Watch: Dane Reynolds // How Is It Going To End?

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Once upon a time I would've said that, with very few exceptions, pro surfers commenting on world events makes as much sense as politicians choosing your quiver.

These days, however, we've got legend shapers who double as 5G experts, pandemic specialists multiplying faster than the virus itself, and thankfully, helpful anonymous punters who can see things you can't (but will with a bit of research).

So why not give Dane Reynolds a bit of air time?

In exchange he gets a bit of free criticism about his latest clip - the first four minutes are a waste of bandwidth.

The following is ⌘C/⌘V from his website.

We took a pause in programming out of respect and solidarity with the current civil rights movement. Surf videos aren’t urgent, there’s more important issues at hand. I never intended for this site to cover anything but surfing, and hopefully this is our only departure, but I’ve decided to take this moment to open up a conversation. 

Here we go…

I surf with Matt a lot. More often than not in really crappy waves. Ventura in the summer can get pretty bleak. 

Between sets we shoot the shit, usually about funny things – our buddy having a paranoid meltdown after Matt told him to eat a whole weed candy, bill and mini gettin on each others nerves, stuff like that, but lately the topic of conversation has shifted to current events. We both have friends and family on extreme sides of the increasingly divided political spectrum that feed us information and the absurdity of what’s getting spread has reached a threshold for me. 

Social media’s gone mad. Left and Right media are conflicting on every issue. Misinformation is spreading like a disease. 

Can anyone tell me what the hell is actually going on out there? 

Is it a coincidence that all this chaos is happening during an election year? I can’t help to think about how supposed Russian operatives used social media to create division and chaos in America during our last presidential election. 

It’s really not that hard, Anyone can invent a fictional story around an event or a person, connect a few dots, post on youtube or facebook or a meme on instagram or twitter and someone will believe it. Post something real enticing and it just might go viral. Evidence? Shit even the president doesn’t care to fact check before posting. Social media is an open stage for spreading false narratives.

Are things more bizarre and unfathomably scripted than we can imagine? Are we pawns in a massive scheme? 

Or is it mostly straightforward… to use the current situation as a reference – an unfortunate set of events… coronavirus spread to a human in a wet market in China and is highly infectious so it spread like wildfire into a global pandemic and then two months later a fucking heartless person with a badge got recorded abusing his power and ultimately killing a black man over a misdemeanor which triggered global protests and a movement for equality and police reform which will ultimately be a positive change?

I know the reality lies somewhere in-between… I wish to believe that for the most part politicians are good people that look out for the greater good, and create policies that benefit everyone from the disenfranchised to the wealthy. But that’s a fairy tale, 

It’s all a fucking mess man. 

I sympathize with the black community, who have been suffering from systemic racism since being stolen from their homes and shipped to America as slaves 100’s of years ago. Some basic reading if you need a reminder –

https://lawenforcementmuseum.org/2019/07/10/slave-patrols-an-early-form-of-american-policing/

https://www.history.com/topics/early-20th-century-us/jim-crow-laws

https://theconversation.com/the-racist-roots-of-american-policing-from-slave-patrols-to-traffic-stops-112816

I sympathize with police. Policing is the last line of work I would want to do – confronting people every day who are breaking the law. Enforcing minor infractions would just be sad. Dealing with people committing real infractions would be sketchy, being a police officer dealing with sketchy situations day in and day out has to warp your perspective on how to treat people fairly.

There’s people everywhere with poor judgement and no moral compass, angry fearful self absorbed egotistical mean and judgmental people. How people with those traits can become our leaders and law enforcers I don’t know. 

I don’t have any answers, I try to think logically, rationally, critically, vote, support businesses that support causes I believe in, treat everyone with respect, teach my kids good values… but it doesn’t feel like enough…

Pandemic, protests, lies, rallies, conspiracies, corruption, environment, justice…

How is it going to end?

And can we discuss these issues without everyone shitting their pants in anger?

The ball is in your court. Comment below.

Thanks for tuning in,

Dane

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freeride76 commented Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020 at 10:06am

pretty fucking level headed and good hearted if you ask me.

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crg commented Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020 at 11:18am

Second that.
I feel our biggest problem is our collective lack of trust in our available information. We are all confused and divided because our sources of news, information, data etc are no longer required to tell the truth. When we stopped being informed and started being marketed to, we lost all integrity.

I'm not cheap,
But I'm free.

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Ape Anonymous commented Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020 at 11:38am

Perhaps a more fundamental problem is the lackadaisical understanding of "self" -we can't even unify our own mind or get along with our neighbor let alone understand an infinite universe - driven by desires and ego, we are so sheepishly divided and abused - has anything change since the birth of 'civilisation'?
Dunbar number -limits to cognition - worth understanding - https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20191001-dunbars-number-why-we-can-on...

