Ben’s 2017 Signature from DHD has been reinforced with extra carbon fiber patches over the fin boxes and around the tail, further strengthening its construction without compromising the responsive feel of a true surfboard. This is Ben’s go to performance shortboard that will take you all the way from small and light to 25knts+ and way overhead.
What we changed on this board from 2016 is it has DH’s latest tail design. It has slightly lower volume, full flat to medium rocker and a single concave spanning the full length that deepens through the belly. We’ve updated to DH’s latest tail template, still a wide squash tail, but it now gives more control and predictability for high-performance turns. It now also set up with a full and true tri fin set up. The Signature’s design template has a perfect blend of surf and kite characteristice that make it great for use with or without a kite.
The board works in average small conditions and fairly light winds all the way up to perfect conditions and medium to strong winds. It’s allround high performance orientated.
Darren has worked with Ben to create a board to suit his style. We always recommend buying boards to suit your local conditions but for people who travel, having a couple of options is really important. There’s nothing more frustrating that showing up at the beach when it’s pumping and having the wrong gear!
“Darren Handley works with the best surfers in the world so he’s always at the cutting edge of design in terms of rockers, outlines and construction. It makes designing a board pretty easy for me. All I really need to do is provide my local wind and surf conditions plus my weight and height and DH combines this into his latest design. Then the testing begins, which is the fun part for me. His boards are alive and you’ll feel this as soon as you ride one.” Ben Wilson
In terms of which size to take it all depends on whether you will surf it or not? For example for surfing and kiting, Ben at 6’2″ and 180 lbs rides the 6’2, but for kiting only he uses the 5’8.
The manufacturing of the board is done in the Hunntington Beach DHD factory, where the highest standards apply to build surfboards to perfection.
Shaper: Shaped by Ben Wilson and Darren Handley at DHD.
Foam: Highest density PU Arctic Foam
Glass: Hexcel fiberglass cloth. 2 x 4oz crossed on the deck and 1 x 6oz on the bottom
Carbon tail patches: Carbon tail patches will strengthen the tail of the board for when you are landing hard from big moves.
Tail shape: squash
Fins: FCSII thruster 3 fin setup
5’4” 18 ½ x 2 3/16 23.5lt
5’6” 18 5/8 x 1 ¼ 25lt
5’8” 18 ¾ x 2 5/16 26.5lt
5’10 19 x 2 3/8 28.5lt
6’0” 19 1/8 x 2 7/16 30lt
6’2” 19 1/4 x 2 ½ 31.7lt