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Surfrider Foundation Holiday Gift Membership Season


This year, the Surfrider Foundation Holiday Gift Membership Package is all about giving the gift of enjoyment. When you give a Holiday Gift Membership, you directly support our mission: The protection and enjoyment of our oceans, waves and beaches. Your favorite beach enthusiast will also receive a year’s worth of our digital, interactive newsletter, Making Waves, two Surfrider Foundation membership stickers, 20% off any purchase on…and more!

Along with a Surfrider Foundation membership, you’ll give an even greater gift of enjoyment when you choose from one of these unique gift packages:

For only $49, your loved one will receive a $50 voucher to, the top online surf shop that brings you the very best from established surf brands, and 2 on-demand movie downloads from The Surf Network, the largest and most extensive collection of premium surf video content on the internet.

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For $149, you can treat your loved one year-round with a 1 year subscription to The Surfer’s Journal, bi-monthly digital issues, access to TSJ’s online archive and your choice of a Masters of Surf Photography book. The Masters of Surf Photography series is a landmark series of elegant, oversized, landscape format coffee table books, each presenting a selection from the life’s work of a single master surf photographer. You can choose from: Ted Grambeau, Art Brewer, Tom Servais or Warren Bolster.

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We think you’ve been very good this year. So, when you give a Holiday Gift Membership*, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a brand new Firewire surfboard! Do YOU have the Golden Ticket? Go to on December 18th, 2013 to see if you won!


Michel Bourez Wins Reef Hawaiian Pro – Takes Early Triple Crown Lead

Photo Credit: ASP

HALEIWA, Oahu/Hawaii (Sunday, November 24, 2013) – Tahiti’s Michel Bourez has won the REEF Hawaiian Pro, the $40,000 prize purse, and takes an early lead of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing hydrated by vitaminwater®. Bourez, 27, built momentum through the earlier rounds of this competition and was clearly unstoppable by the final. He survived a late charge by Haleiwa local Fred Patacchia, 31, and was well clear of Jeremy Flores (France) and Dion Atkinson (Australia), who finished third and fourth respectively. The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing now moves north to Sunset Beach for stop No. 2: The Vans World Cup of Surfing, which will likely commence Tuesday.

This is Bourez’s second victory at the REEF Hawaiian Pro, having first won here in 2008. His combination of stylish power surfing and impeccable wave selection made him the man to beat through the final rounds of competition today. A strong surfer in big waves and a great Tahitian tube rider, he is definitely capable of winning the Vans Triple Crown this year.

“It’ still a new feeling,” Bourez said. “The first time I won it, I was super happy for making the tour and this time, you know, I worked so hard to make the final and especially to lead the Triple Crown and it’s a good feeling. They keep saying the guy who wins the Haleiwa contest has a lot of chance to win a Triple Crown.

“I feel great, I feel good in my body and my boards are going well and, hopefully the waves will be good at Sunset. I got second two there years ago so I hope I make another final this year.

“Coming here, I felt great. I’ve been training for the past month, and just to come here solid, I feel like yeah, I deserve it.”

Fred Patacchia would have loved nothing more than to stake his claim in front of a hugely supportive home crowd, and his scores in the final were his best of the day. But Bourez kept him off the larger waves on offer and made no mistakes, leaving Patacchia knocking on the door.

“I’m a little frustrated, you know I would have loved to have won but I really put a campaign on in the last six minutes of that heat,” said Patacchia. “I had a rocky start but I feel like I threw the kitchen sink at it. Michel just opened up really well and he surfed really well throughout the whole event. I am disappointed, I would have loved to have won, but at the same time I feel I did my best. It’s a great confidence boost going into Sunset and I take it as a positive.

“I would love to win on a Triple Crown. I would love it! It would just make my life! But I know it’s a hard thing to do. I have a game plan set for this Triple Crown, I’m trying to execute it and I think if I don’t win it it, I think I’ll get fairly close to it.”

Frenchman Flores, 25, had a solid run through the REEF Hawaiian Pro, and as a former champion at Pipeline is definitely in the Triple Crown race.

“Like Sunny Garcia says, the Triple Crown is the best thing after a World Title, and I believe it,” said Flores. “Three events and really powerful waves. At the same time you can surf smaller waves like this year, so you have to adapt to everything. So the Triple Crown winner has to be good in every condition and that is what makes it so special.

“It was definitely a tough contest. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t really ready in terms of boards and stuff, so I just kept borrowing boards. So making the final, kind of scratching to find my way into the final was pretty cool. I didn’t really expect that.”

