What She Rode: Steph Gilmore

Darren Handley of DHD breaks down Steph's Lowers sled

The effervescent Steph Gilmore holds her questionably-named "Ducks Nuts" model DHD stick. Photo: Glaser

The effervescent Steph Gilmore holds her questionably-named “Ducks Nuts” model DHD stick. Photo: Glaser

Steph Gilmore
Height: 5'10″
Weight: 146 lbs.

Shaper: DHD
Model: Duck Nuts
Length: 5'9″
Width: 18 1/8″
Thickness: 2  1/8″
Volume: 24.21L
Tail Width: 14 1/8″
Bottom Contour: Single to double
Glassing: Single top and bottom, plus carbon patches

How long has Steph been riding this model?

She's been riding that board on and off in any type of right-hand point for some time. It’s actually one of Mick's models, the Duck Nuts.

When you make a board for Steph at Lowers, what are the important design elements to keep in mind?

Lowers can find faults in boards really easily. I’ve surfed the wave a lot in order to better understand that. I like to keep a lot of rocker in the board. You need that rocker vs. bottom contour to be dialed-in to create speed after flat sections.

How many boards did Steph bring to the event?

I think she brought six boards for the event, but then she had two more sent over. I also just sent a bag of boards over to her for France for her as well.

If an average surfer were to get this model, what would you suggest? 

The Ducks Nuts is a very high-performance shortboard. It has to be at least 3-foot to ride it. It’s not a fish, not a round-nose stubby thing. It's for good waves and we spent about 10 years developing it. As far as dimensions go, I would suggest they order it one to 2″ taller than their height, and then dial in volume and width depending on how much they weigh.

A shape 10 years into development, and a trophy to make it all worth it. Photos: Glaser

A shape 10 years into development, and a trophy to prove it was worth it. Photos: Glaser

See, it works. Here's Steph dropping a score in the excellent range during the Final of the Swatch Pro at Lowers. Photo: Craig

See, the board works. Here’s Steph dropping a score in the excellent range during the Final of the Swatch Pro at Lowers. Photo: Craig