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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).http://breakaburleighsurfpro.com.au

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

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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.”

ABOUT RERIP:

Founded in 2006, Rerip.org 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 http://rerip.com/.

ABOUT FIREWIRE SURFBOARDS:

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

Firewire Steps Up Support for Share The Stoke Foundation

For Immediate Release
December 2012

Firewire Steps Up Support for Share The Stoke Foundation

What began as an informal relationship almost two years ago has now morphed into a strong partnership. Firewire Surfboards, with support from FCS and a number of Firewire’s raw material vendors, has committed to supply Share The Stoke Foundation (STSF) with over 100 surfboards in 2013, and even greater quantities in 2014 and beyond.

Founded in December 2007 by Kelly Kingston, STSF is a non-profit who’s mission is to create possibilities for underprivileged kids around the world by keeping them off the street and in the water surfing. They do this through the distribution of surfboards. The foundation travels the world searching for kids who have always wanted to surf but do not have the financial means to get a surfboard. After speaking to village mayors, teachers and the like, STSF makes sure only the most deserving individuals are the beneficiaries of such a valued reward.

“Kelly approached us a few years ago requesting any surfboards we could spare,” said Firewire CEO Mark Price, “after supplying what we could, we realized that this was the perfect opportunity to take advantage of what we do, and marry it to an organization that ensures that the stoke was shared in a meaningful way”.

Kelly Kingston added, ” Our vision is to share love and hope through the sport of surfing. We believe that any child who wants to surf should be able to.”

Price continued, “Heading into 2013, we decided to really step up and go as big as we could. FCS got on board immediately and not only donated the fin plugs for the STSF boards, but they also supplied the traction, leashes and fins for the first 100 surfboards! A number of our other raw material vendors also contributed, most notably Ferko Foam and Gurit, suppliers of our EPS foam and high-density deck skins respectively. And Sticky Bumps contributed the wax to complete the package.

“Firewire and our other partners have been incredibly generous with this project. “ says Kingston. “We are excited to work together to insure that not only are the privileged able to surf waves around the world but also the local kids who often stand by and watch.”

“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.

In addition, with the increased eco-consciousness of today’s consumer, Firewire is constantly refining our raw materials to decrease our carbon footprint below the current levels, which are already 50 times less than conventional polyurethane boards”

Taylor Jensen Wins Back-To-Back World Longboard Titles

WANNING, Hainan Island/China (Thursday, November 29, 2012) – Taylor Jensen (USA) has taken out the 2012 CITIC PACIFIC ShenZhou Peninsula Pro hosted by Wanning, and by doing so has claimed his second consecutive ASP World Longboard Title. Jensen Defeated Hawaiian Ned Snow (HAW) in the Final, in crisp and clean 2 – 3 foot (1 -1.5 meter) surf at Riyuewan, Hainan Island, China today.
Jensen, who battled illness early in the event was back to his devastating best today, peaking in the Final where he amassed an impressive 17.65 (out of a possible 20), to Snow’s 9.75. Today Jensen’s surfing was critical as he rode the nose and attacked the lip with a fine balance of finesse and power.

“I didn’t know how bad my sickness was going to be,” Jensen said. “But it knocked me flat for 48 hours. It was touch and go as to wether I was up to surfing, my first heat was sketchy. It all came together, I got better everyday as the contest went on. You hear guys like Kelly Slater talk about building momentum through contests, and how the guy with the highest heat total usually loses in the next round. So I knew that getting through heats wasn’t a bad thing, I felt like I hadn’t surfed my best yet and that there was still something left in the tank.”

Jenson won last year’s ASP World Longboard Title at an event in Italy after a two event tour, he finished second at both tour stops and amassed enough rating’s points to claim the crown. This year however was a one event championship, the winner of the 2012 CITIC PACIFIC ShenZhou Peninsula Pro would claim the ASP World Longboard Title, and it was Jensen who prevailed over a field of 34 of the world’s best longboarders.

“It doesn’t seem real yet,” Jensen said. “My win in Italy just set in last week. It was always a goal to get more than one ASP World Longboard Title to solidify the first one, but to go back-to-back and now have two is amazing. I’m speechless. I haven’t even realised it happened yet.”

Snow’s casual and charismatic style saw him surf all the way to a runner-up finish at this year’s CITIC PACIFIC ShenZhou Peninsula Pro. Snow put on an epic show in the Semifinals, clocking a near perfect 9.00 (out of a possible 10) single wave score for putting his toes over the nose and executing some powerful turns. Snow was one of three Hawaiian surfers to make it into the Semifinals, with both Kai Sallas (HAW) and Nelson III Ahina (HAW) finishing equal 3rd place.

