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Highlights from the Surf Ranch

Highlights from the Surf Ranch

by DHD Surf

Thank you to the WSL for the great event! Congrats Stephanie Gilmore with runner-up and keeping the Yellow Leader’s jersey into France. Checkout the team highlights from the Surf Ranch event.

Stephanie Gilmore throwing down the highest wave score throughout the qualifying round.

Stephanie Gilmore - Surf Ranch
Stephanie Gilmore - Surf Ranch
Stephanie Gilmore - Surf Ranch

Steph’s boards of choice for the Ranch were the
J-BAY four-channel swallow tail 5’9 x 18 1/2 x 2 3/16 at 24.5L #ProSeries
DNA 5’10 x 18 5/16 x 2 3/16 #ProSeries

Stephanie Gilmore - Surf Ranch
Stephanie Gilmore - Surf Ranch
Stephanie Gilmore - Surf Ranch
Stephanie Gilmore - Surf Ranch
Stephanie Gilmore - Surf Ranch
Stephanie Gilmore - Surf Ranch

 

 

Owen Wright was in fine form over the event. He is surfing the new Flat Deck and 13″ wide nose WILKO F13 #ProSeries model.

Forehand / 5’11 1/2 x 19 x 2 5/16 at 28L
Backhand / 6’0 1/2 x 18 15/16 x 2 5/16 at 28L
Height 6’3, Weight 78kg

Owen Wright - Surf Ranch
Owen Wright - Surf Ranch
Owen Wright - Surf Ranch
Owen Wright - Surf Ranch
Owen Wright - Surf Ranch
Owen Wright - Surf Ranch
Owen Wright - Surf Ranch

 

 

Matt Wilkinson (@mattwilko8) putting his signature model WILKO F13 through its paces at the Surf Ranch.

WILKO F13 – 5’10 1/2 x 19 3/16 x 2 5/16 at 28L #ProSeries #FlatDeck

Matt Wilkinson - Surf Ranch
Matt Wilkinson - Surf Ranch
Matt Wilkinson - Surf Ranch
Matt Wilkinson - Surf Ranch
Matt Wilkinson - Surf Ranch
Matt Wilkinson - Surf Ranch
Matt Wilkinson - Surf Ranch

 

 

Bronte Macaulay (@brontemacaulay) – DNA 5’8 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 at 24L

Bronte Macaulay - Surf Ranch
Bronte Macaulay - Surf Ranch
Bronte Macaulay - Surf Ranch
Bronte Macaulay - Surf Ranch

Training Days at the Surf Ranch

by DHD Surf

In a world first Surfing Australia’s National Squad, Mick Fanning, Steph Gilmore, Matt Wilkinson, Owen Wright, Ethan Ewing and Bronte Macaulay were able to train at the World Surf League’s (WSL) Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California to support their high-performance training needs heading towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

This was the perfect opportunity for Darren Handley to be apart of the development and testing of the team’s equipment for the wave pool and to provide real-time feedback.

There’s No Better Way Of Testing Surfboards

“I did six months worth of testing in a week. Even growing up and living on the Gold Coast where we get consistent quality waves, it takes time to get surfers on their boards, receive the feedback and then implement it. That week the surfers had 24 waves each day; 12 lefts and 12 rights. I was either on the jetski, watching from the water (and hoping they would fall off the wave so I could catch it) or watching on the big screen. Add the video footage and all the surfers having their coaches on hand for immediate analysis and you could see the progression hour-to-hour.”

View the full article – DHD Team take on the KSWAVECO Surf Ranch

 

Matt Wilkinson - Surf Ranch

Matt Wilkinson (@mattwilko8) putting his signature model WILKO F13 through its paces at the Surf Ranch. The F13 was specifically designed for the speed and shape of the wave. It gives the perfect balance of performance needed for such a small powerfull wave.

Matt is surfing his F13 5’10 1/2 x 19 3/16 x 2 5/16 at 28L on his forehand and the 5’11 x 19 x 2 5/16 at 28L for his backhand.

 

Owen Wright on the DX1 - WSL Surf Ranch

Owen Wright (@owright) was ripping in the pool on his DX1 6’3 x 18 3/16 x 2 3/8 at 28L for most waves but end up changing over to 5’11 1/2 and 6’0 1/2 WILKO F13 after surfing Matt Wilkonsons’s 5’11 at 28L. Tho it was shorter he felt that the flat deck had the added sensitivity and responsiveness he was looking for.

