The Skeleton Key is a collaboration between DH and Mick Fanning, who set out to create a performance inspired short board that all surfers could ride. The formula is simple… More outline in the plan shape, lower rocker, fuller rail and a lightning fast deep single to double concave is what makes this new model a MUST HAVE for ALL
surfers in ALL parts of the world.
The Skeleton Key is best surfed 1-2 inches shorter than your standard short-board, with a touch more width and thickness. The lower rocker and mid – full rail profile allows you to surf this model in small and gutless waves, yet the subtle flyer / hip rounded square allows you to launch into more solid waves and still have good hold and control of the tail.
For an all-round performance model that UNLOCKS all your quiver concerns, the Skeleton Key has you covered!
On the deck, the bi-lateral carbon flaps on the tail provide an even flex pattern that still has some give in all directions. This is MF’s choice of carbon in his models as he likes the feel that this carbon setup creates.
The unilateral comp strip carbon on the bottom of the board running along the stringer, makes the memory of the flex pattern react quicker when under stress. This gives your board a slightly stiffer, yet more ‘’alive’’ feeling when driving through sections. The comp strip also acts a reinforced layer of glass to add strength.
The Size Range
PRE-ORDER Your Skeleton Key before it’s official release date on April 16th and your board will arrive with limited edition Mick Fanning Signature decals
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.
The DHD Project 15 has seen a little facelift in the beginning of 2014, jagged lines and fluro tones bring the explosive performance of the Project 15 to life in Paint.
The Spark with Fade
The Zig Zag
Big V Panel
As always, the Project 15 sprays are random on all Project 15 boards, you never know what you’re going to get!
Have a look at your local DHD stockist and see if they have any in store
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.
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
Questions? Comments? Feedback? Please leave us a comment here on the blog!
DHD Team Rider Mick Fanning has won his third world surfing title after winning his quarter-final at the Billabong-Pipe Masters in Hawaii.
Mick only needed to make it to the semi finals to ensure Kelly Slater (11x World Champion) couldn’t catch him, and so waited until the final minutes of the heat to secure the 2013 world title.
“The world title is something that takes a whole year, but sometimes it can feel like it boils down to the final day and the final heats,” Mick said.
“Mick and I have but a lot of time into his boards this year, really trying to prefect the little details.” said DHD Shaper Darren Handley “All the guys at the factory and myself really believed that this was Mick’s year, and we are so excited to see all the hard work pay off.”
The contest had no lack of drama, as Kelly Slater could have won his twelfth world title if Fanning had lost against CJ Hobgood or Yadin Nicol.
Needless to say everyone here at DHD is beyond excited for Mick, and so proud to have been apart of helping him to Victory.
It’s that time of the year folks, Darren has been tinkering away in his shaping bay looking for new ways to blow us away.
We’re happy to let you in on one of his latest creations today, shaped with the unique and flowing surfing style of Asher Pacey in mind.