The most relieved athlete today was Dion Atkinson, 27, from South Australia. Atkinson entered the REEF Hawaiian Pro with work to be done if he is to qualify for the 2014 elite ASP World Championship Tour. With this result, he climbed into qualification position today, has taken off a little pressure going into Sunset, and will now be looking to maintain form in order to make his pro surfing dreams come true. He surfed consistently through this event, made few errors, and kept a calm, focused approach through the rounds.

“I came 5th here about four or five years ago and I’ve been sort of struggling since, so to put it together when I really needed to qualify, I’m pretty rapt right now,” said Atkinson. “I kinda surprised myself in a few heats with just holding my nerve and just felt really good and comfortable.

“I’m just going to go into Sunset with the same attitude, no pressure, and if I loose or win, it’s gonna be on my terms and I’ll give it a good go. I love coming to Hawaii. Haleiwa and Sunset are probably the two events I look forward to all year.”

Next stop: Vans World Cup of Surfing, Sunset Beach, from tomorrow through December 6.

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing hydrated by vitaminwater® is the world’s premier series of professional surfing events that will culminate with a 2-man battle between Kelly Slater (USA) and Mick Fanning (AUS) for the 2013 men’s ASP World Title. From November 12 through December 20, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, $960,000 in prize money and a number of highly coveted titles will be offered across three ASP sanctioned events, including the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series champion.

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is webcast LIVE via


1 – Michel Bourez (PYF) 17.17pts (9.44; 7.77) – $40,000
2 – Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 16.33pts – $20,000
3rd – Jeremy Flores 13.93pts (FRA) – $12,000
4th – Dion Atkinson (AUS) 9.73pts – $10,000

(1st & 2nd advance; 3rd=5th; 4th=7th)
H1: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.37pts ; Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.50pts ; Dane Reynolds (USA) 12.80pts ; Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 11.12pts

H2 : Michel Bourez (PYF) 16:33pts ; Dion Atkinson (AUS) 15.00pts ; Adriano De Souza (BRA) 12.33pts ; Josh Kerr (AUS) 4.00pts

(1st & 2nd advance; 3rd=9th; 4th=13th)
H1: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 13.86pts ; Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.17pts ; Yadin Nicol (AUS) 11.93pts ; Matt Banting (AUS) 9.44pts
H2: Dane Reynolds (USA) 16.60pts ; Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 14.60pts ; Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.30pts ; Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 14.27pts
H3: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 12.96pts ; Dion Atkinson (AUS) 12.43pts ; Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 8.70pts ; Hodei Collazo (EUK) 8.27pts
H4: Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.67pts ; Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.34pts ; Nathan Yeomans 12.87pts ; Evan Valiere (HAW) 9.87pts

Share the Stoke Surfboard Giveaway


Share The Stoke Foundation foundation has just kicked off their first ever Surfboard Giveaway Contest. Its a contest set up for kids across the US to film, post and promote their own video demonstrating how they Share the Stoke in their community. If you play your cards right, campaign for some votes and wind up taking the prize, well, you win a Firewire.

For more info, check the video and also head over to the contest page here:

Share The Stoke Foundation Announces A Surfboard Giveaway Contest

Throughout 2013, Share The Stoke Foundation (STSF) in partnership with Firewire, FCS, and Sticky Bumps has created positive surf communities globally. Impacting countless kids throughout 10 countries, this powerful team has inspired discipline, leadership, community and responsibility in young surfers. As part of the final stop of their 100 Board Project they are searching for two young groms who embody these same principles so they can get more leaders in the water surfing. Make sure to check their Facebook page here and get in on the action.


Here are the highlights for the Facebook video contest:

If you are under 18, making a positive impact in your community, and always wanted a new Firewire surfboard, we have the ultimate Facebook contest for you.

Between November 15, 2013 and December 25, 2013 Share The Stoke Foundation (STSF) is searching for two epic groms. These are not just any old groms but ones who are making a difference in their community.

Share The Stoke Foundation is a global organization that creates responsibility and discipline in kids. They believe that kids need to be celebrated for the positive ways they express themselves. Surfing is one of them.

The United States is the 10th country to be impacted by STSF’s 100 Board Project. To enter to win or to vote check out the Share The Stoke Foundation Facebook page. It’s a great way to see how young groms in the U.S. are acting as leaders.

The Nitty Gritty:

Who is eligible:
1. Kids who have positively contributed to their community.
2. Must live in the United States (Yes, Alaskans and Hawaiians eligible).
3. Must be under 18 years old as of December 31, 2013. Proof of age will be required if you win.

