Since Dane has been eliminated in the very first round of the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, we won’t be seeing him surf until the beginning of May when the Tour implants itself on the tranquil island of Tahiti for the Billabong Pro at Teahupoo. Seeing as how Dane is undeniably one of the most exciting surfers to watch, you could say there’s a lot of people bummed out about not seeing him push through to later rounds at Bells. But that’s that, the new format is what it is. He lost a heat and he got eliminated, the contest goes on.
That being said, here’s some of the most recent Dane footage out there to tide you (and us) over till Tahiti.
Dane’s GO Moment At Pipe
Hawaii Feb ’08
Self-shaped ‘Otter Pop’
Let’s be honest, Kelly Slater shaping his own boards has gotten more banter and buzz than Alana Blanchard’s bikinis. Well, maybe not that much, but it seems like people are making a pretty big deal about it. And rightfully so, to a certain extent.
In this day and age of the shaping machine, most young pros have never even touched a planer or a sanding block. So, to see the world’s greatest surfer doing things for himself is a bit shocking, I can undestand that. But self-shaping-pros have always been the ones who made the drastic changes in board design: Mark Richards, Simon Anderson, et. al. Hopefully self-shaping won’t become a hollow, insincere fad for self-promotion, but serve the rightful purpose of pros being able to put their theories and needs of a board into reality. Spot on ya Dane for ripping that ugly thing apart.