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3x World Champion Mick Fanning Announces His Retirement

3x World Champion Mick Fanning Announces His Retirement

by DHD Surf

3x World Champion Mick Fanning has just announced his retirement from the WSL World Championship Tour. He will surf the first two events of the 2018 season, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast and the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, and will retire from competitive surfing on the CT after his final heat in the famous Bells Bowl.

“I feel like I’ve just lost the drive to compete day-in day-out now,” says Mick. “It’s been something I’ve been doing for 17 years, and even before that through QS and Juniors, and I feel that I just can’t give it 100 per cent anymore. I’m just not enjoying it as much as I was in the past. I still love surfing, and I’m still super excited by it, but I feel that’s there’s other paths for me to take at this stage in my life.

“As for choosing to retire at Bells, I’ve always had in mind that my last event on Tour was going to be Bells. That’s basically where I started my career, it was my first ever CT win, and I feel really connected down there.”

Mick first joined the World Tour in 2002, after winning his first CT event as a wildcard entry at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach. It was a win that pushed him up into the elite levels of surfing, and a win that put his name on the map as a man who was going to make history.

In 2003, his first year on Tour, he won at Jeffrey’s Bay – a wave that went on to become one of his pet events – as well as one of the most pivotal moments in his career, and life, when he was attacked by a shark during the Final heat of the event in 2015.

In 2004, after two years of being on the World Tour, Mick sustained a career-threatening injury while surfing in the Mentawais, tearing his hamstring off the bone and putting him out of the water for months. But rather than give up, Mick took this injury and used it as motivation to come back even stronger. He was back competing on the World Tour by 2005, and just three years later won his first World Title.

Over the course of his career Mick has been through more than most of us could imagine. He’s seen both personal triumph and personal tragedy under the scrutiny of the public eye, worked through injuries that would have ended others’ careers, and punched a shark on live television, coming out completely physically unscathed.

Throughout all of that, he has won 3x World Championship Titles, 22x World Tour events, and completed 16 career tours.

“After so many years on tour, it’s been so fun,” says Mick. “It’s been a rollercoaster for sure, you have your peaks and valleys, but you know, when I look back on my time on tour it’s amazing memories – from building myself up to compete, to heat wins and event wins, celebrating with friends and just seeing places I never thought I’d even get to.”

From everyone here at DHD we are fortunate to have shared the journey and honoured that you have made us part of it. You are the major reason behind DHD’s success and make us all walk taller.

Congratulations on an incredible career, we can’t wait to begin the next chapter with you.

#CheersMick @mfanno

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Trestles Highlights

Trestles Highlights

by DHD Surf

The Southern California pointbreak provides the perfect stage to progress in this year’s World Title races between Matt Wilkinson & Stephanie Gilmore. Both already having worn the Yellow Leaders Jersey through out the first half of the season are locked on, focused and determinate on taking out the title.

Check out the DHD team taking over the Trestles lineup and find out what is in their quivers for the event.

 

Mick Fanning

Height: 177cm
Weight: 78kg

DNA – 5′ 11″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ with FCS II
DNA – 5′ 10″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 1/4″
DucksNuts – 6′ 0″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ *Round Tail
Sweet Spot 2.0 – 5′ 11″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 5/16″

Mick Fanning, Trestles
Mick Fanning, Trestles

 

Matt Wilkinson

Height: 180cm
Weight: 82kg
Stance: Goofy footer

DNA 6′ 0″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ with FCS II
DNA 6′ 1/2″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″
DNA 6′ 1 1/2″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″

Matt Wilkinson, Trestles
Matt Wilkinson, Trestles

 

Nat Young

Height: 180cm
Weight: 72kg
Stance: Goofy footer

DNA – 5′ 11″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ with FCS II
DNA – 6′ 0″ x 18 5/8″ x 2 3/8″
DNA – 6′ 1″ x 18 5/8″ x 2 3/8″
DNA – 6′ 2″ x 18 5/8″ x 2 3/8″

Nat Young, Trestles
Nat Young, Trestles

 

Jack Freestone

Height: 185cm
Weight: 88kg

DNA – 6′ 2″ x 19 3/16″ x 2 1/2″ with Futures
DX1 – 6′ 1″ x 19 3/16″ x 2 1/2″
DX1 – 6′ 2″ x 19 3/16″ x 2 1/2″

Jack Freestone, Trestles
Jack Freestone, Trestles

 

Ethan Ewing

Height: 180cm
Weight: 79kg

DNA – 5′ 11″ x 18 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ with Futures DNA – 6′ 0″ x 18 1/2″ x 2 1/4″
DNA – 6′ 1″ x 18 1/2″ x 2 1/4″

Ethan Ewing, Trestles
Ethan Ewing, Trestles
Ethan Ewing, Trestles

 

Steph Gilmore

Height: 178cm
Weight: 67kg

DNA – 5′ 9″ x 18 1/8″ x 2 3/16″ / 24L with FCS II
DNA – 5′ 10″ x 18 3/16″ x 2 3/16″ / 24.5L
DX1 – 5′ 9″ x 18 3/8″ x 2 3/16″
DX1 – 5′ 10″ x 18 3/8″ x 2 3/16″

Stephanie Gilmore, Trestles

 