Epic prize includes (Thanks to our amazing sponsors):
1. One New Firewire Surfboard
2. Three FCS fins
3. One FCS leash
4. One FCS traction pad
5. Handful of Sticky Bumps wax
6. Moana Surf Co. rash guard

How to get started:
1. “Like” the “Share The Stoke Foundation” (STSF) page
2. Between November 15th and December 25th, 2013 post a 1-2 minute video on YouTube or Vimeo about how you have made a difference on this planet. We want to hear from kids all over the United States who positively contribute to their communities. Let’s Share The Stoke!
3. Fill out the Facebook contest form
4. Post the URL for your video
5. Invite your friends to the page
6. Between November 15st and December 25th ask your friends to vote for your video. (In order to vote your friends must like the STSF page.)

Voting Information:
1. The videos will be ranked with the highest votes to the top.
2. Each Facebook account may vote once per day. So come back and see us often.
3. Voting closes midnight December 25th, 2013 at 12:00AM EST.
4. There will be TWO prize winners. The TWO videos with the most number of votes will win prizes.

Fine Print:
1. All videos will be approved by Share The Stoke Foundation administration before they are posted to the site for voting. This is a rated G contest. Videos that contain any profanity or suggestive nature will be rejected.
2. Boards will only be shipped in the United States.
3. Winner will be announced on Facebook on the Share The Stoke Foundation page on December 25th, 2013.
4. Guardians must sign a hold harmless waiver before boards will be shipped.
5. Prizes will be shipped by December 31st, 2013.

JIM’s BLOG : Surfrider : Pack your surfboards… better… with recycled materials

Surfrider’s mission is “protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches via our powerful activist network.”

Most people hear the first word (protection) and gloss over the next two words (and enjoyment). But the simple truth is that we love beaches and many of us are surfers. From time to time we look in the mirror and realize the products we use may be part of the problem. We cannot be a movement of people seeking to protect something that our consumer choices are helping destroy.

That brings me to Bast. It’s a simple concept, in the same vein as Sustainable Surf… use better materials for everything having to do with your quiver. I heard about Bast from a friend and then heard they were partnering with Firewire on the Timbertek boards (which I’ve also written about here). I reached out to the founder Jared Koett for a quick interview.

Jim: Your board packing product is really interesting. It’s quite novel in a high-tech, low-tech way. What I mean by that is that it’s a really modern approach using materials that have been around since 3000 bc (the estimate for when paper was invented). Tell us your story, what is your product?

Jared: It’s a system that protects the rails of a board during shipment or personal travel. Using modular, molded paper parts, Bast wraps the perimeter of the board providing light, durable protection.

Jim: So how did you come to create… invent this? What’s that story?

Jared: I saw the need for a quicker, more effective way to pack and repack boards while working for a surf camp in Nicaragua. Then the airlines damaged my boards, springing me into action.

Jim: Great and tell us about the environmental side of this, it’s made from all recycled paper?

Jared: Yes, the Bast system is made from 100% recycled paper. In addition, it reduces the amount of packaging materials and displaces a lot of plastic.

Jim: Ok, so I’ve also heard you are now partnering with Firewire. Tell us a bit about that and also where someone can buy these.

Jared: All the TimberTEK boards shipped to retail after October 1st of this year include the BAST system at no extra charge, so surfers who buy those boards will automatically receive the system. We are working on making it to retail.

Jim: Any last thoughts?

Jared: Just never would have thought that arguing with the airlines over a damaged quiver would put me down a path to be where Bast is today, and just stoked to be working with Firewire to evolve the way surfboards are packaged and shipped worldwide.

Cool product, I love the simplicity and modularity. Check out their Facebook page here.

Share The Stoke Visits Nicaragua – Discusses the Mission

As always, the Share the Stoke team is up to amazing things.

“This footage was compiled in August 2013 on the sixth leg of Share The Stoke Foundation’s 100 Board Project. All Footage was filmed on site in Nicaragua. Major thanks to all of our sponsors and the people in Nicaragua who made this stoke mission beyond our wildest dreams.”

Sally Fitzgibbons Wins Roxy Pro France


CAPBRETON, France (Wednesday, September 25, 2013) – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 22, has won the Roxy Pro France today in Seignosse Le Penon narrowly defeating fellow Australian Tyler Wright (AUS) 19, in clean 3-4Ft surf.

Penultimate event on the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, the Roxy Pro France marks Fitzgibbons’s first event win this season. An absolute standout today, Fitzgibbons was the first surfer to net a perfect 10 in France, and holds three of the highest wave scores of the event.

“I’m so stoked, it’s been a long road this year and I wanted to finish strong,” an ecstatic Fitzgibbons stated. “In that final we switched peaks and I was just sorting things out when she got that 10, and I couldn’t hear anything after that. I got that last good one and I was hoping it would be enough. It’s the most amazing feeling ! I’ve got my brother and my dad here and all my family watching online, they’ve been there for me every step of the way !”

