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Fiji Highlights

Fiji Highlights

by DHD Surf

Fiji is in full swing and Cloudbreak delivers. View the team‘s quiver break down and highlights so far.

Mick Fanning, Cloudbreak
Mick Fanning, Cloudbreak

 

Mick Fanning with his SweetSpot 2.0 getting ready for battle.

Mick Fanning, Cloudbreak

Sweetspot 2.0 – 5’11 x 18 3/4 x 2 5/16
Sweetspot 2.0 – 6’1 x 18 3/4 x 2 5/16
DNA – 5’11 1/2 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 at 26.6L
Ducksnuts – 6’0 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 *Round Tail
Ducksnuts – 6’1 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 at 26.75L *Round Tail
Ducksnuts – 6’3 x 18 3/4 x 2 5/16 at 27.44L *Round Tail
Ducksnuts – 6’4 x 18 9/16 x 2 3/8  *Round Tail
Ducksnuts – 6’6 x 18 9/16 x 2 3/8 *Round Tail

 

Matt Wilkinson is looking in rhythm and dialed in with his boards out at Fiji.
Height: 180cm
Weight: 82kg
Stance: Goofy footer

Matt Wilkinson, Cloudbreak
Matt Wilkinson, Cloudbreak

DNA – 6’0 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 – 28.25L FCS II
DNA – 6’1 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 – 28.62L
Ducksnuts – 6’3 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 – 28.43L *Round Tail
Ducksnuts – 6′ 4″ x 18 3/4 x 2 9/16 *Round Tail
Ducksnuts – 6′ 6″ x 18 3/4 x 2 5/8 *Round Tail
Ducksnuts – 6′ 8″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 1/2 *Round Tail

 

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

Nat Young, Cloudbreak
Nat Young, Cloudbreak

DNA – 5’11 x 18 5/8 x 2 5/16 *Round Tail with Futures
DNA – 6’0 x 18 5/8 x 2 3/8″ *Round Tail with FCS II
DNA – 6’1 x 18 5/8 x 2 3/8 *Round Tail
Ducksnuts – 6’2 x 18 5/8 x 2 3/8 *Pin Tail
Ducksnuts – 6’4 x 18 5/8 x 2 3/8 *Pin Tail
Ducksnuts – 6’6 x 18 5/8 x 2 3/8 *Pin Tail

 

Jack Freestone
Height: 185cm
Weight: 80kg
Stance: Regular

Jack Freestone, Cloudbreak
Jack Freestone, Cloudbreak

DX1 – 6’2 x 19 1/4 x 2 1/2 – 30.12L *Round Square Tail with Futures
DX1 – 6′ 3 x 19 1/4 x 2 1/2 – 31.11L *Round Square Tail
DX1 – 6′ 3 x 19 1/4 x 2 1/2 – 31.25L *Round Tail
Ducksnuts – 6’6 x 19 1/8 x 2 1/2 – 31.55L *Round Tail
Ducksnuts – 6’8 x 19 1/8 x 2 1/2 – 32.33L *Round Tail

 

Ethan Ewing taking on some firing waves out in the line up at Cloudbreak.
Height: 180cm
Weight: 79kg
Stance: Regular

Ethan Ewing, Cloudbreak

Ethan Ewing receiving a warm, Fijian welcome.

Ethan Ewing, Cloudbreak

DNA – 5’11
Sweetspot 2.0 – 5’11
DNA – 6’0
Ducksnuts – 6’1
Ducksnuts – 6’2
Ducksnuts – 6’3
Ducksnuts – 6’4
Ducksnuts – 6’6

Brazil Highlights

Brazil Highlights

by DHD Surf

The new stage is set for Brazils, Saquarema and is expected to deliver some world class waves and high drama. Our Stephanie Gilmore who remains in No. 1 on the WSL’s Leep Leaderboard, retaining the yellow jersey is looking positioned to make a run for her seventh World Title.

The DNA model is consistently the team’s board of choice with each having setup sizes ready if the waves start pumping.

Check out what is in our team riders quiver.

