Puerto Rican novelty wave specialist Dylan Graves slides into opening day at Surf Ranch Abu Dhabi!
BeachGrit readers have long thrilled to the weird wave follies of Puerto Rico’s Dylan Graves, a long-time friend of Kelly Slater.
You remember Dylan and his relationship to Kelly Slater, yeah?
He’s almost forty now but he used to be on the Quiksilver roster, the clean-looking Young Gun playing cute foil to the hoary champ Kelly Slater. Tween Young Gun and now (Old Bum?), Dylan took on the WQS (ain’t much success) before settling into that ever-warm freesurfing zone in Puerto Rico.
At the star of the year, Dylan Graves smashed the Guinness World Record for most turns on a wave when he rode a wave in Sumatra for five minutes, completing completed an astonishing forty turns, even throwing in a couple of quasi-airs for good measure.
Recently, Dylan Graves was transiting through Dubai when he sent a text message to Kelly Slater asking if it the Abu Dhabi version of Surf Ranch was open and, if it was, might he pay a visit.
As fate’s hand would lay the cards, Dylan Graves arrived just in time for opening day and after a little back and forth with Slater, was invited to join in the party.
The video is instructive, I think, for it gives an unvarnished and non-curated look at the event.
Slater is as charismatic as ever and Graves rocks back on his heels to enjoy his own view of the famous tube.