Isabella Nichols

Mothernest Tweed Coast Pro Highlights

Mothernest Tweed Coast Pro Highlights

by DHD Surf

Congrats to Isabella Nichols, Luke Hynd, Mitch Crews, Alyssa Lock and India Robinson for a huge weekend at the Mothernest Tweed Coast Pro, with Cabarita beach serving up some pumping waves. Isabella taking the win in the Woman’s QS1,000, Luke finished as runner up for the Men’s QS1,000 and Mitch with a solid Semifinal result.

Looking forward to the next round of QS’s with so much talent in the line-up

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Luke and Isabella victorious over the weekend

 

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“I’m actually really stoked right now — that was my first WSL Final and I was in the water with a really good mate,” Hynd said. “Jacko and I have done a lot of trips together and I’m stoked to see him win. It feels good to start the year with a good result. This event really suited me, with great long right handers on offer, so there wasn’t a lot of strategy or hassling, it was just about surfing.” – Luke Hynd, WSL

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Luke Hynd has been one of the form surfers of the event since Day 1, using his lighting fast backhand attack to consistently post scores in the excellent range.

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Luke Hynd – 3DV 5’10 x 18 1/2 x 2 1/4

 

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“It’s been a great event, we have really good waves and the level of surfing has been really high,” Nichols added. “I was starting to feel like I was coming down with the flu yesterday, but luckily for me I’m feeling much better today. Three heats and an event win, not a bad day in the office! I’m really happy to have won — thanks to WSL, Surfing NSW and all the event sponsors for making this event happen.” – Isabella Nichols WSL

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Nichols sealed the victory with a long righthander, delivering precise, top-to-bottom turns to score an 8.75. Nichols booked her spot in the Final after some last-minute heroics in her Semifinal win over India Robinson.

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Isabella Nichols – DNA 5’9 x 18 1/4 x 2 3/16

 

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Mitch Crews –  DX1 5’11 x 19 x 2 3/8

 

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Alyssa Lock – DNA 5’8 x 18 3/16 x 2 3/16

 

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India Robinson – DX1 5’7 x 17 3/4 x 2 3/16

Photos by @swillpics

2017 Team Board Test

2017 Team Board Test

by DHD Surf

The first swell of 2017 has arrived and here is what our team is up to testing out new equipment before the next round of WSL events.

Mick Fanning DHD Snapper Rocks

Over the past few months DH and Mick Fanning have been busy fine tuning the perfect quiver which has seen the MF DNA evolve in to our most high performance shortboard to date. Mick Fanning is on the MF DNA 5’11 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 at 26.5L with FCS II MF Large

 

Mick Fanning and photo extraordinaire @corey_wilson at Snapper Rocks

 

Mick Fanning at Snaper

Mick Fanning / Snapper Rocks

Jack Freestone Dbah

Jack Freestone / Duranbah Beach

Jack Freestone Dbah

Jack Freestone / DX1 6’0 x 19 1/8 x 2 1/2 at 29.8L with New Jack Freestone Signature series Futures fins

 

Steph Gilmore / Snapper Rocks

Steph Gilmore / MF DNA 5’9 x 18 5/16 x 2 3/16 at 24.5L with FCS II Carver Med

 

Ethan Ewing at Snaper

Ethan Ewing / ‘Little Marley’ Snapper

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Ethan Ewing / Duranbah Beach

Ethan Ewing Dbah

Ethan Ewing / MF DNA 6’0 x 18 7/16 x 2 1/4 at 26.5L with Future Fins John John Large

 

Mitch Crews at Dbar

Mitch Crews / Duranbah Beach

Mitch Crews at Dbar

Mitch Crews / MF DNA 6’0 x 19 x 2 3/8 at 28L with New Jack Freestone signature series Futures fins

 

Ricardo Christie Snapper Rocks

Ricardo Christie / Snapper Rocks

Ricardo Christie Snapper Rocks

Ricardo Christie / MF DNA 5’11 x 19 x 2 3/8 at 28L with FCS II MF Large

 

Isabella Nichols

Isabella Nichols / DX1 5’8 1/2 x 18 1/4 x 2 1/8 with FCS II

 

Team at Dbar
DH at Snapper with the Mini Twin

Darren Handley /Mini Twin 5’9 x 21 1/2  x 2 3/8 at 32L with Future Fins

 

DH at Dbar

Darren Handley / ‘Off The Wall’ Duranbah Beach

DH at Dbar

Darren Handley / DX1 6’0 x 19 1/8 x 2 1/2 at 29.8L with New JF signature series Futures fins

Photos by @dhdsurf @conradpk @swillpics

Isabella Nichols 2015 WSL Australasia Junior Champions

Isabella Nichols 2015 WSL Australasia Junior Champions

by DHD Surf

Nichols claimed two event wins from three finals giving her the edge over a highly talented field in what is be her final year competing on the Australasian Pro Junior Series. The 17-year-old from Coolum Beach has solidified herself as one of Australian surfing’s great hopes in years to come.

“Winning the Australasian Junior Series is so exciting” Nichols said. “It means a lot to me because there are so many good surfers on the junior tour. I’m really happy with the overall win. I went into this year hoping to do well, but focusing on surfing my best and just gaining more experience.”

This win gives Nichols a seeding and a shot at taking out the WSL Junior Championships, which will be held early next year. If she does take the win she will be the join the honour board with fellow Australian’s and WSL Championship Tour (CT) surfer’s Laura Enever who won the event in 2011 and Niki Van Dijk who took it out in 2012.

Isabella Nichols storming through the NZ Home Loans Surf Festival - WSL / Will H-S

Photos – WSL / Will H-S

“Winning a world junior title would be a massive achievement so I’m just going to train hard during this off season and try my best when it comes to the world juniors in January.”

Following in the footsteps of past Pro Junior Series winners Laura Enever and Sally Fitzgibbons, Nichols will set her focus on the WSL Qualifying Series (QS) with the aim of making it to the CT.

“I’d really like to put all my energy into the qualifying series next year and I’ll see where that takes me. It definitely won’t be easy but I’ve got a good team helping me out so I’m really looking forward to the next year.”

Full Article – worldsurfleague.com