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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.”

Stephanie Gilmore, winner of the 2018 Corona Open J-Bay

Stephanie Gilmore, winner of the 2018 Corona Open J-Bay

by DHD Surf

Congratulations to the always stylish, always graceful Stephanie Gilmore on an epic win at the Corona Open J-Bay.

Stephanie Gilmore, winner of the 2018 Corona Open J-Bay
Stephanie Gilmore, winner of the 2018 Corona Open J-Bay

DNA, Round Tail 5’10 x 18 5/8 x 2 5/16 at 24.7L #ProSeries

Stephanie Gilmore, winner of the 2018 Corona Open J-Bay
Stephanie Gilmore, winner of the 2018 Corona Open J-Bay

Watch the hightlights from the final heat Lakey Peterson vs. Stephanie Gilmore – Corona Open J-Bay.

Owen Wright joins the DHD Team

Owen Wright joins the DHD Team

by DHD Surf

DHD is excited to announce that Owen Wright has joined the DHD Team.

Owen was looking for something different in his boards and after a couple of months of testing with Darren Handley he took the next step and competed on DHD in the WSL Championship Tour events at Uluwatu & Keramas.

Owen Wright - DHD DNA

Owen said, “I started working with Darren on some boards leading up to the CT events in Bali and straight away I felt my surfing lift. I am stoked to announce that I am now part of the DHD team and I am looking forward to working with the people at DHD. Of course a World Title is what I am surfing for, you never know these boards may be what I need to get me over the line”.

Darren added, “I have always had a huge amount of respect for Owen, he is an absolute professional and great guy to work with. I feel that my experience can assist him climb the CT rankings, on top of that the crew at DHD are psyched to have Owen join us, so smiles all round”.

Owen is the first new athlete signed by DHD since Jack Perry assumed the role of DHD and Modom Team Manager. Jack has brought fresh ideas to DHD and has challenged our previous thought process. We look forward to further athletes joining DHD and Modom as Jack identifies emerging and existing talent.

Breaking down the boards in the quiver for J-BAY

DNA
6′ 3″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ at 28.5L – Tour Tail
6′ 3″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ at 28.5L – Tour Tail
6′ 3 1/2″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ at 28.5L – Tour Tail ( x3 )

DX1
6′ 2″ x 18 13/16″ x 2 3/8″ at 28.5L – Squash Tail
6′ 2 1/2 x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ at 28.5L – Squash Tail
6′ 3″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ at 28.5L – Squash Tail
6′ 3″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ at 28.5L – Squash Tail
6′ 3 1/2 x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ at 28.5L – Squash Tail ( x4 )
6′ 3 1/2 x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ at 28.5L – Round Tail

Height 190cm / Weight 86 kg

Stephanie Gilmore Rings Bell for a fourth time at Rip Curl Pro

Stephanie Gilmore Rings Bell for a fourth time at Rip Curl Pro

by DHD Surf

With today’s win, 6 X WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore moves into World No. 1 and joins the likes of Kelly Slater, Mark Richards and Mick Fanning as a four-time Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach event winner, a testament to her strength and style in the water.

She now puts herself in a great position to hunt down her seventh World Title in the yellow Jeep Leader Jersey.

“It was such an emotional build-up to this moment and it is incredible,” said Gilmore. “I feel like all the focus is on Mick (Fanning), and it didn’t really matter what happened with the rest of the event – it was like I could sneak in and get a little ding ding and no one would even care! It took the pressure off. “The most stressful moments of my heats were right when Mick was paddling out for his heat, and it eased the pressure seeing how calm and relaxed he was despite all the pressure on him.

Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach Final Results:

1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.17
2 – Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 13.94

View the highlights of the event

Stephanie Gilmore, Winkipop
Stephanie Gilmore, Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

Steph Pre-Heat with DH

Steph setting the benchmark with a lay back to take out Round 2

Stephanie Gilmore, Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

DNA 5’10 x 18 3/16 x 2 3/16 at 24.5L

Stephanie Gilmore Rings Bell for a fourth time at Rip Curl Pro

On the podium ringing the 2018 Bells Beach Rip Curl Pro

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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Mothernest Tweed Coast Pro Highlights

Mothernest Tweed Coast Pro Highlights

by DHD Surf

Congrats to Isabella Nichols, Luke Hynd, Mitch Crews, Alyssa Lock and India Robinson for a huge weekend at the Mothernest Tweed Coast Pro, with Cabarita beach serving up some pumping waves. Isabella taking the win in the Woman’s QS1,000, Luke finished as runner up for the Men’s QS1,000 and Mitch with a solid Semifinal result.

Looking forward to the next round of QS’s with so much talent in the line-up

Mothernest Tweed Coast Pro

Luke and Isabella victorious over the weekend

 

Mothernest Tweed Coast Pro

“I’m actually really stoked right now — that was my first WSL Final and I was in the water with a really good mate,” Hynd said. “Jacko and I have done a lot of trips together and I’m stoked to see him win. It feels good to start the year with a good result. This event really suited me, with great long right handers on offer, so there wasn’t a lot of strategy or hassling, it was just about surfing.” – Luke Hynd, WSL

Mothernest Tweed Coast Pro

Luke Hynd has been one of the form surfers of the event since Day 1, using his lighting fast backhand attack to consistently post scores in the excellent range.

