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Firewire Helium Chumlee surfboard 5ft 3 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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Overall Customer Rating
Jonny (reviewed 23/11/2018)
Ive used the board a couple of times so far in smaller/weaker surf and once in some slightly bigger stuff. It's super fast down the line but still turns well, and feels reasonably loose.
(I've ridden it as a quad with futures controller quad alpha)
It holds speed through a cutback and makes it round sections or flatter spots that I previously would have found tricky, or not made at all.
Stoked to ride it more and experiment with some different fin setups...
Big thanks to Ian for all the help and advice getting this board into my hands!
Andrew (reviewed 22/11/2018)
Some dimensions and stats: I'm 113kg at 6'6. According to the most volume calculators I would say I'm intermediate in skill but like the bigger stuff. Surfed the Chumlee the last few months in 3-8 ft and it flies in everything. One thing to know, anything about 5ft gets a little quick and turning becomes hair raising as you are most likely going at warp speed with a fat tail. Doesn't matter really as its really a "one board does it all" board.
I truly believe its an undersold board. Its not a traditional groveler but its also not a high performance short board.
Last thing, if you have FCS2 fins, make sure you use grub screws. Nothing to do with the board but its just something that I thought of. Piece of mind
The crew at Boardshop are amazing and really appreciate their effort and service
Paul (reviewed 15/11/2018)
As ever, volume seems to be the key. The BP was 36L and for a small-wave board I wasn’t sure which size to get, the 5’9” at 35.2L or the 5’11” at 38.something. Based on previous Firewire experience I went smaller and I think it was the right call: the board still catches the smallest imaginable waves, but doesn’t feel too floaty in head-high surf. It’s a very wide tail and I guess a higher volume might be fast, but hard to turn.
Too early to assess the Helium tech, but my previous Firewires have lasted well so no reason to think this won’t. It’s super light, for sure. Overall, a great board - one Firewire might regret releasing, it cleans out so many of their other models.
Eduardo (reviewed 27/09/2018)
Anders (reviewed 13/08/2018)
Thank you boardshop for your excellent help!
Zack (reviewed 16/07/2018)
Boardshop helped me throughout the entire process. From choosing between two boards I was interested in, helped me to select the right size for the board and finally, Boardshop shipped everything fast, secured and on time.
About the board :
I got the Chumlee 5'7. Had my first session today on waist high, 8sec, beach break waves and boy this baby owns!
Fast board, easy to paddle and glides like a king.
At first, I tried it with my Thruster setup (Futures Fins WCT Honeycomb medium Rasta medium). It was nice but could be better on the takeoff.
Then I switched to Quad, and BOOM, like a charm!
Smooth on the takeoff, super fast but yet easy to maneuver.
I guess I should stay with the quad or buy bigger thruster fins.
Anyhow, can't wait for my next session :)
Bobby (reviewed 09/06/2018)
Some perfect grovel swell appeared on the radar and a quick note to the boardshop ensured the board was immaculately packaged and delivered on time as promised.
Usually riding shortboards of around 28L, I went a little bit too big on the PJ at 34L and always felt I should have had the size smaller. 5.5 CL feels the perfect size. (h 5'11 w 77kg)
I've had four sessions on it now ranging from knee to neck high, the first wave I had on it banged out a 3 with the most ease I've ever experienced, a great start. The rest of the session was a revelation, the best first surf I've had on a new board by a long stretch. Catches everything, absolutely flew from takeoff and easy to do fun manoeuvres on. A lot of other surfers where complaining about the gutless nature of the surf yet I was flying down the line popping little airs! (board is so easy to do airs on)
The only negative is the tail is huge and you're foot needs to be quite far back on the board and a bit more effort to bang the lip on it, but then it would be impossible to have the many other attributes without this.
I have a Gamma in helium which was the main reason for buying this....the construction is epic!
Best groveller I have tried!
Philip Rafferty (reviewed 01/06/2018)
Im 5’7 and around 66kg, I’ve had it out on 1ft glassy rolling reef, shoulder to head high reef and beach, in light offshore and crumbly onshore. Really fun and working in all those conditions. Paddle demon, & notably fast when taking off behind the peak, one pump into a high line and its getting around sections I’m familiar with and wouldn’t be making otherwise, had a few comments on how fast it looked. Feels very good on late drops and hollow sections. Turns really nicely with the tail often sliding around before the fins bite and returning the nose forward.
Im riding it as a quad with FCS2 Performer quad set, bought a nubster centre keel fin to try in bigger / more powerful conditions. Highly recommended, specially with the amazingly light and durable Helium construction. Many thanks to Ian for the the pre purchase advice. Need to sell my other boards.
Gavin (reviewed 12/05/2018)
Ordered the board at 2pm on Thursday and it was in my hands with a tail pad stuck on it by 10:15 Friday morning- wondering if it was going to float, not only did it float- it flew! . Listen to Ian- he knows what he's on about (most of the time, LOL) Great service and great board. If your thinking about buying one of these- just do it!
Adrian (reviewed 15/04/2018)
Super fun board, paddles and catches waves brilliantly. I was a bit worried about the size of the tail but the board holds nicely and is very manoeuvrable. Had a blast surfing it all week in 2-5ft clean waves.
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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