The ‘Skeleton Key 2’ – Faster, Simpler, Re-defined

The ‘Skeleton Key 2’ – Faster, Simpler, Re-defined

by DHD Surf

After a rigorous process of RND with our team we have re-fined the DHD ‘Skeleton Key 2’ to a new level of all-round performance shortboard.

DHD Skeleton Key 2016 Everyday Shortboard

We have perfected the ‘Skeleton Key 2’ with an all new outline coupled with a round tail and smooth hip flyer for maximum hold and control to become the most exciting model in our lineup. By introducing more width and thickness to the mid point, lowering the rocker and a precision crafted rail profile giving you access to stay in the water for more waves and generating speed for radical manoeuvres!

Perfect in all conditions up to 5ft and can be surfed 1-2 inches shorter than your standard short-board.

DHD Skeleton Key 2016 Everyday Shortboard

Size Range

5’9 x 18 3/4 x 2 5/16 / 27L
5’10 x 19 x 2 3/8 / 28L
5’10 x 19 3/8 x 2 7/16 / 29.5L
5’11 x 19 1/8 x 2 3/8 / 28.5L
5’11 x 19 5/8 x 2 1/2 / 30.5L
6’0 x 19 1/8 x 2 3/8 / 29L
6’0 x 19 3/4 x 2 1/2 / 31L
6’1 x 19 1/4 x 2 7/16 / 30L
6’1 x 20 x 2 1/2 / 32L
6’2 x 19 3/8 x 2 7/16 / 31L
6’2 x 20 x 2 9/16 / 33L
6’3 x 20 1/8 x 2 5/8 / 34.5L
6’4 x 20 1/4 x 2 5/8 / 36L
6’6 x 20 1/2 x 2 3/4 / 39.5L

DHD Short Board Model Skeleton Key

Check with your local surf shop for more details OR keep reading to find out more on the ‘Skeleton Key 2‘.

Limited release of Mick Fannings J-Bay board

Limited release of Mick Fannings J-Bay board

by DHD Surf

Due to popular demand we are making a limited run of Mick Fannings J-Bay board! Go visit your local surf store to secure your order.

DucksNuts 5’9 x 18 7/8 x 2 5/16 – 26.8L with a swallow tail, channel bottom & super light 4 x 4 glassing.

Sizes Avaliable

5’7 x 18 5/8 x 2 1/4  25.5
5’9 x 18 7/8 x 2 5/16  26.8  ( Micks File )
5’10 x 19 x 2 5/16  27.8
5’11 x 19 1/8 x 2 3/8  28.5
6’0 x 19 1/4 x 2 7/16  29.8
6’1 x 19 3/8 x 2 7/16  30.8
6’2 x 19 1/2 x 2 1/2  32

Mick Fanning JBay Surfboard by DHD

While your there check out the FCSII Mick Fanning ‘MF’ fins in large.

Photo @corey_wilson

Switchblade 2016

Switchblade 2016

by DHD Surf

Available in-stores this November!

The ‘Switchblade‘ is your fun all-round performance small wave shortboard! Light and manoeuvrable and performs well in all conditions.

This model is usually ridden shorter and wider as we have added more volume to the tail which helps with speed through ‘dead sections’. The Tail shape is still the same performance tail but has been slightly pulled in by a 1/16th of an inch improving turning.

The wider point has been moved 1” forward which has streamlined the outline making it smoother in the shape and with a slightly reduced concave improving the rail from catching on smaller waves.

DHD Switchblade

Glassing / 4 x 4 x 3/4
Rocker / Medium to Low
Concave / Single to Double
Fins / Five Fin *FCS 2 or Futures

Darren Handley Shaping
DHD Switchblade
DHD Switchblade 2016
DHD Switchblade
Jack Freestone - DHD Switchblade

Jack Freestone. Photo @conradpk

View more or contact your local surf shop.

New sizes to the DX1 JF

New sizes to the DX1 JF

by DHD Surf

The limited edition STAB In The Dark surfboard was modelled off our DX1 JF.

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

View the DX1 JF Model
Photo @conradpk

Meet Your Maker Darren Handley by Surf Stitch

Meet Your Maker Darren Handley by Surf Stitch

by James Willmott

You’ve no doubt heard the news that local Gold Coast board shaper DHD took out Stab in The Dark at last night’s global premiere in Venice Beach. The competition drew 11 of best shapers and test pilot, Julian Wilson to the table in search of the world’s best surfboard.

We caught up with shaper, owner and founder of DHD, Darren Handley to get the nitty gritty on the ultimate board.

Can you tell us what you were looking for when designing the template of this board?
I was in two minds when approach this board design. I could have gone with a design for that has worked for the past 10-12 years OR used a design that is more current, which is what Jack Freestone is riding on the DX1. In the end I decided to go with the DX1 template which performs better for bigger guys. Also factoring in the size of the surfer I thought this would be the most suited board to ride for all round conditions.

