It’s been a great start to the season for current world number one Adriano De Souza. After an early exit at the Quiksilver Pro, Adriano has fine-tuned his surfing and it has never looked better. Fresh off a historic victory at Bells Beach, Adriano was a force throughout the 2013 Billabong Rio Pro. De Souza (the 2011 Billabong Rio Pro winner) went on a rampage to advance to his second career Billabong Rio Pro final defeating 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) in the quarter finals and fellow countrymen Gabriel Medina (BRA) in a nail biting semi-final heat.
Adriano’s win at Bells Beach combined with his 2nd place finish at the Billabong Rio Pro launches the Brazilian to the number 1 position in the current ASP Rankings ahead of Jordy Smith, Mick Fanning, and Kelly Slater.
Mick Fanning was unable to defeat Jordy in their semi-final heat but has been surfing consistently throughout the opening events of the 2013 season and hoping to carry this momentum from Brazil to Fiji, the next stop on the ASP World Championship Tour.
“Adriano has been surfing amazing ever since the Quiky Pro. With his victory at Bells and now finishing second in Brazil I can only imagine how happy he is. We recently made the move to shorten his boards from 5’10 to 5’8 for beach breaks and I think you can see it in his surfing, especially some of the airs he was pulling off. It just goes to show you how versatile the DX1 is, you can surf it at 6 foot bells or in 3 foot beach breaks. Adriano is headed back to the Gold Coast and I am excited to make him some more boards.”
“It would be awesome to be a professional free surfer. I think I’d like that because you get to chase good waves in different parts of the world. I like surfing the Mentawais, we just had our first surf trip there and I’d like to go back. It’d be cool to surf Rifles with Rasta and Craig Anderson!”
“I just got back from my first surf trip overseas and it was awesome! I’d like to keep traveling and surfing sick waves. I really like competing so one day if I’m lucky enough and good enough, I want to be a professional surfer. I like big waves so I’d like to surf Teauhupoo with my brother, Julian Wilson and Mick Fanning. That would be epic!”
Rasmus is already surfing many international spots travelling the globe with his older brother Kyuss King and family. Rasmus is fast becoming a super grom shredding both on land and sea. When Ras is not surfing he is skating vert and when he’s not skating vert he’s back out surfing. Rasmus’s favourite surf spots are The Pass, Snapper Rocks, Tallows, Trestles, Malibu, Riveria, Velzy Hawaii, Airport Lefts, Small Ulu’s, and Keramas.
DHD is pleased to announce the addition of Alyssa Lock to the DHD family. Regarded as one of the most gifted up-and-coming groms in Australia, Alyssa is a key addition to an extremely talented junior team.
In 2012 Alyssa won the Occy Grom 14s division, took out both the 14s and 16s of the Lennox All Girls Showdown, won the Barton Lynch Blast Off for the 4th consecutive year, and also took out both the Queensland and New South Wales Ripcurl Grom Searches in the 12s.
Contributing to Alyssa’s past successes has been the development achieved with Bourton Shapes. As Murray drives his business more towards high-end custom designs, this is a perfect opportunity for Alyssa to embark on a future pathway with DHD where the core of his focus is on the elite high performance market.
“I’m so excited be on the DHD Team and my new boards are going sick!”
The start of 2013 has been highlighted so far with Alyssa being granted a place as the youngest surfer ever to compete in the Roxy Pro Trials and although she didn’t advance it was a defining milestone in this young surfers life.
“We are fortunate to have a surfer of Alyssa caliber representing DHD,” said DHD Junior Team Manager, Andy Tuttle. “Alyssa is no stranger to the podium and surfs well beyond her years. We look forward to what the future holds for this rising star’s surfing career.”
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Adriano De Souza has won the 2013 Rip Curl Pro in clean three-to-five foot surf over WCT rookie Nat Young. The win at Bells Beach marks the Brazilian’s fourth world tour victory and puts him in 4th place in the race for the 2013 ASP World Championship.