Laura Enever

Height: 168cm
Weight: 51kg

DNA – 5′ 5″ x 18 1/4″ x 3 3/16″ with FCS II
DNA – 5′ 6″ x 18 1/4″ x 2 3/16″
DX1 – 5′ 11″ x 18 1/8″ x 2 3/16″ *Round Tail

Laura Enever, Trestles
Laura Enever, Trestles

JBAY Breakdown

by DHD Surf

Current World No. 1 Matt Wilkinson talks about his #JBAY quiver going into the event #CoronaOpenJBay

DNA – 6’0 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 – 28.25L FCS II
DNA – 5’11 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8
DNA – 6’1 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 – 28.75L
DNA – 6’1 1/2 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 – 28.95L
Ducksnuts – 6’3 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 – 28.95L *Round Tail

Height: 180cm
Weight: 82kg
Stance: Goofy footer

Matt Wilkinson JBAY Current World No. 1
Matt Wilkinson DHD DNA Surfboard - Photo T. Moran
Matt Wilkinson JBAY DHD DNA Surfboard

 

Mick Fanning was unstoppable taking out the JBAY event in 2016 on his swallowtail, channel bottom that worked to perfection. This time around there is a new found hunger and is more determined that ever to retain the win. 
Height: 177cm
Weight: 78kg

DNA – 5’10 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 – 26.2L
DNA – 5’11 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 – 26.26L
DNA – 5’11 1/2 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 – 26.4L
DNA – 6’0 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 – 26.5L
JBAY – 5’9 x 18 7/8 x 2 5/16 – 26.8L with a swallow tail, channel bottom & super light 4 x 4 glassing.
Ducksnuts – 6’0 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4

Mick Fanning JBAY DHD DNA Surfboard - Photo T. Moran
Mick Fanning JBAY DHD DNA Surfboard - Photo T. Moran

 

Jack Freestone
DX1 – 6’2 x 19 3/8 x 2 1/2 – 30.7L
DX1 – 6’2 x 19 3/8 x 2 1/2 – 30.7L

Height: 185cm
Weight: 88kg
Stance: Regular

Jack Freestone DHD DX1 Surfboard - Photo R. Miller
Jack Freestone JBAY DHD DX1 Surfboard

 

Ethan Ewing
DNA – 5’11 x 18 1/2 x 2 1/4 – 26.5L
DNA – 6’0 x 18 1/2 x 2 1/4 – 26.75L

Height: 180cm
Weight: 79kg
Stance: Regular

Ethan Ewing DHD DNA Surfboard - Photo T. Moran

 

Stephanie Gilmore ‘The Tempest’ by Monster Children

by Monster Children

It’s hard to go past Indonesia for a strike mission in the middle of the liturgical year. We scoured the archipelago from the comfort of our office chairs in search of a wave that compliments Steph’s particular set of skills. Steph was after “cute slabs” – the definition of which you’ll discover in due course—and while we weren’t blessed with days of waves, the one day of money was well worth the wait, and near-death experience of the boat ride back to base.

Stephanie Gilmore by Chris Gurney

The visual entrée to Stephanie Gilmore’s issue was directed by one of the most prolific in the surf film and photography game, Mr. Jon Frank. We headed to the far reaches of the Indonesian archipelago in search of the perfect right to compliment Steph’s surfing, and well, we found it. The film was then scored and performed by classical pianist and producer Alberto Bof; lines this original demand an original composition. Here’s two days on a leaky boat through the rose-tinted specs of the eternally peppy, Miss Stephanie Gilmore. Enjoy.

Stephanie Gilmore by Chris Gurney

Read more on – monsterchildren.com

 

Behind The Curtain with Darren Handley & EpoxiCORE

by DHD Surf

A behind the scenes into how EpoxiCORE was conceived and brought to market with Darren Handley.

Over thirty years of designing and shaping DHD surfboards has led Darren Handley to create a board that brings together the positive attributes of both traditional fibreglass and epoxy construction. The development team embraced the project as we explored new technology, design and manufacturing techniques.

Darren Handley in the Shaping Bay - DHD EpoxiCore

Mick Fanning EpoxiCORE Switchblade

5’8 x 19 1/8 x 2 3/8 — 27.2 ltrs

Mick Fanning EpoxiCORE Switchblade

 

Jack Freestone EpoxiCORE DX1

6’0 x 19 1/8 x 2 1/2 – 29 Ltrs

Jack Freestone EpoxiCORE DX1

Steph Gilmore EpoxiCORE Switchblade

5’7 x 18 5/8 x 2 3/16 — 24.8 ltrs

Steph Gilmore EpoxiCORE Switchblade
DHD EpoxiCore

EpoxiCore now available in-stores in the USA and Australia or online! Check online for stockists to get yours!

Film by Mysurf.tv, FCS and Surfing Australia
Footage by Nimai Strickland, Conrad Petzsch-Kunze

FCS II – Darren Handley ‘DHD’ Shaper Fin

by DHD Surf

Darren Handley designed this fin to be versatile enough to use every day on most of the board models in the DHD range. The DHD Fin is essentially geared for controlled tight pocket turns, but it will also perform driving cutbacks on the open face.

The tip is slightly tapered, which also promotes nice tail release when pushed a little harder through a turn.

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Darren Handley's Signature Thruster & Tri-Quad Fin Set