Mick Fanning
Height: 177cm  Weight: 76kg

DNA 5’11 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 – FCS II
DNA 5’11 1/2 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4
DNA 6’0 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4″
DNA 6’1 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4″
JBAY 5’11 x 19 1/4 x 2 1/2

 

Nat Young
Height: 180cm Weight: 72kg

DNA 6’0 x 18 5/8 x 2 3/8 – FCS II
DNA 6’1 x 18 5/8 x 2 3/8
DNA 6’2 x 18 5/8 x 2 3/8
DNA 6’4 x 18 5/8 x 2 3/8
DNA 6’6 x 18 5/8 x 2 3/8
DX1 5’11 x 18 3/4 x 2 5/16

 

Jack Freestone - Saquerema Jack Freestone - Saquerema

Jack Freestone
Height: 185cm Weight: 80kg

DNA 6’0 x 19 1/8 x 2 1/2 – Futures
DNA 6’1 x 19 1/8 x 2 1/2
DNA 6′ 1/2 x 19 1/8 x 2 1/2
Ducksnuts – 6’2 x 19 1/8 x 2 1/2 *Round Tail
DX1 6’1 x 19 1/4 x 2 1/2
DX1 6’2 x 19 1/4 x 2 1/2

 

Matt Wilkinson - Saquerema Matt Wilkinson - Saquerema

Matt Wilkinson
Height: 180cm  Weight: 82kg

MF ‘JBay’ – 5’11 x 19 x 2 7/16 – FCS II
DNA
 – 5’11 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8
DNA – 6’0 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8
DNA – 6’0 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8
Ducksnuts – 6’3 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8

 

Ethan Ewing - Saquerema

Ethan Ewing
Height: 180cm Weight: 72kg

DNA 5’11 x 18 7/16 x 2 1/4 – Futures
DNA 5’11 x 18 1/2″ x 2 1/4
DNA 5’11 x 18 5/8 x 2 1/4
DNA 6’0 x 18 7/16″ x 2 1/4
Ducksnuts 6′ 1 x 18 1/2 x 2 1/4 *Round Tail

 

Stephanie Gilmore - Saquerema Brazil

Steph Gilmore
Height: 178cm Weight: 67kg

DNA 5’9 x 18 5/16 x 2 3/16 FCS II
DNA 5’9 1/2 x 18 3/8 x 2 3/16
DNA 6’0 x 18 5/16 x 2 3/16
DNA 6’2 x 18 5/16 x 2 3/16
DX1 5’9 x 18 3/8 x 2 3/16
DX1 5’10 x 18 3/8 x 2 3/16

 

Laura Enever - Saquerema Laura Enever - Saquerema

Laura Enever
Height: 168cm Weight: 51kg

DX1 EPOXICORE – 5’7 x 18 x 2 1/8 FCS II
DNA 5’6 x 18 1/4 x 2 3/16
DNA – 5’6 x 18 3/8 x 2 1/8
DX1 5’7 x 18 1/8 x 2 1/8 *Round Tail
DX1 5’9 x 18 x 2 1/8 *Round Tail

 

Bronte MaCaulay - Saquerema Brazil

Bronte MaCaulay
Height: 165cm Weight: 60kg

DX1 – 5’8 x 18 3/8 x 2 1/4 – Futures
DX1 – 5’10 x 18 3/8 x 2 1/4
DNA 5’7 1/2 x 18 7/16 x 2 1/4
Ducksnuts – 5’10 x 18 3/8 x 2 1/4 x *Round Tail

Bells Beach Highlights

Bells Beach Highlights

by DHD Surf

Starting off the first day of competing with a full day of ripping for the WSL’s Woman CT heats has left Steph Gilmore ready to battle out through round 4. With Gilmore still holding the Jeep Leader’s yellow jersey, her long drawn-out lines and deep rail work will make her a force to be reckoned with at the Bells Bowl.

While the waves have been pumping the rest of the team have made the most of the time to dial in their boards and prepare for their campaign.

Stephanie Gilmore Bells Beach
Stephanie Gilmore Bells Beach

Steph Gilmore
Height: 178cm Weight: 67kg

DNA – 6’0 x 18 5/16 x 2 3/16 with a Round Tail.
DNA – 6’0 x 18 5/16 x 2 3/16 with a Round Tail and glassed heavier for bigger conditions.

