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

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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 http://vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com/vtcs13

RESULTS:
REEF HAWAIIAN PRO 2013 RESULTS

FINAL:
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

SEMI-FINALS:
(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

QUARTER FINALS:
(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

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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: http://a.pgtb.me/BbmcSj

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.

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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.

What Nanotune Does For Your Surfboard

nanotune-website-header-logoBy now you have seen NanoTune stickers on Firewires and pros’ surfboards alike as well as a bit of their press across the social media wire. So what exactly does NanoTune do? Have a look at this video to find out. The NanoTune team has put together a cool clip that visually demonstrates why boards with NanoTune go faster. Its all about reducing friction and turbulence. With an underwater camera mounted to the bottom side of a paddle board to maximize the demonstration, its easy to see what is going on. Above all else, the results in the field stand on their own as undeniable and that is exactly why Firewire has stepped up to factory tune all our boards with NanoTune. We feel that we are headed into a time where people will be paying attention to what goes on the BOTTOM of a board and that is a good thing! More speed for everyone!

For more info, check out their site.

http://www.nanotunenow.com

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:

WHO WE ARE
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.

WHAT WE DO

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.

WHY WE DO IT

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.