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My name is Gordon Fontaine; I’m a 21 years old surfer from France, currently residing in the UK. I have been surfing for about 12 years now and have traveled quite a lot through my surfing years. Whether it was for contests or just for free surfing, every time I traveled I learned something new, but one of the main concepts that always comes up is respect. Respect to other cultures, to the local people and most importantly to the environment.
Unfortunately, one thing that shocked me is the respect most of the tourists or surfers didn’t have for all these things. They tend to not care about the local people, leave their crap everywhere and just take full advantage of what’s on offer without giving anything back! What happened recently in Japan with the Earthquake, Tsunami and nuclear problems showed all of us once again how powerful Mother Nature was and I strongly believe that we need to do whatever we can to protect the environment and give it as much respect as we can. The less pollution there is the better chance we give to our children at having a healthy life!
For a while now I have tended to opt for small ethical businesses that made an effort towards having eco-friendly products rather than big careless franchises. I believe, with where consumerism is heading at the moment, that people need to support their local businesses more and give the big brands and shops a break. In my eyes, business shouldn’t be all about the value for money you get out of one product but more about the values that the brand conveys and the relationship you might have with the people or the standards from different businesses.
So when I came across Wave Tribe and their ethical and Eco-friendly policies, I was instantly interested. The idea of having a surf company that was focusing on giving back to nature seemed unreal! Every time I go for a surf I’m always appalled by the amount of plastic and waste on the beach and in the water and I feel like us surfers in particular should care about protecting the ocean in order to keep surfing our favorite waves in a healthy and safe way!
Moreover, the products that Wave Tribe offers seem to be of really good quality and the different eco-friendly materials used give them an awesome natural look.
Therefore I am glad to finally be able to represent a company that has ethical and environmentally friendly values around the different contests and surf spots in Europe and will try to make the surfers’ attitude about the environmental issues change towards a greener future.
Cheers, Peace and see you in the water!
Jacob Spilberg (East Coast)
Jacob Spilberg, surfer, entrepreneur, and lifelong resident of the sea hails from the small surf city of Long Beach, New York. Since his graduation from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2007, Jacob has been combining his passion for design with his love of surfing in creating Overture Surf, an environmentally conscious line of surf products and accessories.
Jacob believes that the influence of surfing extends well beyond the boundaries of the sea into all aspects of a surfer's life. Surfing is about mutual respect between the surfer and the ocean, both in and out of the water. It is our responsibility to preserve the environment that allows us this lifestyle through the design, creation and use of sustainable products.
Jacob appreciates every wave, every barrel, even every wipe-out and is determined to display this appreciation for nature throughout his personal and professional endeavors.
VIDEO LINK: Jacob Pulls into Sick Overhead Tube
Jesse Liotti (East Coast, USA)
My name is Jesse Liotti and I am 20 years old from Oceanside, New York.
I started surfing when I was 13 and haven't stopped since my first wave. My favorite product has got to be Wave Tribes leash its extremely stretchy and strong and its just cool to know that its 100% recycled materials.
Wave Tribe makes great products and stands for a great cause and I'm stoked to be part of it.
Working as the social media intern has been awesome and also a great experience. It’s cool to share different thoughts, beliefs, pictures, and videos and have so many people from around the world respond to them.
The idea that I get to share the stoke of surfing and being more “green” with so many people is so rewarding.
We’re all part of the same tribe and it’s our job to keep the earth and its oceans clean, even if it’s picking up a piece of trash every time you leave the beach.
We are stoked to sponsor Lucas Godfrey and make sure he travels in style as he goes to places like Nicaragua (see Youtube video below).
Lucas lives in Hawaii and is part of the new generation of youth rippers that are interested in supporting sustainability.
Wave Tribe is committed to helping educate the next generation of surfers, our future depends on it and we'd love to see the youth step up their vision for protecting our planet and making sure the oceans stay clean.
Lucas says about the Wave Tribe leashes, "The comfiest most durable leashes are also best for the environment." When asked about the environment he said.
