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SWS SURFBOARD EMPIRE E-PRO AUSTRALIA CHAMPION PARTICIPATES IN THE WSL OF NARRABEEN

SWS SURFBOARD EMPIRE E-PRO AUSTRALIA CHAMPION PARTICIPATES IN THE WSL OF NARRABEEN

The Surf Web Series Surfboard Empire E-Pro Australia Champion Reef Heazlewood rejoins the world’s once more. Heazlewood earned the call up as a World Surf League Rip Curl Narrabean Classic presented by Corona wildcard and looks to dismantle some of the world’s best. The Sunshine Coast competitor will face off against World Title threat Jordy Smith and Championship Tour veteran Adrian Buchan. Tune in live at worldsurfleague.com for all the action from April 14 – 26.

KEI KOBAYASHI CLAIMS FIREWIRE E-PRO USA PRES. BY FUTURES WIN

KEI KOBAYASHI CLAIMS FIREWIRE E-PRO USA PRES. BY FUTURES WIN

A spectacular finish to the FireWire E-Pro USA presented by Futures crowned San Clemente, California’s, Kei Kobayashi the inaugural event champion over Cole Houshmand. The all-San Clemente Final featured Lower Trestles submissions from both competitors and in the end it was Kobayashi’s stunning inverted aerial finish that solidified a flawless run through the event. “It’s so insane to have won this event, said Kobayashi. “The format was really unique and I enjoyed it from start to finish. It was great to have Cole (Houshmand) in the Final and to get a win over him isn’t easy no matter the format, he’s such a good surfer so this means a lot.” Houshmand’s Semifinal was arguably one of the most anticipated heats with Rob Kelly on the other side and his East Coast barrel clips wowing fans and judges alike. But he claimed a big win over Kelly and secured his spot alongside Kobayashi - falling just shy in the end. “Big congrats to Kei (Kobayashi), he had so many bangers in this event,” Houshmand said. “I’m sure I’ll hear this one for awhile (laughs). Now I’ll start going into the archives and see what I can get done at the World Championships. It’s super exciting to be a part of.” Kobayashi, Houshmand, Kelly, and Kade Matson will represent the USA in the Surf Web Series Online World Championship later next month, April, following the tenth and final stop on the SWS - Hawaii. @firewiresurfboards @futuresfins @simbasurfhelmet @surfopenleague

ALL-SAN CLEMENTE FINAL AWAITS AT FIREWIRE E-PRO USA PRES. BY FUTURES

ALL-SAN CLEMENTE FINAL AWAITS AT FIREWIRE E-PRO USA PRES. BY FUTURES

The results are in and the FireWire E-Pro USA presented by Futures has its finalists after another spectacle of action in the Semifinals. Only four remained with three of San Clemente, California’s, youth pool delivering more Lower Trestles dreamers alongside the lone East Coast threat poised to do damage. Heat 1 featured 21-year-old Kei Kobayashi and Kade Matson in a Lowers clash with Kobayashi manhandling the running lefthander and finishing with a jaw-dropping aerial attack. His fellow San Clemente surfer Matson submitted a clean righthander to showcase his forehand power and utilizing his rail-game until blasting an air-reverse to put an exclamation point on the ride. In the end it was Kobayashi who claimed victory over Matson and moved one step closer toward his goal. The classic rivalry of East Coast vs West Coast lives on to this day and this event put that rivalry on full display. New Jersey’s Rob Kelly electrified this event with his screaming barrels from home and submitted one more for good measure in an attempt to take down San Clemente talent Cole Houshmand. But, Houshmand’s immaculate Lowers lefthander offered the 20-year-old two dreamy sections that he laid waste to with his forehand. Now, all the bragging rights are on the line with Kobayashi facing off against Houshmand to see who claims the San Clemente crown and FireWire E-Pro USA presented by Futures title. Voting begins Tuesday, March 23, at 12 p.m. EST to determine the event victor. @firewiresurfboards @futuresfins @simbasurfhelmet @surfopenleague

THE OFFICIAL RESULTS OF THE SEMIFINALS OF FIREWIRE E-PRO USA

THE OFFICIAL RESULTS OF THE SEMIFINALS OF FIREWIRE E-PRO USA

The FireWire E-Pro USA presented by Futures Semifinals were epic. Find out who won and who will surf in the Final. Get ready to vote for your favorite surfer, starting 12 pm. (USA time). Check all the results in detail and highlights in: surfwebseries.com/usa La semifinal del FireWire E-Pro USA presentado por Futures estuvo épica. Entérate quienes fueron los ganadores que se enfrentarán en la gran final. Prepárate para votar por tu surfer favorito mañana a partir de las 12pm (hora local USA). Checa todos los resultados a detalle y lo más destacados en: surfwebseries.com @firewiresurfboards @futuresfins @simbasurfhelmet @surfopenleague

