SHED SESSIONS-Dylan Graves
Dylan Graves has proven himself a glass-half-full kind of guy. Over several installments of Graves’s “Weird Waves” series, we’ve seen the Puerto Rico-bred surfer greet everything from barely rideable Arctic glacier pulses to Pacific Northwest standing waves with the sort of enthusiasm typically reserved for head-high-and-pumping.
He froths on weird waves, it’s clear. But what about weird boards?
In the latest installment of Shed Sessions, Graves’s brio for the bizarre meets a formidable challenger in a 70s-era Stanley Pleskunas single-fin with inlay flex deck. Handpicked for Graves by Bird’s Surf Shed patriarch “Bird” Huffman, the board–which features a rolled bottom, wide-based, glassed-in fin pushed back toward the tail, and a soft-deck meant to allow the board to flex and twist in imaginative ways–is truly otherworldly, a seemingly perfect foil for surfer bent on locating the outermost limits of pure fun.