Well, it's official. Dane Reynolds is the wildcard for the 2013 Hurley Trestles Pro. And it has caused a bit of commotion in the surf world – nothing worth knocking over a porta-potty or looting a surf shop over, but some conjecture nonetheless.
The Hurley Trestles Pro starts on September 15 and is the seventh stop on the ASP World Tour.
The "trails" to decide one of two wildcard slots was a first of its kind online event where the fans got to choose their favorite surf clip. As you might imagine, this is going to come down to a popularity contest. And Dane Reynolds happens to be a pretty popular guy. He gets two keeper clips before he wakes up in the morning. But this is also the age of social networking like Friendster and MySpace (oh, wait…)
Reynolds is possibly the most insane freesurfer on the planet and his clips spelled it out with powerful fin-free crushes, 360 no-grab airs, backside terror hacks and countless fishy slides at a Central California point. He beat Austin Ford Smith and Mason Ho in rounds one and two. In the final, he crushed Luke Davis' multi-power sweeps and a five-turn to air revo. But the backstory came when he barely beat Garden City Beach, S.C.'s Cam Richards in the semi.
Richards' semifinal submission included a frontside wave where he bashed an air reverse on his first turn, did one gouge in the pocket and ran down the line to loft a huge air-reverse.
Of course, with the power of social media, those who throw their support behind you are a big deal in the outcome. Somehow, Cam Richards is friends with comedian Jamie Foxx and actor Jaden Smith because they both endorsed him via Twitter.
"It's obviously been a bit of a media storm around here. This is a big break for Cam. He's been working his butt off since he was 10," said Meghan Whitney of Pawley's Island, S.C. Meghan and Jim Whitney are both photographers from the next beach town over and have been shooting Richards since he was building sand castles.
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