On Owen’s forehand he is using the 5’11 1/2 x 19 x 2 5/16 at 28L WILKO F13 and for his backhand the 6’0 1/2 x 18 15/16 x 2 5/16 at 28L WILKO F13.

 

Ethan Ewing - Wave Pool

Ethan Ewing (@ethan_ewing) on his go to short board the DNA 6’0 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 at 28L.

 

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Stephanie Gilmore (@stephaniegilmore) too decided that Mick’s J-Bay four-channel swallow tail worked best for her on the right. The wave has a lot of power. I snapped a board and a few others were creased but she loved the drive that the channels provided.

JBAY 5’9 x 18 1/2 x 2 3/16 at 24.5L

She may opt. to ride her DNA 5’10 x 18 3/8 x 2 3/16 at 24.3L for her backhand.

 

Mick Fanning The Surf Ranch

Power house Mick Fanning on the DNA 5’10 x 19 x 2 5/16 at 26.5L

 

 

Darren Handley DNA - Surf Ranch

DH was lucky enough drop into a few waves on his DNA 5’11 x 19 1/4 x 2 1/2 at 31.5L

 

 

Glen Hall - Wilko F13 Surf Ranch

Master coach Glen Hall (@microsurfacademy) keeping on point with the WILKO F13 5’8 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/16 at 25L

 

Bronte Macaulay (@brontemacaulay) was on her DNA 5’8 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 at 24L

Footage – Surfing Australia (@surfingaus)

DHD Team take on the KSWAVECO Surf Ranch

DHD Team take on the KSWAVECO Surf Ranch

by DHD Surf

Darren Handley’s Findings After a Week at the Surf Ranch

With 30 years’ experience making surfboards and a team of riders that includes Mick Fanning, Steph Gilmore, Matt Wilkinson, Owen Wright, Ethan Ewing and Bronte Macaulay, you might think Darren Handley knows all there is to know about making a surfboard. Yet, just as for the surfers, the Surf Ranch provides a new challenge for shapers. After spending a week with his A-team in the tub he walked away with plenty to think about. Here’s his key findings.

Same Models, Different Dimensions

“We brought all the models that we had been working on with each surfer but within a few days it was apparent that they all preferred to ride shorter boards. Most of them dropped down an inch from what they consider their normal shortboards. Owen was the most drastic. He normally rides a 6’2″ or 6’3″ but went down to a 5’11 1/2 by the end. However across the team none of the surfers preferred their epoxy models and stuck to PU.”

Two Waves, Two Boards

“The surfers decided to use different boards for the left and the right. On their backhand they were able to generate more power. So the were riding boards an inch longer than on their forehands. On the forehand they wanted to be tighter in the pocket, so they used a smaller board.”

No Such Thing As A Favorite Board

“With events at Snapper, Bells, Keramas and Tahiti, the surfers only go either left or right, so they may adjust their equipment for those events. After a week at the Surf Ranch the idea that they had a favorite-sized board went out the window. It changes according to the wave.”

There Was Cross-Pollination

“It wasn’t until almost the last day that Owen had a go of one of Wilko’s boards and had his mind blown. They were shorter with a bit more volume than what he is used to, but they worked for him in the pool. So I’ll tweak that model for Owen for the Surf Ranch Pro. Steph too decided that Mick’s J-Bay six-channel swallowtail worked best for her on the right. The wave has a lot of power. I snapped a board and a few others were creased but she loved the drive that the channels provided. It’s rare for surfers to swap boards, but it worked over there.”

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There’s No Better Way Of Testing Surfboards

“I did six months worth of testing in a week. Even growing up and living on the Gold Coast where we get consistent quality waves, it takes time to get surfers on their boards, receive the feedback and then implement it. That week the surfers had 24 waves each day; 12 lefts and 12 rights. I was either on the jetski, watching from the water (and hoping they would fall off the wave so I could catch it) or watching on the big screen. Add the video footage and all the surfers having their coaches on hand for immediate analysis and you could see the progression hour-to-hour.”

It’s All In The Fins

My gut feeling is that you need way more flex in the fins. That’s maybe due to surfing in freshwater and the power of the wave, but playing with both the density and size of the fins will be a huge factor.

Wilko testing his fins' flex at the Surf Ranch.
Wilko testing his fins’ flex at the Surf Ranch.

This Is Just The Start

“With surfers not needing to paddle, the volume in the boards will decrease. They’ll be riding smaller, thinner boards. That means the equipment will be way more refined and responsive. That will be one of the biggest adjustments that shapers and surfers will make. When they do, the performances will raise again. This is just the start and it will be fascinating to see where it all goes.”