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Ryan Hipwood signs Hardware deal with FCS

by Chris D | Aug 18, 2014
FCS is pleased to announce the signing of big wave freak Ryan 'Hippo' Hipwood to an exclusive 3 year fin, system and hardware deal.

Over the past decade Hippo has steadily built a reputation as one of the premier big wave specialists in the world. Under the new agreement Hippo will ride the full offering of FCS hardware including the new FCS II system and fins, FCS traction, leashes, boardbags, luggage, and other assorted accessory categories.

“I’m really stoked to be aligning with FCS for all my hardware needs. I’ve been on the system and fins for years now, and I know they make quality products that I can trust when I’m traveling around the world chasing crazy waves”, said Hippo on signing the deal.

While the majority of Hippo’s exposure comes from paddling and towing into massive waves, he’s equally talented on a shortboard. This makes him the ideal test pilot for the entire FCS hardware range, and an amazing resource for product feedback.

“We’re really excited to have Hippo riding the full range of FCS products, he’s one the gutsiest surfers on the planet, and he represents our big wave category perfectly. There’s no question he’ll put the products to the ultimate test”, said SHI Brand Ambassador Richie Lovett on the reasoning behind the new deal.

The release of the new FCS II system and Essential Series fin range was also a determining factor for Hippo in signing the new deal. Having been one of the first surfers to try the new system, Hippo quickly gravitated towards the ease of fin changeability, and the Accelerator template for its handling capabilities on bigger waves and in critical situations.

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    Julian Wilson

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    Date of Birth: November 8, 1988
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