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Kelly Slater Nominates Dane Reynolds

Dane Reynolds

“He’s the face of a new era,” surfer Kelly Slater opines of fellow tube-rider Dane Reynolds. “He thinks outside of the box and has a unique approach where he sees the wave differently.” One of the ways to understand just how differently the 23-year-old Reynolds sees waves-and the act of riding them-is to consider the fact that for a guy who makes his living on the water, he spends a lot of time in the air. His athletic, acrobatic free-surf style is punctuated by unearthly aerial maneuvers and cartoonish twists and turns, running counter to the straight-ahead, power mode that seems to dominate the professional circuit today. That and the fact that, for an athlete who could revolutionize his sport, he hasn’t won all that many competitions. Keep Reading on