Firewire believes that in addition to the products that we make and our efforts to reduce the toxicity of our business practices, we also have a responsibility to support those individuals and organizations whose primary goal is to make the ‘surfing world’ a better place. In 2014 Firewire donated product and funds that exceeded 5% of our 2014 net profit to the Surfrider Foundation, Share the Stoke Foundation and SurfAid to name 3 of the most visible. In 2016 we are expanding our support for like-minded organizations to include Surfers Against Sewage, and Parley for the Oceans.
Firewire is one of the Surfrider Foundations strongest supporters, and the proud recipient of the 2013 Surfrider WAVEMAKER award for our fundraising efforts. Surfrider CEO Dr. Chad Nelsen, "Rarely do performance, conservation and sustainability come together. Firewire has done this in their product, which could be said to share the core elements of Surfrider’s mission of “protection and enjoyment”.
In 2015 Firewire went a step further in the US and introduced the Addvance Surfrider colab model with distinctive Surfrider branding and $75.00 per board donated to the organization. The program will continue into 2016 and beyond and will raise significant funds in support of Surfrider’s all important efforts.
In 2016, Firewire joined the Surf Industry Coastal Defender initiative and we look forward to supporting Surfrider for many years to come.
Learn More: Surfrider Foundation
A non-profit humanitarian organization whose aim is to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to all of us through surfing. Firewire donates boards to support fundraising efforts, and also participates each year in the SurfAid Cup held at Malibu Beach in California, raising an additional +$5,000 dollars for the organization.
Learn More: SurfAid
Share the Stoke
A charitable organization based in South Florida dedicated to donating surfboards to kids and teenagers in need to keep them off the street and in the water, Share the Stoke is committed to creating new possibilities for kids and teenagers globally, by supporting their dreams of surfing. Firewire, in partnership with FCS and Sticky Bumps, donates 100 new surfboards per year to support STSF’s efforts.
Learn More: Share the Stoke Foundation
Parley for the Oceans is a collaboration network where creators, thinkers and leaders raise awareness for the beauty and fragility of the oceans and partner on projects that can end their destruction.
Firewire is supporting Parley to end current threats to waves and coastlines, especially ocean plastic pollution, in order to protect surf habitats around the world. The partnership Firewire x Parley will include an eco-innovation project to explore the improvement of materials and production practices for surfboards.
Firewire and Parley plan to create a series of limited edition surfboards designed by artists to raise awareness and generate funding for Parley's global initiatives to end ocean plastic pollution.
Learn More: Parley for the Oceans
Surfers Against Sewage
An environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably, via community action, campaigning, volunteering, conservation, education and scientific research. Firewire donates boards to SAS in support of their fund- raising efforts, and we are all indebted to them for their critical work maintaining clean oceans throughout the UK.
Learn More: Surfers Against Sewage