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    Wanted: firewire spitfire/patatonator, or lost v2 rocket

    If anyone has any of these boards, I am interested. I am 5'11 160 lbs and unsure of the size I need for any of these boards. I am a beginner also surfing at OC MD mostly. <br /><br />Lost V2 Rocket<br />Firewire Spitfire<br />Firewire Patato-nator

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    I have a 5'10 Lost Rocket that is "like new". I'm not sure I want to sell it but if you make me a decent offer I'd consider

    Im also in OCMD and can possibly show it Wednesday

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    Hey I make and fix surfboards....Firewire are some of the worst boards out there as far as board construction. They fall apart over time, get delamed easily, have no stringer, and have too much flexv(which is bad, you want a stiff board because it holds energy instead of absorbing it). They are marketed as a good board and a lot of surf shops carry them because Firewire has enough money to just give them to shops on consignment, but really are bad boards....looks at what most of the pros are riding....DONT GET A FIREWIRE

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    If you are just starting I wouldnt go high performance yet

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    what shortboard would you recommend for a beginner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by djg8374 View Post
    Hey I make and fix surfboards....Firewire are some of the worst boards out there as far as board construction. They fall apart over time, get delamed easily, have no stringer, and have too much flexv(which is bad, you want a stiff board because it holds energy instead of absorbing it). They are marketed as a good board and a lot of surf shops carry them because Firewire has enough money to just give them to shops on consignment, but really are bad boards....looks at what most of the pros are riding....DONT GET A FIREWIRE
    you have no idea what you're talking about. u make boards whats your label??.. have u ever ridden one? they are tough as nails last forever compared to a standard poly.. they are stiffer then poly... they do hold energy through the balsa rails that release through a turn (fst version) i've been riding them for ten years now and recently sold a 8 year old alternator that still looked new besides the natural yellowing of a board its age.. maybe a couple minimal dents on the deck... my quiver now consists of a hellrazor, potatonator, and a sweet potato.. all sik boards.. went custom poly for a bit but felt dead compared to my firewires. there's also a reason why many many shapers like ...lost, tomo, and lsd are jumping in on firewire because they believe in the tech. .firewires and coil are super techy boards that are worth the coin

    as for a recommendation for a firewire as a beginner.. i'd get a big oversized dominator or an Addvance to get your wave count up and then size down

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    what size would you recommend for a dominator or an addvance? im 5'11' 160

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    Swell5.....If firewire is such a good board I ask again....why are the pros not riding them????? AND HOW IS IT YOU HAVE BEEN RIDING FIREWIRE SURFBOARDS FOR 10 YEARS? THEY STARTED IN 2005-2006! good job bud. and to further add they are way over priced.

    If you are thinking about a firewire be prepared to spend a pretty penny...not all of us are rich...and if you are prepared to spend 6-800 dollars...why not go with a channel islands as they are also way over priced..

    There is a reason why there is a stringer in a middle of a board. Bc it is proven most strength and durability whether it is epoxy or poly.

    I'd recommend you work with a local shaper who understands the conditions and areas you are surfing. They will be able to guide you to a good shape and float for your size. If it doesn't work out for you, you can go back to the same shaper and get a convo going on which will improve both your understanding of your needs and result in a board customized just right for you!

    Here is a prime example of why they suck::::>>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsjsYcZqykA

    Firewire PopOut.jpg

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    Haha, that pic speaks volumes...

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    Nev Hyman (Nev Surfboard originally) is a really good shaper, who btw is the owner/original shaper of Firewire..when he first made Firewire boards they were shaped by him..now they are Chinese pop-outs and in no shape or form made to suit any one certain person...they are made like a "sandwich" with specs a surf shop orders depending on the demographics of the area they are in. For example, whatever board sizes and models sell best in the area, are the boards the shop is going to order and push so they can make money. Bert Berger was the innovator of firewire technology, which was originally designed for high performance longboards with a lot of rocker. The idea was to increase strength and flexibility without adding weight, so to allow nose-riding on waves...the design allowed flexibility which allowed nose-riding, the board to flexed when riding waves from a lot of rocker to flattening out making it easy to nose-ride. AGAIN this design was meant for longboards..when the design was put to use on shortboards..Bert Berger pulled out, because this design is not meant for shortboards..due to the reasons mentioned above.

    http://www.surfingmagazine.com/news/...rewire-031607/

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