THE DHD BEN WILSON IS THE NEW ROLLS ROYCE IN KITESURFING. WHEN THE WAVES ARE GOOD THIS IS THE BOARD YOU WANT TO BE ON!
Darren Handley is regarded as one of the world’s best surfboard shapers. The writing is on the wall; his brand’s stable includes 3X ASP World Champion Mick Fanning and 6X ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore among dozens of other world-class surfers. Appletree Surfboards has been building the highest tech surf kiteboards, pushing innovation to new standards, the DHD Ben Wilson features the latest innovation in durable Hex Skin technology paired with the right flex to reach the pinnacle of kitesurfing performance.
The DHD Ben Wilson kite-only combines DH’s proven surfboard shaping know-how, Appletree’s amazing construction technologies and Ben Wilson’s many years of strapless kitesurfing experience. A unique partnership in which this first ever, dedicated DHD kite surfboard was defined.
The BWSurf DHD took Ben and Darren back to the drawing board to shape a kite specific surfboard to meet Ben’s high performance demands. It has a new lower volume design, a new diamond tail shape and a shorter outline allowing it to sink a rail and ride like a bigger board when needed but also be light and playful in everyday surf. Designed for down the line riding, hitting critical sections, and ripping in everything from hollow pealing waves to tearing the top off of onshore slop. It’s great in a large range of wave sizes and can handle higher winds when you need something with great performance that you can trust will hold a rail in a critical section. We made this board for ripping into waves no matter their size; it’ll get you in the pocket or let you carve bold turns on the open face.
Manufacturing this board is no simple matter, 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 you’re riding a real surfboard.
The manufacturing of the board is in Europe at the AppleTree board factory. Appletree is constantly pushing and developing innovative kiteboard construction technologies. The BWSurf line is using their unique construction with HexSkin technology to ensure the lightest and very durable boards available on the market today.
XPS is like EPS so it only works with epoxy resin. But it is different that it does not contain the beads that EPS has, That’s whey call it closed foam, it means it’s completely waterproof! So no worries when you ding the board. just keep kiting and fix it later. XPS is notoriously hard to laminate, but our fusion tech makes it possible! The core is fused with the skin, this gives an optimal bond between skin and core, virtually eliminating de-lamination.
HEX-SKIN GLASS: On the deck is a thin layer of honeycomb that runs the length of the board. This layer is sandwiched between fiberglass to provide very good impact resistance. In addition, to further improve the dent resistance under the front foot, we added an extra layer of natural cork. Again, this layer is sandwiched between fiberglass before the whole board is laminated under pressure and coated with its signature blue resin. The deck is left with a slight honeycomb texture that is filled with white resin and sanded smooth.
As all our other boards in the line up the DHD Ben Wilson is also officially part of Ecoboard Project, building the board with more eco-friendly resins. We’re happy to contribute to a more eco-friendly shredders world and be part of the ECOBOARDProject. Every DHD Ben Wilson board comes with an officially numbered Ecoboard label.
5’5 x 17.7” x 2.0”. 20,6L
5’7 x 18.0” x 2.0”. 21,42L
5’9 x 18.2” x 2.1”. 23.6L
Weight is between around 2,8 to 3kg, depending on size.
Comes with 5 FCSII fin boxes so it can be ridden as a tri or quad fin set up.
What size to take:
5’5: Weight 55/75kg. Height 155-175cm
5’7: Weight 75/90kg. Height 170-185cm
5’9: Weight +90kg. Height 180-200cm