- WSL / Kirstin
Reynolds vs. Slater
Facing off at the 2014 Quiksilver Pro France, it was a battle of progression, power and precision for the two star surfers.

Dane Reynolds (USA) has been refining his arsenal in preparation for the 2015 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Competing as the Quiksilver event wildcard for the fourth consecutive year, Reynolds is taking a serious approach to Stop No. 1 on the Samsung Galaxy World Championship Tour (CT). According to Surfline, he's starting with his boards.

Reynolds has had mixed results as a wildcard. His last best result was during his first year off the CT, when he finished runner-up to Kelly Slater (USA) at the Quiksilver Pro France. But after several years of early contest exits since, he spent the winter months working with Channel Islands' Britt Merrick on a new line of custom boards in hopes of breaking through Round 3. The pair have worked together since Reynolds was a teenager, but recently their work has been very Snapper Rocks-specific.

Dane Reynolds Dane Reynolds finished 13th at the 2014 Gold Coast event, losing to then-reigning World Champ Mick Fanning. - WSL / Kelly Cestari

"These boards were all made with Snapper in mind," Merrick told Surfline. "Dane likes to feel down-the-line speed."

The Small One: 5'8" x 2.437" x 19.25", 29.2 liters
The Peregrine: 5'11" x 2.25" x 19", 29 liters
Black and White: 6'0" x 2.25" x 18.50", 28.8 liters
Grey Matter: 6'0" x 2.25" x 18.62", 28.9 liters

Reynolds took the Peregrine out for a freesurf at Rincon and came back so happy he reportedly told Britt to hide it so he wouldn't do any damage to it before the Quik Pro.

Stay tuned to see if the Reynolds-Britt method pays off. Watch the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast LIVE daily on worldsurfleague.com starting February 28.

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