Unless you’ve been living in a bomb shelter with your parents for the last 20 years, you know about DC Shoes. Founded in 1994, the skate-centric shoe brand swept the scene and set the bar for progressive skateboard shoes and accessories.

They later got into the snowboard market with a full line of boots, outerwear and accessories and even delved in cutting-edge streetwear and apparel.

Then, in the late ’90s, DC dove head-first into the surf scene with the addition of team riders Bruce and Andy Irons, Dane Reynolds and Shane Dorian.

This solidified DC’s mark on virtually all fronts. And for me, as a frothing little grommet growing up in Orange County at the time, DC was the gear to have.

However, after a relatively short period of time, there wasn’t much talk of the DC surf team. We slowly saw the disappearance of the iconic sticker on our favorite surfers’ boards and it seemed that the DC surf team had slowly faded into the ether of the surf industry.

But now, we are so stoked to hear that DC Shoes has announced their new, re-invigorated surf team for 2016. A team of shredders that not only has the potential to run the game in professional surfing, but also put their much-deserved mark back on the surf scene. The DC surf team is back, and it’s freakin’ stacked. Let’s meet DC’s global pros:

Bruce Irons

Bruce Irons brings the talent and experience to lead the new DC surf team. Photo: Courtesy of DC

Bruce Irons brings the talent and experience to lead the new DC surf team. Photo: Courtesy of DC

Leading the team is the legendary Bruce Irons. Bruce orignally signed with DC back in 1998, and is now back to wear that DC logo with pride once again. Hailing from Kauai, the 37-year-old is the veteran of the team, and with that, he’ll surely bring a breadth of knowledge and experience to the younger team members. And, honestly, who else would be on deck to lead the charge of the new DC surf team? C’mon.

“Andy [Irons] and I started on DC’s surf program when it launched back in the late 90’s so DC is home for me. I’m looking forward to great years ahead and stoked to be riding alongside some of today’s most progressive surfers – like Zeke, Kanoa and Leo,” said Bruce.

Kanoa Igarashi

At only 19 years old, this guy is one to watch this year on the WCT. Photo: Courtesy of DC

At only 19 years old, this guy is one to watch this year on the WCT. Photo: Courtesy of DC

Huntington Beach phenom, Kanoa Igarashi is currently surfing his rookie season on the WCT as the youngest competitor on tour. Kanoa has such a smooth style with a serious air-game (not to mention he can throw serious man-turns). His humble personality and razor-sharp focus give him the edge to become one the best surfers on the planet.

He’s currently ranked number 20 in the world (at the time of this writing), but he’s still got plenty more opportunity to make more heats and bump himself up the rankings. He really is one to watch this year on tour, and his addition to the DC surf team seems more-than-fitting.

“Kanoa has an aggressive style. The way he’s coming up and battling against top veterans is truly impressive,” says Bruce.

Leonardo Fioravanti

Leo has all the potential in the world to become a serious giant-killer. Photo: Courtesy of DC

Leo has all the potential in the world to become a serious giant-killer. Photo: Courtesy of DC

Italian surfer Leonardo Fioravanti is another youngster scratching his way up the WCT rankings. Currently sitting at number 26 in the world, Leo is a fierce competitor. He has all the skill in the world to be a giant-killer and take out the top surfers on the planet.

He’s certainly one to keep your eye on this year, and having him on the reintroduced DC surf team couldn’t feel more right.

“In the short amount of time I’ve spent with Leo, I’ve seen this kid destroy some waves and can’t wait to see what the season’s got in store for him,” says Bruce.

Ezekiel Lau

Zeke Lau is a force to be reckoned with. Photo: Courtesy of DC

Zeke Lau is a force to be reckoned with. Photo: Courtesy of DC

Zeke Lau is one of the most focused competitors in the game. Hailing from Honolulu, Zeke has been grinding away on the WQS and taking his fair share of results.

After winning such prestigious events like the Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach and charging massive barrels at events like the Volcom Pipe Pro, his promise of rattling the professional world is imminent.

He’s got a progressive attitude, and he surfs with unmatched power and precision that will seriously complement this all-star team as a whole.

“Zeke is a force to be reckoned with. Earlier this year he snagged an epic backdoor barrel at the Volcom Pipe Pro and shows mad style,” says Bruce.

There you have it, folks. Your starting lineup for the 2016 DC surf team. It goes without saying that the iconic shoe brand held nothing back when selecting these guys. Led by Bruce, this team has all the potential to shake up the surf industry and ruffle a few feathers in the lineup.

DC is back in the surf game, and we couldn’t be more fired up about it.

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