A smooth, elliptical outline for versatility in smaller surf, the DHD Pocket Knife surfboard by Darren Handley of DHD Surfboards promises all around small wave fun.
+ Cool looking outline
+ Paddles well, flows best in mushy waves
+ Dig the 5-fin and round tail combo
– Not voluminous enough to grovel
– Feels bulky and unrefined for a performance fish
– No rocker limits you to surfing flat-faced waves
The DHD Pocket Knife surfboard at 6’2 x 21 x 2 7/8. Full DHD Pocket Knife standard dimensions and volume at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Small, weak waves – especially onshore mush – from waist to head high.
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I was sold on the DHD Pocket Knife as a similar ride and feel to the Channel Islands Biscuit by Al Merrick, which was a board I have always wanted to try but I missed my window as the CI ramped down production of the Biscuit in lieu of newer models.
To me, the Biscuit sits in groveler territory. Big, wide, thick: made to catch waves and generate speed in the tiniest, weakest waves. The trade off of such a design is, generally, that all of that bulk reduces performance. The trade off for a less voluminous, more tuned small wave board is that you will have trouble catching waves and generating speed on those tiny days.
That leads us to the Pocket Knife. I really like the outline of the DHD Pocket Knife and I’m a sucker for round tail quads (the Pocket Knife comes as a 5-fin). Plus, I like the purple spray. There, I said it. Anyway, I had a couple of fun surfs in flatter faced, knee to shoulder high beach break waves on the Pocket Knife. When in the zone, the ride feels nice and flowy and the Pocket Knife excels in cutting through onshore mush.
However, I often found myself wanting more from DHD’s Pocket Knife. Some days, I wanted a touch more nose curve to help me into slightly steeper small waves and a little bit less foam in the tail for better release in turns. Other days, I wanted more foam when it was tiny and weak. Over time, I would reach for the Pocket Knife less and less and I surmise that this is because it is stuck between two designs, without mastering either; I had surfboards that groveled better and small wave boards with less performance drawbacks.
If you have ridden a Pocket Knife by DHD, I am interested to know if you had a similar experience. Please let me know in the comments.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
DHD Pocket Knife standard dimensions and volumes:
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