Posts Tagged ‘dane reynolds’

October 5th, 2012 | By | 3,281 Comments

Dane Reynolds…The Shaper

Since he triggered the chop-tail trend with his advent of “The Dumpster Diver” Dane Reynolds and Al Merrick have been knee deep in foam dust experimenting with more ultra-modern templates.

Dane’s mysto shaping expertise was put to the test in France after his DFR snapped in the semi-finals and was left with his 100% hand shaped board seen in this video. He shredded it to a come-from-behind victory against the lethal John Florence in the dying minutes of the heat.

Even though he lost to Slater in the finals at Hossegor, Daynolds’ fellow CI team rider took a page out of his own playbook to beat him.  Slater actually used the new DFR aka “Dane Freaking Reynolds” signature model in his recent back to back tour victories.

The DFR is the latest evolution template that began with the Dumpster Diver, then Neck Beard, the Double Helix, the Sperm Whale, and the Wave Bandit. Dane Reynolds and Volcom‘s Andrew Doheny are currently the only two touring surfers to have success riding self shaped boards, and Dane’s model has earned multiple SIMA awards for “Surfboard of the Year.”

Dane cracked the code of creating an outline with short rail line that still maintains aggressive drive in variable conditions. The outline puts most of the width and volume towards the front of the board to float your girth and get you down the line. Its no secret that Dane packs on his beer weight,  but the sharp flip in the exit rocker allows that patented release through the lip.  See the whole Channel Islands board room at SWELL.

 

Quiksilver and Channels Islands must be doing something right with their two top athletes sharing the podium at the Surfer Poll Awards and on tour.  Shop the Quiksilver styles that Dane and Kelly travel the world with at SWELL.

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June 4th, 2012 | By | 4,388 Comments

Craig Anderson -Surf and Style

The timeless and carefree style of Craig Anderson is an enigma. In and out of the water, he effortlessly out-surfs anyone and looks damn good doing it. A driving force of the Modern Collective progressive surfing boom, this Aussie/Saffa represents a new breed of free surfers with fresh styles.

Craig “Ando” Anderson has spent the last few years circling the globe with his fellow Quik free-surfers like Dane, Ry and Clay. From his Surfing Mag covershot at Greenbush, to his Punt of the Month, everyone’s trying to understand how this hair-farming ripper makes it look so easy.

Craig explains his approach to surf and style “To me, good style is about being in tune with the ocean, timing, nonchalance, vision, and just being relaxed. Everyone’s style is gonna be different. It’s all about being comfortable and enjoying what you like and everyone has a different take on what they enjoy”

Since becoming Quiksilver’s global poster-boy, his new school style influenced the latest cuts and colorways.

Here’s his go-to essentials he takes on his year-round travel benders:

1. Pocket Tee -Usually basics, but just anything without loud logos. Doubles as a surf top
2. Tight Pants- “I like that steez” -Ando
3. Cloth Trucker -Stylish sun protection is a must on the road, and also hides your nappy mop that hasn’t seen shampoo in days
4. Electric Sunglasses -He prefers contemporary twists on wayfarers. Kip Arnette hooks him up
5. Backpack -Boardbags require hands-free cargo. Stash some clothes with your boards if you need more space.
6. Boardshorts – The signature Ando Flint boardshort design is an extension of his surfing style: A retro outline with new-school flare and gravity defying agility.  The 4-way stretch Diamond Dobby fabric wont rip when you’re shredding your hardest.

The Cypher Brig boardshort takes performance to the next level for when Craig really gets acrobatic. A favorite short for Dane Reynolds, Ando and him share a similar lazy yet explosive style.


This basic yet enigmatic look and lifestyle has got Craig some very positive feedback from the ladies, so reinvent your steez with new Quik gear here

February 23rd, 2012 | By | 4,217 Comments

Quik Pro Preview & Join SWELL’s Fantasy Surfer League

The Dream Tour starts a new season this week at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, and the ASP Board of Directors once again ratified tour qualifications and personal conduct regulations.  Pay close attention because your fantasy surfer team could live or die by the new rules… and in the SWELL fantasy league the losers pay their dues

Before we begin speculating about the craziness about to unfold on the goldy, where’s how the new regulations will affect this year’s World Championship Tour:

  1. Random Drug and Alcohol Testing -High paying corporate sponsors means high expectations for surfers not to show up high
  2. No Mid-Year Cut – Could it be true…Bobby Martinez’s vulgar rants actually made a difference?
  3. 1 yr vs 52 week rolling qualifying point total -This one actually benefits Nate Yeomans (opposed to rule #2)

With most surfers approving the new ASP rules (Wilco must have been “out to brunch”) the stage is set to kick off the season at head-high Snapper Rocks on Saturday morning. Like every year, nobody knows how committed Kelly is to a full year on tour but his first event results always tells us if he’s more interested in chasing swells or titles. Check out the gear Slater uses here.

Other storylines evolving in the twelve day boardriding festival are: the participation of free surfing freak Dane Reynolds who claims he is “Blown talent and would rather sit at home and play with crayons and ride f*cked up boards“, the one year anniversary of women’s high-performance surfing arriving on the world stage, and Wolfmother performing for the crazed Aussies occupying Coolangatta.

For those of you familiar with online fantasy sports, Fantasy Surfers follows the same best team wins format… SWELL’s league doesn’t. While all SWELL fantasy players meticulously factor every element in drafting surfers, top scoring teams merely get bragging rights. It is the losing team who must endure humiliating hazes. Punishments a cruel as 24hrs with a U-Lock for bikes, locked around the neck were dealt last year. See the video recap of the loser.

If you’d like to join SWELL’s fantasy surfer league, sign up here, and we will award savvy surf fans, while you get to watch us punish eachother for losing here in San Clemente. Each event prize ranges from $25 in SWELL product, to bigger gear jackpots.

For tips on building the a solid fantasy squad, read SWELL’s Fantasy Surfer Semi-gnar here. No Cheating.

January 10th, 2012 | By | 4,074 Comments

Win It Wednesday: Captain Fin Company

This week’s Win it Wednesday is brought to you by Captain Fin Company. They packaged their finest fins and gear worth over $150 Bucks

The Dane Reynold fin is probably set to win “fin of the year”, and it even has signature Summer Teeth deign. Then you’ve got a captains hat, shirt, patches, and their latest surf movie. Be Cool Man features Dane, Andrew Doheny, and their whole team master shredders.

Get an extra 5 entries in the contest for every friend you refer to the contest. So sign up every Wednesday on the “win it” tab at facebook.com/swell before someone snags this gift basket worthy of the surf gods.

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