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Dane Reynolds illuminates a dull Ocean Beach, US

“We met up with Dane today to try to find some waves,” dispatches photographer Tom Carey from northern California. “The weather and lighting didn’t cooperate but that didn’t stop him from surfing.” The team started in San Francisco, Ocean Beach (which you’ll remember from the Rip Curl Pro Search event a coupla years ago), but were plagued for a fog bank. So, they darted to Santa Cruz. But not before Dane swung over a few OB ramps. Mr Reynolds ain’t lost his passion and still surfs with the enthusiasm we all first fell in love with. As Tom tells us, “It’s cool to see someone be so surf stoked still. Its quite refreshing.”

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Tom Carey

Tom Carey is, like, 31 years young. Things may change when he’s older, but for now he ain’t shot much he digs: “I get sick of looking at stuff,” he says. “But, I guess the first remote flash shot I had run of Nate Yeomans was pretty epic. People probably wouldn’t remember. But it was a game-changer to me.” That says a lot about Tom. He does things for himself and he’s honest. Just ask him about being ripped off by the industry: “Everyone wants to skim a few dollars off you. Its not coming out of their pockets but it’s sure as hell coming out of ours.” And since he was so thrilled to answer, Stab’s gotta include Tom’s fav retired shooters: “I love this question. No one asks it anymore. Maybe Chris Van Lennep. I don’t know, the list could go on. Tony Roberts f’sure. His shots really inspired me. His angles in the water were so ahead of his time.”

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