FIREWIRE E-PRO USA PRESENTED BY FUTURES DOWN TO THE FINAL FOUR

FIREWIRE E-PRO USA PRESENTED BY FUTURES DOWN TO THE FINAL FOUR

One week down at the FireWire E-Pro USA presented by Futures has the field of 18 down to just four competitors. Critical four-man, two heat Quarterfinal bouts brought out some absolute gems from the eight surfers vying for a Semifinal berth and Surf Web Series Online World Championship spot while others petered out getting deep into the contest. The lone East Coast talent Rob Kelly dealt with his Round 2 scare brilliantly and hasn’t looked back since delivering one insane barrel after another to earn four heat wins in a row. His latest and greatest from home shores in New Jersey garnered an easy decision with the event’s second first-place sweep. But, it was a split decision between San Clemente, California, duo Kade Matson and Kevin Schulz that swayed to the young guard of Matson with three second-place votes to Schulz’s two. Matson’s Lower Trestles submissions continue to showcase his powerful variety and did away with Schulz’s Hail Mary huck at “Bushwhackers” while Nolan Rapoza’s one-turn wonder wasn’t enough to contend. A second first-place sweep for Kei Kobyashi sent him easily through to the Semifinals with another Lowers righthand dreamer to display an array of his arsenal. Unanimous second-place from the judges and third-place by fan voting put Cole Houshmand’s decimating backhand attack into a World Championships slot in pumping Lowers. Kobayashi and Houshmand’s Lowers submissions overwhelmed Wesley Santos and Ben Benson’s Huntington Beach submissions to once again prove that the iconic cobblestone break is all but unbeatable. Cast your vote for the FireWire E-Pro USA presented by Futures Semifinal action beginning Sunday, March 21, at 12pm PST. @firewiresurfboards @futuresfins @simbasurfhelmet @surfopenleague

THE OFFICIAL RESULTS OF THE QUARTERFINALS OF FIREWIRE E-PRO USA

THE OFFICIAL RESULTS OF THE QUARTERFINALS OF FIREWIRE E-PRO USA

The final of the FireWire E-Pro USA presented by Futures is getting closer but first we show you the results of the quarterfinals and get ready to vote for the semifinal tomorrow that will be published at 12pm (local time USA), check all the results in detail and highlights in: surfwebseries.com La final del FireWire E-Pro USA presentado por Futures está cada vez más cerca pero antes te mostramos los resultados de los cuartos de final y prepárate para votar por la semifinal mañana que serán publicadas a las 12pm (hora local USA), consulta todos los resultados a detalle y lo más destacado en: surfwebseries.com 📸 @brentbielmann @firewiresurfboards @futuresfins @simbasurfhelmet @surfopenleague

QUARTERFINALISTS VOTED IN AT FIREWIRE E-PRO USA PRESENTED BY FUTURES

QUARTERFINALISTS VOTED IN AT FIREWIRE E-PRO USA PRESENTED BY FUTURES

The FireWire E-Pro USA presented by Futures dwindled down to the final eight surfers after some astounding Round 4 submissions. In-form competitors continued to lay waste to their challengers with all four San Clemente, California, representatives charging into the Quarterfinals alongside the lone East Coaster and fellow Southern California surfers. Now these eight will fight for a chance to make their Semifinal berth and claim their spot into the Surf Web Series Online World Championships. Fan voting can sway who advances and who doesn’t alongside the top-tier Surf Web Series judging panel which happened right out of the gates in Round 4 Heat 1. Rob Kelly’s heaving New Jersey barrel earned a decisive win with two first-place and two-second place votes but a third-place fan vote left him vulnerable alongside Wesley Santos and Austin Smith-Ford. Both Santos’ massive full rotation and Smith-Ford’s Santa Cruz rigthand dreamer earned two-third place and two second-place votes from the judges leaving it to the fans. In the end Santos earned the deciding first-place vote and moved into the Quarterfinals. From then on it was a San Clemente sweep of Heats 2, 3, and 4 starting with Kei Kobayashi taking to his backhand on a Lower Trestles bombing lefthander this time. Kevin Schulz’s jaw-dropping straight air was more than enough to earn him runner-up with all the judges voting second-place over Jake Halstead’s three-turner from Windansea. Next was another banger from Kade Matson on a Lowers righthander once more and showcasing even more of his variety keeping the board on rail until an explosive finish. But, a surprise finish awaited with Ben Benson earning the nod over internet sensation Jacob Szekely after Benson’s Huntington Beach, California, gem allowed him to put on a show of his own. IMAGE: Kade Matson - Banzai Pipeline (Photo @badboyryry_) A photo-finish went down in Heat 4 to close out Round 4 with Cole Houshmand taking over and earning three first-place votes for his two-hit wonder on a Lowers right. However, a near-split decision determined runner-up between Dimitri Poulos’ forehand attack and Nolan Rapoza’s throaty barrel-to-turn combination in Newport Beach, California. When the dust settled, Rapoza’s two first-place votes, including fan voting, and one second-place vote outweighed Poulos’ two second-place votes by a solid margin. IMAGE: Cole Houshmand - North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii (Photo @friedenpete) Tune in for Quarterfinal voting Friday, March 19, at 12 p.m. PST to cast your vote in helping sway who makes their way into the Semifinals and a spot in the World Championships. @firewiresurfboards@futuresfins@simbasurfhelmet@surfopenleague

