Dale

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My grandfather was a founding member of the Torquay SLSC. I started out in SLSC in Mermaid Beach and as a young kid, I could see the older kids cutting it up in the surf and I wanted a piece of the action. As a grommet, I was riding for Billabong and Hot Tuna in no time at all.

My passion for surfing set the scent for various companies I owned - Doctor Ding Surf Repairs, Shapetech, DC Surf Design and Chapman Surfboards. Surfing was my sport and my work!

 

 


Name
Dale Chapman

Age 48

Home break
Burleigh Heads

Rides

  • DC 8’6’’ x 27’.5’’ surf sup
  • DC 12’6’’ x 25.5’’ flat deck race board 2015 design

Stance
Goofy Foot

Best Contest
Molokai 2012 - Over 40’s - 4th place
King of Cut - Over 40’s in 2015 - 1st place 

Top Race Result
Great Barrier Reef Hekili Ocean Challenge 48K - 1st place in the open category.  Also secured 1st place over the line in 2014
Great Barrier Reef Hekili Ocean Challenge 48K - 1st place over 40’s and second over the line in 2015
King of Cut - Over 40’s in 2015 - 1st place in 2014

My Inspiration
Joe Bark - He’s a gentleman and well-respected globally. He still competes in as many races as he can and loves his sport. He’s a true inspiration. Secondly, Jerry Lopez - I met him a couple of years ago.  He has his heart in the right race and is an unbelievable waterman.

Goals for 2016
Thinking about competing at Olukai, Hawaii this year or maybe Hood River, USA. Visiting my daughter in Canada and joining her on the slopes.

Preferred Sup Breaks
Maldives

If you were a sea animal what would you be
A dolphin - because their happy and seem to always get good waves.

Tunes that inspire me
Old rock and new tunes on my Apple playlist.

All-time favorite drink
Corona by night and a banana-smoothie by day.

One day, I was in Burleigh surfing my local break and noticed Jamie Mitchell smashing it on a surf sup. Once again, I wanted a piece of the action.

I decided to make a surf sup.  My first board was a 12’6 x 30 ‘’ with a super wide square tail. It didn’t work. So I decided to design a few 12’6’s and that’s where it all started. Travis raced on one of my boards in Hawaii, Battle of the Paddle, very early in his career and secured 2nd place. That passion then turned into a big business and I have Jamie and Travis to thank for that!

I’m stoked that I have the opportunity to shape for NSP in Thailand 3-4 times a year and I try to compete in as many races as I can to support the sport and represent both my label and DC NSP.  Hopefully in the future, I can get over to some European destinations to compete and continue to experience different parts of the world and conditions on my boards.

Race Results

2007

  • Honolua Surf Co Sup Challenge, Currumbin2007 – 4th place

2010

  • The Doctor WA, Open unlimited – 3rd place

2011

  • Excel Open Ocean Paddle Race, Over 40’s unlimited - 2nd place

2012

  • The Naish Race, Maliko, 2012 -Over 30’s – 3 rd place
  • Australian Titles, Gold Coast Marathon -  2 nd place

  • Australian Titles, Gold Coast BOP -  4th  place

2013

  • Twelve Towers, Gold Coast. Over 30’s riding a 12’6 flat deck - 2nd place
  • Maui 2 Oahu,Hawaii, Solo, Unlimited, 4th place

  • Australian Titles, Gold Coast Marathon - 4 th place

  • Australian Titles, Gold Coast BOP -  4th   place

2014

  • Great Barrier Reef Hekili Ocean Challenge, Cairns - 1st place in the open category. Also secured 1st place over the line.
  • King of Cut, WA veer 40’s riding a 14’ dugout - 1st place over 40's
  • The Doctor, WA Over 40’s riding a 14’ dugout - 2nd place
  • Australian Titles, Gold Coast Marathon - 2nd place
  • Australian Titles, Gold Coast BOP -  2nd place
  • 12 Towers, Gold Coast. Over 40’s riding a 14’ dugout – 1st place

2015

  • Great Barrier Reef Hekili Ocean Challenge, Cairns - 1st place over 40’s riding a 14’ dugout. Also secured second over the line.
  • Australian Titles, Gold Coast, Marathon Race - 4th place
  • King of Cut, WA. Unlimited open riding 17’ 10’’ - 3rd place
  • The Doctor WA.  Unlimited open riding 17’ 10’’ - 4th place