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ISA World Junior Surfing Championship

ISA World Junior Surfing Championship

by Ryan

The 2013 Dakine ISA World Junior Surfing Championship attracted more than 300 of the world’s best surfers from more than 30 countries. DHD is proud to have been represented by some of the world’s best junior surfers at such a prestigious event.

Team rider Jacob Willcox took home the gold medal in his U16 final against test pilot Leonardo Fioravanti. The pair swapped the lead for much of the heat before Willcox secured the win scoring an 8.40 with just over seven minutes remaining.

“The feeling hasn’t really set in yet, but when it does I’m going to be really stoked,” Willcox said. “I’m stoked for everyone who came out share the experience and I’m really happy Australia won gold.”

Team Rider Luke Hynd made the final in the U18 boys division and took fourth place overall.

“We are so proud of all the team riders and test pilots that competed in the ISA Juniors,” said junior team manager Andy Tuttle. “You know we see these kids competing all over Australia and doing very well, to see them get results against talented surfers from around the world is pretty amazing. DH and myself are stoked for Jacob and all the team riders and test pilots that competed in the event. All these guys have the talent to make it at the next level and we look forward to watching them grow as surfers and ambassadors of the sport.”

AG.

Fiji Pro Wrap Up

Fiji Pro Wrap Up

by Ryan

The Volcom Fiji Pro saw several days of electrifying surfing and world-class waves both at Restaurants and Cloudbreak. Mick Fanning was in fine form throughout the event, showcasing his backhand barrel riding skills and massive hacks en route to the final. He was able to defeat close friend and reigning World Champion Joel Parkinson in the Quarterfinals and goofy-footer CJ Hobgood in the Semifinals but was unable to best Kelly Slater in the final.

“What an amazing event to see Kelly get all those 10s” DH said of the epic Final. “It was just great to see Mick the day before his birthday get a few buzzer beaters and come up and challenge Kelly with a 9.2 at the start. We thought Mick was in it, but you can never count out Kelly. He got that 9.8 and then that 10 and it was pretty much over from there. But it’s game on from here on out, Mick is only a few hundred points behind Kelly and it’s going to make for a great rest of the season. I’m off to Bali this week, staying with Mick and his coach Phil. I can’t wait to catch up with him and the rest of the team. I also just want to wish Micro a speedy recovery.”

“I’m pretty stoked,” Fanning said. “I started off with the 9.2 and saw Kelly doing the Jesus Christ on the one behind it. When Kelly didn’t get a 10 on his first wave I thought, ‘I’m still in this,’ but then he shut the door on the next one. Overall I’m happy. I didn’t really have a good start to this event and then at the end it came good.”

Mick chose to surf his 6’0 and 6’1 MF Ducks Nuts with rounded pins. These models are based off the board he rode to victory in Tahiti last season. Fanning currently sits at no. 2 in the race for the ASP World Championship heading into the Oakley Pro in Bali.

DH’s California Tour

DH’s California Tour

by Ryan

From June 3rd to June 7th I will be visiting shops in California from Santa Cruz to San Diego. Please feel free to stop by the shops listed below to discuss the current trends in shaping and designing surfboards, talk about what the team is riding, and of course to order your own custom DHD surfboard. All custom boards ordered in-store will receive $50 dollars off the purchase of that board.

Runner Up in Rio and Current World No.1

Runner Up in Rio and Current World No.1

by Ryan

It’s been a great start to the season for current world number one Adriano De Souza. After an early exit at the Quiksilver Pro, Adriano has fine-tuned his surfing and it has never looked better. Fresh off a historic victory at Bells Beach, Adriano was a force throughout the 2013 Billabong Rio Pro.  De Souza (the 2011 Billabong Rio Pro winner) went on a rampage to advance to his second career Billabong Rio Pro final defeating 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) in the quarter finals and fellow countrymen Gabriel Medina (BRA) in a nail biting semi-final heat.

Adriano’s win at Bells Beach combined with his 2nd place finish at the Billabong Rio Pro launches the Brazilian to the number 1 position in the current ASP Rankings ahead of Jordy Smith, Mick Fanning, and Kelly Slater.

Mick Fanning was unable to defeat Jordy in their semi-final heat but has been surfing consistently throughout the opening events of the 2013 season and hoping to carry this momentum from Brazil to Fiji, the next stop on the ASP World Championship Tour.

“Adriano has been surfing amazing ever since the Quiky Pro. With his victory at Bells and now finishing second in Brazil I can only imagine how happy he is. We recently made the move to shorten his boards from 5’10 to 5’8 for beach breaks and I think you can see it in his surfing, especially some of the airs he was pulling off. It just goes to show you how versatile the DX1 is, you can surf it at 6 foot bells or in 3 foot beach breaks. Adriano is headed back to the Gold Coast and I am excited to make him some more boards.”

AG.

