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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.

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!”

Alejo Starting Strong

Alejo Starting Strong

by Ryan

Alejo Muniz is off to a great start to the 2013 season with a 3rd place finish at the Breaka Burleigh Pro and 2nd place finish at the Burton Toyota Pro at the Newcastle Surfest. Both events draw talented surfers from around the world and are great warm-ups for the Quiksilver Pro. Currently ranked 18th in the world, Alejo is keen to start the season on fire.

During the smaller days of the Breaka Burleigh Pro and Newcastle Surfest Alejo rode the Puzzle Piece, a great all around and forgiving board. On bigger days when the surf started pumping, as it did the last two days of the Newcastle Surfest, Alejo reached for his go to board the MF Ducks Nuts. This high performance model is designed specifically for good waves. Alejo rode this board in the Surfest semi-final in which he beats fellow WCT surfer Julian Wilson, and again in the final against current world champ Joel Parko.

“I think Alejo is going to have a great year. I have never seen him more focused and he is surfing amazing right now. I have been working with all my team riders to dial in their boards and make sure everything is ready once the season kicks off at Snapper. Alejo’s results at Burleigh and down in Newcastle speak for themselves, he is in peak form and his boards feel good under his feet” – DH.

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‘What I’m Riding’ Garut Widiarta

‘What I’m Riding’ Garut Widiarta

by DHD Surf

Garut is one of the most recognizable Indonesian surfers in the world. Born and raised in Kuta he started surfing at the age of 9 at his home break Half Ways. In 2010 he won Oakley’s Indosection, a bonus feature round of Taylor Steele’s Innersection project.

The young surfer prefers long barrels, but isn’t afraid to bust massive aerial maneuvers. Outside of surfing he is known for his laid-back demeanor and ever-present smile. As of late he has shied away from the competitive surf scene and has become one of the most recognizable free surfers in the world.

Garut has been riding for DHD for 2 years now and his quiver consists of a Semi- Gun, the Ducks Nuts, a Sweet Spot, and a Switch Blade (not pictured). Recently Garut surfed his Sweet Spot in firing 6-foot surf at Padang Padang for the 2012 Rip Curl Cup. “I love Bali, the surf is just so consistent here and nowhere else is there this quality of waves. On the east side you have fun waves, and down on the bukit and on the west side you can get massive barreling waves. Nothing compares to that feeling of a big long barrel. But if I couldn’t live here I’d probably want to live on the Gold Coast,” said Garut.

“Right now I have the Sweet Spot, which goes real good in barreling waves, the Ducks Nuts, a Semi-Gun, and the Switch Blade. The Switch Blade goes really well in smaller surf and is perfect for landing airs. Working with DH has really improved my surfing; he knows exactly what changes to make to the board design to make them go better for each of his surfers. I’m lucky that Darren has a factory here in Bali so I can get my boards more frequently and the quality of boards made here at the DHD factory is right up there with the best in the world.”

Adriano and Alejo ‘What I’m Riding’ Santa Cruz Edition

Adriano and Alejo ‘What I’m Riding’ Santa Cruz Edition

by Ryan

Adriano and Alejo have their hands full today in round 5 of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic. First up in heat number 1 team rider Alejo Muniz faces fellow Brazilian Gabriel Medina. Medina is coming off a controversial loss at the RipCurl Portugal and would like nothing more than to redeem himself in Santa Cruz. This heat will showcase the progressive up and coming talent Brazil has to offer. It will come down to who chooses the right waves, picks the best line, and more than likely pulls of the biggest airs. Alejo will be riding the MF Ducks Nuts, an extremely responsive board with single to double concave, which creates smooth rail-to-rail transitions. Its flatter front entry creates heaps of drive and is a great board for high performance waves like Steamer Lane.

In heat number four Adriano De Souza takes on the always dangerous Kelly Slater, who is campaigning for his 12th ASP World Title. However, Adriano has had a solid year with a win at J-Bay, a second place finish at the Quiksilver Pro, a 3rd place finish at Trestles, and another 3rd place finish in Portugal. Adriano will be riding the DX1, the same model he won J-Bay on. The DX1 is a fast, responsive, user-friendly board that can handle a variety of conditions from 6 foot J-Bay to 2 foot beach breaks. Adriano knows what it takes to beat Slater, having beaten him in the Portugal Final last year.

Both Alejo and Adriano have the ability and equipment under their feet to win their heats and move deeper in to the competition. These heats are going to showcase progressive surfing at it’s best and will be very exciting to watch. Stay tuned to dhdsurf.com for more team updates.

AG