About Dan …
“Reef and pointbreaks mainly or beach breaks with good banks, basically any waves that break in the same place each time about head high clean with a bit of power. I prefer to surf fun head high walling waves over big surf but I still like pushing my comfort zone”.
What is your home break?
“If I told you I would have to kill you haha. Nah all the breaks around the Bude and Westward Ho area”
If you could surf any spots for the rest of your life what would it be?
“Anywhere with warm water and reeling a-frame barrels”
This all changed when I turned 18 as I was no longer in the junior events and now competing in the open against some of the best surfers in the world such as Ben Skindog skinner, Adam Griffith and James Parry to name a few. Unfortunately, I was not making any heats and getting frustrated with my surfing and I lost a love for competing after my first season of being in the men’s open. This is when I stopped competing for 4years, however, I then felt less pressured and fell back in love with surfing again. After a trip to Bali, I thought it would be time to give competing for another go and entered a couple of events where I made a few heats and started to enjoy the competitive side of surfing again. Last year I decided to do the whole of the British tour and came away with a 6th which I was super pleased about. I also made the final at the Jesus longboard classic which was a massive confidence boost.
After that, I set my self some goals and was able to get some really good coaching while I was away this winter, which I feel has helped my progression. As this season started I was super confident as I picked up sponsorship from SBS surfboard which has been amazing not just in getting great boards but also great support from the team. This season is going really well so far as I have already made five finals in a row and I am feeling really confident for the rest of the season. Next year I am hoping to compete on the longboard qualifying tour and hoping to get enough results to get onto the world tour the season after. I know this is a massive challenge but with all the support i am receiving off my sponsors, friends and family I feel like it is an achievable target. Would just like to say thank you to sbs surfboard, Gul water sports and my amazing girlfriend who watches me compete come rain or shine.
WHAT I RIDE?
The Heat Seeker is my go-to board for everyday average conditions, handling any waves I throw it at and always fun. This board is fast, lose, lively and skatey while still being able to throw it into power turns. Has extra paddling ability/speed through flatter sections compared to your average shortboard (due to the extra volume) helping to maximise everyday conditions, and get more out of each surf. This board has also been a perfect travel board for me, it ended up being my go-to board to surf in Bali on days up to about double overhead, as it allowed me to get lose and try new maneuvers.
Overall it’s going to perform best in any sort of waist height to double overhead surf.
iv surfed longboards for years, this is my new go-to for bigger surf manoeuvrable and amazing thanks, guys x advising me on the phone what might be best for meYuna
iv tried friends longboards to nose ride never really got the hang of it but it seems to be natural on this board love it great board guys will be back for a shortboard no doubtMike
Hey Just thought I would comment on the board as just got it via UPS on a 2-day delivery before my surf trip, I was a little worried about the board getting damaged but really well wrapped and protected. I phoned up to ask about delivery and the guys were really helpful and pretty impressed with the incredible service. Opened it up and its a thing of beauty love the colours and the design, I haven’t surfed it yet but can’t wait to get it in the water. Awesome service and really appreciate the free t-shirt, great experience highly recommended.Darren
My First Surfboard Iv used foam boards and this is the best surfboard I could have got fast and easy for me to learn onJames
OTHER BOARDS I RIDE
The Bull is my board for small wave fun/performance. If conditions are small or a bit mushy I’ll take the bull out and it’s always a blast. Lightning fast as soon as you pop up with a lively loose feel. This board will fly through the flatter sections of the wave and give you loads of release/ slide through your turns, and tons of pop out of the lip for trying airs. The bull will out paddle any other shortboard, with tons of volume, flat rocker, and width, helping you to maximise the smaller and mushier days and come out of the water with the biggest smile on your face. It performs best in any sort of tiny to overhead surf.
The Bandit is my go to board for those perfect pumping days, at a quality break. It will give you tons of drive and hold in the pocket of steep faced waves/ solid surf/ and on rail, so it will always hold your line. It has a very responsive, controlled, smooth feel, great for critical high-performance surfing. Throw it into a turn as hard as you like, as vertical as you like and it will glide through.
It has been my workhorse for UK point/reef breaks, powerful UK beachies and the quality breaks around Bali, especially thriving on the more solid days at these breaks and performing well in the barrel. The bandit will perform best in good condition from chest high or above.