Dylan Perese, founder of DP Surfboards, is making his mark – he absolutely is.
Whether that be via his growing quiver of team riders laying it down in line-up’s everywhere or his recent feature in Surfing Life’s 2016 Ride Guide, its obvious his shapes are going from strength to strength.
So we got inside the man’s head on his shaping, design, inspirations, and the business that is DP Surfboards.
Firstly, lets get straight to the point – we heard you’ve been working on some new designs lately. What can we expect to see from DP in the short/medium term?
In the short term, the twin fin era is rearing its head again so we’ve been playing with designs that are suited for the twin set up with a small stabiliser trailer. We’ve also found that this set-up actually works perfectly in your regular thruster (and quad) as well. So at the moment, and with summer approaching, that’s what’s happening.
In regards to the long-term, we’re always evolving our shapes and testing new designs; but our main focus has always been performance surfboards. We’ve have been looking to refine and tweak our longest standing model (the Performa) to accommodate for the modern approach. The Performa is my longest standing model and I’ve have been shaping it well before machine shaping took hold. Essentially, we’re giving the old faithful shape a fresh revived feel – so keep your eyes peeled around April 2017 for the Newest DP Model.
Taking a step back – what sparked your passion for shaping?
A strong love of surfing has been a major driving force, and I’ve always had an interest in working with my hands. From a really young age I started stripping down blanks; back when I was around 13 years of age, and from that point I haven’t looked back.
Who were/are the shapers and surfers you looked up to?
Graham King helped me out as a grommy, and there are also so many local underground shapers who are extremely skilled. I have a great respect for Merrick and Jason Stevens and what they have done for the sport and industry.
As for surfers, everyone looks up to Slater – it’s pretty hard to get past him. But there are so many local guys that have always pushed the limits. Guys from the south coast have been paddling and surfing some of the most incredibly stupid slabs, including my mates and team riders Zen Joyce, Shaun Anderson and Jackson Forbes. These lads are extremely talented in the barrel and confident when the surf gets big.
Even some of the younger generation are blowing my mind, like team rider Leroy Bellet, who has recently made a name for himself towing behind surfers in the barrel with a camera.
What style of board are you riding at the moment?
I’m a massive fan of all things performance. But due to the fact I haven’t been surfing as much as I would like to, I’ve been using the Scout model for my everyday board.
The Scout is great because it carries a bit of extra foam but is still highly geared towards performance surfing. The board paddles amazingly, and is easy to ride with a great amount of forgiveness. Clay Marzo recently recently reviewed the model and noted “a board needs to have that blend where it performs just as well in quality waves as it does in softer waves, and the Scout has that.”
Have you had a change in direction in your own shaping at any point?
My ideas and board design concepts are constantly evolving in a continual process and I tend to never get stuck in the one direction. I’m always looking to keep an open mind which gives me the versatility to try new things; but I always have and always will have a focus on shaping performance surf boards.
Do you think the standard PU construction, which has been around the longest, is still the best option?
Yeah, for sure. There is no other construction around currently with the same natural feeling, flex, reliability and familiarity that the PU and POLY constructions have. That is why 99 % of the world tour surfers are riding PU.
EPS certainly has its place, specifically in the smaller more gutless waves, but I don’t think it will ever replace PU and POLY.
Where do you see surfing in the next 10 years? Will there be a push for new shapes, eco friendly materials etc?
Seemingly, there is already a massive push for eco-friendly shapes and board construction. My view is that until they can make something eco-friendly that is easy to work with, cost-effective and as good for performance as the current technology is, then i can’t see it taking over in a big way.
If you could ride any wave, from any session in history, where would it be and when?
A No-Kanduis pumping 6-8 ft clean day looks pretty life changing…