Dylan Graves On Weird Waves

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The man, the myth, the weirdo. Dylan. Photos: Nolan Hall

A few months back Dylan Graves dropped Weird Waves Wyoming on us, featuring himself, Andrew Doheny and Wade Goodall surfing the Snake River in the middle of America.

It was awesome. And as it turns out, it wasn’t just a one-off idea, but rather the pilot episode of what will surely be a highly entertaining series featuring Dylan and friends surfing in the weirdest places possible. Today at noon PST Dylan’s dropping episode 2 from Texas, so we gave him a ring to get the scoop on what all it’ll entail, and to hear how weird he plans to get from here.

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Where weird and fun collide, you can find Dylan Graves.

What originally inspired you to pursue Weird Waves?

I’ve always loved novelty waves; they’ve always been a passion of mine. I feel like some of my most memorable sessions have been from finding weird little waves and surfing them with my friends, so I wanted to dig a little deeper and see what else is out there, and what is potentially surfable that maybe we’ve overlooked. At least that’s where I’d like to go with the show. People have surfed Wyoming and Texas before but it was still cool to check those places out. In Wyoming we were surfing next to moose, bald eagles and buffalo. It was wild.

And Texas? What was that all about?

I’d heard about the tanker waves and seen a couple videos on You Tube, and really wanted to see what it was all about. And it’s super weird. These huge ships come in and they’re so big they make waves. That’s as trippy as it gets right there. And it was a really wild experience, one that was so much different from any other surf trip. That’s what I’m most psyched on. Usually we go to tropical places with crazy reefbreaks and that’s all amazing, but I’m super pumped I got to check out Middle America on a surf trip. [laughs] And I’m learning so much about what it takes to make these waves work. In Wyoming it was all about how much snow was melting, and forecasting when the water levels would be just right for the wave to break. In Texas, it was all about how fast the ship was moving, how heavy it was, and at what angle it passed the spot we were surfing. It all played a crazy factor that was blowing our minds.

How many chances did you actually get to ride tanker waves in Texas?

We were there for four days, and we go two tanker waves.

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Swell-maker supreme.

So did you just have to wait around all day?

Yeah. There was an app that would let us know when the tankers were cleared to enter the harbor, and there was sort of a schedule, but it wasn’t very accurate. There were a couple times that we were late and we were trying to outrace the tanker to where we needed to be to take off. And twice we freaked out and scrambled and then there wasn’t even a wave [laughs.] It was that classic, Home Alone scramble to the airport moment. So yeah, it was difficult.

Is there a Mount Everest of weird waves?

I have about 15 places I want to go and at the top of my list is the tidal bore in China. But I’m most excited about finding out about new places I hadn’t heard of before. That’s my goal with the show, I want people to reach out and tell me if they know of any crazy weird waves anywhere around the world. A few have already and I’ve gotten good leads. I hope we find something trippy in a weird ass place that you’d never even think you’d find a wave.

Well, consider this a call to action to anyone sitting on weird wave knowledge.

Definitely. We’re just getting started. And we’re down to go anywhere. And I really want to thank Joel Fox for all the trippy animation and Andy Baker for the opening and closing art, we’ve had a lot of good feedback on the first episode and I’m excited to see where can take Weird Waves.

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