COMB­ING THE CAR­PET FOR CRUMBS OF MEAN­ING AF­TER THE CHAOS THAT WAS THE GOLD COAST 2015. BY BEN BUG­DEN

Tracks - - Surf City Views : Chapter One -

Glimpses of Dane Reynolds rid­ing waves are be­com­ing ever more scarce th­ese days. That's why fans of the Ven­tu­ran myth re­joiced when it was an­nounced that Mr Reynolds would be among the start­ing lineup for the 2015 Quik­sil­ver Pro.

The re­joic­ing would be short-lived. Call it nerves, dis­in­ter­est, ful­fill­ing an obli­ga­tion, what­ever you want, but once again Dane suc­cumbed to what is by now his stan­dard con­test curse. In round one he was only able to muster a heat to­tal of 8.27 at small but not un­rip­pable Snap­per. For a com­par­i­son, in the same heat his op­po­nents Gabriel Me­d­ina and Wig­golly Don­tas amassed 18.30 and 16.93 re­spec­tively. Some­what pre­dictably, round two would play out the same for Dane.

How­ever, this was only one chap­ter of Dane Reynolds' Gold Coast Story. On the other side of Point Dan­ger at D'Bah, void of the con­test sin­glet Dane be­came a new man. Gi­ant airs, in­clud­ing this one, were stomped with style and ease. His trade­mark raw ag­gres­sion rose to the fore as he oblit­er­ated lips, all rails, fins and tweak. Sadly for his fans how­ever this wouldn't be tele­vised. So, the ques­tion re­mains; what shall be done with Mr Reynolds? And how can we all, short of be­ing on the beach in per­son, sim­ply en­joy watch­ing a once-in-a-gen­er­a­tion surfer in­spire us with the wave rid­ing we all want to see?

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