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Tooold2bakook commented Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020 at 11:40am

This. It is impossible to agree on a right path forward before the basic facts are agreed on. Social media, via misinformation, spruking etc amplifies uncertainty to such an extent that genuine debates can hardly even begin. We're in real trouble

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t-diddy commented Thursday, 25 Jun 2020 at 8:00pm

well said!

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ballbagmanifesto commented Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020 at 6:56pm

Totally agree. Surprisingly deft, and well moderated comment, flouting (as much as he could possibly dare) this apparent world wide ban on facts, analysis and sensibleness.

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Ape Anonymous commented Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020 at 10:40am

How does he keep so limber?

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sean killen commented Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020 at 10:46am

Dane absolutely shreds full stop

Pumkinhead

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flow commented Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020 at 11:31am

Dane for President.

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andy-mac commented Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020 at 12:09pm

Since we are talking politics....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-14SllPPLxY

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freeride76 commented Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020 at 1:35pm

how good was the air over the chick on a soft top going over the falls?!

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The Shaper commented Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020 at 2:33pm

Its actually has a name. Its called "the post truth era"
A recipe for disaster. Propaganda. Media love it because it fits very well with the new model, stories are written for them or.....

Get an opinion on something important then get some one to contradict with their own opinion and you can milk that for stories till the proverbial cow falls over in exhaustion and if things are a bit slow, throw in your own opinion to get it moving..

The facts don't matter, so we present "relative facts."

The amazing thing in all of this "opinion power" is that we all feel so empowered that our opinion matters but reality is, that no one actually gives a stuff about anybody else's opinion!

true blue basher could say this much better I am sure.............

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indo-dreaming commented Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020 at 4:08pm

Kinda sucks how there seems to be so little footage of Dan in decent waves, always seems to be just what i expect are waves in USA.

Doesn't he still get paid to surf?

FFS when this shit is over send him on a decent surf trip, and record his every wave.

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bipola commented Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020 at 4:15pm

BULL SHIT always wins, just because a journalist writes it or a politician says it, doesn't make it true. all that matters to them is
CONSUME
BE SILENT
DIE
eg. PEAK OIL. Y2000, and STICKS and STONES will break your bones BUT NAMES WILL NEVER HURT YOU. ETC

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zenagain commented Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020 at 5:03pm

Don't mind Dane.
I'll always watch when he drops a clip.

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gsco commented Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020 at 6:18pm

We are now in the age of artificial intelligence bots presenting and indeed spamming whatever stories and content they can find online and/or fabricate themselves which they predict people will click on, spend some time on and consume.

These predictions and resulting stories are based on the same machine learning algorithms which predict the songs you might like on spotify based on your listening history, what you might watch next on netflix based on your viewing history, what you might purchase next on Amazon based on your purchasing history, etc.

The predictions and resulting online content have nothing to do with the worthiness or importance of the stories as meaningful news items, or wth the truth or falsity of the stories. The AI bots are simply presenting what people will click on and consume...

As a result, the internet, particularly news websites and social media, is getting more and more detached from truth, reality and meaningfulness.

Also, since these machine learning algorithms are largely just trend following, once they catch wind of a piece of internet content being clicked on, growing in popularity and trending, the AI bots "go to town" on it and spam it across the board,. In the process they also morph it into something they predict is even more likely to get more clicks. So what can start off as a small, insignificant, meaningless, worthless and oftentimes fabricated and fake piece of information online can quickly gather steam, snowball and get twisted into a large media event, one that people even start reacting to in the street...

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Solitude commented Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020 at 6:04pm

Still can’t work out what was the point of the first 4 mins. Shots of Dane sitting out the back and his mate kooking it at a one foot beachie.

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Walk around G commented Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020 at 7:16pm

Joe(Dane) vs...Shmo(us)...totally next level surf talent, surf conditions I'd definitely drive straight past, totally uninterested in, yet he'll make it look fun as. Get him in some seriously good surf sponsors and he'll totally blow our minds, he deserves that much surely?

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freeride76 commented Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020 at 6:15pm

I actually enjoyed that bit. Dane did some brutal hacks on those weak little waves.

