Although he is only 12, Central Coast surfer Sandon Whittaker is already a powerhouse that we here at DHD have nicknamed the ‘mini-unit.’ His stocky frame and powerful style are reminiscent of Occy and Tom Carroll in their younger years. He has already developed a familiarity with the ocean that many fall to achieve at such a young age, which is evident in his surfing abilities in both competitions and free surfs.
Andy Tuttle, DHD Junior Team Manager, has nothing but good things to say about this up-and-comer, “Sandy is a little legend. He surfs with power but also with a bit of finesse, and he can do aerials, which makes him an all around surfer. A lot of kids do one thing really good and stick to their strong points, but Sandon does it all. He is always pumped to surf and a pleasure to be around.”
Sandon has been riding DHD’s for 3 years and is a key component of our Grom Squad. So far this year Sandy has had some favourable results including three 2nd place finishes at the Volcom VQS at D’bah, the Barton Lynch Blast Off, and most recently the RipCurl GromSearch Jan Juc, where he also won the Rising Star Award. This award is given out to the surfer that shows the most potential and embodies sportsmanship.
“I feel very special being part of the DHD team, each board DH makes for me tests my ability and pushes me to the next level. Darren and Andy are so cool, they love getting feed back about the boards and Darren really listens to how team riders feel that their boards are going. To get a smaller version of a pro’s board customized for you is the best feeling ever. Sometimes I pick up a new sled and am frothing so hard I can’t decide what turns I want to do first. When I watch the older team riders like Luke Hynd, Garrett Parks or Mick flaring I know I can make the same turns cause I’ve got the same tools, Yew, Luv DHD!!! Thanks Darren and Andy!” –Sandon
When he is not in the water you can find Sandon refining his skills at the skate park. His devotion to surfing is unmatched by most surfers his age and his abilities in the water speak volumes of his dedication. We here at DHD look forward to watching him progress as an athlete and ambassador of the sport.
Project15 Next Gen:
This 4’11” is about the 6th Project 15 I’ve had from DH, this one is wider than usual, made for the really small days so you can do the same turns in small waves as you do on good days but without all the bouncing. An insane board for small comp days, gets tighter in the pocket and can still go vert in 1 foot. The board all my mates are after!!!
Darren made me this one because I saw Jordy Smith and Mick tearing on them. The fastest small wave grom board ever, puts the speed in your surfing for all the grom air attempts.
When the waves are cranking the DX1 is THE board, it handles punchy reef and point breaks and has a little more bottom curve so you can get right in the pocket. From East Coast beachies to pointbreaks my DX1 does the same stuff as my Project but in a bit punchier waves. Don’t have to think with this board it’s that responsive. It is SICK!!!
DX1- Step Up:
When the waves get bigger than 5 foot this board is my step up, at 5’4″ is paddles heaps easier so I get more waves and can get down them earlier, goes super fast but because of the pulled in tail I can still make big arching turns.