Watch: Stab In The Dark 2016
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For those who aren’t across the concept yet, in short: We wanted to answer the question of whether it’s possible to call a surfboard, or a shaper, the best in the world? There’s no way to answer either of these questions definitively… But, we can get damn close. How? By commissioning 13 of the world’s best shapers to deliver their top line, high performance boards (sans any recognisable logos), and having one of the world’s best high performance surfers test-drive them. The catch? Neither shapers nor surfer knew the others’ identity. No logos, no brand association, no preconceived notions: Just one of the world’s best surfers and a pile of nameless magic. Is it a flawed concept? Absolutely. But, it is the least subjective platform we’ve got.
And this is how we came to find ourselves touching down in Johannesburg back in June with Dane Reynolds and 13 pieces of anonymous foam, and 10 days to test and flex.
Dane was lucid, critical, analytical, and most of all, surfed… beyond adjectives. The boards our shapers submitted for testing were gorgeous, blank weapons and rose to the challenge of Dane’s critical performance (and judgement!). Those shapers were (in no particular order): DHD, JS, Chilli, Mayhem, Maurice Cole, Rusty, Channel Islands, Cole, Pyzel, Stretch, Arakawa, T Patterson and Haydenshapes.
Who did Dane deem the winner? Click play above, and watch.
Alan van Gysen
In case you missed the memo, we’re giving away all of the boards submitted for this year’s Stab In The Dark. Flick over this way to exercise your SITD knowledge and take a shot at winning a priceless piece of foam. Update – this competition is closed.
And if you’re digging the soundtrack, click this link:
Stab Podcast: An Event We Passionately Debated For The Past 12 Months
Feedback from the WSL Finals, slaps of justice, and a Russian SUP parade.
Joyride Board Test: The LSD Hammer
Amateur surfer rides Noa Deane's prized step-up at Kirra and The Box.
Red Bull No Contest, Mexico: A Surfer’s Guide To Scoring Like A Local In Southern Mexico
Inside Barra de la Cruz culture with Mateus Herdy and Rio Waida.
Fourteen World Titles Worth Of Wisdom, Unpacked
What we learned from listening closely to Mick and Kelly during the WSL Finals.
Watch: Jack Robinson Wastes No Parts Of The Buffalo
Five minutes from Western Australia's finest.
The Connection Between Growing Up Poor And Going On To Win World Titles
“The wealthier a town gets, the fewer really good surfers you’ll find in the water.”
WSL Finals Review: “I Don’t Condone (Most) Crimes, But A Helicopter And A Giant Magnet Would Make For One Incredible Heist”
Lowers was an absolute shit-show yesterday. A report from the ground.
Filipe Toledo May Or May Not Be The Ultimate Surfer
Episode 7 is a wrap, find out who's advancing to tomorrow's finale.
10 Questions With S.U.R.F. Winner Jake ‘Money Making Machine’ Vincent
How did Vinny blow his 10 G’s?
Carissa Moore and Gabriel Medina Are Your 2021 World Champions Of Surfing
As it should be.
A King Amongst Medinas: Inside Gabriel’s World Title Winning 2021
How a former South Sydney demolition man helped mastermind Gabriel Medina's Title campaign.
2021 WSL Finals: Live Coverage And Updates
Leave the best comment, win a free surfboard.
The Best WSL Event You Never Heard Of
No electricity. No running water. No wifi and no pins dropped. The Namakwa Challenge was…
This Is What Happens When You Steal Surfboards In Portugal
"The best type of punishment for them is not by the law."
Where Are Wavepools Taking Us?
Spunk-riddled cesspools or gladiatorial entertainment venues that benefit surf culture?
Everything You Never Knew You Wanted To Know About Surfing In The Great Lakes
A Michigan-born surfer returns home and breaks it down.