Wow. Dane Reynolds just released an eleven minute mash-up of footage that compiled in the “not quite good enough” category while filming for Cluster. Of course, this “not quite good enough” criteria for Dane is a league above what most would consider “throwaways”. Sampler is raw, pure, unadulterated Dane with a no-bullshit attitude. As you watch, you start think about the type of shit that just doesn’t make the cut when your constantly being deemed the best surfer in the world. And Dane addresses this pressure, along with the expectations of continuous progression, in a personal message released with the edit, which we’ll let you read for yourself here…
[“i emailed a friend of mine a link to 'SAMPLER' the other day to see what he thought and he texted me back that it was 'pretty cool.' i said 'that doesn't sound very enthusiastic.' and he wrote back that it was 'a little too b sidey for me.' then the next day he sent a long winded explanation saying he just expected more. i wrote back ‘that text leaves me more confused than before, so your saying you were just disappointed? i don't really care i like it... it's b sides whatever i'm not gonna force people to watch it or pay for it so if they're disappointed then fuck em'
man... expectations, what a stoke killer. every time you do something, the expectation is that whatever you do next has to be better. do you understand how unsustainable that is? the pressure caused by this principle has stressed me out, burned me out, i eventually cracked, hid out, dropped out, turned away… but then it get's to a point where you're just like 'fuck it.' that's when i've done my best surfing. when there is a complete absence of consideration for what people expect.
so here's SAMPLER, which is a collection of surfing i've done the past year that didn't make it into 'cluster.' so yeah, it is 'b sidey' but that is not a disclaimer, i'm proud of it. every moment can't be your best, the waves aren't always perfect, the more you expect the more your disappointed, do what you can with what you've got, surfing's an art, there's no winner and no loser, no right or wrong way to do it, there's a big difference between saying 'fuck it' and genuinely feeling it, and as much as i wish it did, writing it on my boards doesn't really make me feel it, and i have to say that for the most part, while filming the past year, i was aware that i was one of the oldest guys in the movie with a reputation to defend, and that is not the right frame of mind to surf your best. or feel your best, or be yourself... but seriously... fuck it, forget what your sponsors expect, what viewers expect, expect nothing, do your best, clear your mind, be present, turn off, tune out, drop in.
or as ethan fowler says it 'do what you want, do it well, or, if you don't want to do it well, don't do it well, just do it how you do it, and that shit shines through a thousand times brighter']
And if this is the attitude that it takes for Dane to surf, feel, be his best, then we love it. Good shit Mr. Reynolds, keep it coming.