Firewire FST Vader Kiteboard 5ft 5 Futures - White
Once you jump on a FireWire kiteboard you will immediately see why Felix has chosen to ride these boards and why many of today's top surfers have FireWire in their quiver.
I'm sure you will see just as Felix has that these boards will blow your mind and take your riding to the next level.
FireWire Modern Planing Hull (MPH) rider guide:
FireWire are really excited with the latest advancements in design with the Daniel Thomson (Tomo) shapes. While these boards have proven to be fantastic for surfing, the kiteboard community benefits have truly surprised everyone. Firewire currently offer the Vanguard in a Kiteboard specific build and soon will release the next MPH shape, the Vader.
These boards give you the following benefits:
Superior upwind capability - The MPH design is a planing hull, designed to create more lift than a standard direction board which technically function as a displacement hull similar to a boat that sits down into the water. The MPH planing hull provides a ride that feels like your gliding as the board continually wants to accelerate giving the experience of forward drive which is being produced by this hull design. This forward drive translates to getting you upwind much easier than traditional boards which is beneficial for all riders, but particularly great for larger riders who used to have to sit on the sidelines on light wind days. Even in flat water riders enjoy how easy it is to get upwind and the board outline is great for practicing transitions, tricks and airs on this board.
High Performance ride- These are high performance boards ridden by some of the top surfers in the world. You get the exact same shape with the Kiteboard build of the Vanguard or Vader so you know it will carve and turn incredibly well.
Predictable stability - The Vanguard has proven to be a very versatile board. The parallel outline from nose to tail provides more overall surface area and make it a very stable platform. You will feel a smoother ride through the chop and inadvertent weight shifts won’t send you toppling off the board like a standard surf shape. This makes learning on a Vanguard a snap! Firewire recommend the Vanguard for beginner and intermediate riders or people who are new to strapless. But don’t worry, it won't hold you back as you progress and advance.
Durability - The MPH boards are made from Firewire's tried and tested Future Shapes Technology (FST) that offers superior durability and amazing lightweight. You will get years of use out of the FST construction, much more so than a standard polyurethane board.
Board sizing - The parallel outline of the MPH design places more rail line in the water than traditional shapes. This means there’s a similar amount of rail in the water at any given time on a much smaller overall board size. We use 185lb/84kg as a general guideline for sizing the Vanguard. For larger riders over 185lb/84kg the 5ft 6 or 5ft 4 is recommended and for medium/smaller riders under the 185lb/84kg mark, the 5ft 2 or 5ft 0 is suggested. Of course wind and other factors can be taken into consideration. More wind look towards the shorter side, less wind the longer side. The Vader is intended to be ridden 1"-2" or 2cm-5cm shorter than your preferred Vanguard size.
Small miracles - The parallel rail outline and MPH design allows you to ride a very small board size. Don’t be intimidated by the smaller sized models. We have a lot of customers that won’t believe they can ride a kiteboard as small as the Vanguard and will purchase a 5ft 6 only to come back and buy a 5ft 2. Smaller in this case can be better. You can get a skateboard feel with tons of control. Felix and some of Firewire's other riders report that they ride 5ft 2 in triple overhead surf with no problem. In fact the board feels more stable in large surf than a traditional 6 + board! And don’t forget, the Vader should be ridden even smaller and will get you the same dependable hold in any type of surf!
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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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