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Low Profile – Feat. Jack Freestone

by Tommy Barrels on August 9, 2016

Jack Freestone has been stacking footage for months and saving the best clips for his new film “low Profile” …aaandd we think you’ll be impressed!

Jack throws himself to new heights at home on the Gold Coast, get’s tubed in Hawaii, makes everyone wanna go back to Indo and tames some monsters in Fiji (featuring Mitch Coleborn and Mitch Crews).

Jack’s mainly riding his DHD JF DX1 model throughout this clip.

Mick Fannings J-Bay Board

by Tommy Barrels on August 4, 2016

Flash back a few weeks ago when DHD’s Mick Fanning was getting it done in South Africa’s J-Bay. Everyone was watching the surfing (that was on point) but we also had one eye on the J-Bay Swallow Tail Board model he was riding.

The MF Ducks Nuts J-Bay Model comes standard with a swallow tail, channel bottom and super light 4 x 4 glassing. During the event Mick surfed a 5’9 x 18 7/8 x 2 5/16 x 26.8L.

A limited run of these boards are available in the following sizes:

– 5’7 x 18 5/8 x 2 1/4 25.5L
5’9 x 18 7/8 x 2 5/16 26.8L ( Micks File )
– 5’10 x 19 x 2 5/16 27.8L
– 5’11 x 19 1/8 x 2 3/8 28.5L
– 6’0 x 19 1/4 x 2 7/16 29.8L
– 6’1 x 19 3/8 x 2 7/16 30.8L
– 6’2 x 19 1/2 x 2 1/2 32L

Order your MF J-Bay File here.

Image courtesy of DHD Surf.

The DHD Team on Australia’s Gold Coast

by Tommy Barrels on July 21, 2016

Slow it down with DHD Surfboards team riders Jack Freestone and Mick Fanning on home turf! Jack rides the JF DX1 model and Mick’s on his signature Ducks Nuts DNA.

The POV tube at 45 second with have you frothing! ENJOY!

Surf Craft: Design and the Culture of Board Riding

by Tommy Barrels on June 30, 2016

The Design and Culture of Board Riding exhibition honors the surfing culture, showcasing the way surfboards have been made throughout the years and how their design has evolved to become a real art form.

After a successful exhibition two years ago in San Diego’s Mingei International Museum, we are bringing this artwork to Northern California for local surf aficionados to experience. You can check out the Design and the Culture of Board Riding exhibition at the Sonoma Valley Museum Of Art

Check out our Instagram page to find out how you can win tickets to the show!

Eye Symmetry – Dimitri Drjuchin Collaboration

by Tommy Barrels on June 24, 2016

Eye Symmetry Surfboards has always been a brand that prides itself on building quality craft, built to last and put through the paces! In this clip the boys venture down to the S.A. coast and put these bright boards by Max and collab artist – Dimitri Drjuchin to the test in small and fun to pumping conditions.

Long time team rider Hector Santamaria joins for the trip and stars in this clip. Hector rides the Sandman first up, followed by his areal assault on the Cali Quad and dreamy right tubes on the Lucid Eye model to steal the show.

Cinematographers: Max Stewart and James Kates

Music: Prettyboy by Dan Deacon (full song)
Storm by Godspeed You Black Emperor! (excerpt)

“HEAPS ON” staring Harry Bryant

by Tommy Barrels on June 16, 2016

Recap on the epic sessions last weeks swell provided to QLD’s Sunshine Coast. Peep Harry and a handful of others taking full advantage of the world class waves that were served up!

Harry’s riding the Black Angel step-up from Emery Surfboards.

Edit by Josh Simpson

New from SUPERBrand – The SPAM

by Tommy Barrels on May 12, 2016

Hanging out for a new fun fast board? Check out the 2016 SPAM from SUPERBRAND in collaboration with electric free surfer Dion Agius.

Combining a wide outline, with a low rocker and single to double concave with a nice vee out the back, the SPAM ensures you have a tight turning circle with it’s tight winged swallow tail.