“It’s good to be back on the podium,” Snow said. “At the same time I’m bummed, you feel like the first loser. Other than that I’m super stoked to be here in China. I’m really happy to have an event, for a while there we thought we wouldn’t have one. In the Semifinals we had a lot of waves and I got to showcase how I like to surf. Then coming up against a fellow Hawaiian Kai Sallas is kind of a bummer, but at the end of the day everyone wants to win so I had to give it my all.”

Edouard Delpero (FRA) finished equal 5th place alongside Harley Ingleby (AUS), Cole Robbins (USA) and Tony Silvagni (USA). Delpero was the last European standing and while he would have loved to have gone on further he was happy to be ranked 5th in the world.

“I feel great,” Delpero said. “Hopefully we have some more ASP WLT events next year, but I’m happy with coming 5th at this one. I’d like to make some more heats next time, but I fell on a wave I shouldn’t have, but that’s competition and that’s why we are all here.”

Scores, photos and more check out www.china.prosurfinglive.com

CITI PACIFIC SHENZHOU PENINSULA PRO FINAL RESULT:
1 – Taylor Jensen (USA) 17.65 def. 2 – Ned Snow (HAW) 9.75

CITI PACIFIC SHENZHOU PENINSULA PRO SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Taylor Jensen (USA) 13.00 def. Nelson III Ahina (HAW) 12.10
SF 2: Ned Snow (HAW) 16.67 def. Kai Sallas (HAW) 13.10

CITI PACIFIC SHENZHOU PENINSULA PRO QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Nelson III Ahina (HAW) 13.50 def. Harley Ingleby (AUS) 7.90
QF 2: Taylor Jensen (USA) 15.50 def. Cole Robbins (USA) 13.00
QF 3: Kai Sallas (HAW) 14.60 def. Edouard Delpero (FRA) 11.25
QF 4: Ned Snow (HAW) 13.40 def. Tony Silvagni (USA) 12.15

Stokes Me Fundraiser

Hey Firewire Supporters,

We are making a push to help raise money for the Stokes Me fundraising contest to benefit the SIMA Humanitarian Fund (info below). Everything we raise will be split equally among 10 non-profits that serve a wealth of purposes focused on improving the quality of life for a broad spectrum of humans. Hence the slogan “SURFERS HELPING HUMANS.” Firewire has a team donation page that can be found at the following address: http://my.stokesme.org/firewiresurfboards and anyone with the flexibility to pitch in is encouraged to do so and your contributions are greatly appreciated. Help us make a difference and donate! Also be sure to watch the video below as it provides a vivid display of how the funds raised will be put to work.

Cheers and thank you!
The Firewire Crew

The story of the SIMA Humanitarian Fund begins with the beat of a mosquito wing.

In 2002, Steve Barilotti penned an article for Surfer Magazine entitled “The Jungle is Looking Back,” wherein Dr. Dave Jenkins recounts his experience traveling to the Mentawai Islands, as many surfers do, and what he encountered when he went ashore, as many surfers don’t.

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Moved by the story and the affliction of Malaria on the Mentawai villagers, Reef Sandals co-founder, Santiago Aguerre worked to establish a fundraiser for SurfAid, Jenkins’ nascent NGO. That initial fundraiser, through the hard work of Santiago’s brother Fernando as well as the SIMA member community and staff, has transformed into the SIMA Humanitarian Fund.

Officially established in 2006, the SIMA Humanitarian Fund, raises money to support surf or boardsport related social and humanitarian non-profit organizations whose efforts are focused on improving the quality of life, health, and/or welfare of people.

To date, the SIMA Humanitarian Fund has raised over $1.58 million for Humanitarian causes.

As a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit foundation, the SIMA Humanitarian Fund operates through a grant-making program. Tax-exempt humanitarian groups and organizations wishing to receive funding from the Humanitarian Fund must submit and have approved by the SIMA Humanitarian Fund Board of Directors a grant request form that details the group’s plans for the requested funds.

FIREWIRE Launches New Sustainable Surfboards, Verified by Sustainable Surf

 

In 2006, Firewire was the first major high-performance surfboard brand to utilize 100% EPS/Epoxy construction. In addition to emitting 50 times less Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) versus a traditional polyurethane surfboard, Epoxy/EPS boards are also significantly stronger than poly surfboards and thus have reduced environmental impact because they last longer.

