Firewire FST Sweet Potato surfboard 6ft 0 FCS II - White
The Sweet Potato has certainly lived up to it's billing and has set the bar pretty damn high for all boards in the "groveller" category. The SP is still THE go-to board when the surf is from knee to chest high.
“Clearly the Sweet Potato is not your average surfboard." says designer Dan Mann, “The outline is the most striking design change from the status quo. The SP dramatically changes the ratio between the length and width of a board while still allowing the design to perform at a very high level. While the relationship of the outline and volume obviously have a big impact, without the big changes in the rocker, bottom contour, fin placement, and the flex characteristics of the stronger and lighter materials, the Sweet Potato would have limited performance as has been the case with these designs in the past”.
Another of the noticeable design attributes Dan added is the aggressive bottom contour which creates considerable lift. The deep double concave with a 'spine' in the middle divide the board in half (length-wise) isolating the fins, rocker and bottom on one side of the board at a time. This allows the board to get on a rail quickly.
The Sweet Potato is the board you always take on a surf check; the board that lives in the car just in case!
The rapid response flex memory in the Future Shapes Technology used in these boards yields great speed through the turns whilst the parabolic rail configuration guarantees 100% return memory for years.
Firewire surfboards feature some very distinct construction traits that set them aside from other boards currently available:
1) parabolic balsa rails
2) dual density EPS and advanced composite core
The parabolic balsa rails flex at the start of a turn storing energy and rebound through the turn releasing built up energy in the form of speed. The spring back of the parabolic rails to the original rocker triggers rapid acceleration, like an arrow shot from a bow. The construction materials, a unique formulation of hi-tech epoxy resins and advanced composites mean that these boards maintain the lively feel you get with brand new polyurethane boards, but are up to 20% lighter and will last 5+ times longer.
What this all means for surfers is a step forward in the age old trade off of performance versus durability that has traditionally limited polyurethane boards. The nature of the core technology in these boards allows them to rebound in and out of turns with little loss of speed.
The staff here have surfed pretty much every board in the Firewire range at some time or another and we speak to surfers from all over the world and get their feedback on how the boards perform in all sorts of conditions so we're well placed to talk about all aspects of Firewire surfboards. We're happy to consider trading in your old board against a new Firewire, so If you have any questions about this we'd be delighted to answer them and advise on any potential board choices or enquiries you might have, just drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0044 (0) 1243 674250.
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