Dion has been riding it at 5’6″ x 19 1/4″ x 2 3/16″ on small, one foot beach breaks to Indo waves upwards of 6 feet!

Check out the SUPERBrand Spam today to experience ‘the fastest board I’ve ever ridden’ ~ Dion Agius 2016.

Surfing Fitness

by Boardcave on March 24, 2016

The Surfing Fitness Program has changed over the years

Pre heat warm up of the one and only Kelly Slater.

Being healthy and fit has never been so “in” before. Especially when it comes to the professional surfing.

It wasn’t long ago, that pro surfers traveling the world on someone else’s dime to exotic locations, would party harder than anyone else and often show up hung over and barely on time for their heats. They were living the high life, partying like rock stars and being flown all over the world to not only surf amazing locations, but getting the chance to do it with only a few others out in the line up.

After gradually changing over the years, the pro tour couldn’t be any different. These surfers are going to bed early, waking up early, eating healthy, barely drinking, no drugs…they have become “real athletes”. Many of them even being sponsored or having some ownership in the health food market as opposed to being sponsored by Bud Light…

Even after big wins, they may celebrate with a few beers, but they are likely still in bed by 10pm and up at the crack of dawn the next morning.

DHD’s own Mick Fanning’s game has change with his fitness regime. His alter ego “Eugene” hardly makes appearances any more.

This big change was’t even really that long ago…does anyone remember Eugene??? the alter ego of DHD Surfboards own Mick Fanning? Or how about classic tales of the plan for Occy, Nathan Hedge and Luke Egan to get up super early and get out to Cloudbreak for first light to get a birthday surf in for Nathan before the contest resumes…Under the suggestion from a few beers, Hedge decides to paddle to the Couldbreak judging tower in a kayak, towing his board behind him, with the plan of staying up the rest of the night, partying until light and being the first to nab some waves. Hedge made it and managed to be the first out, but not until after a 10km and hours long paddle and damaged stolen rental kayak.

The general idea of getting up early to beat the scene is no different, it the the execution of the idea that differs today compared to in the hard partying days of past.

These same pro’s today are the epitome of health and fitness. Eating ultra healthy, workout routines that would scare most athletes in any sport, barely drinking (come on, you gotta celebrate), up early and in bed early.

And they should be. It is no coincidence that this is happening. With Live webcasts of the events around the world, the infrastructure set in place today compared to years ago, and the worldwide popularity growing yearly, the top level professional surfers make a really good living and I am sure want to continue to do so. How do you get closer to ensuring that? Remain at the top of your game at all times.

Surf Fitness has even turned into an industry of it’s own. There are dedicated fitness instructors, sports therapists, and even fitness centers focused solely on the act of surfing. The Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Center in NSW Australia is one of the main notable facilitates. Offering everything from surf coaching, personal trainers, fitness and nutrition programs aiming to make you surf at the top of your game. They cater to regular bro’s. groms, and top level athletes alike.

Legendary Gerry Lopez takes care of his mind body and soul and can still surf better than 90% of us.

A far dry from the days of old when the majority of your coaching was done by your shapers…unless you shaped your own boards. Hell, early days of competitive surfing, it wasn’t out of the norm for the competitors to be surfing under the influence of a number of drugs…anything from simple Marajuana and Booze to harder chemicals and even LSD. But again, relate that to the exposure surfing had, the prize money involved or just the general living someone could make as a “professional surfer” back in the day. Most of the time the contest winning just barely covered the cost of getting to the competition in the first place and a good majority of clothing and accessory brands only offered free gear, not an added paycheck.

It is much more serious business nowadays for everyone involved…pro surfers can make over a million dollars a year, and the industry behind them is even bigger. Surfing is even being considered for the olympics…I bet no one saw that coming in the early days of the industry or contest scene.

Dave Rastovich is another yoga enthustast who pay close attention to what he puts into his body, this allows him to bury serious rail.

