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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

The Best of MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal

The Best of MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal

by DHD Surf

There have been some epic waves ridden this event at the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal with Mick Fanning still to battle through his Round 4.

Mick Fanning - MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Supertubes

Mick Fanning waxing up the step-up boards preparing for a solid heat of a heavy Supertubes at 6-8ft.

Ducksnuts 6’3 x 18 3/4 x 2 5/16 #TravelSeries
Sweet Spot 2.0 6’0 x 18 3/4″ x 2 1/4 #TravelSeries
Sweet Spot 2.0 6’1 x 18 3/4 x 2 5/16 #TravelSeries
Height: 177cm / Weight: 77kg

Mick Fanning - MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Supertubes

Mick Fanning all fired up dropping the biggest combined total of the day of in Round 1. | Ducksnuts 6’3 x 18 3/4 x 2 5/16 #TravelSeries
Photo T. Moran

Mick Fanning - MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Supertubes

Mick chasing the early warming up with the Sweet Spot 2.0 Step-up board | 6’1 x 18 3/4 x 2 5/16 #TravelSeries

Mick Fanning - MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Supertubes

Mick surfing his new 3DV shortboard while the waves where smaller | 3DV 5′ 11″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 1/4 #CoreSeries

 

Nat Young - MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Supertubes

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

Nat Young - MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal

Nat taking on a solid set wave in Round 3 | DucksNuts 6’4 x 18 5/8 x 2 3/8

Nat Young - MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal
Nat Young - MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Supertubes

Nat Young putting the hammer down in Portugal tearing apart this wave | 3DV #CoreSeries
Photo T. Moran

Nat Young - MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal

Nat Young in full flight in Portugal | 3DV #CoreSeries

 

Matt Wilkinson - MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Supertubes

Matt Wilkinson heading into pumping barrelling conditions for Round 3 | DNA 6′ 3 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 #StepUp #TravelSeries
Height: 180cm / Weight: 82kg

Matt Wilkinson - MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Supertubes
Matt Wilkinson - MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Supertubes

When the swell steps up so do your boards! Matt Wilkinson loaded with the DucksNuts 6′ 2 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 and SweetSpot 2.0 – 6’1 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 ready for Portugal’s Meo Rip Curl Pro
Photo R. Miller

 

Jack Freestone - MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Supertubes

Jack Freestone dialing in before the start of competition | DX1 6’2 x 19 1/8 x 2 1/2 #ProSeries
Height: 185cm / Weight: 86kg

Jack Freestone - MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Supertubes

Jack ready for Round 3 | DX1 6’2 x 19 1/8 x 2 1/2 #ProSeries
Photo R. Miller

 

Ethan Ewing - MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Supertubes

Ethan Ewing finding his rhythm early in this event with a Round 1 win | Ducksnuts 6’1 x 18 1/2 x 2 5/16 #TravelSeries
Height: 180cm / Weight: 79kg
Photo R. Miller

Ethan Ewing - MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Supertubes

Ethan Ewing | DNA 6’1 x 18 5/8 x 2 5/16 #ProSeries
Photo T. Moran

Ethan Ewing - MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Supertubes
Ethan Ewing - MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Supertubes

Ethan Ewing | DNA 5’11 x 18 7/16 x 2 1/4 at 26.51L #ProSeries
Photo R. Miller

Trestles Highlights

Trestles Highlights

by DHD Surf

The Southern California pointbreak provides the perfect stage to progress in this year’s World Title races between Matt Wilkinson & Stephanie Gilmore. Both already having worn the Yellow Leaders Jersey through out the first half of the season are locked on, focused and determinate on taking out the title.

Check out the DHD team taking over the Trestles lineup and find out what is in their quivers for the event.

