We’ve been carrying Firewire surfboards for many years now and we are always excited to see what new board constructions, shapes and technologies they are coming up with. They have always been one of out top selling brands and it seems like every year there are some new shapes that are changing the face of surfing little by little. 2013 is no different with 3 new designs and a whole new construction offered in a few boards. Let’s take a look!
Technograin represents a significant step forward towards the holy grail of any product designed and manufactured in today’s environmentally conscious world. While by no means sustainability built, firewire’s technograin has by far one of the least toxic and smallest carbon footprints of any commercially available surfboard today. And perhaps as critical when it comes to your equipment, the combination of a lightweight EPS core, a sustainbably-grown wood deck skin on both the top and bottom decks which includes firewire’s proprietary parabolic rail construction, and an entropy bio-resin hot coat with any exterior cloth, creates an extremely lightweight, durable surfboard with all of the high performance flex characteristics of firewire’s existing technologies. Look for technograin in the Sweet Potato & Spitfire boards
Designed by Luke Short, the Chubby Chedda is a refined version of the original chubby checker, a favorite of many including Julian Wilson when he’s free surfing or pushing it in expression sessions. Luke widened the outline slightly while adding a subtle hip behind the front fins, adding more whip through turns. The conceives are also deeper, creating more ‘get up and go,’ and the tail rocker has been accentuated for the perfect blend of speed and responsiveness. The Chubby Chedda should be ridden at least two inches shorter than your standard high performance short board. And if push comes to shove, the design will hold its own in overhead surf as well.
Designer Dan Mann explains, “The Unibrow has roots in a design I’ve been riding as my regular short board, mixed with what I’ve learned from designing and riding the dominator, sweet potato and potato-nator. The outline curve is compressed from a regular short board without sacrificing the width needed to maximize paddling and planing speed. The goal was to design a very high-performance short board that didn’t feel too ‘bulky’ in good surf when you can ride something other than a groveler. The rail profile is dropped and very sensitive, especially through the tail. The bottom has and aggressive single concave that starts in the nose, carries through the deep spot forward of the fins and splits into a subtle double concave that then directs the water flow to the inside of the front fins.”
The outline of the Vanguard is the foundation and driving force of this highly innovative surfboard. ultra parallel lines allow the design to be ridden smaller and narrower than previously considered functional. This is achieved by maintaining ideal rider volume with balanced foam distribution. The parallel outline reduces drag, this increasing dynamic planing lift yielding more speed via less water resistance. The V4 offers the same benefits of the Vanguard in a more conventional shape. For those who want to rip the modern planing hull with a little more length.