Dane Reynolds and a backside stab at Rocky Point, Hawaii
Dane Reynolds is in Hawaii and has a steam on. He’s doing the Triple Crown, for which we’re all thankful, and might, maybe, possibly be flirting with the idea of getting re-involved in the competitive game on a more committed level* (*purely speculative but let it please be true). It doesn’t take much to spin the […]
Dane Reynolds is in Hawaii and has a steam on. He’s doing the Triple Crown, for which we’re all thankful, and might, maybe, possibly be flirting with the idea of getting re-involved in the competitive game on a more committed level* (*purely speculative but let it please be true). It doesn’t take much to spin the rumour mill and Dane’s win at unspectacular Haleiwa was enough to switch it on. But, anecdotal evidence might suggest that the rumours have a little basis. “I can attest that I’ve seen what might be a different approach to Dane’s surfing over the past week in Hawaii,” says photographer Trevor Moran. “Marathon solo sessions far removed from the beaches lined with lenses, preferring to hone technique on tricky contest-esque waves instead of hunting for a Wave of The Winter clip at flawless sandbars. While experimenting with angles during a squall at Sunset with conditions far from ideal, I spotted a familiar white T-shirt testing wrap arounds from way out the back. There was no dedicated filmer recording The Shirt’s every movement, and it became clear that although it may be a familiar face out the back, there may actually be a brand new person coming to the tour sometime soon.”
It wasn’t just about winning the Haleiwa heat though, but more the way in which he did it: multiple, enthusiastic turns to the beach that looked… competitive, rather than his go-for-broke one move play of yesteryear. But, what’s Dane’s vibe on requalification? “Its pretty tough being a wildcard out there,” he said after his Haleiwa heat win. “Not so much in this event, but in the WCTs because you’re going up against the top seed first round and its pretty daunting. I was actually thinking out there after the first couple exchanges… I’d get eaten alive on the WQS, because I’m so bad at positioning and paddling and that is such an key element in competing in four man heats.”
Whether or not Dane requalifies, or indeed if he even wants to, we’re still gonna dig on photos like this.
Billy Kemper, Mikey Wright, and Eli Olson Walk Into A Bar…
The Vans Pipe Masters heat draw is here. Let's break down the must-watch matchups
Watch: Kai Paula Has Arrived
Meet the 7th surfer to land a double spin in our final 2022 SEOTY entry.
How To Watch The Vans Pipe Masters
With less than 24 hours to go, we've put together a complete list of rules…
Watch: Stab’s Best Wetsuits of 2023
Our quest to objectively establish the best men's suit, women's suit, and booties out of…
Eithan Osborne Belongs On The 2003 World Tour
But he's gotten an invite to the 2022 Vans Pipe Masters, so we caught up…
“I Could Do Reels And Surf Two Foot Beachies And Hoard Cash But That’s Moral Suicide”
Noa Deane’s thoughts on money, media, airs in glassy waves and more.
Watch: Torrey Meister’s Gunslinging SEOTY Entry
"Bull-riding is such a great warmup for surfing big waves."
Guess Who Else Just Got Invited To The Vans Pipe Masters
3 more withdrawals, and 3 more exciting replacements.
‘Buying Double Cheeseburgers, Acting Like He’s Hit Some Sections Today’
RAGE 400 drops ft Noz, Chun, Creed, Vinny, Jel, Wado + others!
What’s Happening To Orange County’s Sand, And Is It Worsening The Waves At Lowers?
Read this to upgrade your understanding of your local beach break and coastal environment.
Here Are The 15 People Who Qualified For The 2023 CT
After seven events and much groveling, 10 men and 5 women will officially be CT…
An Ode To Aussie Chick Pros From The Nineties
A celebration of stoicism, resilience, grit, core lordship, and unconditional love.
Update: John John Flushes Everyone Down The Haleiwa Toilet Bowl
And the CT qualifications for 2023 are set.
Riaru Ito Is Cooler Than His Cucumber Garden
Meet our passion pick for the Vans Pipe Masters.