A dominant surfer in previous heats where she comboed her opponents several times, Fitzgibbons had to fight through a tight back and forth battle in the final when Wright caught an inside righthander to score the only other perfect 10 point ride of the event.

“It was a tricky situation, I had priority and a sneaky right came in and I was looking for the lefts,” Fitzgibbons continued. “She went for it and really stepped it up, I saw her do that little air out the back and I thought game on I got to do something big now ! Patience and perseverance and just keeping your head down, I kept going and I’m just so happy !!”

1- Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 17.67
2- Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.00

SF 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 17.33 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 9.83
SF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.36 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.73

QF 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 19.77 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.60
QF 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.27 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 14.90
QF 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.43 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 14.84
QF 4: Lakey Peterson (USA) 18.70 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.50

Help Team Firewire Raise Money for the SurfAid Cup Being Held Next Week

Mark Price, Chuy Reyna, Taylor Jensen and Daniel Thomson are all teaming to raise money and surf in the SURFAID Cup at Malibu Point next week. Its purely a fundraising event and the guys are looking to raise as much as they can for the global pursuits of SURFAID. Any contributions are greatly appreciated!! If you are able to donate, please do so here.

For more info on SURFAID, check out their site.

Stoke Kids–Interview Series One


Back in February we had the pleasure of meeting some really cool kids in Colombia. One of them was Yuri from Choco. After observing during the surf session it was clear that she had a passion for surfing. She wanted to keep trying to surf and ride the waves when most of the others had their fill. We get stoked to see females representing this sport.

Part of our event day included starting the Surf Club of Choco. Since they are now established they get to compete in all the competitions against other areas in Colombia. Being a part of this commencement was epic to say the least. Months after we left we got word that the club had competed in their first contest. For most of the kids that got to go to the event, it was their first time riding in a car not to mention flying through the sky in an airplane. Through surfing, these kids got to experience many things for the first time. That is the beauty of surfing! There are endless gifts.

After all of the new experiences the kids managed to pull it together to compete. They all did very well and especially Yuri. She got second place. She is the youngest competitor and representing Choco and doing very well. So far she has competed in two contests and gotten second in both. We all know it is just a matter of time before she is up on that podium in first place. We were curious about her thoughts and experiences since competing and sent over a little interview for her. Here it is:

STSF: How old are you?

Yuri: 12

STSF: What are your favorite things to do for fun?

Yuri: Surf and Soccer

STSF: How many years have you been surfing?

Yuri: 6 months

STSF: Who is your favorite surfer?

Yuri: Simon Salazar

STSF: How did it feel when Share The Stoke Foundation donated surfboards to your community?

Yuri: Very very happy, we didn’t have surfboards before and we wanted to surf.

STSF: What do you get from surfing?

Yuri: We get things like experience, lost fear, good dreams.

STSF: Why do you surf?

Yuri: I like it and I want to have a better life than now, to support my family and needed people in the future.

STSF: Please describe what surfing has given you?

Yuri: Travels, a surfboard, experience and new objectives.

STSF: Tell us about the surf competitions you competed in?

Yuri: Barranquilla was my first time. It was very good for me, not only to got second place but to know new surfers and in Santa Marta I discovered that surf is what I love.

STSF: What was your biggest lesson?

Yuri: I need to train a lot, to have discipline. I saw Claudia beat Jocelyn because of that.

STSF: Do you consider yourself a role model or leader? How or why?

Yuri: Yes, because in my community I’m focused on my sport and they can see it cause I like it very much.

STSF: Is there anything we didn’t ask that you want to share with us?

Yuri: Yes, please if you can support my dream to be a great surfer and if possible to my community too.


A Word on the Passing of Alan Byrne From Nev Hyman

Here in Indo while it happened, so close but so far feeling so helpless. I so want whoever cares to know how much respect and love I had for the guy, in my own way, even though not much time was spent together really. He was indirectly my mentor, an inspiration in and out of the water since 1977 when I arrived on the Goldy to see his beautiful Hotstuffs everywhere.

If there is a man, a surfer, a shaper on this planet whom deserves utmost unreserved respect for his contribution to life, OUR lives, then there is no doubt it is AB. The ONLY thing I did not care for with AB was his insistence on fading me at Burleigh absolutely every time I shared our “home” together. He just knew he could do a better job than me on that iconic wave. You deserved every one AL. I am PROUD to have been faded by ALAN BYRNE.

His memory will never fade and it will continue to live all over the globe, specifically in Japan, Hawaii, Bali, Australia and his true home NZ where he left indelible mark on waves with his super smooth style, and his “SWEET AS BRU!” boards that always blew me away. Love you AB…Sympathies and love to Jane and the boys…