Dane Reynolds and Jordy Smith Said This Was Their Favorite Surfboard
John John’s also quite fond.
We’ve had five seasons of SITD to date, and Jon Pyzel was invited to all of them. However, his board was only in ridden in four of the projects, because his submission in year one didn’t make the deadline.
In fairness to Jon, at that point, Stab in the Dark was not the cultural behemoth that it’s come to be. It was really just an idea—a totally unproven one at that—and for all Pyzel knew, the mystery surfer was just as likely to be Dan Ross as it was Julian Wilson. So we don’t blame him for lagging on the prop.
Also in Jon’s defense, he came back with a vengeance, winning the next two seasons consecutively on the backs of Dane Reynolds and Jordy Smith—two of the most critical board-bearers on earth.
So, if Jon Pyzel gets his board in on time, he’s got a 50% chance of winning Stab in the Dark. These are odds any reasonable shaper would take.
Above are Pyzel’s finest moments from the past four years of SITD. (We left out Mick Fanning buckling his knee.)
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