Varial Revolution Race aims at top-level surfers & shapers
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 March, 2016 - Ventura - After partnering with some of the biggest shapers and athletes in the world over the past 3 years, Ventura-based Varial Surf Technology is offering cash prizes to surfers who win advanced rounds of 2016 World Surf League Men’s and Women’s Championship Tour events on Varial Foam.
Each prize includes a payout to the shaper who designed and built the winning board from one of Varial’s advanced foam blanks. Varial is also offering a prize for the best 2-minute video segment filmed on Varial Foam, allowing free surfers to join the contest.
The Varial Revolution Race is an unprecedented contest in surfing aimed at catalyzing the adoption of new and advanced materials by top-level surfers and their shapers. Varial has put a total of $75,000 up for grabs in the Men’s and Women’s contest categories.
To qualify for a prize payout, the athlete must be the first surfer to win a Quarterfinal, Semifinal and/or Final heat on a board made with Varial Foam and clearly displaying the “Varial Fm” logo. An additional $5,000 is being offered for the best video clip filmed on board shaped from Varial Foam.
“When Edison and I first started brainstorming the idea of using science and engineering to revolutionize surfing, we knew we wanted to come up with new core materials that were not only lighter and stronger but would blow the doors off performance,” said Varial President, Parker Borneman.
“The Revolution Race is our way of putting our money where our mouth is,” said Varial CEO Edison Conner. “Professional athletes have already started testing our technology and riding it in competition– the Revolution Race is an extra push we are offering to pros, shapers, and even amateurs to really up the performance game at the highest level of surfing.”
In the 2015 World Surf League WCT season, the world saw Italo Ferreira ride a Varial Foam board in a WCT contest for the first time at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal. This included a dramatic, mid-heat switch from one of his standard polyurethane boards to a more high-performance board shaped from Varial Foam. After going back and forth between polyurethane and Varial Foam boards in Portugal, Ferreira increased his comfort with the technology and went on to surf the entire Triple Crown of Surfing on boards made only with Varial Foam.
Additionally, Shane Dorian, an early and avid supporter of Varial foam, rode a 9’6” Varial gun during the recent Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau contest at Waimea Bay. Finishing 3rd overall in the event, Dorian’s confidence in the two-piece jigsaw board showed after several prior sessions on the board at Jaws. One session included a wave that has been nominated for Billabong’s 2016 Ride of the Year.
Here is a list of WCT pros and their shapers who are currently testing and riding Varial Foam:
Malia Manuel (Matt Biolos/ Lost Surfboards)
Tatiana Weston-Webb (Tim Carrol Surfboards)
Italo Ferreira (Timmy Patterson Surfboards)
Felipe Toledo (Marcio Zouvi/ Sharp Eye Surfboards)
Alejo Muniz (Marcio Zouvi/ Sharp Eye Surfboards)
Davey Cathels (Brett Warner/ Warner Surfboard)
Caio Ibelli (Xanadu Surfboards)
Alex Ribeiro (Xanadu Surfboards)
Revolution Race prize payouts will be awarded as follows:
-Be the first surfer to win a men’s WSL Championship Tour event quarterfinal on Varial Foam. $5,000 pro $2,000 shaper
-Be the first surfer to win a men’s WSL Championship Tour event semifinal on Varial Foam. $10,000 pro $4,000 shaper
-Be the first surfer to win a men’s WSL Championship Tour event final on Varial Foam. $20,000 pro $9,000 shaper
-Be the first surfer to win a women’s WSL Championship Tour event semifinal on Varial Foam. $5,000 pro $2,000 shaper
-Be the first surfer to win a women’s WSL Championship Tour event final on Varial Foam. $12,000 pro $6,000 shaper
-Submit a 2-3 minute video with all footage surfed on Varial Foam. $5,000 pro