Hippo Intense Surf Challenge

Vote for Hippo and Win

Vote for DHD team rider Ryan Hipwood’s videos in the Intense Surf Challenge and go in the draw to win big!

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

Have a question about the competition? Leave a comment and we’ll get back to you.


The Black Diamond

Black Diamond New Model

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!”

- DH



FCS II on DHD Models

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.



ISA World Junior Surfing Championship


The 2013 Dakine ISA World Junior Surfing Championship attracted more than 300 of the world’s best surfers from more than 30 countries. DHD is proud to have been represented by some of the world’s best junior surfers at such a prestigious event.

Team rider Jacob Willcox took home the gold medal in his U16 final against test pilot Leonardo Fioravanti. The pair swapped the lead for much of the heat before Willcox secured the win scoring an 8.40 with just over seven minutes remaining.

“The feeling hasn’t really set in yet, but when it does I’m going to be really stoked,” Willcox said. “I’m stoked for everyone who came out share the experience and I’m really happy Australia won gold.”

Team Rider Luke Hynd made the final in the U18 boys division and took fourth place overall.

“We are so proud of all the team riders and test pilots that competed in the ISA Juniors,” said junior team manager Andy Tuttle. “You know we see these kids competing all over Australia and doing very well, to see them get results against talented surfers from around the world is pretty amazing. DH and myself are stoked for Jacob and all the team riders and test pilots that competed in the event. All these guys have the talent to make it at the next level and we look forward to watching them grow as surfers and ambassadors of the sport.”


Fiji Pro Wrap Up


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.

DH’s California Tour


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.

Runner Up in Rio and Current World No.1


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.”