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Dane Reynolds’ California Three-Pack

It could be argued that being exposed to a variety of waves could improve the range in your surfing ability. But then again, after the example of Dane Reynolds and his varietal hometown of Ventura, California it probably wouldn’t even need to be argued. In everything from point breaks, to barrels, to small-wave dazzle, the regular-footer has just about every notch on his belt. And with a range of fortes like Dane’s comes a quiver to suit them all. So when we recently met up with Mr. Reynolds in his hometown, we asked him to pick a quick three boards that he could survive with at home. Here’s what he gave us:

DANE REYNOLDS
30 // Carpinteria, CA
6’0”, 190 lbs.

BOARD 1
USE: WHEN IT’S FIRING
SHAPER/MODEL: BRITT MERRICK/ BLACK&WHITE WITH ALTERED ROCKER
DIMENSIONS: 6’0” X 19” X 2 1/2”
BOARD MATERIAL: PU
FIN SETUP/MODEL: THRUSTER/CAPTAIN FIN DR

Where do you surf this board? Chest-high to double-overhead beachbreaks or points. It’s pretty versatile. What makes this board work well when it’s firing? The original Black&White is a good pointbreak board. Really low rocker with hips to loosen it up. It was really drivey and skatey, which is a rare combo, but you could get way out on the face to do a wrap or get tight in the pocket. But for beachbreaks the rocker was just a little too rigid for the different curves you have to fit into. For this one, we scrubbed a bit of the flatness out from the zone in front of the front foot and added a little tail kick and it’s a totally different board. It rolls rail-to-rail well and is really forgiving. The skateyness is gone but it always feels engaged and under your feet. Any other reasons you picked this board? It’s just what I’ve been riding the most lately, at least when the waves are decent.

BOARD 2
USE: DAY-TO-DAY
SHAPER/MODEL: BRITT MERRICK/4
DIMENSIONS: 5’8” X 19 1/2” X 2 1/2”
BOARD MATERIAL: PU
FIN SETUP/MODEL: THRUSTER/CAPTAIN FIN DR

Where do you surf this board? Shitty beachbreaks around home, which is unfortunately what I surf most of the year. What characteristics make this a good day-to-day board? It’s fast, loose, engaged, rolls rail-to-rail well and makes shitty waves fun. Any other reasons you picked this board? It’s just always in my car.

Dane Reynolds, Rocky PointPhoto: Ryan Miller

BOARD 3
USE: WHEN IT’S TINY THE POINTBREAKS ARE LESS THAN IDEAL
SHAPER/MODEL: BRITT MERRICK/SAMPLER
DIMENSIONS: 5’9” X 19 1/4” X 2 1/2”
BOARD MATERIAL: PU
FIN SETUP/MODEL: THRUSTER/ CAPTAIN FIN DR

Where do you surf this board? At pointbreaks when it’s less than pumping. It’s also fun when it’s pumping, just with a little less control than something longer. What characteristics make this a good board when it’s small? It has really low rocker so it gets moving down the line really quick, with some pronounced hips to turn off of.