 

Mick Fanning

Height: 177cm
Weight: 78kg

DNA – 5′ 11″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ with FCS II
DNA – 5′ 10″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 1/4″
DucksNuts – 6′ 0″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ *Round Tail
Sweet Spot 2.0 – 5′ 11″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 5/16″

Mick Fanning, Trestles
Mick Fanning, Trestles

 

Matt Wilkinson

Height: 180cm
Weight: 82kg
Stance: Goofy footer

DNA 6′ 0″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ with FCS II
DNA 6′ 1/2″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″
DNA 6′ 1 1/2″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″

Matt Wilkinson, Trestles
Matt Wilkinson, Trestles

 

Nat Young

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

DNA – 5′ 11″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ with FCS II
DNA – 6′ 0″ x 18 5/8″ x 2 3/8″
DNA – 6′ 1″ x 18 5/8″ x 2 3/8″
DNA – 6′ 2″ x 18 5/8″ x 2 3/8″

Nat Young, Trestles
Nat Young, Trestles

 

Jack Freestone

Height: 185cm
Weight: 88kg

DNA – 6′ 2″ x 19 3/16″ x 2 1/2″ with Futures
DX1 – 6′ 1″ x 19 3/16″ x 2 1/2″
DX1 – 6′ 2″ x 19 3/16″ x 2 1/2″

Jack Freestone, Trestles
Jack Freestone, Trestles

 

Ethan Ewing

Height: 180cm
Weight: 79kg

DNA – 5′ 11″ x 18 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ with Futures DNA – 6′ 0″ x 18 1/2″ x 2 1/4″
DNA – 6′ 1″ x 18 1/2″ x 2 1/4″

Ethan Ewing, Trestles
Ethan Ewing, Trestles
Ethan Ewing, Trestles

 

Steph Gilmore

Height: 178cm
Weight: 67kg

DNA – 5′ 9″ x 18 1/8″ x 2 3/16″ / 24L with FCS II
DNA – 5′ 10″ x 18 3/16″ x 2 3/16″ / 24.5L
DX1 – 5′ 9″ x 18 3/8″ x 2 3/16″
DX1 – 5′ 10″ x 18 3/8″ x 2 3/16″

Stephanie Gilmore, Trestles

 

Laura Enever

Height: 168cm
Weight: 51kg

DNA – 5′ 5″ x 18 1/4″ x 3 3/16″ with FCS II
DNA – 5′ 6″ x 18 1/4″ x 2 3/16″
DX1 – 5′ 11″ x 18 1/8″ x 2 3/16″ *Round Tail

Laura Enever, Trestles
Laura Enever, Trestles
Tahiti Highlights

Tahiti Highlights

by DHD Surf

The Billabong Pro Tahiti is a wrap and here is what the team had in their quivers over the event.

Matt Wilkinson, Teahupoo

Matt Wilkinson

DNA – 6’0 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 #ProSeries
DNA – 6’1 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8
Ducksnuts – 6’1 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 #TravelSeries

Height: 180cm
Weight: 82kg

 

 

Mick Fanning, Teahupoo

Mick Fanning

Sweetspot 2.0 – 5′ 11 x 18 3/4 x 2 5/16
MF DNA – 5′ 11 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 #ProSeries
Ducksnuts – 6′ 1 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4
Ducksnuts – 6′ 3 x 18 3/4 x 2 5/16

Height: 177cm
Weight: 78kg

 

 

Ethan Ewing, Teahupoo

Ethan Ewing

Sweetspot 2.0 – 6′ 0 x 18 1/2 x 2 5/16
Ducksnuts – 6’1 x 18 1/2 x 2 5/16 #TravelSeries
DNA – 6′ 2 x 19 x 2 7/16
Ducksnuts – 6′ 2 x 18 1/2 x 2 5/16

Height: 180cm
Weight: 79kg

 

 

Nat Young, Teahupoo

Nat Young

DNA – 6′ 0 x 18 5/8 x 2 3/8
DNA – 6′ 1 x 18 5/8 x 2 3/8
Ducksnuts – 6′ 2 x 18 5/8″ x 2 3/8
Ducksnuts – 6′ 4 x 18 5/8″ x 2 3/8

Height: 180cm
Weight: 72kg

 

Photos by R. Miller