SAN CLEMENTE, California / USA (Thursday, April 14, 2011) – Dane Reynolds (USA), 25, has been sidelined from the Australian leg of the 2011 ASP World Tour due to the lengthy recovery process following the knee surgery he underwent earlier this season to repair his busted wheel. While Reynolds might be couch surfing at the moment, the innovative aerialist took the time to take above-the-lip up and comers to school on how to pull a slob grab and SURFER Magazine posted Dane’s words of wisdom. This… is his story…
I like doing fake rotations where your body doesn’t rotate, but your board does. I prefer doing Slob grabs off closeout sections—when you have a lot of speed and you can predict how the wave is going to break.
1. You need to go a little more vertically up to the lip than you would for an air reverse. For an air reverse you’re kind of high-lining it and then you kick it towards the shore more. For a Slob, you’re bottom-turning up to the lip.
2. I find that I have to hit the lip quite a bit earlier than I would for other grabs, because I have to get my tail real high. With the way you kick the tail out, if you hit the lip late, like you normally would for an air reverse, the tail gets caught and you can’t get the extension out of it.
For the full breakdown on Dane’s slob log on to SURFER Magazine.
For more on Reynolds view his full ASP WORLD TOUR PROFILE.