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SonnyRider
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Re: Firewire Hydroshort kite version

Postby SonnyRider » Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:05 pm

longwhitecloud wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:05 am
Anyone creased a helium?
Not yet, had my helium Evo since 2017. Strong light board, love it :thumb:

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Re: Firewire Hydroshort kite version

Postby mike dubs » Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:45 pm

Sonnyrider,

What weight are you and what size evo have you got?

Mike

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Re: Firewire Hydroshort kite version

Postby knotwindy » Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:20 pm

Vader 5’1” & Evo 4’10” since they first came out, no problems, just great boards, great fun
5’8” 170#

SonnyRider
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Favorite Beaches: So many. In no particular order - Outer Hebrides, Wales, Cornwall, Mauritius, Cape Verde, Portugal, Brazil, Barbados, Sardinia
Style: Strapless surfboard & strapless foiling
Gear: Airush Wave 7, 9, 10, Varial X 14m and sometimes my GF's Airush Diamonds, 5.5, 7, 9, 12. Ultra v2's 7, 10, 14

Firewire Evo Helium 5'3" , Airush Converse 6'. Airush Core v2 foil on a Shinn foil board. Shinn Bronq.
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Re: Firewire Hydroshort kite version

Postby SonnyRider » Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:36 pm

mike dubs wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:45 pm
Sonnyrider,

What weight are you and what size evo have you got?

Mike
Today I was 15st 5lbs
5'3"
It's a great board for our english mush and wind driven waves. Purchased for medium winds, I have an old Converse for strong winds, big waves

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Re: Firewire Hydroshort kite version

Postby mike dubs » Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:19 pm

Thanks, I have my 5’9 custom board but was thinking of the 4’10 I’m 12 stone and only ride 20mph wind +, been thinking of Evo for a while. Mike

SonnyRider
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Style: Strapless surfboard & strapless foiling
Gear: Airush Wave 7, 9, 10, Varial X 14m and sometimes my GF's Airush Diamonds, 5.5, 7, 9, 12. Ultra v2's 7, 10, 14

Firewire Evo Helium 5'3" , Airush Converse 6'. Airush Core v2 foil on a Shinn foil board. Shinn Bronq.
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Re: Firewire Hydroshort kite version

Postby SonnyRider » Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:36 am

mike dubs wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:19 pm
Thanks, I have my 5’9 custom board but was thinking of the 4’10 I’m 12 stone and only ride 20mph wind +, been thinking of Evo for a while. Mike
When I was looking and deliberating what size to get I messaged the guys at firewire and they said for me the 5'3" was good, if I wanted a higher wind board, then to go smaller. Chat with them

In choppy water it can be a handful, due to it's width, as you would expect. But it manages very well in powered gusty conditions. Two days ago I was on my 7m wave and evo in winds gusting high 40's and it held ok (I should've been on the Converse). My local has an area that has nice flat sections between the waves, I hid there while it was mad gusty :wink: The choppy end wasn't much fun :lol:

It is my go to board in winds up to 25mph, I love it and I have in quad mode

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Re: Firewire Hydroshort kite version

Postby mike dubs » Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:09 pm

👍thanks

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Re: Firewire Hydroshort kite version

Postby TomW » Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:58 pm

a bit off topic. I've ridden thicker boards. Then built a whole bunch really thin, 13L, and smaller , about 3" shorter of comparable board. In Scandinavian conditions where we only get waves in nuking winds, I find they are better.
But it's a bit of personal preference.
That said, almost no company is building low volume, thin boards for the kind of conditions that are at most spots in Europe.
Some of you might be fortunate to live where you have real period swell and waves, then perhaps the domed deck, 24L Surfboard is better.

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Re: Firewire Hydroshort kite version

Postby Da Yoda » Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:28 pm

TomW wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:58 pm
That said, almost no company is building low volume, thin boards for the kind of conditions that are at most spots in Europe.
Check out the SkimFin by Exile:
Pro surfer Tom Curren...
"He rode it around Santa Barbara and immediately blew minds with the speed he was carrying through the flats of the wave. He did not have to stay in the curve to retain pace, he could now play with the section out front and use the less-than-an-inch of hard rail to knife across hundred yard flat sections. The board is just over five feet in length with a width of 20.875 inches, and 2 inches of thickness tapered down perfectly to the rails, which are sharp as a knife."
Exile: "We are not saying it is a board to ride every session, but it will definitely add to your surfing experience while in mushier surf."

https://www.surfonly.com/blog/2017/4/28 ... e-can-ride

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Re: Firewire Hydroshort kite version

Postby ulx » Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:38 pm

The Ocean Rodeo Jester is pretty low volume. The website says it´s 5’1” by 18” and only has 17.6 litres.


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