- 13 February 2013 | Surfing
Dane Reynolds has been awarded a wildcard for the 2013 Quiksilver Pro, in Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast, Australia.
The explosive surfer, who proved to be one of the world's most lethal competitors over the 2012 season, will be surfing on the opening 2013 ASP Men's World Championship Tour event.
"As a wildcard you're automatically the lowest seed in the contest so you get a really tough draw in the first three rounds which makes it really exciting but also really difficult", says Dane Reynolds.
"Those guys have a crazy heat win record. They are on top for a reason and you definitely have to surf your best to even have a chance", adds the Ventura surfer.
Reynolds will draw reigning ASP world champion Joel Parkinson or eleven-time world champion Kelly Slater, in Round 1 of the Quiksilver Pro.
He has been fine-tuning his craft by studying Hawaii's smooth stylist John John Florence plus Slater and the late great Andy Irons, whose influence on the natural footer is already apparent.
"I was watching a lot of John John and got super inspired by his video and trying to learn some of the air stuff he's doing that I hadn’t ever really tried," said Reynolds.
"More recently I started going back and watching stuff I liked as a kid, more traditional style surfing from Andy and Kelly. That's been really cool. No-one is attacking waves like Andy these days".
The winner of the second wildcards for the Quiksilver Pro 2013 will be decided at The Moskova Trials, on March 1st.