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A Call for Goodwill From Firewire CEO Mark Price: Support SurfAid By Sponsoring a SurfAid Cup Team

Please help me support SURFAID USA by making a donation here. The process is fast, easy, and secure. We truly appreciate any support you can provide, and it will benefit a great cause!

If you can’t make a donation at this point, please help the Firewire Team reach our goal by sharing this page on Facebook and Twitter! Or, even better, send an e-mail to friends you think might be interested in contributing and include a link to the page!

Thanks so much for your generosity!
-Mark Price

Here’s more information about SURFAID:

SURFAID is a non-profit humanitarian organization whose aim is to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing.

SURFAID was started by a group of concerned surfers in 2000 who were struck by the needless suffering and preventable death in the Mentawai Islands, off Sumatra, Indonesia. Now SURFAID is a respected organization operating in the Mentawai, Nias, Telo and Banyak islands and will start work in Sumbawa, eastern Indonesia, in 2013.


SURFAID, in partnership with communities and government, works to prevent disease, suffering and death through health promotions that aim to change unhealthy behaviors and reduce the risk from natural disasters so that people are better equipped to help themselves.

Our community-based health programs involve education in nutrition, hygiene, healthy environments, and disease prevention – including mosquito net distribution. In response to an unfortunately frequent need, we have built an award-winning capacity in emergency preparedness and have been a core agency responding to major disasters.

Our programs are designed to empower the people in the communities in which we work, aiming to bring about long-term behavior change that will reduce statistics of child mortality and malnutrition.


In the islands where we work, more than 70 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line and there is a poor understanding of what constitutes good nutrition and good basic hygiene.

The local people in this isolated and unique island chain face many life-threatening challenges, with diseases such as acute respiratory infection, diarrhea and malaria, plus birth complications, taking a serious toll. Malnutrition is an everyday reality for both children and adults, and natural disasters in the form of tsunami and earthquake add to the challenge of improving the health and wellbeing of the village communities.

Firewire Joins the ECOBOARD Project

For Immediate Release
March 2013

sustainable-surf-verifiedFirewire has joined The ECOBOARD Project, an important environmental initiative focused on the verification of our surfboards’ eco-credentials by the non-profit (SS). SS is dedicated to helping the surfboard industry transition to more eco-friendly materials and business practices, with the ultimate objective of lowering Continue reading

Sally Fitzgibbons Scores Massive at the Breaka Burleigh Pro

Sally FitzgibbonsBurleigh Heads/Australia: Friday February 7 2013: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) called on her recent progressive training to post the highest combined two-wave total of the Breaka Burleigh Pro to date to impressively win her Round Of 12 heat and advance to tomorrow’s quarter finals.

“It’s a really nice way to start the morning; I had a few waves in a warm up session early so I was pretty confident that we would get plenty of opportunity for high scoring waves,” said Fitzgibbons.

After posting a 9.0 (out of a possible 10), Fitzgibbons then followed with a near-perfect combination of scores – a 9.57 and 9.27.
“In the off season I did try to think of ways to work on progressive manoeuvres, and we did play around in a wave pool and a bunch of different locations that would provide the suitable sections. I think it’s all come together nicely and it’s definitely a work-in-progress, but right now I feel on edge and ready for the season ahead,” Fitzgibbons continued.

The event resumes at 8:00am tomorrow morning and runs through to approximately 4pm with the finals set for Saturday (Women’s) and Sunday (Men’s).

Breaka Burleigh Pro Women’s Round 4 – Round of 12
Heat 1: Sarah Baum (Zaf) 18.17, Dimity Stoyle (Aus) 17.33, Felicity Palmateer (Aus) 9.07

Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (Aus) 18.84, Malia Manuel (Haw) 14.50, Naomi Stevic (Aus) 11.60

Heat 3: Tyler Wright (Aus) 17.67, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.87, Rosanne Hodge (Zaf) 10.74
Heat 4: Alessa Quizon (Haw) 15.43, Laura Enever (Aus) 12.40, Philippa Anderson (Aus) 12.37

FIREWIRE Helps RERIP Expand Its Popular Surfboard Recycling Program and West Coast Operations


FIREWIRE Helps RERIP Expand Its Popular Surfboard Recycling Program and West Coast Operations

SAN DIEGO, CA – January 8, 2013 – Rerip has teamed with Firewire Surfboards to spread the non-profit organization’s popular board recycling program throughout California. Rerip currently collects used surfboards through eight California drop off points. The new partnership with Firewire is expected to at least double the number of Rerip drop off points. Firewire joins Rerip partners Patagonia and Coconut Peets.

“Rerip has only been successful because of its volunteers, community support and long-standing partnerships,” said Rerip co-founder Meghan Dambacher. “Firewire’s support will enable us to offer more drop off points up the coast, and we hope that more shops and volunteers will participate.”

Used boards collected by Rerip are repaired and donated to kids and other local and international non-profit organizations, and used for art projects or for research and development. Some of the used boards are repaired and may be purchased at Coconut Peets in Point Loma, Calif. All proceeds support Rerip’s mission to keep boards out of landfills. Co-founded in 2006 by Dambacher and Lisa Carpenter, Rerip has repurposed thousands of boards through promotional events, awareness campaigns, and used board drop off locations.

As part of the partnership, Firewire will help Rerip transport used boards through Action Sports Express, which delivers surfboards up and down the California coast.

“There is clearly a need and an opportunity to repurpose used surfboards,” said Mark Price, CEO of Firewire. “This not only eliminates the need to dump them in the landfill, but they are also a resource of joy and inspiration to the secondary user. Rerip is accomplishing both objectives, and we are stoked to include some of our surfboards and relationship with Action Sports Express to help the organization expand.”


Founded in 2006, is run by a team of volunteers that establishes locations for people to drop off their unwanted boards, fins and wetsuits. Rerip also hosts local events and awareness campaigns, and is finding and inspiring new ways to reduce waste and harmful practices. For more information please visit


Firewire produces and sells technologically advanced surfboards and kite boards. Firewire believes that refinements to the shape of today’s modern surfboards can only produce incremental performance benefits. Exponential improvements in performance require the ongoing development of new materials and construction methods which, in turn, will fuel new design opportunities with the increased eco-consciousness of today’s consumer. For more information please visit www.firewiresufboards