Dane Reynolds Freed From Portuguese Prison
After two days in the slammer, Dane is a free man
After two days in the slammer, Dane is once again a free man, having been release from detention in immigration in Lisbon, Portugal.
As reported on Surfer Mag, with whom Dane is in Europe to shoot a profile, Reynolds survived his time on lock down largely unscathed.
“It was minor, really," Dane said of his incarceration. “I feel way worse for the other guys I was in there with—just a lot of people trying to get out of their shitty situations in other countries."
It turns out Dane's release was in part aided by Portuguese surf legends Tiago Pires and Nic von Rupp, who along with other heavy hitters on the Euro surf scene lobbied the US Embassy and Portuguese Immigration authorities to secure Dane's release.
“It was a shitty situation," Nic von Rupp told STAB“. “It was a simple issue: He lost his passport. But with all the immigration issues going on here in Europe, it doesn’t matter who you are. Things escalated fast, then the US Embassy didn’t take care of him."
“I got a friend to go down and check on him at night just to see if he was ok, then everyone went down to put pressure on the American Embassy. It was Craig (Anderson), Brendon (Gibbons), the guys from Surfer, the guys from the WSL over here and Mini; everyone was trying to get him out of there. We were in front of the embassy for six hours."
While Dane's ordeal was hardy Terry Waite/Ruben Carter/Shawshank Redemption, it ain't much fun being on the wrong side of the border control authorities, as Aritz Aranburu will testify after his ordeal in South Africa.
As mentioned by many of y'all on comments, it's probably a good idea to take a photocopy of your passport elsewhere in your luggage.
We wish Dane happy travels for the rest of his stay in Europe.