What I’m Riding

‘What I’m Riding’ Garut Widiarta

‘What I’m Riding’ Garut Widiarta

by DHD Surf

Garut is one of the most recognizable Indonesian surfers in the world. Born and raised in Kuta he started surfing at the age of 9 at his home break Half Ways. In 2010 he won Oakley’s Indosection, a bonus feature round of Taylor Steele’s Innersection project.

The young surfer prefers long barrels, but isn’t afraid to bust massive aerial maneuvers. Outside of surfing he is known for his laid-back demeanor and ever-present smile. As of late he has shied away from the competitive surf scene and has become one of the most recognizable free surfers in the world.

Garut has been riding for DHD for 2 years now and his quiver consists of a Semi- Gun, the Ducks Nuts, a Sweet Spot, and a Switch Blade (not pictured). Recently Garut surfed his Sweet Spot in firing 6-foot surf at Padang Padang for the 2012 Rip Curl Cup. “I love Bali, the surf is just so consistent here and nowhere else is there this quality of waves. On the east side you have fun waves, and down on the bukit and on the west side you can get massive barreling waves. Nothing compares to that feeling of a big long barrel. But if I couldn’t live here I’d probably want to live on the Gold Coast,” said Garut.

“Right now I have the Sweet Spot, which goes real good in barreling waves, the Ducks Nuts, a Semi-Gun, and the Switch Blade. The Switch Blade goes really well in smaller surf and is perfect for landing airs. Working with DH has really improved my surfing; he knows exactly what changes to make to the board design to make them go better for each of his surfers. I’m lucky that Darren has a factory here in Bali so I can get my boards more frequently and the quality of boards made here at the DHD factory is right up there with the best in the world.”

Adriano and Alejo ‘What I’m Riding’ Santa Cruz Edition

Adriano and Alejo ‘What I’m Riding’ Santa Cruz Edition

by Ryan

Adriano and Alejo have their hands full today in round 5 of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic. First up in heat number 1 team rider Alejo Muniz faces fellow Brazilian Gabriel Medina. Medina is coming off a controversial loss at the RipCurl Portugal and would like nothing more than to redeem himself in Santa Cruz. This heat will showcase the progressive up and coming talent Brazil has to offer. It will come down to who chooses the right waves, picks the best line, and more than likely pulls of the biggest airs. Alejo will be riding the MF Ducks Nuts, an extremely responsive board with single to double concave, which creates smooth rail-to-rail transitions. Its flatter front entry creates heaps of drive and is a great board for high performance waves like Steamer Lane.

In heat number four Adriano De Souza takes on the always dangerous Kelly Slater, who is campaigning for his 12th ASP World Title. However, Adriano has had a solid year with a win at J-Bay, a second place finish at the Quiksilver Pro, a 3rd place finish at Trestles, and another 3rd place finish in Portugal. Adriano will be riding the DX1, the same model he won J-Bay on. The DX1 is a fast, responsive, user-friendly board that can handle a variety of conditions from 6 foot J-Bay to 2 foot beach breaks. Adriano knows what it takes to beat Slater, having beaten him in the Portugal Final last year.

Both Alejo and Adriano have the ability and equipment under their feet to win their heats and move deeper in to the competition. These heats are going to showcase progressive surfing at it’s best and will be very exciting to watch. Stay tuned to dhdsurf.com for more team updates.

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‘What I’m Riding Jr’ Sandon Whittaker

‘What I’m Riding Jr’ Sandon Whittaker

by Ryan