Dane Reynolds: Australia loves him

Dane Reynolds has been invited to join the 2012 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, from 25th February, in Australia. The 26-year-old surfer will meet again his former mates, after getting a wildcard from the organization.

The Ventura surf magician is one of the most exciting and creative surfers on the planet but endured a difficult year on the Tour in 2011 which was badly disrupted by injury.

In 2010, Dane Reynolds finished in third at the Gold Coast stage. Kelly Slater might be a possible opponent, in Round 1.

"I hope it’s Kelly. It would be fun," Reynolds said. "I’ve surfed this event as many times as a wildcard as I have a WCT surfer and the wave can be super fun. "It can be barrels or peelers so it’s good for everything. I rate it highly."

Slater is a great admirer of Reynolds' approach to surfing previously saying he could be one of the great surfers of all time.

"If you watch a guy like Dane Reynolds, who obviously is one of the greatest surfers in the world, he could end up being one of the greats of all time and technically, right now, he is as good as anyone has ever been,” Slater said. "He doesn’t hold back in contests."

The Moskova Trials will decide the second wildcard to the 2012 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Other surfers confirmed for the trials include ASP World Junior Title runner-up Garrett Parkes, Japan's Mar Ohno, Brazil's Jesse Mendes and local Gold Coast charger Brent Dorrington.

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