Johnny Cabianca breaks down Gabriel Medina's winning Teahupoo board
There aren’t too many waves in the world you can call similar than Teahupoo, especially at that size. But it was his was his third time competing there, and he's already proven himself in big, powerful waves on the North Shore and Fiji. Gabriel is from Maresias, which is good training ground for hollow and powerful waves. But of course nothing to be compared with the conditions during the finals in Tahiti.
Sharp Eye's Marcio Zouvi breaks down Filipe Toledo's winning board from the U.S. Open
Shaper Marcio Zouvi breaks down Filipe Toledo's winning board from the 2014 US Open.
1976 World Champ Peter Townend recreates his classic 1980s "Bi-Fin"
Josh Martin breaks down his father Terry Martin's classic Hot Curl design
My dad began surfing by riding finless planks, but he found them impossible to surf and figured he could make his own board that would perform better. The first board he ever made was the Hot Curl, modeled after a finless design he’d seen called a “Hawaiian Board”. He surfed a spot in Point Loma called Terry’s Slide, which is known as Osprey Street now. It was not much of a surf spot at the time because there was a lot of kelp in the lineup at low tide, but with his finless Hot Curl, he could just glide over the kelp. They were originally made from solid wood, but he and I did build a polyurethane foam version a few years back.
Rob Machado and the search for the world’s most versatile surfboard
Rob may have refined the stub, but the truth is that surfers have been experimenting with stub-like designs for decades. In fact, the history of the stub is rich.
Firewire commits to all eco-boards, all the time
For years now, we’ve wondered when the surfboard industry would make a real push to embrace sustainably-made equipment. It looks like a substantial step has been taken.
Johnny Cabianca breaks down Gabriel Medina's magic Cloudbreak craft
Gabriel is growing up and because of that I needed to make many changes on this model, but it's still the same concept. Mostly just the volume and the foil changed, but I also changed the fin positions and fin angles for Fiji.
Meet the "Next Step" that Sally Fitz rode to the Fiji Pro win
Firewire's "Next Step", a step-up model to take you into bigger and better surf.
The most fun you can have with fins on
Lewis and Denslow didn't really expect to start a full-blown handplane business. They just had so much fun on their tiny pieces of surf craft, people noticed and wanted in too.
At SBT, surfboards embedded with microchips or stamped with QR codes connect surfers with shapers
Andrew Smith was in France when he first thought of implanting his surfboards with microchips. “It was about seven years ago,” he says. “I pulled into a gas station with all of my boards strapped to the roof of the truck. I filled up with gas, went in to pay, and when I came out the boards were gone. I thought to myself, ‘How many times has this happened to someone on a surf trip? And do those people ever see their boards again?’”