Darren Handley and Mick working day in and day out to refine the quiver
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 September, 2012 : - - Half way through the year Mick Fanning is leading the race for the ASP World Title. Coming off a great win in Tahiti, Mick is focused, loving his boards and he is letting his surfing do the talking for him. DH and Mick have been working day in and day out, in the shaping bay and in ocean, to refine Mick’s boards for the this leg of the tour. The first of three stops is the Hurley Pro at Trestles. Trestles is one of Mick’s favourites. “I’m so pumped for Trestles—it’s definitely one of the best stops on tour. There’s so many ways you can approach the wave, you can get a heap of speed out there but the wave is really forgiving so you can kind of try anything. I think you need a good mix of power surfing and airs at Lower Trestles, anything less just isn’t going to cut it”—MF.
It’s no secret that last year Mick was riding a few Mayhems shaped by San Clemente local Matt Biolos. “I think it’s been good for Mick’s surfing that Mayhem shaped him a few boards. It’s the same as when the tour stops here in Cooly and I get pros from all over the world stopping by the factory and picking up boards from me. That local knowledge can be the difference maker in these high performance events. Since then Mick and I have been experimenting with boards with a little more volume specifically designed for Trestles. Right now Mick has six really good Ducks Nuts that if the waves are 3 foot plus they are gonna be his go to boards. Even with that extra volume and rocker he reckons they are his fastest boards.”
“DH has been on fire this year with my boards, being so consistent and they’re always feeling fresh. DH and I have been working on a couple of models for different sorts of waves and we have a few that will go really well at Lowers,” Fanning said of he and DH’s latest creations.
Right after Trestles wraps up the tour stops in France for the Quiksilver Pro followed immediately by the Rip Curl Pro Portugal. Mick’s European quiver was designed by DH for all types of waves and conditions.
“In France and Portugal you just don’t know what the conditions are gonna be like. The waves can be 1 foot one day and 10 feet the next. Mick’s biggest board is a 6’3 that he rides in absolute pumping conditions. In his quiver he also has a bunch of rounded pin 5 fins. These are still works in progress, but they seemed to really work for Mick in Tahiti. Even Parko was riding a quad in that final. Anything that barrels and needs some speed Mick will be riding a quad with a rounded pin. In that quiver he has a board for any type of condition and I will be over there so if he needs anything else we can shape that for him there. I am really looking forward to watching Mick’s surfing in these three events. We have been working really hard to get to this point and I wish him all the best"
Source: DHD Surf
Author: Darren Handley
Tags: DHD Surf, Mick Fanning, Surfboard Shapes, Quivers
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