Puzzle Piece

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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Puzzle Piece

Puzzle Piece

by DHD Surf

Over the past year or so and whilst travelling overseas,  I noticed a trend that saw a lot of my friends and good surfers leaning off the shorter, fatter, wider craze that was taking place, and jumping back on the regular standard short board. I was finding that these surfers were wanting to surf the standard short board shape but still have the paddle and performance of the shorter fatter boards. This inspired me to design the Puzzle Piece in order to give these surfers what they want!

The Puzzle Piece is a fast, responsive and user friendly performance short board that combines a slightly thicker rail and hip rounded square for extra squirt off the tail. With a slightly wider outline and added foam under the chest, the Puzzle Piece is your perfect all – rounder for all conditions.

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