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Junior Team Rider Update

Junior Team Rider Update

by DHD Surf

 

The junior team riders have been killing it in competitions this year. It started in July at the 2012 Skull Candy Oz Grom Comp when team riders Ethan Ewing, Isabella Nichols, and international test pilot Leo Fioranta were victorious in the U14 boys and U16 boys and girls divisions respectively. In the same month Kalani Ball took home the U16 Junior NSW championship.

Kalani lining up a nice floater

In September, super grom Luke Hynd took 1st place at the D’bah Volcom VQS in the U18 division, and mini unit Sandon Whittaker took 2nd place at both the D’bah VQS and Barton Lynch Blast off. In the same month Ethan and Isabella were victorious at the Queensland State Junior Titles in the boys and girls U16 division.

Test Pilot Mikey McDonagh proudly holding his Project 15 Next Gen post win

This month the groms are back on the road and back in the water. This time junior team riders Luke Hynd, Sandon Whittaker, Kalani Ball, Jacob Wilcox, and test pilot Mikey McDonagh all competed in the Cronulla Rip Curl GromSearch. In the U12 division Sandon surfed his way to the semis before being knocked out by an interference call and Mikey McDonagh surfed his Project 15 Next Gen to victory. In the U16 boys division Luke made it to the semis before being knocked out, while Jacob took 3rd place and Kalani finished 2nd overall.

Ethan Ewing all smiles after winning the SkullCandy Oz Grom comp

Isabella Nichols and Billy Harrison will both be competing in the Rip Curl GromSearch Jan Juc, Victoria. After that the junior team will be headed to final stop of the RipCurl GromSearch on the Sunshine Coast.

Test Pilot Leo Fioranta loves his DX1 and Project 15 Next Gen

Junior team manager Andy Tuttle is stoked on the recent success of the DHD groms. “We have been on the road for over a week now starting at the Volcom VQS, the BL Blast Off, then the Cronulla RipCurl GromSearch, and we will be finishing up at the Jan Juc RipCurl GromSearch. All the surfers are putting in great results in events that showcase the highest level of Australian junior surfing. The team has been riding the Project 15 Next Gen in competition and smaller surf and the Eager Beaver Jr. for punchy beach breaks. When the conditions are good and there are solid waves with some power the team goes for the DX1, which can handle size,” Tutts said of his team’s performance and equipment. “I am pumped for our groms, they are competing and performing at a high level but nothing is too serious and they’re having a good time with their mates. You can’t really ask for much more than that.”

Luke Hynd’s signature air reverse

“These kids really are the future of Australian surfing. Mick and I have chosen a few groms that we feel are special in terms of their surfing abilities and the way in which they carry themselves. We are trying not only to help these kids grow as athletes but also as ambassadors of the sport. These competitions are the same competitions that Steph and Mick competed in before turning pro and it’s a great way to get into the competitive mind set but while still having fun with other surfers from all around Australia,” DH said of the junior team.

Stayed tuned for more junior team rider updates and our ‘What I’m Riding Jr.’ campaign.

Mick Fanning 3rd at Trestles

Mick Fanning 3rd at Trestles

by DHD Surf

The race for the 2012 ASP World Title got a little more interesting after the Hurley Pro at Trestles. Kelly Slater beat Parko in the final, but Mick was able to clinch a solid result finishing the event tied for third with fellow DHD team rider Adriano de Souza. Although Mick didn’t take first, his consistent surfing helped him retain his overall ranking of No. 1.

Mick was a stand out surfer throughout the event and he dominated the right hand walls of Lowers with his signature power hacks. Fanning, who entered the Hurley Pro fresh off a victory in Tahiti, knew advancing to the final would have strengthened his lead in the quest for the ASP World Championship, but admitted that finishing 3rd at Trestles was still a good result. “The ocean didn’t really cooperate with me, but a third is a keeper. It’s another result I don’t have to worry about and I learned a lot of things at this event,” said Fanning.

The next tour stop is the Quiksilver Pro France, which begins September 28th followed by the Rip Curl Pro in Portugal in October. A victory at either of these events could put Mick in a dominant position in the race for the World Title.

“With three third place results and two tour victories this year Mick is still in a great position to win a world championship. It’s gonna come down to the next two stops, whose surfing the best, and who gets the waves. There is always an element of luck to it, but you can never be certain who is going to walk away victorious. Everyone is surfing great at the moment and you can’t count anyone out of the running whether it be Mick, John John, Kelly, or Parko. The European leg is gonna be fun to watch, and I am excited that I’ll be over there for most of it” –DH.

Mick Fanning Takes Tahiti

Mick Fanning Takes Tahiti

by DHD Surf

With his victory over Joel Parkinson at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, Mick Fanning
became the first Australian to win at Teahupoo since 1999. Parko established an
early lead of 18.37, with two high scoring waves in the early minutes of the 35-
minute final. MF got a late 9.37 and with just 3 minutes on the clock Mick caught a
barreling wave earning a nail biting 9.5. This wave put him in the lead which he held
onto for the rest of the final, narrowly edging out fellow Australian and good friend
Joel Parkinson.

“It’s a 35 minute final so I knew the waves were going to come,” Fanning said. “I just
had to be patient. It’s Teahupoo so it goes on and off. You can get you can get two 10s in two minutes so I knew I just needed to keep my composure throughout the Final. Joel
(Parkinson) is such and incredible surfer and he’s gotten so good out here. He raced
out to an early lead and I knew I needed to focus on my own game plan. I got that
good score about mid-heat… The second wave was the one and it’s and incredible
feeling to come back and get the win. I’m stoked.”

On the smaller days of the competition Mick rode a 5’11 ½ x 18 ¾ x 2 ¼ Ducks Nuts
with a rounded square. When the surf had some size and power, as it did on the
final day of the competition, Fanning rode his 6’0 x 18 5/8 x 2 1/4 Ducks Nuts with a
rounded pin and four fin set-up. The quad set up gave Mick the speed he needed for
the barreling conditions.

“Darren and I have been playing around with the [the quad set up] for a little while,
but the waves were so clean out there that it was the perfect place to try them out
in a heat. I’m really happy with the way they went. You needed that extra speed to
make those barrels” Mick said of the boards he road during the competition.

“Mick and I have been playing around with the Ducks Nuts rounded pin for awhile
and having seen Mick’s results in Tahiti we may be making that an option available
for everyone” said DH.

The win in Tahiti marks the 15th elite victory of Fanning’s career, and the second of
this season (after a memorable win over Kelly Slater at Bells Beach in April). This
victory puts Mick in a comfortable lead in the ASP standings over Parko and Kelly
Slater.