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He's Baaaack: Dane Reynolds into Quik Pro France



Quiksilver & Roxy Pro France

ASP Men's World Tour Event
ASP Women's World Tour Event
Hossegor - Seignosse France
23 September - 6 October 2014

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Reynolds, Banting to Compete at Quiksilver Pro France

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 September, 2014 - With the addition of two wildcards to the competition, Hossegor's cold-water barrel battle is heating up. The 2014 Quiksilver Pro France will see two highly distinctive surfers paddle out with the world's best: New-school rebel and No. 135 on the Qualification Series (QS), Dane Reynolds (USA), and rising star Matt Banting (AUS), who currently leads the QS.

Each surfer brings his own distinct background and set of skills into play. First, there's the fresh-faced Banting, who broke out this year with a few big wins that shot him to No. 1 on the QS. He kicked off 2014 with a win at the Burton Toyota Pro, beating seasoned surfer and tube-master Nathan Hedge with a pair of nine-point rides. His next event win was the Los Cabos Open of Surf, where he ousted WCT surfer Dion Atkinson.

But Banting wasn't done yet. The Aussie went on to win again the next month at the Vans US Open Junior Pro in a four-man Final with close scores. Given that he has the 2015 WCT in his sights, the French contest will be a good time to get acquainted with him. In Round 1, he's matched up against Kelly Slater (USA) and fellow Aussie Matt Wilkinson.

The Quiksilver Pro's other wildcard isn't new to WCT competition, though he is arguably best known for performances that didn't come with a judge's score. Reynolds made his early mark with a 2006 film, First Chapter. The movie featured progressive surfing sans singlets that was groundbreaking and quickly established Reynolds as a phenomenon. Numerous web clips would follow over the years, along with a reputation for mind-blowing airs and powerful on-rail turns. Even the original "Freak" has at times called Reynolds his favorite surfer.

And while Reynolds had some early competitive success on both the QS and the WCT, he ultimately left the elite tour after his 2011 season, citing injury and also arguably suffering from a chronic lack of competitive drive. He went on to pursue other interests, including launching his brand, Summer Teeth, collaborating on surfboard design with Channel Islands, and maintaining his own blog, Marine Layer Productions.

Still, leaving the Tour hasn't left the Ventura surfer entirely out of the contest equation; he showed up as a wildcard on the Gold Coast and in France for the past couple of years. And despite a reputation for inconsistency when the clock is ticking, Reynolds often has a few surprises in store: At the 2014 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, he topped Mick Fanning and Adam Melling (but went on to lose in Round 3). In 2012 he made the Final at the Quiksilver Pro France, putting on a show with his biggest fan, Slater.

The Quiksilver Pro France has a waiting period from Thursday, September 25 to Monday, October 6. Catch Banting and Reynolds LIVE on this site, or DVR after their heats.

Dave Prodan

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