This goes beyond just the contest side of the industry though. Many free surfers live much healthier lives today although maybe not as intense in some areas. Eating healthy benefits everyone, I don’t care who you are…and the older you get the more you become aware of this as your body starts shutting down from all the junk you feed it. Some free surfers may not hold the same exercise regime as their counterpart contest surfers, but they are also not really dealing with the same pressures. They do however still have to remain on top of their own game at all times though to keep their recognition with he public that allows them to make a living doing what they love.

Pyzel Surfboards John John Florence is no doubt a freak of nature when it comes to surfing waves. I imagine he is a relatively healthy individual, but he is also young enough still to bounce back from injuries and no doubt has the metabolism in place to eat whatever he wants without the body taking a serious toll. As time goes on though, he will (just like everyone who ages) need to take nutrition and fitness more seriously to stay at the top of his game. Don’t get me wrong here, I do not know what his eating and fitness habits are like, maybe he is sitting down with a nice glass of kanmbucha right now…I am just saying that the younger you are, the more forgiving your body is.

Pyzel’s John John Florence has the young mans workout dialed in. Who said your workout can’t be fun!

The times have changed. Whether we like it or not, surfing is main stream and will continue to grow. In our opinion, it is great the surfers today have the need to live healthy lives in order to wow us everyday with the surfing that is happening around the world. It is also promoting healthy lives for you and I and our future generations. Leading by example and therefore the stigma of the surfy bum is no longer.

Surfers are seen as healthy individuals with high social responsibilities, leading constructive lives. Not the burnt out unmotivated wastes we were once though of.

Make sure you check out the Board Engine to find a range of boards all made by professional shapers at the top of their crafts. Email service@boardcave.com with your details for a detailed report of board recommendations for you.

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The Surfing Drop In

by Boardcave on March 18, 2016

When Is It Ok To Drop In?

Plenty waves, plenty crowd, plenty drop in’s.

If you have been surfing for a while, it has happened to you and you have been guilty of it your self. For those of you who are just getting into surfing, you can be sure that it will happen to you as well, and you will no doubt do it to others without even noticing it at first.

Apart for not being able to get any waves on your brand new custom surfboard on a crowded day, being dropped in on is probably the cause of 90% of the arguments, disagreements, fights, or simply bad attitudes out in the line up today.

So, since we have all had it happen to us, and we have all done it ourselves, the questions is…when is it ok to drop in on someone?

This is sure to bring some debate around the topic. In an ideal world, the drop in should never have to happen. Everyone should be able to have the fair share of waves. Paddling into the line up, waiting their their turn in line for the next wave and when they get their wave, they paddle back to the line up, waiting their turn again.

SUPERbrand’s Clay Marzo knows how to get his own waves…either wait your turn or go surf an empty wave and play around all by yourself.

Unfortunately, this is impossible to regulate for a number of reasons. Unless you are at a very structured break, the “peak” of the line up can vary…some surfers will sit higher up the point, or deeper than another surfer, this can be due to the skill level or type of board they are surfing. Some people just have a spot they like to sit best, regardless of when some waves peak at a different section.

Some surf spots are still very highly regulated by the locals…take the Pipeline n Oahu’s North Shore for example…You can be the best surfer in the world (Kelly Slater) and still not get the pick of waves you want due to the hierarchy in that particular line up.

Whatever you do, if you are visiting a new area, you have to respect the locals and do not just take any wave you want no matter how good you are. In a past article, Surfing Etiquette we go over the fundamentals of how surf Etiquette is supposed to be in the line up. But, as stated in that article, there is no written handbook to this, just practices that have been put in place over the years that span all continents.

One instance that recently got some attention was about pro surfer Mick Fanning dropping in on another local on his Ducks Nuts DNA on one of the most crowded breaks in the world…Snapper Rocks.

The aforementioned drop in by DHD Surfboards team rider and Snapper Rocker local Mick Fanning. If he wasn’t in the spotlight this wouldn’t have been an issue at a place where dropping in is more common than not.

Leading up to the start of the WSL 2016 campaign which fires off at Snapper Rocks, there was a great swell that attracted regular joe’s like you and I as well as the most elite surfers in the world who came early to take advantage of the pumping surf to train for the upcoming event.

