It remains to be seen how far Dane Reynolds will advance in the Reef Hawaiian Pro, the first jewel in the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing on Oahu's North Shore, but surfers are still talking about his slashing inverted layback turn on a right-hander in pumping surf on Friday (see video posted below).
Mostly, they're puzzled as to how Reynolds was able to stay on his board after bashing the lip and slashing a savage turn as the wave was closing out, and as he became engulfed in whitewater, to help him win his heat in the Round of 96.
Reynolds, of Ventura, said afterward: "It was just kind of frustration 'cause my first couple waves were closeouts, then I got one and my board felt way too long and I just couldn't get any release out of the tail, so I was just going on a close out and just kinda doing what you can."
Reynolds has since advanced to Round of 32, which will be completed when the surf comes back up. Here's footage of what's being referred to merely as "the turn":
--Top Image showing Dane Reynolds' incredible turn is courtesy of ASP/Kirstin