Adriano was in fine form throughout the competition. He elected to ride his rounded pin DX1, which provided more hold in the pocket of the waves at Rincon and allowed for bigger arcing turns across the face of the waves in the Bowl. With powerful and precise turns Adriano took down Kolohe Andino in round 3, smashed Raoni Monterio and CJ Hobgood in round 4, snuck by fellow team rider Mick Fanning in the quarters, beat Jordy Smith in the semis before ending the rookie Nat Young’s hot streak in the finals.
Adriano is the first Brazilian to claim the men’s title in the iconic event’s 52-year history. “This is the most important event on tour to me,” De Souza said. “Guys like Andy Irons, Kelly Slater, and my hero Mick Fanning, they all have rung the bell. I have been coming here for a lot of years. I love the place.”
Bells was also an exciting event for test pilot and surfing phenom Leo Fioravanti. Leo was crowned the 2013 RipCurl International GromSearch Champion and rode his Project 15 to victory. “It was super fun. I got a high score, and I won it, I’m stoked,” Fioravanti said. “The best in the world have won it. If I keep working hard hopefully I can make it onto the tour.”
“What a great event for Adriano and Leo. Leo is such a good kid and I have been making him boards for years so it was good to see him win the GromSearch. And to see Adriano win after getting knocked out of round 2 at Snapper was amazing. He was so excited he broke the bell! It was a great event for the boys and that marks the sixth bell for DHD team riders, I am pumped for Adriano and with Brazil up next he could do some serious damage,”—DH.
Everyone at Darren Handley Designs is proud to unveil a new logo and revolutionary web-platform that will change the way in which surfers can customize their surfboards.
Based off of Darren’s signature used when shaping a new board, our new logo is the symbol of the natural progression of performance in the DHD brand.
“Surfing is getting more professional and increasing becoming a high performance industry. In order to evolve I’ve had to change my business as well as my approach to board to development, and the new logo reflects this. It is a sign of approval, perfection, and performance.” -Darren Handley
As well as our new logo, we are so excited to reveal the “MF EVOLVE“, a completely new way to design and order your custom surfboard. You have the ability to truly design a unique board using Mick’s signature accessories, and sprays.
We’ve bought back a couple of classic MF sprays for the EVOLVE, so if you missed them the first time now’s your chance.
“With a revamped logo and brand image we intend on creating a new outlook on high-performance surfboard customization. MF Evolve is a tool that everyone can use to design boards, add colour, change the fins and personalize their own board. It’s a progression of where we feel the surf industry is headed and we intend on being at the forefront of this innovation.” -Darren Handley
With plenty of swell in the forecast the 2013 Rip Curl Pro is shaping up to an exciting event. Pumping waves are predicted Easter Friday onwards for one of the most iconic events in all of surfing. Team Riders Oney Anwar and Jacob Willcox have both been awarded wildcards into the men’s competition.
“I still can’t believe it, I’m so stoked to receive the wildcard and get to surf against the top guys in such an iconic event. Ever since I competed in the Rip Curl GromSearch finals at Bells as a junior in 2009, I’ve wanted to surf in the main event” commented Oney. The young Indonesian surfer will face fellow team rider and defending Bells champion Mick Fanning in round one when competition commences.
15-year-old WA charger Jacob Willcox posted a massive upset last week at the Margaret River pro (his first WQS event), when he took down fellow DHD team rider Adriano De Souza. The U16 Australian Junior Champion has been awarded a wildcard invitation to the Rip Curl Pro due to the withdraw of John John Florence. “It’s unbelievable to get the chance to surf against the best surfers in the world. There’s nothing bigger than the Rip Curl Pro and I can’t wait to get out at Bells and see how I go,” Willcox commented. Jacob will face current world number one and last year’s Bells runner up Kelly Slater in round one.
“Good luck boys cause you’re gonna need it!” –DH
If you haven’t seen Jacob Willcox surf here is a little clip the Margaret River local put together… the kid charges!