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Fri, 27 May 2016

Quiet and low-key, Supers charger Dylan Stone from Port Elizabeth makes the cut for the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA. Craig Jarvis chatted to him.


TUBE STONE: Dylan Stone has been invited at the last minute, and he's stoked. Photo Pat Flanagan

Dylan Stone gets the job done at Supers without too much fuss. He paddles out, surfs hard off the rail, and then quietly slips out of there. We caught up with him.

So the press releases were all over and the final surfers had been selected, but not you. How did it feel to suddenly get the last minute call up?
To be honest I was quite surprised, and I really didn't see that coming, but I'm quite excited for the event.

There are a lot of good surfers in the mix. Reckon you’ve got what it takes?
Looking at the list of surfers invited, I don't reckon I deserve the slot, but I'm sure happy I'm going to get to surf Supers with three other guys out. That’s pretty much every surfer’s dream.

Former event winner Dylan Lightfoot reckons you're one of the most under rated surfers at Supers.
Really? Dyl Lightfoot, that kid is ripping, and he will definitely be one of the standouts out there.

There have been a few decent swells so far this year. Have you been around? Who do you think has been tearing so far at Supers this year?
To be honest all the guys on the list surf Supers really well and are super talented, but one guy that always stands out to me is Sean Holmes. He's amazing to watch out there.

Do you have any specific tactics when surfing a contest at Supers?
Tactics? (laughs) I do. I go out and catch as many waves as I can, and try not to embarrass myself out there.

What sort of waves do you look for?
I’m not that picky out there either, I take what I can get.

Supers does need some specific equipment, especially when it starts running properly. What are the dims of your go-to Supers board?
It’s a clean Fishstix 5'11 rounded pin. It does the job at Supers.

Every year we see some incredible waves ridden at Supers. What is the best wave you have ever seen surfed at Supers?
I think it was Joel Parko on an 8-foot wave, and super high tide. He carved it all the way from the top and then backdoored the Impossibles section and got barreled right through coins. It was nuts.

The Supertrial forms part of the JBay Winterfest, the sporting and music festival that will take place in Jeffreys Bay from 6-17 July. The JBU Supertrial is presented by RVCA. Co-sponsors include Monster Energy, Stance, Oakley. Wavescape is the media partner. The event is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa and the World Surf League. Check the Facebook event page and join in the fun.

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