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    Firewires

    Why does anyone ride any other board than a firewire? I'm on my 3rd one (I change boards frequently) and I had each one for about 2 years and they just never ding. When I sold them they all looked very close to the day i bought them. They ride the same as PU boards to me, I'm just curious what the downside is

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    cookie cutter boards.

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    You must have an Angel watching over you!!! The man that makes my boards does FW warranty work and always has one in his shop getting repairs from dings, delams, bad boxes, etc....Tells me they are junk. Some people are just harder on boards than others. Count your blessings!!

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    I've had one since Aug 2009. It survived many a good session, a couple of trips on planes, and yesterday when I landed square on top of it.
    I think the construction is very durable and lasts a good while longer than PU boards. Maybe I just lucked-out. I'd buy another one. Keep in-mind, most boards are "cookie cutter" boards. Boards these days are made with robotic shaping machines using tried and true specs...Kind of like Firewires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by salt View Post
    I've had one since Aug 2009. It survived many a good session, a couple of trips on planes, and yesterday when I landed square on top of it.
    I think the construction is very durable and lasts a good while longer than PU boards. Maybe I just lucked-out. I'd buy another one. Keep in-mind, most boards are "cookie cutter" boards. Boards these days are made with robotic shaping machines using tried and true specs...Kind of like Firewires.
    Most are, but would you rather have a big named machine shaped, robotic board like the firewire or dumpster diver? or would you rather go a few blocks down the road to your local shaper and getting a 100% locally handshaped, board that actually has a signature stating the this was a genuine creation..... not to mention the fact that cookie cutter boards are a general board, meaning they're made for a general populous. if you want something that will ride best in your local surf conditions, then going to someone who has local knowledge would be the smart option. Al merricks and firewires are just as good as the chinese popout version of canyon surfboards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Over-toe View Post
    Most are, but would you rather have a big named machine shaped, robotic board like the firewire or dumpster diver? or would you rather go a few blocks down the road to your local shaper and getting a 100% locally handshaped, board that actually has a signature stating the this was a genuine creation..... not to mention the fact that cookie cutter boards are a general board, meaning they're made for a general populous. if you want something that will ride best in your local surf conditions, then going to someone who has local knowledge would be the smart option. Al merricks and firewires are just as good as the chinese popout version of canyon surfboards.
    I am general surf populus. I don't surf like Slater, do air reverses, or go snap 6 boards a year. I like to keep a board around for a few years that I can rely on. I have found that my Firewire rides just as good if not better than any east coast shaped board I've owned. PLUS it hasn't dinged, de-lammed, or yellowed yet. It actually saved me money. I believe in supporting your US shaper etc, but shape me a board that rides well and lasts a long time, then we'll talk turkey. Nev Hyman is a serious shaper who's been around forever and most of FW's shapes were designed by him. Canyons and Surfboards Australia are cheap popout Asian Boards with absolutely no emphasis on design or peformance. I dunno, I guess I drank the Firewire Koolaid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Over-toe View Post
    Most are, but would you rather have a big named machine shaped, robotic board like the firewire or dumpster diver? or would you rather go a few blocks down the road to your local shaper and getting a 100% locally handshaped, board that actually has a signature stating the this was a genuine creation......
    It completely depends on whether the guy a few blocks down the road is going to make a better board for me than the dumpster diver, or not. Some can, some cant. I bought a 5'8" Xanadu Gipos last year that may well have had machines, robots, and AutoCAD programs involved in its creation. But guess what, it works great at the spots in my backyard. I've got some locally shaped boards that are great as well. My guess is that Xanadu, Al Merrick, AND SOME of the local guys down the road, are capable of making a board i will LOVE and capable of making one that i will HATE. So i try to keep an open mind about it.
    Last edited by mitchell; Dec 30, 2011 at 03:30 PM.

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    have 3 right now.. ordering another soon.. been riding them for over 8 years.. no problems.. love them

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    ggiimmmee the el fuego

    Quote Originally Posted by darippah View Post
    They ride the same as PU boards to me, I'm just curious what the downside is
    they definetly dont ride the same as PU boards...firewires are much more responsive under the feet.

    the downside is the price, especially since they are made in thailand.
    ( source - http://www.firewiresurfboards.com/te...hid=faq#faq110 )

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    I love my Firewire. I bought it used, it was buckled and I had it repaired and its been my go to board ever since. Almost going on a year now since I got it. It even got washed into a jetty once last winter and didnt even get dinged!

    I'd like to check out a Coil sometime for my next board, they are supposedly really durable as well and are made here in the states, based out of Florida I think. Regardless, I think alternative constructions that are more durable and last longer are the way to go.