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.
Four lucky voters will receive a free custom DHD surfboard, and one will win the big prize; A paid surf trip accompanying Hippo himself to hunt down Australia’s biggest surf, a custom DHD board for the journey, AND a prize pack with items from Monster Energy, Live EyeWear, and Farking Surf.
Hippo will post one video per month (ending in October) on the Intense Surf Challenge Site, and it’s up to us to vote for him!
Voter’s must register on the Intense Surf Challenge site to vote, and you can vote for each video once. Every vote counts as an entry towards your chances to win!
Terms & Conditions
Employee’s of DHD Surf & their Direct family members are not eligible to win
Every vote on one of Hippo’s videos counts as an entry
Hippo must win the Intense Surf Challenge for all prize give-aways to occur
The paid surf trip is available to persons living within Australia only
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DHD is proud to announce the latest addition to our quiver, the “Black Diamond.”
This model is a robust summer wave board, built to turn up your surfing on those smaller days.
See what Darren has to say about his creation below;
“This model is the true meaning of versatile…
I wanted to create a model that would allow me to out – paddle everyone, while still having the performance feel in all types of conditions.
By bringing the widest point forward, increasing the nose area and dropping the entry rocker slightly, the BD paddles extremely well and is fast off the front foot.
This combined with the sexy little round pin which provides hold and smoothness through turns, the BD will handle anything you throw at it.
Can be surfed as a quad or thruster setup depending on the conditions, this model also makes for a handy addition to your travel quiver.
Ride it 3-5 inches shorter as your small wave specialist, or 1-2 inches shorter if you are wanting an all-rounder.
Get on one today!”
DHD Surf is proud to be among the first surfboard manufacturers to be implementing the new “FCS II” as the factory standard in all DHD boards.
“The FCS II system has been designed to perform at the highest level by seamlessly connecting 3 essential elements in surfing; the surfer, the surfboard and the fins. When paired with fins from the new FCS II Essential Series, it’s now possible to install and remove your fins in seconds, without the need for any screws or tools.”
The new system will allow surfers to clip their fins in and out smoothly without the use screws. The system boasts a retaining force of 12kg (26lb) and fins cannot be removed by force or movement from the front or side (only by upwards pressure at the back of the fin), so you don’t have to worry about them coming loose in the water.
Click on the video above to hear about Mick Fanning (and other pro surfers) experiences using the FCS II Fin System, as well as learn more about the science behind this game changing technology.
The Volcom Fiji Pro saw several days of electrifying surfing and world-class waves both at Restaurants and Cloudbreak. Mick Fanning was in fine form throughout the event, showcasing his backhand barrel riding skills and massive hacks en route to the final. He was able to defeat close friend and reigning World Champion Joel Parkinson in the Quarterfinals and goofy-footer CJ Hobgood in the Semifinals but was unable to best Kelly Slater in the final.
“What an amazing event to see Kelly get all those 10s” DH said of the epic Final. “It was just great to see Mick the day before his birthday get a few buzzer beaters and come up and challenge Kelly with a 9.2 at the start. We thought Mick was in it, but you can never count out Kelly. He got that 9.8 and then that 10 and it was pretty much over from there. But it’s game on from here on out, Mick is only a few hundred points behind Kelly and it’s going to make for a great rest of the season. I’m off to Bali this week, staying with Mick and his coach Phil. I can’t wait to catch up with him and the rest of the team. I also just want to wish Micro a speedy recovery.”
“I’m pretty stoked,” Fanning said. “I started off with the 9.2 and saw Kelly doing the Jesus Christ on the one behind it. When Kelly didn’t get a 10 on his first wave I thought, ‘I’m still in this,’ but then he shut the door on the next one. Overall I’m happy. I didn’t really have a good start to this event and then at the end it came good.”
Mick chose to surf his 6’0 and 6’1 MF Ducks Nuts with rounded pins. These models are based off the board he rode to victory in Tahiti last season. Fanning currently sits at no. 2 in the race for the ASP World Championship heading into the Oakley Pro in Bali.
From June 3rd to June 7th I will be visiting shops in California from Santa Cruz to San Diego. Please feel free to stop by the shops listed below to discuss the current trends in shaping and designing surfboards, talk about what the team is riding, and of course to order your own custom DHD surfboard. All custom boards ordered in-store will receive $50 dollars off the purchase of that board.