Meet the Micro Groms

Meet the Micro Groms

by Ryan

Name: Jye Parkinson
Height: 4’7 (141 cm)
Weight: 32 kg
Age: 9
Training ground: Yaroomba and Noosa
Boards: 4’11 Eager Beaver & 4’11 Project 15 Next Gen

“It would be awesome to be a professional free surfer. I think I’d like that because you get to chase good waves in different parts of the world. I like surfing the Mentawais, we just had our first surf trip there and I’d like to go back. It’d be cool to surf Rifles with Rasta and Craig Anderson!”

Name: Jesse Parkinson
Height: 4’2 (129 cm)
Weight: 28 kg
Age: 7
Training Ground: Yaroomba and Noosa
Boards: 4’8 Eager Beaver & 4’7 Double Shot

“I just got back from my first surf trip overseas and it was awesome! I’d like to keep traveling and surfing sick waves. I really like competing so one day if I’m lucky enough and good enough, I want to be a professional surfer. I like big waves so I’d like to surf Teauhupoo with my brother, Julian Wilson and Mick Fanning. That would be epic!”


Name: Rasmus King aka The Ras-muscle
Height: 131cm or 4’3
Weight: 32 kg
Age: 8
Training ground: Byron Bay, Trestles, Hawaii, Bali
Boards: 4’5 Double Shot, 4’7 Project 15

Rasmus is already surfing many international spots travelling the globe with his older brother Kyuss King and family. Rasmus is fast becoming a super grom shredding both on land and sea. When Ras is not surfing he is skating vert and when he’s not skating vert he’s back out surfing. Rasmus’s favourite surf spots are The Pass, Snapper Rocks, Tallows, Trestles, Malibu, Riveria, Velzy Hawaii, Airport Lefts, Small Ulu’s, and Keramas.

AG.

DHD Welcomes Super Grom Alyssa Lock to the Team

DHD Welcomes Super Grom Alyssa Lock to the Team

by Ryan

DHD is pleased to announce the addition of Alyssa Lock to the DHD family. Regarded as one of the most gifted up-and-coming groms in Australia, Alyssa is a key addition to an extremely talented junior team.

In 2012 Alyssa won the Occy Grom 14s division, took out both the 14s and 16s of the Lennox All Girls Showdown, won the Barton Lynch Blast Off for the 4th consecutive year, and also took out both the Queensland and New South Wales Ripcurl Grom Searches in the 12s.

Contributing to Alyssa’s past successes has been the development achieved with Bourton Shapes. As Murray drives his business more towards high-end custom designs, this is a perfect opportunity for Alyssa to embark on a future pathway with DHD where the core of his focus is on the elite high performance market.

“I’m so excited be on the DHD Team and my new boards are going sick!”

The start of 2013 has been highlighted so far with Alyssa being granted a place as the youngest surfer ever to compete in the Roxy Pro Trials and although she didn’t advance it was a defining milestone in this young surfers life.

“We are fortunate to have a surfer of Alyssa caliber representing DHD,” said DHD Junior Team Manager, Andy Tuttle. “Alyssa is no stranger to the podium and surfs well beyond her years. We look forward to what the future holds for this rising star’s surfing career.”

 

ADRIANO BREAKS THE BELL

ADRIANO BREAKS THE BELL

by Ryan

Adriano De Souza has won the 2013 Rip Curl Pro in clean three-to-five foot surf over WCT rookie Nat Young.  The win at Bells Beach marks the Brazilian’s fourth world tour victory and puts him in 4th place in the race for the 2013 ASP World Championship.

Adriano was in fine form throughout the competition. He elected to ride his rounded pin DX1, which provided more hold in the pocket of the waves at Rincon and allowed for bigger arcing turns across the face of the waves in the Bowl. With powerful and precise turns Adriano took down Kolohe Andino in round 3, smashed Raoni Monterio and CJ Hobgood in round 4, snuck by fellow team rider Mick Fanning in the quarters, beat Jordy Smith in the semis before ending the rookie Nat Young’s hot streak in the finals.

Adriano is the first Brazilian to claim the men’s title in the iconic event’s 52-year history. “This is the most important event on tour to me,” De Souza said. “Guys like Andy Irons, Kelly Slater, and my hero Mick Fanning, they all have rung the bell. I have been coming here for a lot of years. I love the place.”

Bells was also an exciting event for test pilot and surfing phenom Leo Fioravanti. Leo was crowned the 2013 RipCurl International GromSearch Champion and rode his Project 15 to victory. “It was super fun. I got a high score, and I won it, I’m stoked,” Fioravanti said. “The best in the world have won it. If I keep working hard hopefully I can make it onto the tour.”

“What a great event for Adriano and Leo. Leo is such a good kid and I have been making him boards for years so it was good to see him win the GromSearch. And to see Adriano win after getting knocked out of round 2 at Snapper was amazing. He was so excited he broke the bell! It was a great event for the boys and that marks the sixth bell for DHD team riders, I am pumped for Adriano and with Brazil up next he could do some serious damage,”—DH.

AG.

