The first generation FW's had well documented lamination problems. A shop in the know, wont give you much as far as trade in on it. Most of the first gen's were blue or orange or had the pinline where the balsa rail meets the topsheet...
naa...i had no cracks or dings..it was in great shape..i dont think there was water in it..any board would have broken..it was at least 3 ft overhead and really heavy...i am hoping firewire will give me credit on a board or somethin
i wasnt directing my comment to you njsurfer17. i was responding to the original post about why his board feels different
the problem with firewires is that they sandwhich the foam and lam together so its real easy for them to delam once they take on water and if they take on water they drain slow and because of the construction it can do some weird sh*t to the inside. my guess is that you just didnt let the board drain completely. I had the same problem with mine. It may seem ready to cure but in actualality waters hidding in some funky places.
i can see some disscoloration in the board, but its not near the crack, if its water how do i get it all out?
i have a few suggestions. I would take it to the old chaunceys shop on 30th. me and my brother had the nose snap on our firewires and i buckled mine in half and had the board bubble from inside the foam which is unheard of. they did a amazing job repairing our boards and have a pretty good understanding of the weird construction of those boards so they may be able to offer some more advice to you. if you feel like doing it yourself, i would agree with what mtksurfer said. I would reopen the ding and let it drain for a couple of sunny days and even go as far as sucking all of the water out. you can check if its all drained, or atleast get a better estimate of how much water is in there, by taking your thumbs and putting them on both sides of the ding and pushing, this will force some of the water to come up outta the ding. i cant tell you if your situation is worth going through all this so thats why chaunceys may be able to help you a little more, but chances are considering how light firewires are that if it feels heavier and isnt riding the same, theyre probably some water still in there. let me know how everything turns out man, best of luck and atleast you got to get out sunday, im stuck at school in philly and couldnt make it back. its been haunting me all week looking at pics and sh*t. its killing me. saddest part about it is im coming back this weekend and the outlook is s h i t