THE OFFICIAL RESULTS OF THE ROUND 4 OF FIREWIRE E-PRO USA

THE OFFICIAL RESULTS OF THE ROUND 4 OF FIREWIRE E-PRO USA

Fans showed their support in Round 4 and helped determine our Quarterfinalists. Here are the official results from Round 4 of the FireWire E-Pro USA presented by Futures. Don't forget to follow @surfwebseries and get ready to vote for the Quarterfinals that will be released at 12pm PST, tomorrow, March 19. All the results in detail and all the highlights in: surfwebseries.com. Los fans demuestran cada día el apoyo a sus surfers favoritos. Es por eso que aquí tenemos los resultados oficiales de la ronda 4 del FireWire E-Pro USA presentado por Futures . No olvides seguir a @surfwebseries y prepárate para votar por cuartos de final de mañana que serán publicadas a las 12pm (hora local USA). Todos los resultados a detalle y todos los aspectos más destacados en: surfwebseries.com @firewiresurfboards @futuresfins @simbasurfhelmet @surfopenleague

GIVEAWAY - FIREWIRE AND SURF WEB SERIES HAVE A SPECIAL EDITION OF SURFBOARDS FIREWIRE

GIVEAWAY - FIREWIRE AND SURF WEB SERIES HAVE A SPECIAL EDITION OF SURFBOARDS FIREWIRE

To participate, you must follow : @surfwebseries + @firewiresurfboards, comment on which beach in USA you would use your new board and tag 3 friends in the comments section. The winner will be announced at the Live Awards this march 25th. * Participants must reside in USA*. 🔥¡SORTEO!🔥 @firewiresurfboards and @surfwebseries , ¡Tienen una tabla edición especial del evento FireWire E-Pro USA presented by Futures. Para participar, debes seguir a : @surfwebseries + @firewiresurfboards , comenta en que playa de USA usarías tu nueva tabla y taggea a 3 amigos en la sección de comentarios. El ganador será anunciado en el live de entrega de premios este 25 de marzo. * Los participantes deben residir en USA. @firewiresurfboards @futuresfins @simbasurfhelmet @surfopenleague

