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Don "Gums" Eichin, A Surfer/Fireman from Long Island NY was pioneering surfer in Hawaii 1960 & passed it down to his sons at the FDNY.

Fire & Water 

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This is the story of Don "Gums" Eichin, from Long Island NY, who was one of a handfull of pioneering surfers in the late 1950's and 60's that set out to make a life in Hawaii. Don was joined by some of surfing's greatest legends, testing their skills in the big waves of Hawaii's Northshore; surfing Oahu's Banzai Pipeline, Wiamea, and "Gums", the infamous spot named after one of Don's worst wipeout.  Returning to NYC in the late 60's, he became a New York City Firefighter during one of the most dangerous times in NYC history. Living a life that is no less than legend, his passion for surfing, the ocean and firefighting passed through a generation inspiring his family and friends to surf and become FDNY Firefighters.

This film is an important lost surfing tale that is still being written today as Don's sons, Eric & Randy follow in their father's footsteps alongside good friends Brian Walsh & Casey Skudin. It is an eye opening look at how surfers from New York have always been there and how these surfers gained respect amongst surfers from all over the world. 

By the award wining team that brought you "Shadows of the Same Sun", Writer & Director Thomas Brookins and Producer James Baker bring another installment to NY's rich surfing history. With astounding lost images, film footage, interviews & cameos by Rob Machado, Kassia Meador, Mikey Detemple, Rochelle Ballard and Fire Fighters across America, this documentary pays respect to America's Bravest and their brotherhood in Fire and Water.  With your help, we can launch one of the rarest surfing documentaries in the history of the sport. 


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    Recieve the same as above as well as a free copy of the award winning "Shadows of the Same Sun" movie on DVD. The grassroots documentary that helped change the way the world viewed New York Surfing history and inspired the director Thomas Brookins to pursue more on the subject of the surfing history of New York with Fire & Water.

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