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Billabong Pro Portugal – The Run Down!

by Tommy Barrels on September 22, 2016

The upcoming Cascais Billabong Pro Portugal from the 24th September to the 2nd of October is one of the most crucial contests on the WQS calendar. It offers surfers dying for a spot on the 2017 WSL tour big points to consolidate their position on the rankings or make a late charge leading into Hawaii for the final two Prime Events. It is also especially important as after this event there is a reseeding leading into Hawaii. The Prime event sees a number of WSL tour surfers battling for re-qualification coming into the draw trying to re-qualify through WQS. Have a look at a few surfers that we think could do some damage in this event.


Evan Geiselman: Evan has had a breakout year on the WQS this year chalking up wins in the 6000 Ichinomiya Chiba Open and 3000 Vans Pro Virginia Beach sitting him in 7th position on the ratings. The Floridian is notorious in beach breaks due to his lightning fast surfing and technical aerial game. If Evan makes it to finals day in Portugal we could well be seeing him at Snapper Rocks come March.

Evan rides the Grizzly model from Stacey Surfboards.


Dion Atkinson: Since falling off the WCT in his rookie year in 2014 Dion has been one of the most consistent guys on the WQS but has lacked a big result to push him into the top 10. After taking out the 6000 Australian Open at the beginning of the year Dion has failed to make another noteworthy result and currently sits 17th in the rankings. Dion was looking sharp during freesurf sessions around the recent Pantin & Azores 6000 events and is only one good result from moving into the top 10.

Dion rides The Donny, his signature model with JR Surfboards.


Jack Freestone: Despite a breakthrough WSl performance at the Oi Rio Pro, where Freestone lost out to John John Florence in the final, it has been a rather difficult year for the young Australian. Jack put out arguably one of the movie of the year, his film “Low Profile” co lab with Surfing Magazine, but apart from that he’s had a year riddled with injury and disappointing results. With Rio being his best result and a 5th place finish at the Ballito Prime in South Africa leaving him sitting at 28th (WCT) & 32nd (WQS), Freestone is in need of a big result at Cascais to get his campaign on track leading into the latter half of the year.

Jack rides his signature JF DX1 model by DHD Surfboards.


Mitch Coleborn: Mitch has been at the forefront of aerial & performance surfing for a number of featuring numerous standout video parts in Volcom & Kai Neville Films. Coleborn has been knocking on the door of qualification for a number of years and coming off the back of a 5th place finish in the Azores the Australian goofy footer is well in contention currently sitting in 17th. With his fast and powerful surfing & confidence from the Azores he’s not someone you want in your heat in Portugal.

Mitch rides the Spawn & Nevada models by Chilli Surfboards.

Ian Gouvei: The young Brazilian has put on one of the most dominant European legs ever seen making the final in Pantin before defeating Zeke Lau in the final of the Azores Pro. These recent string of results has catapulted him 26 spots into 9th Place on the ratings. After seeing Ian dominate 10ft Lakey Peak earlier in the year he looks solid to qualify for the Championship tour come Hawaii at the end of the year.

Ian rides Sharp Eye Surfboards.



P.A.M Feat. Creed McTaggart on Love Buzz.

by Tommy Barrels on September 21, 2016



Pam! Creed! Love Buzz! All together, in one 5 minute clip! Creatively and visually steered by Creed McTaggart, a stripped back, raw and fun edit. No polish required.

Creed’s riding his Love Buzz model in both PE and FF at 5’10 1/2 x 19 1/8 x 2 7/16.

Customise & order your very own Love Buzz and all other current models from the Haydenshapes board range! What are you waiting for?



Labor of Love – Chemistry Surfboards

by Tommy Barrels on September 14, 2016



The lads at Chemistry Surfboards take us on a tour through their Oceanside factory and the Labor of Love that goes into every single surfboard during the board making process.

The shaping process is complex and time consuming so make sure you keep buying local and support US board shaping community! View the range of custom made Chemistry Surfboards Online to find your next sled and help to create more Chemistry!



Comfortably Numb – Mick and Mason

by Tommy Barrels on September 1, 2016



Mick Fanning and Mason Ho are an unlikely couple but show their shared love of waves in the clip Comfortably Numb.

The boys are ripping on their DHD models & Lost Surfboard models throughout this clip.





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