DHD surfboard test centre to be part of Hurley HPC
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 August, 2014 - Coolangatta - Leading surfboard manufacturer Darren Handley Designs (DHD) has backed the future of surf training by becoming the exclusive Australian shaper with the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre (HPC) in a two-year partnership.
DHD shapes boards for many of the world’s best surfers including multiple world champions Mick Fanning and Stephanie Gilmore and will provide a 25-board test quiver for patrons to use during their time at the HPC.
It will ensure all participants have a comprehensive testing centre with an extensive selection of board designs and shapes to utilise.
Situated at Casuarina in northern New South Wales, the HPC is the world's first facility dedicated to helping surfers of all abilities reach a higher performance level so they enjoy the full experience of surfing.
"I am proud to be a part of what the HPC is doing, they are on the cutting edge of surfing as a sport,” said Darren Handley. “It is a great opportunity to have a large quiver on site for not just the pros, but surfers of all abilities to test pilot.
“The feedback on the quiver is extremely valuable and plays a major part in the evolution of my existing models, as well as a large part in the forward development of DHD surfboards."
The HPC also provides an extensive selection of FCS fins so participants have a huge variety of equipment to experiment with.
“Darren Handley is a master craftsman with multiple world titles under his belt as a shaper,” said Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark. “His commitment to continual improvement and quality surfboard design and manufacturing ensures he is at the forefront of global shaping.
“DHD is an absolute perfect partner for Surfing Australia and our High Performance Centre and we look forward to working with him and his team in developing the next generation of Australian world champion athletes.”
Surfing Australia National Coach Andy King said the HPC was privileged to have access to a shaper of Darren’s expertise.
“The beauty of having such a high level shaper that interacts with current world champions and have that knowledge filter down to everyone who comes to the HPC is priceless,” King said.
“Just being on the right equipment is so important and to be able to have the different shapes and lengths is extremely helpful from a coaching perspective.
“DHD has a great eye for detail and could easily be a top line coach himself and that translates into his equipment so we couldn’t have a better shaper to partner in our high performance programs.”