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