Now, Firewire is raising their game by producing a line of surfboards that meet the “ECOBOARD Project” Benchmark developed by Sustainable Surf, an environmental non-profit organization. These ‘ENVIROFLEX’ boards will be glassed with Entropy Super Sap epoxy resin made with 25% biologically derived carbon content. These boards will be released in limited quantities in 2012, before a larger introduction in 2013.

Sustainable Surf developed the ECOBOARD Project to help surfers choose a high-performance surfboard made from the latest advancements in green chemistry and recycled materials. Surfers can be assured that surfboards verified by the ECOBOARD Project have significant and meaningful environmental benefits such as reduced lifecycle CO2 emissions and reduced toxicity exposures to workers.

The ECOBOARD Project provides the first science-based “eco mark” for surfboards to verify the use of advanced sustainable materials. These logos are individually hand stamped with a unique code for tracking purposes, and then laminated onto the surfboard during the manufacturing process.

“Firewire is a firm believer in transitioning towards ever ‘greener’ surfboards and with that in mind, we welcome the efforts by Sustainable Surf to set industry standards, and to work with individual board builders to improve their ‘eco-credentials’, said Firewire CEO Mark Price, “To have access to their expertise in this area is of significant benefit. They are serious about what they do”.

Sustainable Surf has used lifecycle impact analysis (LCA) of surfboard materials to determine which components can significantly reduce the impact of surfboard production on people and the planet. These materials include any resin made with at least 25% bio-carbon content and/or a foam blank made with at least 25% recycled content. A surfboard made with both of these materials can have up to a 40% reduction in total lifecycle CO2 footprint.

“All surfers should be concerned about CO2 emissions because it directly threatens surfing,”
says Kevin Whilden, Co-Founder of Sustainable Surf. Sea level rise, ocean acidification, and ocean warming will produce a “triple-whammy” impact on surf breaks worldwide. Sea level rise will create a “permanent high tide” condition globally, swamping out most surf breaks. Likewise, coral reef ecosystems are expected to go extinct globally in this century. These impacts are not well-known by surfers, and they should become a higher priority for action by the surfing community.

“Given the risks to our ocean playground, why not buy a surfboard that has a significantly reduced CO2 footprint if it doesn’t affect performance, durability, or price?” says Kevin. Buying a verified ECOBOARD is an easy first step for any surfer to take to reduce their surfing CO2 footprint.

More details on the Ecoboard Project are available at http://www.sustainablesurf.org/ecoboard
About Sustainable Surf:
Sustainable Surf is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting surfing as the global leader in sustainable lifestyles and sustainable business. Cutting edge programs by Sustainable Surf include the Ecoboard Project, Waste to Waves which recycles waste styrofoam into new EPS surfboard blanks, and Deep Blue Surfing which helps surf contests become more sustainable.

About Firewire: 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. In addition, with the increased eco-consciousness of today’s consumer, Firewire is constantly refining our raw materials to decrease our carbon footprint and our toxic emissions in comparison to the existing surfboard industry.

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Firewire Partners with TOMO Surfboards

Firewire is proud to announce a design partnership with Australian surfboard designer/professional free surfer Daniel Thomson; the founder of Tomo Surfboards, now residing in the US.

Daniel first started shaping boards in his teens, following in the footsteps of his father Mark Thomson, an accomplished board designer in his own right.

Not content to work on refining existing design principles, Daniel set out to reinvent the modern surfboard. Drawing on his rich knowledge of design history and utilizing his own elite surfing ability, Daniel was personally able to test his theories and build on the creations that carried the most potential.

“I first noticed Daniel’s designs at Sacred Craft and I was intrigued”, said Firewire CEO Mark Price, “after reaching out to Daniel and meeting with him, I was struck by his obvious intelligence and humility, and his absolute dedication to pushing the envelope through shape and materials – qualities that perfectly matched our own goals”.

Price continued, “And that was before I even rode one of his boards. After stepping onto one of his designs, working together was a no brainer”.

Daniel was equally enthusiastic about his future endeavors with Firewire.

“I am really excited about the opportunity to work with Firewire, who stand out in my mind as a company dedicated to evolving the sport through technological and design advancements.

Daniel continued, “I have always believed that surfboard design and technology will eventually evolve to take surfing to new places, so I have always tried to be involved in innovation in that regard. It is awesome that Firewire has seen such potential in my work and I am really looking forward to the results of this partnership.”

The first Firewire/DT models will hit retail in early 2013, and will be Firewire branded along with the DT logo clearly visible. Distribution will remain confined to Firewire’s existing, premium account base. Daniel will also continue to offer his custom designs under the Tomo label.

“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.”

Media Contact: [email protected]