C.J. Nelson is a Duct Tape Invitational Champion and a Mexi Log Fest Champion who made a career for himself in the 90's and 00's as both a nose rider and performance long boarder. Today though he prefers the subtler aspects of surfing such as trim and turns, and he shares much in this episode about the shapes that enable his new surfing experience, focusing on what waves feel like without being mindful of who is watching.
Jim Kempton spent years on the Quiksilver Crossing with Kelly Slater and others, seeking undiscovered waves around the planet. Decades previous in the 70's, he was the editor of SURFER Magazine. And today, he is President of the California Surf Museum in Oceanside California.
On July 6th he is publishing his third book, "Women on Waves - A Cultural History of Surfing: From Ancient Goddesses and Hawaiian Queens to Malibu Movie Stars and Millennial Champions. You can find it wherever books are sold.
Jim has crafted a career for himself from some of surfing's most coveted dream jobs, and this episode of The Wire Podcast is one of our favorites.
Happy International Surfing Day!
Chad Nelsen joins us in this episode to discuss saving surf spots, stopping single use plastic, and so much more.
For more on Surfrider, and to become a member for just $25 dollars a month, visit Surfrider.org.
The Surfrider Foundation does important work preserving coastlines and enabling beach access for all, in addition to efforts around clean water, preventing plastic pollution and more.
Firewire is proud to be one of Surfrider's 'Surf Industry Coastal Defenders"; a coalition of companies seeking to support and elevate Surfrider's mission to protect the world's oceans, waves, and beaches.
Enjoy this episode.
Would you move to the wilderness on the day your new album drops? Hayden Everett would. He's on his way to Yosemite right now.
Today you can find Hayden's new E.P. 'Kennecott' wherever you listen to music. And you can find the music video for his new single 'Still' on YouTube. The video features one of C.J. Nelson's favorite Thunderbolt longboards; the Neo Classic. And the song is one of our favorite of the year so far.
We're often asked to feature musicians on The Wire Podcast, and what inspired us to invite Hayden on for this episode was simple - we couldn't get his new music out of our heads.
We also found pretty quickly that we liked him a lot. He's got tons of energy, is super creative and entirely unique.
For example he's a surfer who is celebrating the release of his new E.P. by moving to Yosemite, at the exact moment you would expect him to be working to promote his album. How uncommon is that? It reminds us of Curren or Dora.
We think you'll enjoy this episode.
Follow Hayden at @Hayden.mp3
This episode was supposed to be 15 minutes but it ran for well over an hour.
It's a deep dive into Rob Machado's surfboard designing mind, tracing the Sunday back through a lineage of boards that began when rob left the tour twenty years ago, and hung up his truster along with his contest jersey, creating the mindset that has landed us at what looks to be his most popular and anticipated surfboard ever…. The Sunday..
For the past six weeks, Akila Aipa has been scoring perfect right hand points in Mexico with Jackson Bunch.
Jackson is one of Hawaii's most promising up and coming talents, and today, both he and Akila are in California, just hours after stepping off their return flight to the United States.
Enjoy this episode, with thoughts from Akila and Jackson on Localism, the Flat Earth, and what it was like to watch Timmy Reyes catch what has so far been the most talked about wave of the Summer travel season.
Having self-directed his own career around surfing and the ocean, Nik Strong-Cvetich is focused on saving our planets best waves from dangers both present and future through collaborations with many organizations, governments and communities around the globe.
His Santa Cruz based organization 'Save The Waves Coalition' has the ambitious goal of protecting a thousand waves by 2030 through their World Surfing Reserves program.
This designation as a World Surfing Reserve helps protect a surf spot from runoff, development, mining and more.
Find out more in this episode.
Finn McGill lives life without brakes. And 'No Brains, No Headache' is more than just a life philosophy. It's an all new video part from him that is now live on Firewire Surfboards YouTube channel.
Finn put two years, three injuries and more surfboards than we can count towards this 24 month endeavor, and in this episode he shares details never heard before.
Follow Finn at @Finn_McGill.
Recorded at Kelly Slater's North Shore beach cottage, Brodi Sale shares the story of meeting Shane Dorian for the first time at just six years old, and soon getting sponsored by Billabong after performing well at Shane's annual Keiki Classic surf contest on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Brodi also talks in depth about surfboard design, his favorite tail shape, and how Finn McGill's electric motorcycle nearly took him out for the rest of the Winter.
Brodi is an integral part of the Slater Designs team. Follow him on Instagram at @brodi_sale.