Oney Anwar and Jacob Willcox awarded Bells Beach Wildcards

Oney Anwar and Jacob Willcox awarded Bells Beach Wildcards

by Ryan

With plenty of swell in the forecast the 2013 Rip Curl Pro is shaping up to an exciting event. Pumping waves are predicted Easter Friday onwards for one of the most iconic events in all of surfing. Team Riders Oney Anwar and Jacob Willcox have both been awarded wildcards into the men’s competition.

        (Oney Anwar ready for Bells with a fresh quiver of DHDs)

“I still can’t believe it, I’m so stoked to receive the wildcard and get to surf against the top guys in such an iconic event. Ever since I competed in the Rip Curl GromSearch finals at Bells as a junior in 2009, I’ve wanted to surf in the main event” commented Oney. The young Indonesian surfer will face fellow team rider and defending Bells champion Mick Fanning in round one when competition commences.

15-year-old WA charger Jacob Willcox posted a massive upset last week at the Margaret River pro (his first WQS event), when he took down fellow DHD team rider Adriano De Souza. The U16 Australian Junior Champion has been awarded a wildcard invitation to the Rip Curl Pro due to the withdraw of John John Florence. “It’s unbelievable to get the chance to surf against the best surfers in the world. There’s nothing bigger than the Rip Curl Pro and I can’t wait to get out at Bells and see how I go,” Willcox commented.  Jacob will face current world number one and last year’s Bells runner up Kelly Slater in round one.

“Good luck boys cause you’re gonna need it!” –DH

If you haven’t seen Jacob Willcox surf here is a little clip the Margaret River local put together… the kid charges!

 

Quiksilver Pro Wrap Up

Quiksilver Pro Wrap Up

by Ryan

The opening stop on the ASP World Championship Tour went down in epic fashion, with the semifinals and final culminating at pumping Kirra. Interestingly the top 3 surfers from the 2012 tour (Parko, Slater, and Fanning) made it into the finals for first stop on of the 2013 tour.

In his semifinal heat against Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning was off to an early lead in what can only be described as a ‘barrel shootout.’ Fanning put Slater on the ropes with 9.93 barrel as both former World Champions went wave for wave in classic Kirra conditions. It wasn’t until the last few minutes of the heat that Slater scored a perfect 10, taking the lead for the first time in the heat. Ultimately Slater won the semifinal with a combined two wave total of 19.37 to Fanning’s 18.60. “It’s a tough way to go out but you can’t be too upset when you put together a heat like that,” Fanning said. “I had a really good start and put in some solid scores. Kelly just did his ‘Kelly Thing’ and got that incredible 10 and really put himself back in the hunt. Shame I couldn’t get into the final with Joel, but it’s a good start to the year so I’ll refocus and get ready for Bells.”

5 time World Champion Steph Gilmore took 3rd place in the Roxy Pro, and showcased her prowess as arguably the greatest female surfer of her generation with her barrel riding skills in her quarter final heat also held at Kirra Point. She went on to win the Quiksilver Superheat surfing against fellow surfing icons Dane Reynolds, Jordy Smith, Craig Anderson, and Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew.

“You know the comp got off to a slow start with less than ideal conditions, but man it finished with some solid surfing. I mean I would have loved to see Mick make it into the final against Joel, but that heat against Kelly was amazing and so was Steph’s barrel at Kirra. I am pretty happy with how the team is surfing  and I know they are all happy with their boards. We even had a few test pilots riding some DHDs throughout the competition and they were ripping.  Mick, Alejo, and Wilko were all riding the Ducks Nuts and it was great seeing Wilko on his back hand at Snapper on one of my boards. Bring on bells!”

WELCOME TO THE TEAM GRANGER AND MICRO

WELCOME TO THE TEAM GRANGER AND MICRO

by Ryan

DHD is proud to announce Granger Larson and Glenn “Micro” Hall as the newest additions to the DHD Team. With all that is happening on the Gold Coast in the lead up to the Quiksilver Pro, Darren Handley is extremely pleased with the addition of two amazing athletes and brand ambassadors to the DHD family.

“Both Granger and Micro are great surfers that I have had the pleasure of working with for a number of years. Micro is a seasoned competitor and brings a wealth of knowledge to the team, whereas Granger is making a name for himself in the WQS and through his freesurfing. I couldn’t be happier having them on the team,” DH said of his newest team riders.

For Glenn ‘Micro’ Hall, 2013 will mark the first year on the WCT for the 31 year old. “I have been close to qualifying many years before but never got over the line. To finally do it now at this age and with the caliber of young guns, it’s strange I suppose. But, in saying that, I feel like I’m surfing my best and enjoying it as much as ever. I’m working on the little things and trying to improve. I am stoked to be working with Darren and can’t wait to get more of his boards under my feet.”

Hawaii’s Granger Larsen has proven he is not only one of the most talented young freesurfers to watch, but he’s also got a competitive edge. Be on the lookout to see Granger rise through the ASP rankings in 2013 in attempt to qualify for the WCT.

-AG.