that compliment the shape well
+ Draws elements of the Monsta 3 high performance shortboard and Blak Box 2 everyday all rounder to create an exciting all around performance shortboard
+ Carries a lot of speed and has a lot of flow
+ Great for someone who’s a really good surfer and wants an all-around performance board for most conditions
– I couldn’t really find any cons of the board…it’s one of my favourites in recent memory
The JS Industries Monsta Box Surfboard model at 5’10 x 19 1/4 x 2 3/8 at 28.7 L’s. Variety is the spice of life and Craig finally branched out and tried a new set of fins in the Monsta Box – the Futures Fins F8’s. The results are good.
Standard JS Industries Monsta Box Surfboard dimensions and volumes may be found at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
It’s a board that goes really well in probably anything that’s quite flat and average – your local beach break conditions – to some of the steeper, suckier, more performance waves. It’s a really versatile shortboard.
- Monsta Box is a combination of the JS Monsta 3 and the JS Blak Box 2
- It has the wider outline of the Blak Box 2 and the narrower high performance shape of the Monsta 3
- The Monsta Box has a really simple, single concave under the front foot which flows through a really light double concave through the fins
- It has a quite flat rocker that carries speed well in flat, average beach break conditions and a tuned nose and tail to handle some of the steeper, suckier, more performance waves
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Hey, I’m Craig, and today I’m doing a review of the Monsta Box by JS Surfboards for CompareSurfboards.com. The Monsta Box I’ve been riding is 5 x 10, it’s the stock 5’10 which is 5’10 x 19 1/4 x 2 3/8 and it comes in just over 28 liters.
From what I understand, the Monsta Box is a combination of the Monsta 3 and the Blak Box 2. It brings the wider outline of the Blak Box 2 and the narrower performance shape of the Monsta 3 together, to provide a really all-around performance board.
Looking through the board, you can see the outline as such. It is quite a generous plan shape with its foam distribution but not overly generous. But as it comes through to the nose, it’s a lot knifier through the nose. So you’ve got your float and your paddle through the body, which works well in those average conditions but then when you want to put it through turns – whereas your Blak Box 2 might get caught up in those steeper faces and through those arcs:
The knifier, narrow nose seems to really work to pull through those turns for someone who’s maybe a little bit of a better surfer.
The Monsta Box has a really simple, single concave, and it comes through a really light double through the fins. It’s a really simple bottom curve and it works really well with this shape. It really complements the outline and it’s nothing too crazy, but it just seems to work really well.
This board has a lot of speed and a lot of flow. There’s a lot of foam distributed under the back foot that also keeps you going through some of those less perfect, onshore, 2 foot, not that great, maybe your summer kind of conditions.
I think the quiet, flat rocker combined with the outline has just complemented each other and it’s a board that goes really well in probably anything that’s quite flat and average, beach break conditions to some of the steeper, suckier, more performance waves.
There are a lot of boards in the market at the moment that are “all-around boards,” and I must say that all-around to me is a board that goes from very marginal conditions to say, that you are looking at 6 foot at your local beach break or reef is really good, but I think sometimes those boards tend to one scenario more than the other.
I must say with the Monsta Box, it’s really held its own in all conditions. Some really punchy, heavy waves that were hollow and sucky, and held really well.
As you’ll see through some footage, we’ve had some pretty marginal conditions since returning back and trying to get some waves on it. The thing goes fine. It goes as good as some of the grovelers that I’ve ridden.
I think the Monsta Box is for someone who’s maybe a really good surfer who wants an all-around board. For some of the surfs in those local beaches that are generally not great, but they do turn on from time to time, the Monsta Box will be the go.
It still holds its own and it has a lot of float and drive in your average conditions. Like I said, when it turns on, the board isn’t far in surfing well in those better beach break conditions.
Experience in the Surf
I’ve had the board now for a while, and I was actually able to take it overseas recently. I went over to Sumatra, into Indonesia. Surfing some of the beaches and the reefs around Krui I think I was in that area of South Sumatra. Waves were less than ideal, and as I was planning my quiver for the trip, I wasn’t too sure about taking the board.
I thought I would just want an array of true high performance shortboards with lots of rocker and performance tuned outlines. I was pretty happy I took the Monsta Box because we had some pretty marginal conditions and the thing tore up those average conditions.
Surfing around those beaches and stuff like that, they’re quite powerful but we had a lot of on-shore winds, a lot of rip bowls and junky things in the 2′ to 5′ range. I took five boards and this was the board I rode for the majority of the time.
If anyone’s seen one of Kai Neville’s movies, Dear Suburbia, there’s this right rip bowl they surf in Japan, and the thing just looks amazing.
We surfed a wave not too dissimilar to that, but not quite that good. This board was amazing. The wave would go from really sucky take off barrel to some sections and crumbly turns, and the thing just felt like one of the better boards I’ve ridden.
In the Monsta Box, I’ve been riding the Futures F-series 8 Fin [Shop Futures Fins at Benny’s Boardroom…], which I think is a large template. It’s quite a stiff fin. The board is really quite fast so I haven’t required anything like a Blackstix or anything with a foil in it.
It’s a good fin. It has a lot of speed and control naturally and the board doesn’t need any extra. Those fins that give it a bit more push because it is with the concave it’s got a single through to a double. It’s quite a simple setup that works really well. So the board requires a fin that really controls speed and surfs quite well.
Overall, regarding pros and cons of the board, I must say it is one of probably the better all-around boards I’ve ridden. A lot of people are saying it’s the one-board quiver, and I must say it is. You’ll see in the footage, we got some pretty average waves and it feels fine to ride as much as those stumpy, squashed down hybrids. But, when the waves get good, it was at home in those conditions, too.
I think the Monsta Box may be for someone who can surf. If you’re a fairly good surfer and you’re looking for that one board, I think this is the board for you, but again, if someone’s intermediate, looking for something to challenge themselves, I don’t think it’s too foreign either.
I couldn’t really find any cons of the board. It went well in all conditions that were thrown to me, and I must say, if I didn’t have a bunch of different boards and only could go to one, this would be the one, at the moment, that I would be looking at. It was a fun board to ride, and I really enjoyed it.
Thanks for watching the review, and hopefully you can check out the Monsta Box by JS Surfboards. Thanks.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Standard JS Industries Monsta Box Surfboard Dimensions & Volumes available at the JS Industries:
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I just got one of these boards. I'm 5'11, 180lbs, and a decent surfer. I have the 6 x 19.75 x 2.5 stock dims and I gotta say this board feels good. Great job hiding the volume, very fast, very loose, but still drives. I'd recommend this board to really anyone. Especially if you're a little on the bigger side and want a daily driver. Slam Dunk.
Awesome board, had it in most conditions now and goes great, feels light and responsive and easy to get into waves, stoked! Stomach to overhead this board rips!
I've been waiting for this board ... had a Monsta 3 and unfortunately snapped it and then bought a t - low (channel islands). The monsta box shits all over the t low. Surfed in in had high sucky conditions yesterday ... was great then knee to waist height today and it ripped ... had it for about a month n a bit ... so good (intermediate - to advanced skill level)