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Tkb Surf Test: 2019 BWS DHD

On July 12, 2019   |   By

Sizes Available: 55 x 17.7 x 2.0. 20,6L, 57 x 18.0 x 2.0. 21,42L, 59 x 18.2 x 2.1. 23.6L
Sizes Tested: 57 x 18.0 x 2.0. 21,42L

BWS Says:

The DHD kite-only combines DHs proven surfboard shaping know-how, Appletrees amazing construction technologies and Ben Wilsons many years of strapless kitesurfing experience. A unique partnership in which this first ever, dedicated DHD kite surfboard was defined.

This board has less volume and runs a little shorter than the dual-use surf and kite version, as most kiteboards do. Its good for a huge range of wave sizes and shapes but also handles higher winds when you need something with great performance. We made this board for ripping into waves no matter their size; itll get you in the pocket or let you carve bold turns on the open face. This board is manufactured from similar high-tech materials to the Stallion and Drifter 2.0, meaning it is ultra durable yet still has plenty of flex so you feel like youre riding a real surfboard.

Over the past 18 months we worked together with our manufacturer to develop a unique technology that ensures a light yet durable construction. With the DHD Ben Wilson we redefined the complete construction from A to Z with new materials. We reviewed every element of the board to make it even more durable and comfortable offering more flex for better surfing performance.

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Tkb Says:

This is the first time we got to review the BWS DHD surfboard with its classic high performance short board shape. The DHD is a dedicated strapless surfboard with no inserts; we received the our test board with a length WMFG traction pad installed and the 5-fin box setup configured with a 3-fin thruster setup boasting FCS2 medium sized DHD fins.

The first thing we noticed about the DHD is its narrow template and a fair amount of rocker from the nose through to the tail that makes this board exceptionally easy to turn. On our first tack upwind to the top of the reef we could feel the DHD wanting to respond to every piece of chop, which taught us to take our back foot and place it a bit forward to stabilize the board going upwind. Once you drop into your first wave it becomes very obvious that this thoroughbred is built for slashing small to large size surf with really responsive carving that ratcheted up the fun factor and lengthened this boards testing session. The DHDs rocker is amenable to tight snappy bottom and top turns and is really good for making quick adjustments that help you attack the wave exactly where and how you want to. The DHD seemed to handle speed and power really well with tons of control, with the fins delivering a good amount of grip to really allow aggressive lines and big hits. The DHD with its rocker and outline seems to want some extra kite power in trash surf or the drive and momentum you get from a high-quality wave. The DHD had a good amount of grip off the top that encouraged us to charge throwing lips with aggression, and its narrow/tight feeling rails really seemed to slice smoothly through choppier sections of the wave which just ratcheted up our confidence.

While the lighter weight and construction of the DHD was amenable to strapless freestyle, it seemed like the narrow template wasnt quite as friendly to dedicated strapless freestyle as say the BWS Stallion. The DHD required a little more technique for strapless load, release and pop out of the water and the narrower template didnt offer quite as much levitation against our feet through the bigger airs. Not to lead you astray, the DHD did us fine for launching over swells and gapping double-up chop on the way back to the top of the reef. What we are trying to say, this is the board for overhead One Eye, not the board wed grab on the way to a flatwater GKA strapless freestyle heat (that would be the Stallions bag).

Overall, the construction on this board feels fairly light which translates to good acceleration and response in the waves. Its worthy to note that we tested it with a full deck pad which obviously adds some weight, so if you rode this board with a little less pad it would probably feel even lighter. The flex pattern felt good, not super stiff but really lively when coupled with this boards rocker. In the end, we consider this a high-performance wave board that works in small junk surf but also delivers the precision control and confidence that is needed in better quality surf. We always felt like the DHD was egging us on to attack the waves harder and with more aggression — for aspiring surfers thats a good partner to have in the lineup.

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