Why did you choose the aspects and dimension you chose for the board?
In my experience this was the most ideal dimensions to use for a surfer with that type of weight, height and surfing ability. If the surfer didn’t have the type of experience that Julian has, I would have gone a touch wider and thicker with the design.

What conditions would best suit the board?
The DX1 is suited for all types conditions or for whatever surfing conditions come at you from beach breaks to point breaks. It has been great to work with Jack Freestone with this particular design as he is on the QS and has to surf all types of wave conditions.

DHD Winner of Stab in the Dark Best Surfboard by Julian Wilson

What makes the template so unique to others on the market?
I think the difference with other boards on the market is that this rocker I have with this surfboard. It has been used for a long time and each year I tweak it for what the market wants. You have to understand this is the same rocker that Joel Parkinson (Parko), Adriano de Souza and Sally Fitzgibbons where also riding. The changes that I have made with this latest design working with Jack Freestone is now a lot more user friendly. This rocker has stood the length of time.

Can you tell us about the process behind first putting pen to paper with designing the board, to eventually seeing the end result?

To come up with the right surfboard design for a person with this experience took some time to make perfect. In that I had to really put my thinking cap to get the right concave’s, rail, outline, rocker & fin placement perfect. As this contest was very important to me.

Did you shape the template around Julian and the specific locations you knew the testing would take place?
I didn’t know that the surfer was Julian I thought it was someone else. I also asked Mick Fanning and he also had no idea. I just made the board for the height weight and WA. Which can give you so many different types of beautiful waves. And thinking about it, I didn’t realise that Julian was that tall and that heavy.

DHD Winner of Stab in the Dark Best Surfboard by Julian Wilson

What’s next for DHD?
We have a number of internal projects at the moment, the one that excites me most is a project focussed on developing a board with more flex in the lower half, ultimately giving the surfer more feel. Mick has tested the first prototype and while it wasn’t too attractive to look at, his feedback was very positive. Research and development is very important to the team at DHD, we rule everything in, and always look forward to choosing the next team member to be a test pilot. We are very lucky to have such a diverse team, our focus is to help our team members achieve their goals.

Who will be some famous faces riding this board?
You don’t need to be famous to ride a DHD, just passion for a well designed board that can take you to the next level!

For those of you wanting to match your specifications with that of the winning DHD board and Julian himself, check out the details of both board and surfer below:

Julian Wilson / Height 1.83M, Weight 79KG
DX1 / 6’0 x 19 x 2 3/8 / 28.5LT

DHD Winner of Stab in the Dark Best Surfboard by Julian Wilson

Repost from Surf Stitch

Sponsored by Stab Magazine


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Mick Fanning WINS fourth Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2015

Mick Fanning WINS fourth Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2015

by DHD Surf

Mick Fanning WINS fourth Rip Curl Pro Bells beach on MF Ducks Nuts Replica.
Claims Gold Leader Jersey after closest final in CT history.

Mick Fanning WINS fourth Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2015
Photo – @WSL Kirstin

Mick’s victory drew him level with Australian great Mark Richards and 11-time world champ Kelly Slater with four Bells titles. Victory for Fanning today means that he is tied with Kelly Slater (USA) and Mark Richards (AUS) with four Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach wins each, the most in the event’s history. Fanning first won in 2001 as a wildcard and then again in 2012 and 2014. The three-time World Champion also ties with Andy Irons (HAW), who both have 20 CT event wins.

Mick Fanning has won a record-equalling fourth title at Bells Beach. Fanning on a path to his fourth World Title and he will take the gold leader jersey going into the third event WSL.

MF Ducks Nut Replica

The MF Ducks Nuts Replica available now. Our best selling Model for March 2015.

5’10  x  18 3/4  x  2 1/4  /  26.1
5’11  x  18 3/4  x  2 1/4  /  26.52
6’0  x  18 3/4  x  2 1/4  /  26.93
6’1  x  18 3/4  x  2 1/4  /  27.39

MF Ducks Nuts Replica


Closely followed by the JF DX1 which is what Stephanie Gilmore was surfing at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach event.

5’10  x  19 1/8  x  2 7/16  /  28.33
5’11  x  19 1/4  x  2 1/2  /  29.55
6’0  x  19 1/4  x  2 1/2  /  29.96
6’1  x  19 3/8  x  2 1/2  /  30.48
6’2  x  19 3/8  x  2 1/2  /  31
6’3  x  19 1/2  x  2 1/2  /  32.38




What is Mick Riding?
He is was riding the  MF Ducks Nuts Replica for Bells Beach.
5’11  x  18 3/4  x  2 1/4  /  26.52

“The difference of this years Quiver to last year is that we added a wider nose, decrease in Tail Rocker by an 1/8 of an inch, a smidgen taken of to lower the rail and the rest is Top Secret.”
– Darren Handley

MF Ducks Nut Replica