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Firewire LFT Baked Potato Surfboard 5ft 11 FCS II - Bamboo
Primarily designed for smaller, weaker conditions, the BP will surprise you by its performance characteristics, and how the fins set further back and closer to the rail than usual, allow the board to hold in larger, steeper waves.
The new Linear Flex Technology (LFT) replaces the Rapidfire internal carbon rods with an 18mm wide composite Springer HD Suspension System that runs from nose to tail and includes a Bamboo top-deck sheet. This high density insert creates additional strength through the centre with increased flex through the tail. The Bamboo top sheet buffer above the HD Springer allows for some compression but without the raised ridge and cracking that can occur with traditional wooden stringer surfboards. LFT delivers plenty of 'TWANG' in and out of your turns and creates the fast-twitch flex response that gives the surfer the feedback and return desired.
LFT at last brings the perfect blend of a brand-new traditional PU 'board feel' with the added durability of modern sandwich construction.
Boardshop is stoked to be a key partner for Firewire surfboards across Europe and beyond, weve 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 havent 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 were well placed to talk about all aspects of Firewire surfboards. Were happy to consider trading in your old board against a new Firewire, so If you have any questions about this wed be delighted to answer them and advise on any potential board choices or enquiries you might have, just drop us an email to email@example.com or call us on 0044 (0) 1243 674250.
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Overall Customer Rating
Toby Denford (reviewed 07/05/2016)
It's amazing defiantly my go to board for any day sub 3ft (chest high) maybe up to 4ft if it's fat.
Couldn't wait to try the board out and surfed it in a huge variety of conditions.
It really excels in small mushy waves and catches the smallest of bumps sending your wave count through the roof.
However the low rocker which makes this board feel so fast over flat sections does make more critical drops a challenge, also the extremely wide tail makes driving hard off the bottom on bigger waves a lil squrley.
But all in all, this makes rubbish waves fun a board that really puts a smile on your face.
I surfed it with a set of Kelly Slater 2.1 quad fins.
Paul Mason (reviewed 01/01/2016)
I've owned 2 BPs: I started with a 5'7" Timbertek, had it for about 18 months, then traded it in for a 5'5" LFT. I'm 6'0" tall and weigh 80 kilos, and I'm a confident intermediate surfer. The 5'7" caught waves well (like a minimal...), but was way too corky for me: any kind of not-down-the-line turn was a battle, especially in the fast part of the wave. The 5'5" LFT is a complete contrast. It sits in the fast part of the wave easily, turns quickly and aggressively, and generally feels a lot more manoeuvrable – but with no discernible loss of wave-catching ability.
The LFT construction is a real step up from Timbertek, too: I can feel the flex in the board loading and unloading as I surf, like a really lightweight PU construction, but after several months of use the board is still unmarked. My personal ranking of Firewire constructions (I own or have owned each of these): 1st LFT; 2nd FST, which has proved super-tough and somewhere between LFT and Timbertek in feel; 3rd Timbertek, which to me felt like the old Surftech boards underfoot, floaty and stiff.
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