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A broken hand won’t keep Dane Reynolds out of Lowers

Dane Reynolds’ entry into this year’s Hurley Pro at Trestles was the most interesting thing to happen since, like, John John’s oop in Bali. In the semis of Hurley’s video trials, Dane faced comparatively unknown Cam Richards. Cam leveraged social media. Dane activated Instagram and entered the fray. All of a sudden, it felt like high school president election, with Jaden Smith, Tony Hawk and Kelly Slater backing campaigns. In the end, ordeal done with, Dane won. And then he beat Luke Davis in the finals. Balance restored, etc.

And now, four days before the waiting period begins, it’s likely Dane’s wrist injury will keep him from firing at top speed. While surfing Macaronis in the Mentawais last week, Dane tried a heelside grab air, didn’t grease it and landed with his hand wedged between his leg and his #4.

This morning, Dane again took to social media to reveal that he has a spiral fracture on the metacarpal, and sprained TFCC (triangular fibrocartilage complex, a ligament group). He captioned with: “diagram of my injured hand for DGO global (though, Stab believes Dane means DJO Global, makers of sports braces). tryin to get a suitable brace so i can surf in trestles comp next week.”

Not all hope is lost. John John surfed in a brace after returning from ankle injury, even noting that it made him feel safer. And, Dane’s message suggests that he has every intention to compete. It’s not entirely surprising that he’s prepared to grit his teeth through a coupla heats, though, considering his exhaustive levels of preparation (by Dane Reynolds standards) – when Stab asked Dane about his measure of confidence at Lowers, he said: “I’m gonna try my best. I’ve been trying to eat right and not drink. I mean, not train, but just not be a lazy fat-ass. Well, I was never lazy, but I just have a sweet tooth and like junk food n’ shit. So I’ve been trying to eat right and exercise and get back to, uh, athletic shape (laughs).”

If Dane does withdraw, his spot will go to video trials runner-up, Luke Davis. Other change-ups include Pat Gudauskas, Yadin Nicol and (real life trials runner-up) Ian Crane filling spots that injured Owen Wright, Dusty Payne and Micro Hall have left. Taigo Pires and Alejo Muniz are on the fence – if they withdraw, then Nate Yeomans and Mike Dunphy, who finished equal third in the real life trials, will be pulling on jerseys.

So at present, it’s looking like Dane will surf, albeit with strapped wrist. And, hopefully minimal apprehension.

  • jb

    Think about this.. This year Dane has competed in the Quik Pro Snapper, the US Open and will be in the Hurley Pro next week (ideally). If as per last year Dane earns the wildcard from Quiksilver for the France contest and the wildcard from Vans for the two Triple Crown 6 Stars, is that a sufficient number of events for Dane to end up qualifying for the tour? Results pending of course.

    • Small Fry

      I’m not sure if he gets to keep wildcard points towards qualification. I think maybe for the one world ranking system yes, but not world tour qualification. I know Mitch Crews for example doesn’t get to keep points towards qualification for the tour next year from Trestles. But then I could be wrong on all fronts

    • Phil Weekes

      Dane or any wildcard for that matter, receive no points for competing in WCT events. Injury replacements, guys who were next in line to qualify the previous year, do receive points.

    • surfcheck

      Yes Dane seems to be competing more than before. A lot of top contests. Getting paid plus PR. But he hasn’t done much win-wise, they can’t let Dane bypass the QS system, so many others had to start again in the QS and claw their way back. And he probably really doesn’t care about a title, .He most recent best contest was the final against Kelly in France last year

  • Guest

    leavim him doing just like he´s been doing, nice and cruisy

  • Rob

    leave him do just like he´s been doing, nice and cruisy

  • Reason

    people receive honorary degrees from Universities like Harvard, the ASP should give Dane an honorary spot on tour.

  • Jimmy J

    NOOOOOOOO> PLease surf dane. Don’t let us die of boredom watching whoever hurley would replace ya with.

    • Reason

      did you read the fucking title of the article?

  • BigPhatNose

    What’s the deal with Owen Wright. I haven’t seen any interviews or heard much news about one of the top surfers. Pretty serious back injury or what?

  • duke

    Could you imagine if Dane actually cared? I for one kinda wish he’d take a chance on growing up, and actually make an effort with something in his life. Of course he cares deep down, but what if he surfed as if his life depended on it? What if he actually cared? Could you imagine that?

    “…. just trying not to drink. I mean not train, but…..”

    Oh Dane

  • sanchos

    IN brazil we laugh at broken limbs, this is the calm before the storm

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