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Yendor commented Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020 at 9:34pm

I liked it too. It felt familiar and what you do when the waves are shit, but I don't do what Dane does. Also you can't beat the power of the juxtapostion, different racy track, waves with more juice, more Dane doing unreasonable shit to imperfect waves. Even in the tiny waves he glides and shreds as a big unit. I liked the addition of the guy bogging his turns and practically sinking to remind us of what it is to be mortal

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t-diddy commented Thursday, 25 Jun 2020 at 8:10pm

Totally agree on both counts! I will appreciate my surf similar conditions Way more having watched him, not only bother going out in that but fully shred it

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memlasurf commented Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020 at 6:56pm

Dane has a brain, a good moral compass and can write lucid and intelligently. Always liked the guy and I reckon he is a terrific example to kids that you don't have to be rabidly competitive to surf and live well. Was obviously born at the right time and place but he seems a really good guy more Aussie than USA in his outlook I feel (he loves stout!). If anybody wants to read how the USA ended up so far up that nasty creek, 'Fantasy Land: how America went haywire a 500 year history' by Kurt Andersen is a hoot.

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goofyfoot commented Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020 at 7:35pm

Does anyone attack the lip harder?

no, no they don't.

That was good

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Walk around G commented Thursday, 25 Jun 2020 at 10:55am

Mikey Wright is our Aussie version, I love Mikey's approach too.

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freeride76 commented Thursday, 25 Jun 2020 at 12:43pm

Mikey couldn't tie Danes shoelaces.

and he surfs incredibly safe in heats, unlike Dane; who goes full bore no matter where or when.

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Walk around G commented Thursday, 25 Jun 2020 at 1:24pm

I didn't say he surf's better than Dane FR76, I just stated that he's our Ozzie version, with in my opinion, a similarly aggressive aproach.

https://failover.coastalwatch.com/videos/26056/five-things-that-make-mik...

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memlasurf commented Friday, 26 Jun 2020 at 9:16am

I reckon Noah Deane is closer in approach and body size.

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freeride76 commented Friday, 26 Jun 2020 at 11:13am

agree

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Budda commented Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020 at 9:40pm

I liked the first 4 minutes. Amazing watching his technique to pull speed out of 2ft dribble. So much to learn, so many subtle adjustments. Danes a ripper

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rusty commented Thursday, 25 Jun 2020 at 11:51am

I know right? 1:39 How did he do that?

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shoredump commented Wednesday, 24 Jun 2020 at 10:13pm

How is it going to end?

The model is forecasting civil war
https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/model-predicting-united-sta...

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t-diddy commented Thursday, 25 Jun 2020 at 9:17pm

hectic! hope not

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Panman commented Thursday, 25 Jun 2020 at 7:00am

I saw a show called Years and Years on free to air
It’s set only a few years in the future and it kinda blew my mind . Particularly the part with ‘ deep fake news’ get your heads around that

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kang commented Thursday, 25 Jun 2020 at 8:25am

The first 4 mins were refreshing. See the waves coming, the positioning the paddling. Raw footage without shit music and polished cuts. More relatable than perfect triple overhead indo tubes. Although I do love watching triple overhead indo tubes.

The political bit. If you dont realize the BLM movement isn't fabricated from a british analytica esk entity, you're heads in the sand

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memlasurf commented Friday, 26 Jun 2020 at 9:15am

Love a good conspiracy what can make up and send it out there?

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scroty commented Thursday, 25 Jun 2020 at 8:46am

4:20 if you want to get straight to the clickbait image and have attention span issues.

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H2O commented Thursday, 25 Jun 2020 at 1:04pm

ABC for news. Critical eye on all commentary. No Facebook, twitter, Insta, Some good links here from time to time and a suite of different points of view.

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H2O commented Thursday, 25 Jun 2020 at 1:10pm

Should add - remember seeing Dane in first Young Guns movie - he's all time!

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ringmaster commented Thursday, 25 Jun 2020 at 1:26pm

Enjoyed that. The first few minutes were also worth including. I imagined him being out at typical Jan Juc in those conditions and showing what's possible when you have such outrageous talent.

Bloke sounds like he's got a good take on life as well.

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jacksprat commented Thursday, 25 Jun 2020 at 2:42pm

As an entity I always find Dane Reynolds refreshing. Talented, anxious, skilled and ordinary all at the same time. I will (as always) watch the clip with an open mind and enjoy it for what it is - a refreshing take on the sport, thankfully far from the vile remains of the surf industry (yes, I know he makes money from it too - but he does it without the nasty subterfuge.)

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69longboarder commented Thursday, 25 Jun 2020 at 9:55pm

Get rid of religion. Get rid of greed = Get rid of a lot of trouble.
I just dont know how to stop it being a rich, fat white mans world though.
That would sort a lot of it out too.

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Ape Anonymous commented Friday, 26 Jun 2020 at 9:27am

We all missed something, the most important thing:
How good are those boards he's riding! Outstanding job Merricks!

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garry-weed commented Friday, 26 Jun 2020 at 11:18am

Best Neckbeard promo ever

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batfink commented Wednesday, 1 Jul 2020 at 8:57am

Wise head on his shoulders, and one of my favourite surfers.