Stance: Regular

Originally a NSW South Coast inhabitant, now living on the Gold Coast, Dylan embraces the pure spirit and style that typifies dedicated surfers of his former residence. A compassionate and dependable character with a dry wit, he gives and gets respect from both his peers and elders. Dylan's surfing reflects his temperament, strong, clean lines embracing both the essence of traditional Australian surfing, and the ever-developing flair and spontaneity of his generation and generations to come. Inherently challenging grommets by always being willing and able to explore and exploit potential.

Despite entering his thirties, Dylan's surfing is still in its teen years in terms of attitude and a passion for adventure.
A committed family man, who leads by example, his South Coast experience is obvious, showcased in an approach honed on point breaks and reefs, forever committed and capable in the most critical of situations and sections. All things considered, as a man and a surfer, Dylan is the logical accompaniment to Billabong's freestyle maestro Brendan 'Margo' Margieson.

More recently he's been grabbing headlines for one reason - big waves.
In 2005, Dylan took out the 'Monster Tube Award' at the Billabong XXL awards in recognition for his efforts for taking on ball-jarring Shipsterns Bluff earlier in the year. No other Aussie charged hard enough to be granted a nomination from the XXL committee. He accepted the award via phone in Tahiti, before staying on in the small village and slinging into 12-15ft Teahupo’o during the SOLID swell of May that year.
Almost in the running two years in a row, Dylan was part of the now legendary session that took place in March ’06, again at Shipstern Bluff. Although wrangling a fair few of the warping Shipsterns beasts, it was Billabong team mate, Laurie Towner who pipped him to the XXL Awards nomination.
Whilst freesurfing and the pursuit of giant waves remain Dylan’s focus, his career isn’t without the occasional competition interlude.
In 2006, Longbottom was back in Tahiti, competing in the Von Zipper Trials event, vying for a wildcard entry into the Billabong Pro, Tahiti. Never one for contests, Dylan didn’t make the grade, but his performance still got the crowds talking. The highest placing Australian made the quarterfinals before bowing out, out-performing many more seasoned competitors in the process.

Born into a surfing heritage, it was only a matter of time.
His father Ross was a solid surfer himself and renowned glasser at Gordon & Smith at Cronulla through the 70's and 80's. Dylan originally tried his hand at competition, but his soul could not be leashed. Despite being acknowledged as a terminal ripper and always being amongst the deepest in the pit, he was never awarded the placing’s his surfing deserved. Steadfastly happy, and simply content with his lifestyle and track, Dylan's ready acceptance of being denied in the competitive realm mirrors his self-confident resilience. Positive brings positive, and Dylan is living the surfer's dream, and deservingly so as a great soul and man of the ocean

05th Jul 2012
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