Firewire FST Vader Kiteboard 5ft 3 Futures - White
The Vader Modern Planing Hull (MPH) is the continued evolution of the MPH. Over five years in the making, this next rung in the MPH ladder is everything you could want a board to be. The Vader will give you all of the planning and performance of the Vanguard but offers even tighter turns in the pocket is blazing fast and has a skate feel with directional drive. A completely asymmetrical design allows for easy access to airs and further reduces the rail line minimizes drag and increases lift.
The Vader or Modern Planing Hull (MPH) represents a radical change in the approach to high performance surfboard design and the Vanguard model is the result of precise mathematical formulas and geometry. The hydrodynamic architecture of the Vanguard opens the door to a fresh approach to board design and the art of riding waves. Inspired by the incredible feats of athleticism exhibited by today’s top professional surfers, Tomo (Daniel Thomson) has created a design that further helps todays kitesurfers expand their abilities. Higher degrees of speed, electric wave attack and radical aerial potential are all possible with this highly tuned machine.
The Vader comes in a 5/4/3 configuration allowing you options in fin setups. Unlike most boards that favor one fin setup or the other, the Vader truly rides equally as well as a quad or a tri fin. With the parallel rail line the Vader can be ridden much smaller than your traditional board and if you currently have a Vanguard go 1-2 inches smaller than that. Ride the pinnacle in state of the art wave craft and experience a feeling that only the Vader will deliver!
Future Shapes Technology (FST) relies primarily on the PARABOLIC Balsa Rail to control flex while the high density aerospace composite vacuumed to both top and bottom decks provides significant impact strength, and is stronger than the traditional PU surfboard. The 1lb interior core holds the shape and provides flotation, allowing the board to seamlessly follow the flex characteristics of the Parabolic rails coupled with the deck skins.
The Parabolic Balsa Rail features 12mm balsa built from 3 x 4mm strips, which as mentioned not only control flex and add strength, but also act as a buffer against rail dings. Furthermore, the long-term flex memory supplied by the balsa rails ensures boards maintain their lively feel for longer. In addition, we’ve worked closely with Felix Pivec to reinforce both the top deck lamination and the internal sandwich construction to handle the added compression of kitesurfing. We feel we’ve achieved the right balance between flex, weight and durability.
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Overall Customer Rating
Ben Gray (reviewed 07/12/2015)
The Firewire ‘kiteboard’ site front page includes a good guide to determine correct volume for your weight (I’m 12.5 stone and ride the 5’1 Vader which is perfect): http://www.firewiresurfboards.com/kitesurfing/
In terms of construction, the board feels light but only has the smallest of heal dents after several months good use and some recent heavier conditions thanks to a few storms blowing through this autumn.
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