JBAY Breakdown

by DHD Surf

Current World No. 1 Matt Wilkinson talks about his #JBAY quiver going into the event #CoronaOpenJBay

DNA – 6’0 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 – 28.25L FCS II
DNA – 5’11 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8
DNA – 6’1 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 – 28.75L
DNA – 6’1 1/2 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 – 28.95L
Ducksnuts – 6’3 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 – 28.95L *Round Tail

Height: 180cm
Weight: 82kg
Stance: Goofy footer

Matt Wilkinson JBAY Current World No. 1
Matt Wilkinson DHD DNA Surfboard - Photo T. Moran
Matt Wilkinson JBAY DHD DNA Surfboard


Mick Fanning was unstoppable taking out the JBAY event in 2016 on his swallowtail, channel bottom that worked to perfection. This time around there is a new found hunger and is more determined that ever to retain the win. 
Height: 177cm
Weight: 78kg

DNA – 5’10 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 – 26.2L
DNA – 5’11 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 – 26.26L
DNA – 5’11 1/2 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 – 26.4L
DNA – 6’0 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 – 26.5L
JBAY – 5’9 x 18 7/8 x 2 5/16 – 26.8L with a swallow tail, channel bottom & super light 4 x 4 glassing.
Ducksnuts – 6’0 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4

Mick Fanning JBAY DHD DNA Surfboard - Photo T. Moran
Mick Fanning JBAY DHD DNA Surfboard - Photo T. Moran


Jack Freestone
DX1 – 6’2 x 19 3/8 x 2 1/2 – 30.7L
DX1 – 6’2 x 19 3/8 x 2 1/2 – 30.7L

Height: 185cm
Weight: 88kg
Stance: Regular

Jack Freestone DHD DX1 Surfboard - Photo R. Miller
Jack Freestone JBAY DHD DX1 Surfboard


Ethan Ewing
DNA – 5’11 x 18 1/2 x 2 1/4 – 26.5L
DNA – 6’0 x 18 1/2 x 2 1/4 – 26.75L

Height: 180cm
Weight: 79kg
Stance: Regular

Ethan Ewing DHD DNA Surfboard - Photo T. Moran


The Ultimate Travel Board

by DHD Surf

It’s time to think about your travel quiver, Ryan Hipwood talks about the best fin and board combination. Pair the Sweetspot 2.0 with the DHD Signature FCS II fin to produce the ultimate travel setup.

Ryan Hipwood Sweetspot 2.0

When your regular short board is feeling loose and needs more control the Sweetspot 2.0 will be the ideal board of choice. It is made extra strong to withstand the powerful surf at the worlds best surf locations; However user friendly enough for the intermediate surfer but not holding back any performance for the advanced surfer. Designed with a flatter rocker, wider mid point, pulled in tail, super strong construction and carbon re-enforcement there are no limits with what is delivered.

The perfect fin of for this step-up is the DHD Signature FCS II fin. The fin is essentially geared for controlled tight pocket turns, but it will also perform driving cutbacks on the open face. The tip is slightly tapered, which also promotes nice tail release when pushed a little harder through a turn.

Ryan Hipwood Sweetspot 2.0

“ I use the DHD Fin in all my step ups all the way to a 7’2. What I like about the fins is the inside foil and that they don’t have to much tip allowing bigger boards to more responsive. There is no other fin that compares to it. It is amazing at high end speed and holds in any turn you can through at it.” — Ryan Hipwood

Ryan Hipwood Sweetspot 2.0
FCS II DHD Signature Fin

Darren Handley designed this fin to be versatile enough to use every day on most of the board models in the DHD range. The fin is essentially geared for controlled tight pocket turns, but it will also perform driving cutbacks on the open face. The tip is slightly tapered, which also promotes nice tail release when pushed a little harder through a turn.

The Ultimate Step-up - DHD Sweetspot 2.0 with Ryan Hipwoo
The Ultimate Step-up - DHD Sweetspot 2.0 with Ryan Hipwoo
The Ultimate Step-up - DHD Sweetspot 2.0 with Ryan Hipwoo

Darren Handley, talking about ‘The Sweet Spot 2.0’ the ultimate all rounder, the perfect travelling companion.

Find out more on the Sweetspot 2.0 and the DHD Signature FCS II fin.

