Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2010: Update On Dane Reynolds

Dane Reynolds has the biggest heat of his life at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2010 and sends competitor Joel Parkinson packing. Unaccustomed to the feeling, Reynolds lets the win slowly settle in.

Dane Reynolds Photo: ASP / CestariSnapper Rocks, Queensland/Australia – Dane Reynolds rocks the waves at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, the opening event of the 2010 ASP World Tour.

Round 4 as well as the Quarterfinals of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2010 ended today with some massive upsets.  Dane Reynolds, current ASP World No. 10, was slow to start in his Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast campaign, but defeated 2009 ASP World Runner-Up and defending event winner Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, in their Quarterfinal bout. 

“I was actually kind of surprised walking up the beach and people were cheering,” Reynolds said. “I thought I was going to get booed or something, but yes that was special."

Overwhelmed by his win, Dane Reynolds comments on his heat.

"That was one of the biggest heats of my life. I’ve never won a contest or anything so that was a pretty big one for me.”

Reynolds left nothing to chance against the well-built Australian, posting a 9.27 out of a possible 10 on his opening wave for a series of ferocious forehand attacks and fin-free maneuvers.

The Californian backed it up with the highest single-wave score of the day, a 9.93 out of a possible 10, for a blistering forehand assault before navigating through a Houdini-esque barrel.

Dane Reynold's efforts resulted in the highest heat total of the day, a 19.20 out of a possible 20, and an emphatic win.

“That was a lot of fun and it was kind of what I was hoping was going to happen,” Reynolds said. “I feel like a lot of the time you’re out there and you see really good waves from the beach and once you’re out there, you’re kind of lost, but they all came together for me that time."

While reflecting on the slight differences that could have brought about his win, Reynolds considers his board change a possibility.

"I rode a different board - this one felt a lot better. This is the board I rode in my first heat. It felt kind of tricky then and this is only the second time I’ve ridden it, but it felt really good out there today.”

Dane Reynolds will face Jordy Smith (ZAF), 22, in the Semifinals when the ASP 2010 World Tour resumes. 

Event organizers of the 2010 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast in Australia will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30am to assess conditions for a possible 8am start. 

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