Ross CauvelComment

Reynolds Spiked the Punch at House of Vans

Ross CauvelComment
Reynolds Spiked the Punch at House of Vans

The folding chairs were lined up. The boards displayed. The taco truck open. Beer served. And we came together, the surfers of NYC, to witness an experiment in fun.

The Electric Acid Surfboard Test premiered in NYC at House of Vans for a crowd eager to escape a case of the Mondays.

The twenty-minute video follows Dane through the point breaks of Mexico, as he puts a quiver of weird boards curated by Stab Mag through its paces. The shapes included twins, quads, mid-lengths, displacement hulls, and asymmetricals.

The asymms tended to steal the show and percolated discussion around the design. For years, we’ve all asked: if asymms provide so much benefit, why haven’t we seen a pro surfer on one? Well, now we have. And the result was some impressive hacks, a few above the lip moments, and Dane pontificating its merits.

A few criticisms have surrounded the concept. Why Dane? Why was a guy, who exclusively rides thrusters, chosen for this project? Since he’s not an expert on these shapes, it’s a tall order to ask him to capture the hungry eyes of fans.

It did seem like Dane felt pressure to pander and force a few airs. But in general, his resistance to alternative craft, actually provided the most interesting narrative thread and comedic moments. At one point, he shows how far back his foot placement needs to be on a fish (nearly off the board), in order to perform critical maneuvers.

And while it was admirable that Dane had final cut and even edited the footage himself—I’m curious what a few professional editing techniques and designs would add to the project.

All in all, the concept by Stab Magazine editor, Ashton Goggans, kept the story moving and the audience captivated. Another potential addition would be some commentary from the shapers to give viewers backstory on the intentions of each shape.

In general, NYC surf screenings in theaters tend to be unsocial. However, The House of Vans, on the other hand, got us all together in a space conducive to conversation and music, and it was one of the best Monday evenings I’ve had in NYC. Kudos, for helping bring it all together. Hmmmm, maybe I do need a new pair of Sk8-Hi’s...