Meet Your Maker Darren Handley by Surf Stitch

Meet Your Maker Darren Handley by Surf Stitch

by James Willmott

You’ve no doubt heard the news that local Gold Coast board shaper DHD took out Stab in The Dark at last night’s global premiere in Venice Beach. The competition drew 11 of best shapers and test pilot, Julian Wilson to the table in search of the world’s best surfboard.

We caught up with shaper, owner and founder of DHD, Darren Handley to get the nitty gritty on the ultimate board.

Can you tell us what you were looking for when designing the template of this board?
I was in two minds when approach this board design. I could have gone with a design for that has worked for the past 10-12 years OR used a design that is more current, which is what Jack Freestone is riding on the DX1. In the end I decided to go with the DX1 template which performs better for bigger guys. Also factoring in the size of the surfer I thought this would be the most suited board to ride for all round conditions.

Why did you choose the aspects and dimension you chose for the board?
In my experience this was the most ideal dimensions to use for a surfer with that type of weight, height and surfing ability. If the surfer didn’t have the type of experience that Julian has, I would have gone a touch wider and thicker with the design.

What conditions would best suit the board?
The DX1 is suited for all types conditions or for whatever surfing conditions come at you from beach breaks to point breaks. It has been great to work with Jack Freestone with this particular design as he is on the QS and has to surf all types of wave conditions.

DHD Winner of Stab in the Dark Best Surfboard by Julian Wilson

What makes the template so unique to others on the market?
I think the difference with other boards on the market is that this rocker I have with this surfboard. It has been used for a long time and each year I tweak it for what the market wants. You have to understand this is the same rocker that Joel Parkinson (Parko), Adriano de Souza and Sally Fitzgibbons where also riding. The changes that I have made with this latest design working with Jack Freestone is now a lot more user friendly. This rocker has stood the length of time.

Can you tell us about the process behind first putting pen to paper with designing the board, to eventually seeing the end result?

To come up with the right surfboard design for a person with this experience took some time to make perfect. In that I had to really put my thinking cap to get the right concave’s, rail, outline, rocker & fin placement perfect. As this contest was very important to me.

Did you shape the template around Julian and the specific locations you knew the testing would take place?
I didn’t know that the surfer was Julian I thought it was someone else. I also asked Mick Fanning and he also had no idea. I just made the board for the height weight and WA. Which can give you so many different types of beautiful waves. And thinking about it, I didn’t realise that Julian was that tall and that heavy.

DHD Winner of Stab in the Dark Best Surfboard by Julian Wilson

What’s next for DHD?
We have a number of internal projects at the moment, the one that excites me most is a project focussed on developing a board with more flex in the lower half, ultimately giving the surfer more feel. Mick has tested the first prototype and while it wasn’t too attractive to look at, his feedback was very positive. Research and development is very important to the team at DHD, we rule everything in, and always look forward to choosing the next team member to be a test pilot. We are very lucky to have such a diverse team, our focus is to help our team members achieve their goals.

Who will be some famous faces riding this board?
You don’t need to be famous to ride a DHD, just passion for a well designed board that can take you to the next level!

For those of you wanting to match your specifications with that of the winning DHD board and Julian himself, check out the details of both board and surfer below:

Julian Wilson / Height 1.83M, Weight 79KG
DX1 / 6’0 x 19 x 2 3/8 / 28.5LT

DHD Winner of Stab in the Dark Best Surfboard by Julian Wilson

Repost from Surf Stitch

Sponsored by Stab Magazine


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Tracksmag: A Different Kind of Fire

Tracksmag: A Different Kind of Fire

by DHD Surf

Be sure to get your copy of the latest Tracksmag – Issue 537.  Mick scored the cover and there is a 10 page story on Mick and Darren to check out.

Mick Fanning possesses the most refined act on tour. He’s ridiculously talented, mentally unflappable in the water, rides perfect boards shaved to the millimetre, is perpetually well dressed and adorned to his sponsors requirements, handles media like a pro and possesses the rarest gift of all, a ferocious competitive fire that gives him the ability to win … continuously.

Tracksmag: A Different Kind of Fire
Tracksmag: A Different Kind of Fire

Source: Tracksmag – Issue 537

Photos: Simon Williams

DHD Open Mic Evening at Stone & Wood Brewery, Byron Bay

DHD Open Mic Evening at Stone & Wood Brewery, Byron Bay

by DHD Surf

Come and join us for the DHD Open Mic evening at Stone & Wood Brewery, Byron Bay. Friday 13th, March / 5 – 9 PM. Meet Darren Handley & the DHD Team.

