Surfing is more than a sport, it's a lifestyle. I have been riding all kinds of boards for as long as I can remember from single fin noseriders to shortboards to alias and of course high performance longboards. I think time in the ocean is precious, and we all want to make the most of that time by having equipment which consistently allows us not only to perform to the best of our ability, but improve.
All surfers are constantly on a quest for the perfect board. I have been lucky enough to work with some of the best shapers in the world throughout my surfing career, yet I still struggled to find the 'ideal' surfboard.
I would get a specific board that was great in a certain type of condition or would noseride really well but lack maneuverability or vice versa. I was always trying to get a board that was light enough to do airs but could also noseride and surf well off the tail. Firewire has given me the ability to create a line of boards that blend all three.
The world class shapers at Firewire combined with the cutting edge technology has allowed us to make boards which I believe will be the best performance longboard line on the market. They are super light weight which makes it easier to maneuver on and the durability factor cannot be emphasized enough. I was always a little hesitant to do a big air or pull into a closeout barrel on a board I previously liked as I was afraid it would break. My Firewire models have taken that fear away and allowed me to push myself to a new level or performance every time I surf.
I think what initially drew me to longboarding is the combination of the traditional and the radical, I have always endeavored to push the limits of what a longboard can do, but that being said, I have a great respect for the history of longboarding. I love noseriding and I think that is a large part of what makes longboarding so special. These boards do not ignore that heritage and allow me to get long, critical hang tens, tight radical turns and launch airs.
I think that what makes my Firewire signature line so special is that it combines every aspect of a what I want in my surfing, offering consistently great performing, durable boards. I am proud to have my name associated with Firewire and I am excited to have collaborated on a line of boards that I stand behind 100%!