 

Nat Young DHD Quiver Bells Beach
Nat Young Bells Beach
Nat Young Bells Beach

Nat Young
Height: 180cm Weight: 72kg

Nat is loving how light and fast his boards are feeling. Each DNA has a mix of different tail types ready for any conditions.

DNA 5′ 11 x 18 5/8 x 2 5/16 *Round Tail
DNA 5′ 11 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 *Squash Tail
DNA 5′ 11 x 18 5/8 x 2 5/16
DNA 6′ 0 x 18 5/8 x 2 3/8
DNA 6′ 0 x 18 5/8 x 2 3/8

 

Mick Fanning Bells Beach
Mick Fanning Bells Beach
Mick Fanning Bells Beach

Mick Fanning
Height: 177cm  Weight: 76kg

Amongst Fanning‘s, quiver is the ‘Tour Tail’ which gains more drive and hold for bigger without needing to go to a ‘Pin Tail’. The tail is similar to the DNA model, but more defined with a slight ‘hip’ and a straighter square bottom edge finishing it off.

DNA 5′ 11 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 with MF Tour Spray
DNA 5′ 11 1/2 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4
DNA 6′ 0 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4
DNA 6′ 1 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4

Fanning has a line-up of ‘JBay‘ boards that have been kept on ice if the conditions are clean.

JBay 5’9 x 18 7/8 x 2 5/16  26.8
JBay 5’10 x 19 x 2 5/16  27.8
JBay 5’11 x 19 1/8 x 2 3/8  28.5
JBay 6’0 x 19 1/4 x 2 7/16  29.8

 

Matt Wilkinson, Winkipop
Matt Wilkinson, Winkipop

Matt Wilkinson
Height: 180cm  Weight: 82kg

6 x DNA – 6’0 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 *Squash Tail
DNA – 6’0 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 with a Pin Tail

 

Jack Freestone Bells Beach
Jack Freestone Bells Beach, Winkipop
Jack Freestone Bells Beach, Winkipop

Jack Freestone
Height: 185cm Weight: 80kg

After a successful campaign at Margaret River, Freestone is sticking to the larger size boards in his quiver.

Ducksnuts *Round Tail – 6’2 x 19 1/8 x 2 1/2
DNA – 6’0 x 19 1/8 x 2 1/2
DNA – 6’1 x 19 1/8 x 2 1/2 with Channel bottom
DX1 – 6’0 x 19 1/8 x 2 1/2

 

Ethan Ewing Bells Beach
Ethan Ewing Bells Beach

Ethan Ewing
Height: 180cm Weight: 72kg

DNA – 5’11 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4
DNA – 5’11 1/2 x 18 5/8 x 2 1/4
DNA – 6’0 x 18 7/16 x 2 1/4

 

Laura Enever Bells Beach
Laura Enever Bells Beach

Laura Enever
Height: 168cm Weight: 51kg

DNA 5’5 x 18 3/8 x 2 1/8
DNA 5’6 x 18 1/4 x 2 3/16
DNA 5’7 x 18 1/8 x 2 1/8 *Round Tail

 

Isabella Nichols Bells Beach

Isabella Nichols

DNA 5′ 8 1/2 x 18 1/4 x 2 1/8
DX1 – 5′ 8 1/2 x 18 1/4 x 2 1/8

Snapper Highlights

Snapper Highlights

by DHD Surf
Mick Fanning Snapper

Mick Fanning
DNA 5’11 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4
Height: 177cm  Weight: 76kg

Matt Wilkinson
DNA 5’11 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8
Height: 180cm  Weight: 82kg

Jack Freestone Snapper

Jack Freestone
DX1 6’0 x 19 1/8 x 2 1/2
Height: 185cm Weight: 80kg

Stephanie Gilmore - Snapper

Steph Gilmore
DNA 5’9 1/2 x 18 3/8 x 2 3/16

Height: 178cm Weight: 67kg

Ethan Ewing - Snapper

Ethan Ewing
DNA 5’11 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4
Height: 180cm Weight: 72kg

Laura Enever - Snapper

Laura Enever
DNA 5’6 x 18 3/8 x 2 1/8
Height: 168cm Weight: 51kg

Alyssa Lock - Snapper

Alyssa Lock
DNA 5’8 x 18 1/8 x 2 3/16

Mick Fanning Wins at J Bay

Mick Fanning Wins at J Bay

by DHD Surf

DHD is more than excited to congratulate team mate Mick Fanning on his second win of the season in South Africa.


image courtesy of FCS

The waves were pumping for the final, and it couldn’t have been a better match up. Mick faced off against fellow Cooly kid Joel Parkinson, defeating him in the end 17.00 to 13.60.