Now, you have to keep in mind that this was a case between two locals, one just happens to be one of the best surfers in the world and a contestant in the up coming event. Does that give him the right to drop in on this other fellow? No, absolutely not. Did Mick do it on purpose? Only Mick can answer that. Does that mean that Mick always drops in on anyone he likes? Probably not, but it is Snapper Rocks…when was the last time you watched footage of that wave where someone wasn’t getting dropped in on (apart from contests)?

I am sure that other local has dropped in on numerous people too, probably in that same session, including pro surfers like Mick Fanning as well. But why was Mick put under fire in the local media and not the thousands of others who dropped in on someone that same session…simply because he is a known figure?

Yes, professional surfers who are in the lime light should be aware of their actions as everything will be seen and recorded by the public eye, but at a place as busy as Snapper on a day like that (or any other day for that matter), if he were to simply sit there and wait for his own wave, chances are he wouldn’t have surfed at all that session. I guarantee you that all the other pro’s and bro’s out in the line up that day dropped in on someone at least once…even the beginners whether they were aware of it or not.

So that brings us back to the question, when is it ok to drop in?

Well, the answer is never, but mistakes do happen. I guess you could qualify dropping in to two categories…unintentional drop in’s and deliberate drop in’s. Unintentional drop ins can come from novice surfers simply not being aware of their surroundings. We made mention of such a thing in the Etiquette article, how beginners are in a new environment and can often get tunnel vision. They didn’t mean to drop in, they just didn’t know any better or were not even aware of their actions.

Kelly Slater eyeing down the line incase the two other fellows in position bail…then he still has to deal with the rest of the crew on the shoulder.

Or, on the other hand, an experienced surfer can still unintentionally drop in as well. On a crowded day, most experienced surfers will at least start paddling for a wave who already has at least one person already in the “right of way” or closest to the peak also paddling for the wave. They will do this for the chance that the person who is deeper may pull back or botch the wave, giving the green light for the surfer on the shoulder to go if he/she is ready. Sometimes if that surfers is spinning around last minute, he may get caught in the energy of the wave and the safest course of action is to drop in, but then pull right out the back if possible. It is a much better solution than trying to bail out and having your board shoot out at the surfer who was dropped in on.

Then there is the deliberate drop in. Simply put, the surfer dropping in, knows they are dropping in and they go ahead and do it anyways. This may be out of spite (maybe that other surfer dropped in on them earlier) or maybe that surfer just feels that they are entitled to whatever wave they want. Or maybe is is simply that that surfer had been a nice guy almost the whole session but the place was so crowded that he/she would never get a wave unless they were to drop in on someone.

When you surf with crowds like this, the outcome of your surf is going to be directly related to how you handle situations like being dropped in on.

Deliberate drop in’s are definitely frowned upon, but if you are honest with yourself, we have all done it and will all more than likely do it again at some point. How you handle yourself after the fact can make a difference though…you can just ignore the fact that you did it, or paddle up and apologize. Or if you got dropped in on, same rules, you can ignore it or hold a grudge about it.

I guarantee you one way or another of looking at the matter can make your session more enjoyable or it can totally ruin the whole day for you.

Drop In’s are no fun, but they do happen, so make the most out of your session and try to do the right thing from both angles of the situation.

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WSL Championship Tour is here

by Tommy Barrels on March 10, 2016

Welcome to the WSL Championship Tour

The 2016 WSL Championship Tour has arrived. With the first stop on the Gold Coast at Snapper Rocks, the Quiksilver Pro never disappoints.

With a new world champ in Adriano de Souza and the likes of DHD‘s Mick Fanning, Pyzel‘s John John Florence, King Kelly and Gabriel Medina ready to go in the men’s comp combined with returning champ Carissa Moore, Stamps Surfboard’s Courtney Conlogue and the long awaited return of Steph Gilmore to the world stage in the Roxy Pro, Snapper is set to go off!

Check out the video and get stoked for the Quiky Pro starting this Thursday!

Quiky Pro March 10 – March 21st

Clip by the WSL.