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The Guy Who Snaked Dane Reynolds

 

On this episode of The Surfing Podcast we sit down with the man who snaked Dane Reynolds on one of the most famous waves of the 2016 El Nino surf season.

The video clip of this wave at Sandspit went viral drew ire and vitriol from hundreds of surfing (and Dane) fans around the world.

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This is our interview with Chuck Rigano, the surfer who had the misfortune of burning one of the most famous and well-liked surfers in the history of the sport.

While most surfers wrote Chuck off as being a jerk, kook, or something worse online and assumed the drop-in was a blatant hackjob by an egotistical douche.

This couldn’t be further from the truth.

We were happy and proud to sit down with Chuck on the inaugural episode of our podcast to clear the air about the Drop-In Heard ‘Round The World and to set the record straight on #SnakeGate. And, for the record, here are a few photos of Chuck ripping view publisher site.

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Bruno Texiera - Churck Rigano 001
Solid bottom, solid surfer. Photo: Bruno Texiera
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Vicious hack, laid-back guy. Photo: Bruno Texiera
Tom Curren And Chuck Rigano
Chuck with Tommy Curren. Chuck says, “Tom is one of my heroes and gave me my first Surfers Bible. I had to read it recently to remind myself to forgive everyone even the worst haters out there.”
Tim Montag - Chuck Rigano
Chuck chucks the tail close to home. Photo: Tim Montag

And he’s a BeachGrit.com article featuring a clip of Chuck surfing alone and quite well on a bunch of waves as well.

What do you think?

Is Chuck a good guy?

Do you still think he’s a dick?

Sound off in the Comments section below.

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