The relationship between top-tier surfers and shapers is a delicate dance. A game played in feet and inches, which often boils down to millimetres in the difference between a standard stick, and a magic carpet that can make a career.

Here, in episode two of DHD Board Stories, Mick Fanning and DHD discuss their relationship and process in the lead up to Mick’s first world title in 2007. Australia’s first since Occy in 1999, and one with the pressure of a nation on top of it.

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DHD Board Story: Episode 1 - Early Days from DHD Surf on Vimeo.