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073 – Firewire CEO, Mark Price + Surf News, February 3, 2015

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We spend the first half of today’s show chatting with Firewire CEO Mark Price about board construction, rumors of Kelly Slater’s investment in the brand, and upcoming trends in board building materials. In the second half of the show David and Scott discuss the Volcom Pipe Pro, pro surfers getting smashed on rocks, Jamie Brisicks’ latest book “Becoming Westerly Windina”, Duke and Kooks and much more. Enjoy!

FIREWIRE SURFBOARDS

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VOLCOM PIPE PRO

Congrats (once again) John John! 4x Volcom Pipe Pro champ! Link to VolcomPipePro.com

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KELLY SLATER’S ENVIRONMENTAL/COMMERCIAL ENDEAVORS

Click the image to read the full Instagram post.

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Kelly’s Apple ad from 2002.

And Kelly’s Superbowl appearance (.33 second mark).

PRO SURFERS vs. ROCKS

Tyler Wright Smashed into Rock Pool at Cronulla (All original YouTube traces have been deleted. WTF? Here’s a video found on the DailyMail.

And Mark Matthews attempting to exit Ours.

FERGAL SMITH’S GROWING

There are 20 episodes of this series. The most recent episode recaps the previous 20 without any dialogue, but all the best visuals.

BECOMING WESTERLY

The book and documentary are by Jamie Brisick

Here’s the trailer for the upcoming documentary.

Also, here’s a link to an article that Jamie Brisick wrote about, which I believe first appeared in The Surfer’s Journal.

THE ROSY RESURRECTION: SHEDDING PETER DROUYN, BECOMING WESTERLY WINDINA

And footage of the great Peter Drouyn from EOS

MUST-SEE MOMENT

Mark Healey and Michael Ho’s shared Pipeline barrel. Bravo, boys!

And (unfortunately) Healy’s only usable frame from the GoPro.

Healey and Ho

DUKE

David’s Pick: Bureh Beach Surf Club in Sierra Leone. Link to full article on NYTimes.com

Sierra Leone

Scott’s Pick: Gary Linden for paddling in to a wave at Jaws at the ripe age of 65! Link to full story.

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KOOK

Surfline for their filterless Wave of the Winter acceptance policy. They currently have 138 entries!!!! Most of which are fairly mediocre waves and they have multiple entries for the same wave from different angles. I want to see who the contenders are, but quickly lose patience letting after sifting through dozens of mediocre waves to get to the few gems. Here’s a link to the complete list.

This episode was recorded at SHACC, The Surfing Heritage & Culture Center

002 – Shaper’s Series: Eric Arakawa

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This episode is sponsored by US Blanks.

US Blanks is the world’s leading supplier of surfboard blanks.

I was excited to interview Eric Arakawa. I grew up watching Andy Irons shred on Eric’s boards and I knew that he was regarded as one of Hawaii’s finest shapers. I was surprised to learn that shaping surfboards has only been one facet of Eric’s career. He’s an astute entrepreneur who has woven a fine balance of continually shaping boards and growing several successful businesses. I spent a couple of days with Eric in March of 2013. Episode 2 - Eric ArakawaHe was recovering from a broken leg he suffered while surfing Laniakea. In December 2012 an unidentified surfer ran over Eric and the blunt force of his longboard broke Eric’s femur. When we met he was walking, regularly attending physical therapy, and expected to make a full recovery. This episode was recorded over the course of 2 hours in his shaping room at the Sugar Mill. I wasn’t mic’d so my audio isn’t ideal. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy the show. Thanks for listening.

Eric Arakawa Surfboards, The Sugar Mill, Waialua, Oahu. March, 2013.

Learn more about Eric at EricArakawaSurfboards.com