Switch Blade

‘What I’m Riding Jr’ Sandon Whittaker

‘What I’m Riding Jr’ Sandon Whittaker

by Ryan

 

Although he is only 12, Central Coast surfer Sandon Whittaker is already a powerhouse that we here at DHD have nicknamed the ‘mini-unit.’ His stocky frame and powerful style are reminiscent of Occy and Tom Carroll in their younger years. He has already developed a familiarity with the ocean that many fall to achieve at such a young age, which is evident in his surfing abilities in both competitions and free surfs.

Andy Tuttle, DHD Junior Team Manager, has nothing but good things to say about this up-and-comer, “Sandy is a little legend. He surfs with power but also with a bit of finesse, and he can do aerials, which makes him an all around surfer. A lot of kids do one thing really good and stick to their strong points, but Sandon does it all. He is always pumped to surf and a pleasure to be around.”

Sandon has been riding DHD’s for 3 years and is a key component of our Grom Squad. So far this year Sandy has had some favourable results including three 2nd place finishes at the Volcom VQS at D’bah, the Barton Lynch Blast Off, and most recently the RipCurl GromSearch Jan Juc, where he also won the Rising Star Award. This award is given out to the surfer that shows the most potential and embodies sportsmanship.

“I feel very special being part of the DHD team, each board DH makes for me tests my ability and pushes me to the next level. Darren and Andy are so cool, they love getting feed back about the boards and Darren really listens to how team riders feel that their boards are going. To get a smaller version of a pro’s board customized for you is the best feeling ever. Sometimes I pick up a new sled and am frothing so hard I can’t decide what turns I want to do first. When I watch the older team riders like Luke Hynd, Garrett Parks or Mick flaring I know I can make the same turns cause I’ve got the same tools, Yew, Luv DHD!!! Thanks Darren and Andy!” –Sandon

When he is not in the water you can find Sandon refining his skills at the skate park. His devotion to surfing is unmatched by most surfers his age and his abilities in the water speak volumes of his dedication. We here at DHD look forward to watching him progress as an athlete and ambassador of the sport.

Project15  Next Gen:

This 4’11” is about the 6th Project 15 I’ve had from DH, this one is wider than usual, made for the really small days so you can do the same turns in small waves as you do on good days but without all the bouncing. An insane board for small comp days, gets tighter in the pocket and can still go vert in 1 foot. The board all my mates are after!!!

Switch Blade:

Darren made me this one because I saw Jordy Smith and Mick tearing on them. The fastest small wave grom board ever, puts the speed in your surfing for all the grom air attempts.

DX1:

When the waves are cranking the DX1 is THE board, it handles punchy reef and point breaks and has a little more bottom curve so you can get right in the pocket. From East Coast beachies to pointbreaks my DX1 does the same stuff as my Project but in a bit punchier waves. Don’t have to think with this board it’s that responsive. It is SICK!!!

 DX1- Step Up:

When the waves get bigger than 5 foot this board is my step up, at 5’4″ is paddles heaps easier so I get more waves and can get down them earlier, goes super fast but because of the pulled in tail I can still make big arching turns.

AG

The Switch Blade

The Switch Blade

by DHD Surf

 

The Switch Blade is a small wave performer, designed for the 1-5ft range as a fast and loose option for all skill levels. With a wide rounded square tail, flatter rocker and straighter plan shape, this model paddles easily and generates plenty of speed straight off the mark.

 

The single concave vee that is more like a concaved vee allows for smooth rail to rail transition, which is needed with the extra width.  A flatter deck with medium boxy rail, this model has plenty of flotation and bite in smaller conditions. The fins are angled to allow for loose release in small and larger conditions whilst maintain speed through turns.

 

The model is glassed 4x4x4 with tail carbon patches for extra strength. This design is a great option for the surfer looking for performance, speed and paddle power in smaller days and will handle whatever you can throw at it.

 

DHD Comments: The ‘Switch Blade’, this is my latest spin off from the wide tails boards we are seeing the pro’s riding lately. Ever since Dayne Reynolds grabbed the world’s attention with his Dumpster Diver, this style of board has become the in thing at the moment. All my team have been asking for it which created the Project 15 and now the Switch Blade. I was sitting in LA having a few beers with some mates and I thought it would be a good name.

 

The Switch Blade is designed for having fun and performance surfing in small or fun surf. The extra foam

 

running through a wider, shorter plan shape creates a small, fast, loose and fun ride. I have also incorporated this unique single concave vee through the bottom that I don’t use in my other models. It creates heaps of speed and allows for fast powerful turning in small waves. Mitch Colebourne has been riding this model a heap and it is fast becoming another go to option for my team when the waves are small and fun.

 

I reckon just about any surfer can ride a Switch Blade, it has the paddle power and forgiveness for beginners and intermediate surfers to progress their surfing and have heaps of fun. It can also handle the power and deliver the performance of advanced to pro surfers. If you want to have some fun and throw the tail around in small days, the Switch Blade is definitely an option worth looking at.

 

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Fins: Thruster
Rail: Medium  boxy
Tail: wide mini diamond
Skill level: beginner to pro
Rocker: low nose, medium bellow, low tail
Glassing: 4x4x4 carbon flaps tail
Bottom: single concave vee