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Stab in the Dark: Volume 2 – Seal Approved

by Tommy Barrels on October 20, 2016

Dane Reynolds deciding on the eventual winner of 2016 Stab in the Dark contest, #74 by Pyzel Surfboards.

Following the success of the ‘Stab in the Dark’ competition featuring Julian Wilson, the team over at Stab decided double down and do Stab in the Dark 2016. In partnership with some big names like Swell and Corona Extra, Stab flew former WCT surfer Dayne Reynolds aka ‘Seal Tooth’ out 40 hours from Los Angeles to Johannesburg, South Africa on one mission. To find the best surfboard or shaper in the world.

Please note though: These surfboards may not give you the ability to surf like Dane…

With a 10 day time limit in June, Dane was the perfect candidate to test out 13 high performance surfboards with his go-for-broke style. The boards had no name, no dimensions and no distinguishing markings (other than their shapes). The amount of boards was this year bumped up from 11 to 13 with Dayne required to surf at least twice on each model to help him make the decision. Narrowing down his selection from 13 toa final four, Dane finally selected #74 shaped by Pyzel Surfboards, Jon Pyzel as his number one pick.

“I’m kind of saving this wave for good waves because it looks good. It kind of looks like a low rocker looks like it should be pretty drivey and hopefully good for today.”

The #74 was a 6’0 X 19 1/18 x 2 3/8 and was suited for Dane’s style of surfing.

“I kind of went through and rode the ones I was digging the last few and rode them later when it (surf) was better.” he said.

Dane noted on his sheet that the board was best suited for 5ft tubes and cutbacks.

“#74 and #31 (JS) are more drivey, down the line, point break boards, but both of them have really good qualities that I really like surfing. If I were going to go surf right now, fun waves, I would be the most excited to surf this (Pyzel), so I’m going to deem it the winner.”

More information about the 2016 Stab in The Dark board models is coming soon so watch this space…

For now, check out some of the other brands that competed in the competition below.

DHD Surfboards
– JS Industries
– Chilli Surfboards
– Lost Mayhem Surfboards
– Maurice Cole
– Rusty Surfboards
– Channel Islands
– Cole
Pyzel Surfboards
– Stretch Surfboards
– Arakawa
T Patterson Surfboards

Asher Pacey ~ Rainbow Bay

by Tommy Barrels on October 12, 2016

This clip is an oldie but a goodie! Featuring Asher Pacey making the most of some fun waves around home, Snapper through Greenmount to be precise.

Asher’s go to board is the DHD Twin Fin model

Filmed & edited by Darcy Ward.

Baguettes & Barrels

by Tommy Barrels on October 5, 2016

Baguettes & Barrels: Welcome to the Quicksilver Pro France.

Following the conclusion of the final event of the European leg of the WQS, The Billabong Pro Cascais, our eyes turn to the beach breaks of Hossegor for the Quicksilver Pro France. Historically the European leg has been critical to a solid world title campaign. The back to back events of France and Portugal can create some serious momentum coming into the final event at Pipeline or leave contenders wondering where it all went wrong. Hossegor is a break that serves up some of the best beach breaks in the world providing world class barrels along one of Europe’s most consistent stretches of coastline. Despite this it’s also incredibly tidal and conditions can change completely within the space of a heat.

Following his win at the Hurley Pro – Trestles, Jordy Smith has closed the gap on the top 3 after they where all eliminated early. Heading into France John John Florence has a slight lead over Gabriel Medina who has pushed early ratings leader Matt Wilkinson back to 3rd. Jordy Smith moves into 4th while Kelly Slater and Joel Parkinson have made solid moves inside the top ten to take 5th & 6th respectively.

JOHN JOHN FLORENCE: John is the current ratings leader and a former event champion, defeating Jadson Andre in 2014. There is a difference to his surfing this year, John is hungrier and more focused that ever, reflecting on his positioning in the ratings, however he has failed to take advantage of fellow contenders being eliminated early in the last two events. This has historically been one of his strongest events picking up a 1st, 3rd and two 5th’s in his last 4 starts. The heaving barrels and ramps that Hossegor provide suit the explosive and unpredictable surfing from JJF that we all know and love.

John Rides Pyzel Surfboards

GABRIEL MEDINA: Medina has the best record of any surfer in France over the last 5 years, bagging two wins, a second and two fifth place finishes. Now that’s some consistency! Last year it was Gabriel’s aerial game which took him to the top of the podium, no doubt he’ll be looking to replicate his form last year to try and catch John John in the ratings lead.

Gabriel rides FCS fins

JOSH KERR: Kerrzy started slow this year with a sting of poor results in the Australian leg and Brazil before finding some form in the arguably better waves of J-Bay, Trestles and the Pacific. Kerr is still one of the best all round competitors on tour shaking his label as a small wave surfer with impressive results at waves such as Teahupoo & Pipeline which will come in handy given the current conditions in France.

Josh rides Rusty Surfboards.

KOLOHE ANDINO: Quite like French wine, Andino’s surfing is getting better with age. Coincidently he is having his best year on tour sitting inside the top 10 coming into the European leg. Growing up surfing the beach breaks of San Clemente, Kolohe will feel more than at home in the beachies at Hossegor.

Kolohe rides Lost Surfboards.

RYAN CALLINAN: Ryan’s first year on tour has been one to forget with the Novocastrian failing to progress further than round 3. Ryan’s year hasn’t been all bad though, he has released some of the most highly talked about video parts this year and is currently sitting 9th on the WQS heading into Hawaii. Ryan is still searching for his breakthrough result and after a quarter final finish at Cascais he will be full of confidence.

All Photos WSL

The Tempest ft. Steph Gilmore

by Tommy Barrels on September 30, 2016

It’s the end of the week so sit back, wind down and enjoy Steph’s flow and grace on a dreamy Indonesian right hander. Filmed directed by Jon Frank

Steph rides the Ducks Nuts DNA model throughout this entire clip.

Image by Ryan Williams

Speed, versatility and FUN. That’s what the NEW Haydenshapes model ‘UNTITLED‘ is all about!

Feast your eyes on this new clip feat. Nate Tyler & Creed McTaggart and be sure to check out the stock dimensions and model details HERE. Available to customise and order now!

Wing + Swallow = fun!

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.