Any DHD Surfboard purchased at SURF DIVE SKI (BYRON) @surfdivenski or RIPCURL @ripcurl_aus will receive 2 Free tickets.

Tickets $50
Drinks + nibblies included. *Limited QTY’s — not available for purchase at the venue.
Call  (07) 5593 5600 or email mel@dhdsurf.com for Tickets.

Mick Fanning’s Board

by DHD Surf

Mick Fanning’s Board: The Competition Craft


Mick Fanning and his money-maker.Mick Fanning and his money-maker.

All Photos: Corey Wilson

Mick Fanning:
Age: 33
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 160 lbs

His board:
Model: DHD EB2
Dimensions: 5’10” x 18 3/4” x 2 1/4” 26.7L
Shaper: Darren Handley

>You know this already, but have you really thought about it? Mick Fanning has won three world titles. Three! Equal to AI and Curren and one more than Tom Carroll. These days, you don’t win events, much less titles, on sheer talent. Mick has made his case for the Hall of Fame on the back of blistering speed, tight technique and the sort of surfer/shaper relationship money can’t buy. Darren Handley doesn’t mind if Mick meddles with Mayhems or takes Tokoros to the Triple Crown, he knows that White Lightning will return richer for the experience, with a heap of new knowledge that team DHD will use to enhance the Champ’s next tilt at the title. – Chris Binns

MICK: This is an EB2. It’s a work in progress that’s pretty close to being signed off on. DH modified the Eager Beaver model and came up with this. A couple of minor tweaks and it’ll be golden.

I go through 100 to 150 boards a year. When I’m at home testing I get a couple every day over a week and ride ’em all. If one feels amazing under my arm I’ll save it until just before an event, but generally I test them all to see how they perform. DH will throw in a couple of curve balls too, which I always enjoy trying to figure out.

From the first surf I know if a board’s good or not, and if I like it it’ll go straight into the cool room. Some will have a spark and I’ll take ’em for an extra spin or two just to see if there is a little X-factor. If you have two special boards at one time then you’re very happy, but most of the time there’s only an extra 5% that makes a board amazing compared to a regular board. I try not to be too precious with staying on one specific board in an event; I usually ride at least three different ones to keep things fresh.

If I’m going to Trestles or a France type event I’ll pack a pretty big bag: A 5’10” Skeleton Key, two 5’10” EBs, two 5’10 1/2” Ducks Nuts, and four 5’11” Ducks Nuts. I’ve got a couple of magic boards saved from last year’s Europe leg too, and they get the call up in special conditions.

I went shorter in 2009 when I won the title, but last year I think the secret with my boards was their consistency and the belief I had in in them. I think for some people the shorter, wider thing has reached its limits. I know I don’t want to go any shorter. If anything, at places like the Bells Bowl, I’m going a little longer to extend my turns more.

Between Stephanie and I, DH has eight world titles to his name. I don’t think there’s any great secret other than communication. We chat all the time, and I know Steph does the same. You need to be able to communicate exactly what you’re feeling, and what you want to feel, to the craftsman

Matt Wilkinson DHD

Matt Wilkinson DHD

by DHD Surf

DHD Surf welcomes Matt Wilkinson to the team this year, he’s a surfer with his own unique style in more ways than one.

Darren Handley has the following to say about this great addition to the DHD Family;

I’ve been working with Wilko – last year making him a few boards and helping him re qualify for 2014. This year Wilko has a new lease on life, now being 25 he’s ready to start training and get a little more serious about competing on the WCT.

I am really looking forward to making Wilko some good boards, getting some good feedback, and seeing some great results from him this year.

Matt is such a character in surfing (I’m sure you’ve seen his crazy wetsuits) and is always keen to test out some of our more interesting models & designs. You’ll be seeing some great clips coming your way of some of his test flights.


I’ve followed Matt’s progress through all his life, and he’s an amazing surfing especially on his back hand. I don’t want Matt to loose any of the character in the way he surfs and the way he treats himself, just add a bit more professionalism.

I expect to see some great things from the combination of Matt & my boards.
Welcome to the team Matt! I can’t wait to see your first CT event at Snapper this year.

At the DHD Factory we’re certainly happy to see more of Wilko’s personality around the place and look forward to seeing what 2014 brings for the DHD Team.

Meet the Micro Groms

Meet the Micro Groms

by DHD Surf

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.