To understand Dane Reynolds‘ impact on surfing, you needn’t look much further than 11x world champion Kelly Slater‘s comments at the 2013 Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast: “Dane’s awesome for surfing. He’s such a unique individual. He just moves to the beat of his own drum. I don’t see him being influenced by anything other than the things he loves. He likes to perform and that’s the beauty of Dane. It’s not his contest results, it’s the beauty of his expression.”
At 28 years old, Dane brings a unique vision to the sport, whether it’s in the water or out. He recently added ‘film director’ to his list of achievements, having taken his vision to the new Craig Anderson profile film, Slow Dance. The film, like Dane’s surfing, personality and style, is simultaneously classic and innovative.
And the fireworks happen no matter what side of the production – the infrequent clips Dane syphons out through his own digital platform, Marine Layer Productions, are met with amazement from his contemporaries and adoration from his fans. Few others feel a wave, see a wave, and use a wave the way Dane does.
All we have to do is enjoy the show.