Being Eco is very important to me because we only have one world and we need to take steps like buying eco friendly products to save it. Also, because I'm in the ocean everyday it made me realize how important being eco friendly really is.
Buying products from this company is supporting the world and our ocean because they use recycled materials and ones that don't hurt the environment."
VIDEO LINK: Lucas Ripping In Nicaragua
1. Tell me where you are at the moment and about the boat you are on. Are you sailing alone or as part of / with a crew? Tell me about your relationship with this boat?
I am sitting in a harbour in the whitsunday islands waiting for a system to pass before heading further south, i am sailing on a very beautiful modern classic sailing boat, a sloop with a drawn in transom and traditionally classic lines, she is so very beautiful. I am in a crew of three a very old friend and her partner, i have sailed with them both before and will again. I don't feel that connected to the boat really, she is a lot of hard work and i treat her very well. I live and work on her and think her very beautiful but she doesn't make my heart pound, almost like a beautiful woman that you know you will never have.
2. What is your final destination? Why? How long have you been on this journey?
My final destination is soon depends where we will be in the next month, i have recently decided i want to leave and i am going to, first i will surf my brains out, and be in the water not on it, i will wake up when i want to wake up, not when the boat wants me to wake up. I have been on the boat for 18 months and had maybe 18 real barrels. For me that is not enough, i need more than that, maybe 18 a month maybe 18 a day. We came with the boat from Europe, sailed down past Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papa New Guinea. I love sailing and everything it entails but my blood pumps fast and i need to be going a little more crazy you know like pushing myself in more than one direction.
3. Is this your first big voyage and what is the pull of being at sea? Is it about the travel, the means of travel, the fact that sailing harnesses the wind?
I have sailed a lot over the past 10 years, i really love the learning part of it, the being involved in everything ocean based and to understand as much as i can, its also very liberating. Have 30,000 sea miles more or less. When i was young living in WA, i was high chatting to a older friend sorta thinking i had it all planned out i just wanted to travel and surf and make the most of every day or week of my life, i had the idea that i would continue to do this as i grew up and take my family with me. The guy that i was high with was very intelligent a civil engineer, he put it to me straight, about the oil, the trees, the animals, my footprint, my greed. It was maybe the single most important conversation i have every had (and honestly just this second realised it). From there i made it my mission to learn. I have a small boat at home and enough money now to buy one that will take me and my family (my friends and my family too) wherever we want, and it wont be offending the Earth. hahahah
4. What have been your most memorable experiences on this trip so far?
Well, I met a very beautiful woman a month ago, we have spent everyday together since and really thats all i can think about, haha. But really i have been swimming with the humpback whales recently and that is pretty mindcblowing, surfed the tidal bore in Indonesia jungle and seen the moon at its most beautiful. 5. Is there somewhere you consider home base? Where were you born and raised? Thats sorta of the idea behind living on a boat is that you are alway with a home, you know something constant the same bed, smell, coffee the waking up and knowing where you are and feeling safe and content there. But i like Ireland alot but i don't think she is my home, i have another place that i think i might like to grow old but its a secret, great waves fresh fruit, water from the mountains and waves but i cannot tell, sorry. I'm Cornish, St. Ives and feel very Cornish. I am very proud of Cornwall and feel relaxed there but there is just a lack of consistent solid waves.
6. How did surfing come into your life? Has it always been important?
Naturally, my father could never swim when we were growing up, and we were born on the beach, dad owned the restaurant on Porthgwidden beach for the first 10 years of my life i got my first wave there whilst he was working his ass off so i could learn how to surf. I could walk to Porthmeor the boiler side so it was fate that i would like to get barreled. Dad can swim now he learnt when he was in his 50's legend. Surfing has always calmed me, amped me. and pushed me so its something i want to keep doing for the rest of my life and will go where ever she takes me, if your happy your happy you know, don't fight it.
