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Firewire LFT Go Fish surfboard 5ft 3 FCS II - White
The Go Fish has a familiar outline with a nice wide area under the front foot and a pretty flat rocker, the tail is a little narrower in comparison to a tradtional keel fish, but Rob's bottom contours are way out there!
Slipped under the arm the Go Fish feels like it's going to be fun, a wave catcher no question but an unknown quantity with the radical concave/channels that define the board. Any concerns over the boards ability have been put-to-bed with the release of the addictive Hurley edit of Rob carving his way through some head-high glass and pulling off a snappy top-turn normally only acheivable on a modern HPSB with three fins!
The Go Fish won't replace your regular shortboard, it probably won't make your groveller redundant, but it will definately add another dimension to your quiver. Rob describes new "on wave" sensations, "it becomes more of this new feeling. This new excitement. And you’re just like woah, I can’t do what I did on my thruster, but I can do this. And it changes your line, your approach, the feel… You kind of dance around with… well… How far can I push it?"
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 top-deck sheet to improve compression resistance. This high density insert creates additional strength through the centre with increased flex through the tail. The EPS 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.
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.
We're happy to consider trading in your old board against a new Firewire, so If you have any questions about this we'd be delighted to answer them and advise on any potential board choices or enquiries you might have, just drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0044 (0) 1243 674250. And don't forget we offer interest free finance on all new premium surfboards!
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Niklas Reissinger (reviewed 22/01/2019)
Doug Lloyd (reviewed 05/09/2018)
Bert in Scotland (reviewed 09/08/2018)
Jo (reviewed 23/07/2018)
Boardshop you are top people, thank you for all your patience, advice and odd joke! Would definetly advise buying from you guys!
Gonçalo Dias (reviewed 28/05/2018)
This is my second GoFish, the first one i bought the 5'3 with 27.7L. Normally i ride boards around 25-26L , to buy a fish i though it was better with a little more volume that the volume i'm used to, but it was bigger mistake, this board must be ridden with the same volume as a normal shortboard, so i bought the 5'1 with 25.5L and now is perfect! I'm 1,70m and 63Kg.
The first impression is not the best, the board is tricky and i can say it not a easy board to ride at the beginning, at least for me that i'm not used to ride twins, or retro boards. But after some sessions you can understand the board and it is a great board, like Rob Machado says about this board, "This board just makes me want to surf… ".
The board is super fast and turns so quickly, after you get used to it is an super funny board!
I'm using the fins Rasta Twin+1 from future, they are very similar to the T1 model. I feel great with this board.
Nicolas Neumann (reviewed 17/04/2018)
Mickey Wallis (reviewed 19/12/2017)
I have 4 keel fish boards which I ride in various breaks around cornwall. I was a little dubious about buying a fish off the rack rather than a custom but I can honestly say this board is fantastic. I’ve used it on waves waist high to well overhead and it flies. It wasn’t great in 2ft mushy conditions so if you regularly surf waves that are soft and not that powerful then I’d give it a miss. Another thing to note is that it gets a little twitchy on the bigger sets so it’s really best for days ranging from waist to head high. It’s definitely been well defined and rides better than most of my custom keel fishes. I was a bit worried about the length as I usually ride my fish a lot shorter (5’4”) but the 5’7 works perfectly for me, I weight around 71kg. The extra length is a dream to paddle and gives me more control in bigger waves. It also allows me to bleed off some of speed and slow things down a touch. I’ve tried it with a few different sets of futures but I find the K2s work best for Me.
If you live near a good punchy beach break or a point then this board is great. If you surf at a good level and want a fish that’s fun and responsive then this is the board for you.
The GO Fish rocks!!
Michael Pemberton (reviewed 18/10/2017)
Chris (reviewed 05/09/2017)
Going to be my go to board for a while. Thanks David and Ian!!
George (reviewed 21/08/2017)
The waves were very poor and closing out, the bigger sets were dumping so decides to just try and chase the dump! It held up very well.
Takes off dead easy, quick take off, really quick take off.
Didnt get the chance to try to throw it around but it was loose enough to tell that on a clean set it will do well through the sections.
Cant wait for next weekend now!!
Service was great! And spot on advice!
Bring on september!!!!
lee (reviewed 07/07/2017)
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