Shun Murakami was an early round standout in the 2017 Ichinomiya Chiba Open easily accounting for Tom Cloarec in Round 1 and posting an impressive two wave heat total of 15.46. This included a near excellent 7.93 for a series of fast, fluid and powerful backhand top-to bottom turns. He continued his good form throughout the early competition and surfs in round 4 tomorrow.
The 20 year-old who hails from Yoshihama Beach just south of Tokyo is following the QS full time and is excited to be competing in Japan. Shun utilised his local knowlege on the way to a Round 1 win.“This event is a great opportunity for me becuase I am very familiar with the waves here,” Murakami said. “There’s a long way to go here, but I am hopeful of a great result at this event which will help my Qualifying Series campaign.”
Shun rides his magic Silent Savage model in the event at 5’8 x 18 3/16 x 2 3/16, which comes in at 23.11L. The Silent Savage suits high-performance surfing in all conditions, but can excel at beach breaks that are quite flat and average. The Silent Savage model is a modern performance shortboard that precisely balances all the elements of speed, drive response and release. It features a round squash tail, medium rocker throughout with evenly slowly curve and subtle tail lift, flatter/volumised deck and full rail, medium single to double concave and thruster configuration.