7. Many people will know you from the images captured by Mickey Smith. How did that relationship come about?
Mickey is a legend, but you already know that, mick is from PZ just over the hill a good few years older than me though so we would just hear the stories from the older boogie boarders from St. Ives, like Mark Stevens, and surfers like Joby Godolphin, they'd come back from trips with mickey and be full of funny horrible stories. Years later Me, Lowey and Tom Greenaway took me old classic car over to Ireland, hearing about 'The Leen' and really wanting to have a look, Jack Johns and Donuts were already charging with Mick for years so we hit the boys up and spent the first part of that winter hanging with them, I cannot say enough words about Mickey or Rivie or any of my close friends really i am the luckiest person to have these people close to me. They are all a inspiration and a pleasure to spend my life with.
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Her name is Mercedes Maidana, she is from Buenos Aires, Argentina and her passion in life is surfing big waves. As she says, "I live for it, I breath it, and I want to be able to make a serious career out of it." Mercedes' goal is to become one of the best female big wave surfers in the world, both paddling into huge waves and towing in.
When Mercedes first approached Wave Tribe we asked her why she was interested in partnering with the world’s first green surf company, her stoke for surfing and her passion for life was as evident in her answer, “surfing is the love of my life. I would not know what to do or who to be if I didn’t have it. As any loving relationship, I think that it has to have a balance of giving and receiving. The ocean gives me more gifts than I could ever reciprocate.”
Wave Tribe team riders are more than surfers, they are conscious beings that recognize the importance of helping to transform the surf industry and when we asked Mercedes why green surf products were important to her she responded, “One way for me to keep the balance is to start doing small changes in my life to preserve what I love the most. That’s why sustainability is so important: is the simplest way to be thankful to nature.”
VIDEO LINK: Mercedes Drops into a Bomb in Waimea Bay, Hawaii
ARTICLES: Merecede's Teahupoo 2010
Stefano EspositoVIDEO LINK: Stefano Rips Tressels
(San Clemente, California) iao World!
My name Is Stefano Esposito 24 years old Italian surfer that got ranked TOP 5 at the USA Championship and NSSA open Men's division 2010.
I moved from Rome-Italy to San Clemente, California about 4 years ago, I have been surfing since I was 15 in a small town near Rome with the name of Anzio. Anzio was the place that introduced me to surfing and made my passion for surfing grow to become one of the purposes of my life.
I have participated in contests since I was was young, I became #2 In Italy when I left and I start to compete here In the USA ranking higher and higher. I reached my top this year getting top 5 In the USA rank for my division.
I want to thanks all of you of Wave Tribe for letting me become part of your great surf team and get the pleasure of use your FANTASTIC accessories! : )
I have been using the new leashes made by WAVE TRIBE for about a month now, I can tell that the material that the products are made with Is really good and long lasting. I feel really comfortable using the super light back pad made by cork as well and has a extraordinary grip .
I'm so happy that Wave Tribe makes these Super Ecological surf Products because this is the way to be, this is the way to respect the heart and to show love to our ocean. Everybody should enjoy WT and promote a green surf company.
I have been into Organic and Green Products in general since I moved to California, I love the idea to recycling and I am honored to be be part of the change.
Everything started when I was young. As a kid we used to attend Surfrider sponsored clean-up days in Italy, going to beaches near Rome to clean up the mess left on the sand from tourists. I realize then that we could do so much more for the environment and we can make this planet a better place. With all the environmental disasters happening these days and talk about a bad economy it feels good to do something positive and put energy toward a local beach clean-up.
Since those days back in Italy I started to care more about the ecology and that's why I'm super stoked to use eco products from Wave Tribe. Yesterday I left my surfboards in the car for 3 hours from 12 pm to 3 pm and thanks to the Wave Tribe Hemp Boardbag I saved my car for getting messy and dirty and I protected my surfboards from the sun in the best way; The Hemp WAY!
I really look forward to collaborate to Wave Tribe, I 'm stoked and thank them for giving me the opportunity!
Thank you AGAIN!