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Firewire Helium Chumlee surfboard 5ft 1 FCS II - White
The full rounded tail is nicely thinned out to ensure the board pushes into turns relatively easily, whilst still carrying bags of speed. The wide point is pulled back a little from where you might expect it to be on a groveller to ensure speed through turns. The standout feature is the spine with double concave running though two thirds of the board and out of the tail, this feature combined with this exciting new Helium surfboards construction generates a huge amount of speed. Normally a board like this with so much width is not very responsive and hard to get going and generate speed but the Chumlee doesn’t fall into this category, its lively fun and fast and could easily sit with a more conventional shortboard to give you a quiver to cover 99% of waves you’ll come across.
Firewire’s Helium tech is all about making an already amazing set of construction options even better. Its lighter, seems strong, no signs of any pressure marks at all, and very fast. The top and bottom skins are parabolic rail set up is a new Paulownia/Balsa mix which is meant to give faster flex response. Having surfed the tech in a couple of different models it does feel light but the speed through a stiffer feel and responsiveness is exceptional, Helium is here to stay.
Ride the Chumlee in your normal groveller volume, we surfed a 5’ 9 at 35 litres rider is 12 stone/75 kgs and 6’ 1 and this volume was spot on for both knee high weaker waves and shoulder high better waves.
Boardshop is stoked to be a key partner for Firewire surfboards across Europe and beyond, we've been with them since the very start. Firewire surfboards are more durable than other surfboard manufacturing processes, and for 90% of surfers they will improve your surfing. Firewire is pushing the limits of applying new technology and innovation to surfboard design and always has an eye on the environmental impact of what they do, they truly are different to the other board companies out there. Firewire have come a long way since the early boards and the range of shapes and tech just gets better and better. A big chunk of the boards in the range are perfectly suited to the waves that 90% of us surf on a regular basis so if you haven't already give them a try. 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.
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ANIBAL (reviewed 28/01/2018)
Only rode it 3 times. First, two days in 1-2ft with not much power. Only some guys I know, with longboards. They just could not believe how muh fun I was having, riding this **** little waves to the shore as them, but linking some nice turns and roundhouses on the way, unlike them :P
Finally, yesterday we had some decent swell coming from storms in the gulf of lion, 3-4ft with good power, quite fat and glassy. I had a lot of fun with the CL; the rails hold perfectly when you charge hard in better waves, it pivots really well for its volume, and the fact of having a slightly more rocker than the BP allows for more critical take offs than the BP. However, I do not feel it is suited for more powerful / hollow waves, as overall rocker is still very low (it is not a HPSB but a HPGrovel).
Definitely a board that allows you to keep practising HP surfing manoeuvres in small waves.
Finally, a word for the Helium construction: stoked! Been on fst, carbon wrap, surftech and PU board. It is soon to tell as I have ridden the board only three times, but this may be the best construction to date. It is unbelievably light, really the lightest board feeling, and in the water the compromise between flex and reactivity is amazing. Maybe the wood rails have to do with that. Plus, It feels very resistant (not as the TT) but at the same time very smooth to the feet (unlike the TT which transmits rigidity).
All in all, a fantastic board.
Customer service at Boardshop is top notch. Great packaging keeps the board safe, Grats!!
Tony (reviewed 13/12/2017)
Rodrigo (reviewed 04/12/2017)
Nigel (reviewed 21/10/2017)
It paddled great from 1st moment. Got in easy and handled steeeep drops well. Once up turned on a penny. Very happy bunny. Ian at boardshop went above and beyond to put this board in my hands. Bizzo
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Chris (reviewed 08/06/2017)
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