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.”
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.
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.”
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 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.
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.
Silly season is upon us here on the Gold Coast with the Burleigh Breaka Pro and Snapper Rocks coming up. We have been getting a lot of orders for boards and everyone seems to be adding a Dx1 to their quiver due to its versatility in all kinds of conditions. For a limited time we have added a low-profile, black rail that is sleek, stylish, and as DH puts it “makes this board look as sexy as it performs.”
Darren Handley is proud to announce super grom Kyuss King as the newest addition to the DHD family. Kyuss now accompanies some of the most talented and successful junior surfers in all of Australia including Kalani Ball (NSW U16 State Champion), Ethan Ewing (QLD U16 State Champion), and Isabella Nichols (QLD U16 State Chamion) on the DHD Junior Team.
DH is very excited to be working with such a talented and humble up-and-coming surfer. “Kyuss is a great fit here at DHD, he is an incredibly gifted surfer and brings a positive attitude and progressive style to the team. He is a pleasure to work with and a great kid to be around. We are more than excited to welcome him to the DHD team.”
Kyuss resides in Byron Bay, NSW, and is one of the most highly publicized and talented groms in the world. Surfing since the age of 2, Kyuss has become a stand out performer in competitions throughout Australia. In 2012 Kyuss entered into nine of the countries top junior events and made all nine finals, winning six of these elite events. Kyuss finished 2012 with a victory in the U12 division at the Rip Curl GromSearch Final on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, ending a great year of competition. Most recently Kyuss took 2nd place at the Teenage Rampage at Maroubra Beach in the U13 divison, a great start to the new year.
Kyuss is constantly travelling in search of sun, waves, and good times. Follow @Kyussking and @dhdsurf on Instagram, and twitter for insights and updates on their latest global surf adventures.
Keep an eye on this grom from Stanwell Park, NSW. At only 15, Kalani has a maturity about him in the ocean that goes well beyond his age. His determination, poise, and surfing abilities are unmatched and his achievements echo his desire to become a world champ. In 2012 Kalani won the Rip Curl GromSearch in Coffs Harbour, and he went on to win the U16 New South Wales state title. “Kalani caught Mick’s eye at the Red Bull Future Surf Camp, which says a lot about his talent. He is a great kid to work with and is an incredible surfer” DH said of his relationship with Kalani.
“You can usually feel what a board’s going to go like before you hit the water, the Eager Beaver was the first board I picked up from the DHD factory and I was so pumped to ride it, it’s my favourite board. I’ve been riding the DX1 at reefs, point breaks and some beaches if they’re punchy. I just spent a month in Bali and rode the DX1 most days, it’s really smooth and sharp in the pocket. The Project 15 is the board I ride when it’s small, its got a bit more width through the tail, goes fast through flat sections so you can still get some good turns or do a punt when it’s small” Kalani said of the boards in his quiver.
When asked about working with DH and riding for DHD, Kalani responded, “I am so stoked to have DH’s support. He has so much experience making boards for Mick and some of the best surfers in the world, it’s so cool to be getting boards off of such a great shaper!”
Junior team manager Andy Tuttle is pumped to have Kalani on his grom squad. “Since I started working with Kalani and attending some events it is clear to me that this kid has an amazing future ahead of him. His already professional attitude and focus in and out of the water has put him in good stead for his upcoming junior pro years. He is a good kid and a great surfer. Stoked to be working with him and have him on the junior team.”