Dane Reynolds is Michelangelo : Chapter 11
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Dane Reynolds is Michelangelo – Chapter 11
So good. We love you Dane. He’s one of the best surfers in the world. He combines precise rail work with exciting and flowing aerial technique, but most importantly he ties it all up with a classic California style reminiscent of Tom Curren or Davey Miller.
Dane Reynolds is not driven at all by the competitive cycle of sport.. In a way he’s the truest surfer, in that he’s openly saying “the sport of surfing is not for me. Yeah, I could do it, but that’s not where I do my best surfing.”
And that’s fine.
And in the year 2010 we’d be all, “yeah Dane’s the best.” But in 2016 and going into 2017, the Best surfers in the world are doing their best surfing in the competitive areana and it’s not holding them back. Owen Wright at Teahuppo, John John Florence anywhere, Felipe Toledo, Gabriele Medina, Kelly Slater, and you can throw in Big Wave guys like Billy Kemper.
So if you’re expressing yourself on the canvas of a wave using a surfboard and your body with timing precision, and only doing it for yourself and for those that appreciate it than you’re an artist. Surfers are really artists. Have always been only just artists. And surf competition, in a purest eyes, are really just a way of saying “here, create your art, but under situations and parameters.”
It’d be like telling Michelangelo please paint the Sistine Chapel ; which is what Pope Julius II asked – which Michelangelo did and he did so reluctantly.
Michelangelo didn’t see himself as a painter but rather as a sculptor.
Dane Reynolds doesn’t see himself as a competitive surfer, but rather he is a fee surfer – an artist
So in 1508 Michelangelo was hard at work on what is now relatively obscure sculpture now located in Rome’s San Pietro in Vincoli church.
And in 2006 Dane Reynolds was busy with Marine Layer productions ; pumping out cool video edits to his own liking with plenty of creative freedom and which stoked us all.
Along comes Pope Julius II who coerced Michelangelo thru power, public opinion & money ; to paint the ceiling of the Sistine chapel; and using a format that Michelangelo didn’t like – painting — and in conditions which were extremely difficult – standing up on scaffolding ; looking up and painting up.
i.e In Dane’s case, we all wanted to see Dane compete on the WCT, me, you, Quiksilver, Kelly, popular surf culture, or should I say POPEculture surf culture. We demanded it, we pressured him into doing it and Dane reluctantly acquiesced –he competed.
Dane was many times quite impressive; but in a format that he didn’t necessarily agree with i.e that is: catching 2 waves in 20 minutes while being judged. Not ideal for an artist.
The Sistine Chapel was so unpleasant an experience for Michelangelo that he wrote a poem of disgust about it ; with lines like “I’ve already grown a goiter from my torture” and “my face makes a fine floor for droppings” ending the poem with the line “I am not in the right place –I am not a painter.”
And this is what Dane is saying in Chapter 11: I am not a competitive surfer; I’m a surfer
Interestingly when I think of Dane Reynolds’ I often….not always, but often… I think of the Club Sandwich turn he threw down at Haleiwa a few years ago during the REEF Hawaiian Pro competition.
In Chapter 11 and other video clips Dane Reynolds has undoubtedly surfed freer, expressed himself more deeply, and more sincerely. But will history look back on Dane’s legacy and point to the Club Sandwich at Haleiwa as his Sistine Chapel? Or, more likely, and like Michelangelo, will Dane’s legacy include many works of art with the Club Sandwich at Haleiwa being one of the highlights in a fine list of waves surfed
EDDIE IS BACK
After many weeks of negotiations between the Aikau family, the WSL and Quiksilver, the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational is back on for the 2016-17 winter season — provided they get the requisite 20-foot-plus surf (Hawaiian scale, so double that number) at Waimea Bay, on the North Shore of Oahu.
Though the apparently irreconcilable differences between the involved parties have been well-broadcast through the media, subsequently painting a bleak picture of the 31-year-old contest’s future, the hiccups have since been resolved, and officials have announced the invitees and time/date of the opening ceremony: 3pm, December 1st, 2016.
Here are the official invitees, in first name alphabetical order:
John John Florence
Here are the alternates, who may replace injured or unavailable surfers from the list above, invitations offered in the following order:
Jeff Clark parking lot conversation
The reason it didn’t run was timing. Lots of politics.
Lunada Bay Fort demo
Workers on Monday will start knocking down a fort along Rocky Point — the waterfront in Lunada Bay in Los Angeles County’s Palos Verdes Estates. This spot is really popular with a territorial local surf crew known as the Bay Boys. The fort that was illegally built into the cliffs is considered a big lawsuit just waiting to happen. The fort had a BBQ, tables, and a patio.
Palos Verdes Estates mayor Jennifer King says “The removal of these illegal structures will ensure the safety of our coastline and restore it to its natural conditions.”
Back in July, the local city council voted to demolish the fort, which has been used for the past 30 years by a “local surf gang.” According to local visitors, this gang of surfers would be intimidating and threaten visitors to get out of their area. This fort has been a source of contention. Some visitors said these surfers would intimidate people, get into arguments, even slash tires and assault them in and out of the water.
The demolition of the fort was voted on by the city council after they determined it was a public safety issue.
Demolition work is expected to be completely finished by the end of the week.
Despite the demolition of their unofficial clubhouse, city officials admit that may not eliminate the alleged harassment. City officials says it takes every claim seriously and urges anyone with an issue to contact authorities.