It’s no secret that Dane Reynolds, the thirty-six-year-old vlogger from Ventura California and former world number four, goes limp if pushed against pro surfing’s pouting vulva.
Freed from competition and its anxieties, however, and Reynolds creates a pulse-racing magic, spectators rummaging their memories for anything they’d seen before that had come close to his re-writing of old classics.
On the North Shore, Reynolds moves like a prima donna amid the North Shore’s wild bumping and grinding, his presence blanking out the raucous carnival nosies and moil of people.
This edit also includes Holly Wawn, Tosh Tudor and pals.
Galloping to the finish line in a previous edit.
Beloved pro surfer who cried for three days following backlash to World Surf League joke continues to silence critics with knuckle-duster-in-your-face short film, “Ecstatic Yo-Yo”!
"The guy’s got a big mouth and never stops whining about the WSL. Let’s see that dude step up!" says former world champ Shaun Tomson.
Six years ago at the 2016 Surfer Poll awards in Hawaii, and during a group acceptance speech by Globe teamriders for best movie, the Australian surfer Noa Deane leaned into the microphone and said, “Fuck the WSL!”
The throwaway line caused much distress and Noa issued an apology shortly
Creed McTaggart and “Baby” Dion Agius, who were on stage when the immortal line was issued, say Noa didn’t leave his room at the Turtle Bay Hotel for three days and that he cried for most of it.
“Noa was getting fucking death threats! He cried for three days!” Creed told the insanely popular podcast Ain’t That Swell.
Recently, the former world champion Shaun Tomson said, “The guy’s got a big mouth and never stops whining about the WSL. Let’s see that dude step up!”
Anyway, what better way for Noa to silence critics than by violently undulating his round dimpled butt in the fading glow of an Australian east coast sunset, humping his LSD signature model and galloping madly for the finish line.
To Mike Feb belongs the power of feeling, the power of the soul.
Africa’s greatest surfer Mikey February delivers second stunning riposte to the New Yorker’s claim that his style is “as self-conscious as the duck-face selfie!”
"All I know is that when one makes love, one changes a woman slightly and a woman changes you slightly."
(Editor’s note: Two years ago, The New Yorker ran a very good, and uncharacteristically raw, story by Jamie Brisick called, “Surfing in the Age of the Omnipresent Camera”, which described Mikey February’s surfing thus, “His hand jive, soul arches, and toreador-like flourishes play to the camera in a way that breaks the spell of the itinerant surfer in far-flung solitude. His style is as self-conscious as the duck-face selfie.”)
In this compendium of surfing clips and sweeping panoramas from Côte d’Ivoire, we find the South African surfer Mikey February, not as the pro surfer who once upon a time ran on the world tour, but surfer as a beautiful object,a beautiful thing, worthy of worship.
No one, I believe, can resist falling love with a such a face.
Also starring in the short film is Alex Knost, a surfer who has hacked his own pathway out of the cultural jungle. A little bit sixties, some seventies, all 2000s. A retro-futurist-modernist cupcake who loves surf!
“The longer you surf, the more waves you ride, the more surfers you meet and that helps to widen your perception and the amount of respect toward everything,” says Alex.
Completing the triumvirate is Lee-Ann Curren, the thirty-two-year-old daughter of the three-time world surfing champion Tom Roland Curren, unbeatable for most of his career and who popularised the modern fish surfboard.
Pipe Gang Bang.
Hawaii’s Queen of Crazy Mason Ho releases jaw-dropping short film featuring infamous Pipeline reef: “It’s a more serious affair. It’s life or death!”
The almost-forty year old Jamie O’Brien has snatched a breathtaking POV sequence after a “near-death” collision with underground Hawaiian shredder Mikey Bruneau at ten-foot Pipe.
The 2003 Pipe Master, who is 190 pounds of rock hard muscle with 40 pounds of sturdy protective fat, and who once told me, “A big gut helps you breathe bigger and better” and who leaves no muffin unbuttered says, “I almost died first wave! So gnarly!”
Jamie paddles in early on his nine-foot foamie before Bruneau, a former Pipe Trials winner, joins in the fun.