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Firewire Timbertek Almond Butter surfboard 5ft 6 FCS II - Natural Wood
Any surfboard with Rob Machado's stamp on it is going to be a little bit special, if a little quirky! Never one to shy away from a little extra foam, Rob's designs are designed to put a huge grin on your face and have that magic ingredient of versatility and the ability to thrive in anything from small to overhead, hollow waves.
We were super-excited to hear of Rob's new collaborations with Firewire and it looks like we're not going to be disappointed. Rob has a knack of designing and shaping (he's one of the few top-tier surfers actually designing and shaping!) really usable surfboards that work for the average guy or girl in the waves most of us surf.
With one of the smoothest styles in the water Rob can execute the most radical of hacks or punts and still look completely relaxed....it's no surprise that Firewire jumped at the chance to work with Mr Machado.
Commissioned in the beautiful and eco friendly Timbertek construction the Almond Butter holds a classic shortboard shape with limited rocker and a versatile five fin setup. Bung in a set of quad fins on the smaller days for some extra 'squirt' and grab a little more control with a thruster set for the bigger days.
Firewire's Timbertek construction surfboards combine a lightweight EPS core with sustainably-grown wood deck skins, along with Firewire's proven parabolic rail construction giving them an addictive 'pop' and return. Finished with a hot coat of Entropy bio-resin, creating an extremely lightweight and durable surfboard with ALL of the high performance flex traits of Firewire's existing technologies. No surprises that Rob would opt for Timbertek on his new models, with it's significant reduction in exterior lamination which massively reduces the boards carbon footprint.
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Overall Customer Rating
Fred H. (reviewed 15/03/2017)
So My buddy has only this one board and he rode it in all conditions and was ecstatic. He couldn't believe how easy it paddles and catches waves and that he could take off in hollow beach breaks or mushy waist high conditions. The board has such a beautiful shape and vibe to it, its aesthetics are brilliant.
Garrett (reviewed 07/01/2017)
Also a big mention to boardshop.uk for their customer service, so prompt and professional, not to mention my order got halfway around the world in only 3 days (it was estimated at 5-10 days). They also gave me great advice on going a bit shorter in length because the board paddles so well.
Absolutely excellent. 100% stoked.
Phil Wise (reviewed 18/10/2016)
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Adam (reviewed 21/03/2016)
The board itself had more in the shoulders than I had expected, despite having looked at the 3d models in depth on the FW site... I was hesitant about this as I never got on with the Pyzalien (personally) and that shares some similar characteristics of having width under the chest and a pulled in tail.
While the Pyzalien always felt a little soft and unresponsive in anything but the most pumping conditions, the Almond Butter seems lively, snappy and eager. Gets in nice and early, but as soon as you engage the tail, it starts to properly perform in ways that are familiar to anyone whose ridden an "everyday" kind of shortboard...
This board replaces a Spitfire for me, and there's a definite feeling that it's easier to throw it on a rail than the SF - again I would guess this is because the SF has wider hips and more volume towards the back end, vs the pulled in tail on the Almond Butter. I found myself feeling the limits of the spitfire's performance on the days when the swell picked up and faces become that bit steeper. The likelihood of sliding out was increased and that in turn affects your confidence as you set up for a hack - no such issues so far with the Almond Butter which is perfect.
I'm 5'10" and about 11.5 stone (surfing 20 years now) - Plenty of float in the 5'8" for me (32.3 litres), I bought this board for the average days with a baked potato in the car for grovelling (37 litres), and a Vanguard for when it's properly pumping (28.8 litres). If I didn't have the Vanguard I might have gone a little smaller on the Almond Butter (5'6"?) but with my current quiver I reckon it's going to fit in perfectly as my go-to board for the majority of sessions.
Cannot wait for the opportunity to take it out in more consistent conditions to see how it goes on a steeper face... Stoked!
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