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Board Review - 9"2 In The Pink by Donald Takayama's HPD

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Board Review - 9

In The Pink by Donald Takayama's Hawaiian Pro Designs

9"2 x 23" x 3" , PU, Coke bottle blue color



Picked the board up last summer in Hawaii and have used it as my go to longboard in Hawaii ever since. I was looking for an longboard that would be easy to surf and noseride well. Many people rate the ITP highly and it is probably Takayama's best selling longboard.

On first impressions it paddles extremely well with only the slight nose rocker and 60/40 rails. Getting to the nose was super easy with the wide nose shape and very stable feel.
The tail finishes as fairly small square tail with hard rail edges which makes the board very easy to turn

Most of my sessions were at the Ala Moana beach park breaks and at Diamond Head
Ive taken it out in tiny knee high up to overhead waves and found it handled all conditions really well- even when there was some chop in the water.

I was riding it as a 2+1 stock fins set up which is a 7.5" single with regular side bites and found it worked very well as an all rounder- Very Manoeuvrable whilst still noseriding great. Last week I decided to ride it as a single with a 9.5" fin and found it worked even better for noseriding and to smoothen out my turns.

In summary I would recommend this board to anyone looking to improve their noseriding without sacrificing performance in turning. I find it works equally as well as a single fin which gives the board a different character and an even better noseriding experience.
A few of my friends really like the ITP in Surftech construction which is a lot lighter and more durable. I personally prefer the feel of Poly boards and heavier ride.

The only minor criticism I would have for this board would be that there are faster longboards on the market which I think work better in steeper, larger surf. The board does not have very much rocker which does make it more susceptible to pearling in steeper waves. In my opinion its definitely designed with noseriding in mind and not as a general 'speedy' down the line performance longboard. All in all an awesome stick shaped by one of surfing' best


RIP Donald



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Explore - Oz

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Explore - Oz

Another batch from a while back! Easter in OZ, spend some time down in Syd + Melb :D

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2017 LOOKBOOK

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2017 LOOKBOOK

For our 2017 collection we've finally expanded our colour palette! Digging deeper into the surf with sandbars and closeouts while mixing it in with some timeless local patterns and icons. 

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Explore - Bali

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Explore - Bali

A lil photodump of a recent trip to Bali! Managed to do some product shots while we were there but we'll save those for later :p

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Explore - Elyu

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Explore - Elyu

Photo dump of some pics from a recent trip to La Union in the Philippines over Chinese New Year to escape the (not too) chilly weather!

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explore - taitung

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explore - taitung

Here is a collection of pics we managed to take over a very tiring long weekend in Taiwan! We drove over to Taitung and surfed Jinzun every session as Donghe had its banks moved by a earlier typhoon. Hopefully that will sort itself out soon! Anyway, super fun size, awesome crew = good times!

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Typhoon Stalking - Hong Kong edition

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Typhoon Stalking - Hong Kong edition
Typhoon Haima rolled through Hong Kong earlier today. It was originally a Cat 5 Typhoon before it hit the Philippines (Hope you guys are ok!). With winds packing up to 220KPH and heading towards Hong Kong it has promised to deliver some quality surf that had everyone stoked for some solid swell. While the typhoon slowed down a bit as it came closer it still produced the goods.
Around midday Big Wave Bay started to turn-on and everyone was ripping. Conditions were promising with strong offshore winds and solid overhead+ waves.
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Board Review - 5'9 DHD Mini Twin

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Board Review - 5'9 DHD Mini Twin
DHD mini twin fin reviewNever really being into Twinnies i didn't know what to expect but was really keen to give it another go after seeing some recent footage of guys like Asher Pacey and Ryan Burch tearing on their twinnies. I really liked the lines they were taking on the waves which were smooth and still quite performance oriented. Riding these boards also looked like alot of fun!

I decided to go with slightly more volume at 32 liters for my custom DHD. The dimensions are 5"9 x 21 1/2 x 2 3/8, I normally ride a standard shortboard at 29-30L.  

On first impressions the board looked really fun with quite a lot of volume forward and a very thinned our tail. The wide point was definitely front of center and I really liked the way the beaked nose came together. The overall template really points to easy paddling and and thinned out tail for pushing through turns. The other noticeable feature about this model is the artwork DHD offers. I custom ordered mine in a special fish scale type tribal pattern with a mottled blue background and solid blue rails. All of the mini twins come with a special artwork which i think was developed with Asher Pacey and really give the model a slick look! The bottom contours feature a single to double concave with V out the tail. The rocker is medium to low and glassing is 4x4x4 standard.

I picked up the board in Sydney and took it to Hawaii for my summer holiday with the intention of surfing it on the south shore. On my first session i decided to try it with the Rasta Keel twin fins (Sea Shepherd) from Futures. On first impression they looked like a lot of fin for the board with a really wide base template. The surf was small on my first session but i did notice how well the board paddled and stroked into small waves. Once up and riding the board felt very intuitive and easy to surf despite the very large fins which clearly contributed to a lot of drag. On my second session i decided to switch up the fins to a Futures Chritenson twin set which i managed to get hold of. These are medium sized twin fins which are quite upright and stubby. They had more rake than the rasta keel fins and had a much narrower base. The surf was about shoulder high and conditions very glassy. With the smaller fins the board really came alive and felt alot more lose and natural. 

What surprised me about the board was the ability to push through cutbacks very hard of your backfoot and not have it slide out. The overall ride was smooth and fluid and the board really carried through the flat sections and still held really well in the pocket. 

I surfed the board consistently for two weeks and really got used to it. I found that it really allowed me to push hard through my turns and surf vertically in the pocket.- something i really didn't expect from a twin fin fish which i thought would need to be surfed more laterally! I also tried it with the STX twin fin template from Shaper fins which are larger than the Christensen fins and they also worked really well giving a little more drive but still alot of flow and speed.  All in all an awesome board which is surprisingly versatile! yewww!
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