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ASB MAGAZINE: You’ve got to love a brand that’s prepared to poke fun at themselves, Db, the award-winning Scandanavian luggage company, first burst onto the scene as ‘Douchebags’ but overtime, that became a little tired and it was rebranded just DB, plain and simple. DB made its first foray into the surf industry this month by unveiling two new models designed specifically for surfboards. The two models — The Bunker and The Shelter — continue Db’s mission of coupling aggressive innovation with meticulous design to redefine travel gear. Founded in 2012 in Norway, Db has been praised the world over by design experts and athletes for its collection of luggage and roller snowboard and ski bags. The introduction of the company’s new line of gear marks an ambitious next step after years of development to create perfect surfboard bags.


“Db was founded in the waves on a surf trip, and redefining the surfboard bag has been a dream ever since that first day,” said Truls Brataas, Founder and CEO of Db. “We have truly put our hearts and souls into this project. It has taken the experience of an entire community of surfers and a decade of luggage innovation to get here, and I’m so proud to say that we can now support the adventures of surfers with the products they deserve.”


The Bunker is the larger of Db’s two new models, fitting three to four boards up to 6’6” in length. Made with Db’s patented Rib Cage Technology, EVA reinforced tail and nose protection, and custom wheel housings designed to slide over curbs and door thresholds, The Bunker is primarily composed of 100 percent recycled polyester from post-consumer waste with a water-repellent finish, giving it increased protection against abrasions, tears, salt water, and sand. It also boasts Db’s award-winning Hook-Up System to transport additional luggage.


The Shelter is the smaller of Db’s new models and is designed to carry one board. The Shelter boasts many of the same essential design features as The Bunker, including a heavy-duty, long lifetime, non-corrosive zipper, and a nose section with dual density foams for high impact protection. The Shelter can be adjusted in length from 5’3” to 6’4” to accommodate different board lengths, and both models are foldable and compressible for simple storage when not in use.


“I’ve been traveling the world for years, lugging around board bags that haven’t made my travels any easier — until now,” said South African professional surfer and Db investor Jordy Smith.


“These board bags have made traveling a pleasure.”


Both Db models will be available at selected premium surf retailers around the world beginning April 15, 2021. Current agents down under include Ross Curtin’s ‘The Good Life Agency‘ in NSW