Height: 180cm / Weight: 82kg
“At the start of the year we were trying so much stuff and testing everything until we could find something that fit,” Freestone says. “We’re making good progress. It’s a lot of hit-and-miss, but we’ve got a few now that have clicked. That’s stuff we can incorporate into the old models to give them a new feel, a new touch. It’s a process, but I’m excited about where it’s headed.”
“My all-time go-to model is the DX1, something Darren brought back that Joel Parkinson used to ride way back in the day,” Freestone says. “Basically, we just widened the tail a bit. It goes really good in all kinds of waves, especially those shitty QS waves I’ve had to surf for the last three years. Now as we’ve moved more into surfing better waves, we’ve narrowed the tail again, and it really fits in well with good waves.”
“The DX1 is the board I’ll surf if the waves are good for my heat. It’s my trusted go-to board,” says Jack. “The outline feels really good, and the way it works together with the rocker, Darren’s a master at blending the two.”
“The Epoxicore (left) is also something we’ve been working on together,” Freestone says. “It’s a really cool concept. I love the fact that Darren’s incorporating the expoy with the normal PU board. Sometimes epoxies are just a little too buoyant and corky, and you can’t really navigate them that well, so I think that intertwining the regular board with the epoxy gives it the regular feel with all the benefits of the epoxy. It’s mental, man.”
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We have increase the size range adding a 5’8, 5’9, 5’10, 6’2, 6’4 and 6’6 to the lineup ready to go in your local surf store now.
5’8 x 18 1/2 x 2 3/16 / 24.5
5’9 x 18 5/8 x 2 1/4 / 25.5
5’10 x 18 3/4 x 2 5/16 / 26.5
6’2 x 19 3/8 x 2 1/2 / 31
6’4 x 20 x 2 5/8 / 35
6’6 x 20 1/2 x 2 3/4 / 38.5
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.”
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.
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.
Surfing and training in the offseason on Matt Wilkinson is focused and ready to defend his Quiksilver Pro title.