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Luke Hynd – 3DV 5’10 x 18 1/2 x 2 1/4

 

Mothernest Tweed Coast Pro

“It’s been a great event, we have really good waves and the level of surfing has been really high,” Nichols added. “I was starting to feel like I was coming down with the flu yesterday, but luckily for me I’m feeling much better today. Three heats and an event win, not a bad day in the office! I’m really happy to have won — thanks to WSL, Surfing NSW and all the event sponsors for making this event happen.” – Isabella Nichols WSL

Mothernest Tweed Coast Pro

Nichols sealed the victory with a long righthander, delivering precise, top-to-bottom turns to score an 8.75. Nichols booked her spot in the Final after some last-minute heroics in her Semifinal win over India Robinson.

Mothernest Tweed Coast Pro

Isabella Nichols – DNA 5’9 x 18 1/4 x 2 3/16

 

Mothernest Tweed Coast Pro
Mothernest Tweed Coast Pro

Mitch Crews –  DX1 5’11 x 19 x 2 3/8

 

Alyssa Lock Mothernest Tweed Coast Pro

Alyssa Lock – DNA 5’8 x 18 3/16 x 2 3/16

 

Mothernest Tweed Coast Pro

India Robinson – DX1 5’7 x 17 3/4 x 2 3/16

Photos by @swillpics

Billabong Pipe Masters

Billabong Pipe Masters

by DHD Surf

The Billabong Pipe Masters, the final stop on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), kicked off today with incredible Pipeline barrels in solid eight-to-ten foot for the opening round of competition.

Check out the full quiver size break downs and photos highlights of Pre-Pipe Masters so far.

Mick Fanning
Height: 177cm / Weight: 78kg

DNA 5′ 11 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4
DNA 6′ 0 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 with Round Tail
DNA 6′ 1 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 with Round Tail
Ducksnuts 6′ 3 x 18 3/4 x 2 5/16
Ducksnuts 6′ 8 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8
Ducksnuts 6′ 6 x 18 3/4 x 2 5/16
Ducksnuts 6′ 6 x 18 3/4 x 2 5/16
Ducksnuts 7′ 0 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8
Sweet Spot 2.0 – 6′ 0 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4

Mick Fanning Hawaii Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii
Mick Fanning Hawaii Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii
Mick Fanning Hawaii Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii
Mick Fanning Quiver of DNA's Billabong Pipe Masters Hawaii

 

Matt Wilkinson breaks down his Hawaii quiver from the Rip Curl house.

Video: @ripcurl_aus

DNA 6’1 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 #ProSeries
DNA 6′ 1 1/2 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8
Ducksnuts 6’2 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 #TravelSeries
Ducksnuts 6’3 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8
Ducksnuts 6’4 x 18 3/4 x 2 9/16
Ducksnuts 6’6 x 18 3/4 x 2 5/8
Ducksnuts 6’6 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/2
Ducksnuts 6’10 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/2
Ducksnuts 7’0 x 18 7/8 x 2 1/2
Ducksnuts 7’2 x 19 x 2 9/16

Height: 180cm / Weight: 82kg

Matt Wilkinson Hawaii Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii
Matt Wilkinson Hawaii Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii

 

Height: 185cm / Weight: 86kg

DNA 6′ 2 x 19 3/16 x 2 1/2 with Futures
DX1 6′ 3 x 19 3/16 x 2 1/2
Ducksnuts 6′ 6 x 19 1/8 x 2 1/2
Ducksnuts 6′ 8 x 19 1/8 x 2 1/2
Ducksnuts 6′ 10 x 19 1/8 x 2 1/2

Jack Freestone Off The Wall, Hawaii
Jack Freestone Hawaii Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii

 

Ethan Ewing
Height: 180cm / Weight: 79kg

DNA 6′ 2 x 18 5/8 x 2 5/16 with Futures
Sweet Spot 2.0 – 6′ 1 x 18 5/8 x 2 5/16
Ducksnuts 6′ 3 x 18 9/16 x 2 3/8
Ducksnuts – 6′ 4 x 18 9/16 x 2 3/8
Ducksnuts 6′ 6 x 18 9/16 x 2 3/8

Ethan Ewing, Hawaii

 

Eli Olson having to much fun in his backyard already scoring some of the best barrels of the season.

Eli Olson Off The Wall, Hawaii

Ducksnuts 6’3 x 19 3/8 x 2 1/2 #Hawaii #StepUp #TravelSeries

 

Photos by T. Moran & R. Miller

Congrats to Steph Gilmore, 2017 Maui Pro Champion

Congrats to Steph Gilmore, 2017 Maui Pro Champion

by DHD Surf

After starting the year with a win at the #ROXYpro Gold Coast, Steph has bookended the 2017 season in spectacular fashion at Honolua Bay, Hawaii, and in turn claimed her 4th Maui Pro title.

Steph Gilmore 2017 Maui Pro Champion

‘This is an unbelievable feeling. And it feels so much better when you see the smiles from the fans and supporters who are there the whole way, cheering on with you. Honolua Bay turned on the magic for us. It’s one of the best feelings in the world, taking off on beautiful long faces in front of the cliffs. Just magic’. – Steph Gilmore

Steph Gilmore 2017 Maui Pro Champion
Steph Gilmore 2017 Maui Pro Champion
DHD DNA Performance Shortboard

Board of choice the DNA #ProSeries 5′ 10″ x 18 3/16″ x 2 3/16″ at 24.5L with FCS II

Steph Gilmore 2017 Maui Pro Champion
Steph Gilmore 2017 Maui Pro Champion

Photos WSL