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Firewire Helium Evo surfboard 5ft 5 FCS II - White
The latest board from Tomo pushes surfboard design again. Having it under your arm puts a huge smile on your face, the anticipation of surfing it is almost too much! We had a chance to have a quick surf on a 5' 5" and although smaller than you'd choose here's what happened: even at this small length it paddled really easily, even in choppy conditions the nose didn't catch. The sheer width of the thing meant it paddled in nice and easy and felt fast, popping up the board feels super stable but very lively. It flows from rail to rail so easily its unreal, Tomo says it feels like its levitating, he's not wrong! Its super smooth and turns easily, an instant smile guaranteed. The smooth and curvy outline really works, it still feels like it'll hold in bigger stuff but for anything knee to head-high its going to be the surfboard of choice. The deep channels give it its drive, presumably what Tomo refers to as the 'double inside single concave into split quad concave planing hull' means the channels. Even Slater said it felt faster than a standard shortboard after that short interlude at the Gold Coast comp.
Firewire’s Helium tech is all about making an already amazing set of construction options even better. Its lighter, more durable than regular PU boards and thus far is proving a little more robust than Firewire's LFT construction. High Density Aerospace Composite Deck Skins and a new Paulownia/Balsa mix on the rails gives a 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.
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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Harley Jepson (reviewed 20/06/2018)
Super super light but feels tough in your hands.
Really good delivery and packed very well.
Jeroen (reviewed 06/06/2018)
Joao (reviewed 23/05/2018)
john daly (reviewed 09/05/2018)
Beanmachine (reviewed 20/04/2018)
Mike (reviewed 12/04/2018)
The Evo is awesome. Took me a while to settle on fins, for me the stiffer the better on this board, using the JW PG fins. Quad set up is insane for speed, it feels like your levitating, while thruster blew me away with the direction change and turns it could do. I was initially concerned it was too much foam/too wide a tail comparing it to the omni but it absolutely does not limit performance. The drive off the bottom and feeling on rail is amazing, it just holds.
I've ridden it in knee high waves with a quad. My puddle jumper is collecting dust. I still use the omni if it's heavy, but I've used the Evo in overhead surf and if holds fine.
Helium is great, amazing durability. The flex is not as springy as carbon wrap and nothing on my old futureflex hypto but is much stronger, and definitely flexy enough.
It took me three years to buy one, having not been convinced by the looks... but honestly it's so easy to surf, and unlike most easy boards to surf it turns on a dime. Get one. I'm sticking to Tomo's from now on!
As usual the guys at boardshop are so helpful. It doesn't feel like your dealing with an online team.
Alain (reviewed 23/02/2018)
She is lighter with more flex. I weigh 70 kg for 1.70m (advance level). I use this 5.6 for small conditions and not to take longboard.
If I had to use this board for better conditions I would have to go to 5.4 or 5.3. Very nice board to paddle and take off.
Fast delivery (for France) and in great condition because very well protected. Very good commercial service.
Victor (reviewed 19/02/2018)
The Evo in helium has more buoyancy than you can imagine on a 29 liter surfboard.
I've the 5'4 and it's a little bit too big for my 65 kg, 1,69m (level : 6years surfing, once a week, low intermediate)
If I can I will change it for a 5'3
Hendrik (reviewed 13/02/2018)
I surfed the board five times and the surf here in Lisbon is quite heavy right now. Normally I would have chosen another board, but I will fully commit to this plank for the next few month so I stuck to it.
From the first impression the board works best in cleaner conditions. it is super maneuverable and easy to surf. I would suggest straight forward fins to compliment all the bottom concaves or it has some bubbly feeling.
I love the board already and look forward to surf it in some smaller, cleaner waves. The versatility of the board and the construction makes it a great travel board as well, I reckon.
Boardshop, as always, working hard to deliver the best customer experience possible. cheers!
Tom Hales (reviewed 04/02/2018)
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