Mick rode his DHD MF Ducks Nuts, bolstered by carbon reinforcement and lightened by a 4×4 Team glass job.


image courtesy of FCS

“Darren and I looked back to my boards from 2006 & 2002 (JBay victories), picked out what was working and improved the rest.” – Mick Fanning

“Mick’s current Ducks Nuts is the sum of years and years of research and development. Everything that makes the board the what it is today is based on what Mick and I have worked on together.” – Darren Handley

The DHD Team at Snapper

The DHD Team at Snapper

by DHD Surf

2014 is on, and we’re as excited as ever. The team are pumped and focused on victory, and here at DHD we’re pumped and focused on creating the right equipment to carry them there.

“Congrats again Mick, it was a great night at the ASP awards night, 2013 was another exciting year done and dusted.

 

Now 2014 is rolling in with a bang, looking like we’re going to be getting some good surf for the start of the comp 3-4ft all weekend with good winds.

I’ve been making a bunch of boards for Mick, Steph, & Wilko, and they are looking very sharp, perfect for Snapper and the expected conditions.

I’ve also been busy making a couple of boards for a few of the crew coming in from around the world that want to test out my boards at the event.

Good luck to all the guys and girls, can’t wait for another year of running around the world chasing the team around while the search is on for their next world title.” – Darren Handley

WHAT THEY’RE RIDING

 

 

 

Keep your eyes open at the comp and you just might spot Owen Wright, Alana Blanchard, Mitch Crews, Taj Burrow & Jeremy Flores with some fresh DHD’s under their arms at Snapper.

 

Matt Wilkinson DHD

Matt Wilkinson DHD

by DHD Surf

DHD Surf welcomes Matt Wilkinson to the team this year, he’s a surfer with his own unique style in more ways than one.

Darren Handley has the following to say about this great addition to the DHD Family;

I’ve been working with Wilko – last year making him a few boards and helping him re qualify for 2014. This year Wilko has a new lease on life, now being 25 he’s ready to start training and get a little more serious about competing on the WCT.

I am really looking forward to making Wilko some good boards, getting some good feedback, and seeing some great results from him this year.

Matt is such a character in surfing (I’m sure you’ve seen his crazy wetsuits) and is always keen to test out some of our more interesting models & designs. You’ll be seeing some great clips coming your way of some of his test flights.

 

I’ve followed Matt’s progress through all his life, and he’s an amazing surfing especially on his back hand. I don’t want Matt to loose any of the character in the way he surfs and the way he treats himself, just add a bit more professionalism.

I expect to see some great things from the combination of Matt & my boards.
Welcome to the team Matt! I can’t wait to see your first CT event at Snapper this year.

At the DHD Factory we’re certainly happy to see more of Wilko’s personality around the place and look forward to seeing what 2014 brings for the DHD Team.

Surfing on Bling

Surfing on Bling

by DHD Surf

We’ve been tinkering away in the secret drawing rooms at DHD Surf, when hot pink inspiration struck. Why not do something for the girls?

Not that all girls like hot pink and mirror-shine inlays, but hey you’ve got to admit you haven’t seen much like this before.

“Loving this board #surfonbling” – Alyssa Lock’s instagram account

“The concept behind the bling board idea is to bring a little fun, personality, and colour to our boards.” Said Darren Handley “We’ve had great fun picking out the fabrics, you wouldn’t believe how these boards shine in person.”

While the “bling board” is a budding concept for now, here at DHD we are looking forward to developing the idea, seeing where it takes us. You might even see some mermaid scales in the water soon 😉

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