FIREWIRE E-PRO USA PRES. BY FUTURES: LOWERS STEALS THE SHOW IN ROUND 3

FIREWIRE E-PRO USA PRES. BY FUTURES: LOWERS STEALS THE SHOW IN ROUND 3

Decisive eliminations ensued for the FireWire E-Pro USA presented by Futures in Round 3 of competition after voting came to a close at 12pm PST Tuesday. The event shed four more surfers out of the draw and now only 12 remain to fight for the inaugural event title heading into a three-man bout in Round 4. Round 3 offered more highly anticipated heats to determine the who was sent packing from the remaining sixteen competitors and jaw-droppers were aplenty. San Clemente, California, competitors stole the show once again after their Round 1 success with three of four heat wins and four surfers into the Quarterfinals including Cole Houshmand, Kade Matson, Kevin Schulz, and Kei Kobayashi. Event standout and threat Houshmand returned after his Round 1 victory and delivered brilliance once more from the world-class break of Lower Trestles. The 20-year-old is a mere bike ride from the iconic cobblestones and his forehand attack on the lefthander looks unstoppable with a variety of rail gauging turns, to air-reverse combinations. The sole remaining East Coast talent Rob Kelly earned an easy runner-up finish with three second-place votes on his New Jersey bombing barrel to eliminate Sam Coffey with Jake Halstead’s Windandsea performance enough to survive the cut. Matson and Schulz took over Heat 2 claiming all the first and second-place votes with fans playing a decisive role as their vote garnered Matson the win. The 19-year-old’s Lowers submission had the voters sold on his immaculate display starting with a massive air-reverse before laying waste to the wave. Blink and you may miss Schulz’s lightning fast, full rotation to steal the show away from Tyler Gunter’s Newport Beach, California, gem while Austin Smith-Ford’s aggressive forehand display in Santa Cruz, California keeps him moving forward. Heat 3 belonged to Kobayashi in pumping Lowers with his full arsenal of maneuvers adding to the showcase. Jacob Szekely and Nolan Rapoza went down to the wire in a near fan vote off but Szekely earned the judges nod with three second-place votes for his explosive effort at Mission Beach. But, Rapoza’s rifling barrel Cylinders on his backhand was enough to take down event threat and World Surf League Qualifying Series veteran Michael Dunphy. IMAGE: Kei kobayashi - San Clemente, California (Photo: @evo_n8) Finally Heat 4 finished with a bang from Wesley Santos who put on clinic at the iconic world-class break of Lowers which remains unmatched in competition so far. Former International Surf Association U-18 Gold Medalist Dimitri Poulos took the winning share of second-place votes three-to-one over Ben Coffey’s Hail Mary air-reverse. However, Ben Benson’s Lowers forehand bombardment tallied him a split decision was enough to overtake Coffey and eliminate the remaining Coffey brother. IMAGE: Wesley Santos - Huntington Beach, California (Photo: @joefosterphoto) Round 4 voting begins Wednesday, March 17, at 12 p.m. PST to determine who will be the FireWire E-Pro USA presented by Futures Quarterfinalists. Also, tune in live at 12 p.m. PST thursday, March 18, for the Live Talk Powered by FireWire with Tyler Gunter. @firewiresurfboards @futuresfins @simbasurfhelmet @surfopenleague

THE OFFICIAL RESULTS OF THE ROUND 3 OF FIREWIRE E-PRO USA

THE OFFICIAL RESULTS OF THE ROUND 3 OF FIREWIRE E-PRO USA

Some of the event favorites have been eliminated from competition. Find out who survived Round 3 with the official results from the FireWire E-Pro USA presented by Futures here. Remember to follow @surfwebseries and get ready to vote for tomorrow’s Round 4 heats at 12pm PST to see who makes it into the Quarterfinals. Algunos de los favoritos del evento han sido eliminados de la competencia. Descubre quién sobrevivió a la Ronda 3 con los resultados oficiales de la FireWire E-Pro USA presentado por Futures aquí. Recuerda seguir @surfwebseries y prepárate para votar las eliminatorias de la cuarta ronda de mañana a las 12 p.m. PST para ver quién llega a los cuartos de final. @firewiresurfboards @futuresfins @simbasurfhelmet @surfopenleague

ELIMINATIONS BEGINS AT FIREWIRE E-PRO USA PRESENTED BY FUTURES

ELIMINATIONS BEGINS AT FIREWIRE E-PRO USA PRESENTED BY FUTURES

The FireWire E-Pro USA presented by Futures started with a bang and Round 1 clips set up twelve surfers with a direct passage to Round 3. But, the six surfers left behind had to vie for the top two positions once more in a redemption Round 2 elimination heat to determine who joined Round 1 victors and runner-up finishers. East Coast representatives thrived under the pressure. New Jersey’s Rob Kelly submitted a Houdini act worthy clip after disappearing behind a local beach break curtain and reemerging as the wave spit behind him. Kelly’s barrel and a Newport Beach, California, 56th St. Jetty submission from Tyler Gunter earned the top votes from judges and fans over Brent Reily’s backhand attack at Warm Waters. An up close and personal vicious one-turn wave from Caleb Crozier wasn’t enough in Round 2 to overcome the likes of Ben Benson’s variety at Lower Trestles and Michael Dunphy’s stunner from an undisclosed location. Dunphy came in as a last-minute entry and is looking to play spoiler as one of the event’s top competitors with multiple World Surf League Qualifying Series wins to his name. Round 3 voting will begin Monday, March 15, at 12 p.m. PST for the FireWire E-Pro USA presented by Futures and tune in for the Live Talk Powered by Futures with Round 1 winner and San Clemente, California’s, own Cole Houshmand at 1:30pm PST. @firewiresurfboards @futuresfins @simbasurfhelmet @surfopenleague