Firewire Technology

Mark Price, Firewire CEO © Alan van Gysen

“Firewire believes that the combination of EPS/Epoxy and other high tech materials is where the future of surfboard technology lies.
Our goal has always been to combine high performance surfing with increased durability resulting in a more sustainable surfboard that increases the fun factor for everyone who rides them.
After multiple WSL event wins over the years, and Kelly’s incredible surfing during these last few months of El Nino waves all over the world, we believe in our proven track record for innovative designs and technology. The future under your feet.”
— Mark Price, CEO, Firewire Surfboards

Photo © Alan Van Gysen

 

  • Linear Flex Technology
  • TimberTek
  • Future Shapes Technology
  • Performance Metrics
        • Firewire’s product development is focused on the exclusive use of plant based epoxy bio-resins, sandwich construction and lightweight EPS foam cores, achieving lighter, stronger surfboards with optimised flex to enhance performance. Though LFT may appear to be a simple construction employing familiar design philosophies found in traditionally built surfboards, nothing could be further from the truth.

          Springer HD
          LFT incorporates Firewire’s new Springer HD, a 0.75” (18mm) wide aerospace composite that runs down the centreline of the board, representing the next generation in Firewire's SPRINGER technology. Unlike the original balsa Springer build which only added stiffness under the front foot, Springer HD runs the entire length of the board and plays a pivotal role in optimising flex from nose to tail and a rapid rate of return.

          Top Deck Skin
          The LFT's composite top deck skin serves as an additional buffer against the ridging effect while simultaneously working in tandem with the Springer HD to optimise the board's overall flex pattern.


          Flex LFT offers increased flex over both FST & TimberTek
          Break Strength While just below the FST & TimberTek, the structure of the Springer HD creates significant strength over a traditional PU surfboard
          Compression LFT has a 1.0mm high density deck skin that will develop foot wells similar to a traditional PU surfboard over time

           

        • TimberTek represents a significant step towards reducing the overall toxicity of the modern surfboard, without sacrificing performance! Due to the unique blend of sustainably grown Paulownia wood deck skins and bio-resin throughout, TimberTek has one of the least toxic and lowest CO2 emissions by far of any surfboard sold today through surfshops around the world.

          Parabolic Rails
          Firewire's proprietary parabolic rail construction and an Entropy bio-resin hot coat yield an extremely lightweight, durable surfboard with all of the high performance flex characteristics of Firewire's existing technologies.

          Paulownia Wood Deck Skin
          Paulownia wood is extremely fast growing; up to 20 feet in a year when young. Some species of plantation Paulownia can be harvested for saw timber in as little as five years. Once the trees are harvested, they regenerate from their existing root systems, earning the name of the 'Phoenix Tree'.


          Flex TimberTek has slightly stiffer flex characteristic as well as a faster rebound rate compared to FST
          Break Strength TimberTek has a break point comparable to FST due to the similar construction of Paulownia wood parabolic rails combined with the 3mm Paulownia top and bottom deck skins
          Compression TimberTek has an even stronger compression strength on the top deck due to the 3mm wood deck skins, and the same significant all around ding resistance as FST

           

          We are pleased to announce that all Firewire TimberTEK models have been upgraded to the Sustainable Surf verification Gold Level ECOBOARD.

          Sustainable Surf Verification Gold Level Ecoboard

          TimberTEK has achieved this by the use of these qualified materials:

          Entropy SuperSap ONE

          • 37% bio-carbon content with USDA Bio-Preferred Certification
          • Life-cycle assessment confirms reduced carbon footprint
          • Sustainable sourced bio-inputs

          Sustainably grown Paulownia timber deck-skins

          • Independently certified timber supplier
          • Constitutes more than 50% of the board by weight
          • Provides significant structural integrity
          • Fast-growing: up to 20 feet per year when young
        • FST relies primarily on the Parabolic Balsa Rail to control flex while the high density aerospace composite vacuumed to both top and bottom decks provides significant impact strength, and is stronger than the traditional PU surfboard.

          Parabolic Rails
          The Parabolic Balsa Rail features 12mm balsa built from 3 x 4mm strips, which not only control flex and add strength, but also act as a buffer against rail dings. Furthermore, the longterm flex memory supplied by the balsa rails ensures boards maintain their lively feel.

          FST Deck Skin
          The FST deck skin works in conjunction with the Parabolic Balsa Rail to optimise the flex pattern, while also creating tremendous compression strength that minimises denting and dings throughout the lifespan of the board.


          Flex FST has a rapid flex and rebound rate which results in a slightly stiffer feel compared to LFT, but slightly more flex than TimberTek
          Break Strength FST has a very high break point due to the combination of the parabolic balsa rails and the 3mm thick high density aerospace composite top and bottom deck skins
          Compression FST has significant compression strength resulting in very slight foot well depressions on the top deck over time and has greater ding resistance due to the balsa rails and bottom deck skin
        • Methodology
          Firewire built 4 identical boards, 3 Firewire technologies (FST, LFT and TT) and a stock PU version. Firewire Marketing Director and ex-pro surfer Chuy Reyna rode all 4 boards at the same break in similar conditions to generate the data used to compare the performance characteristics of each board, while holding things like rider, waves and conditions constant. The PU board performance was benchmarked at 0.0%, and the 3 Firewire boards were then compared to that benchmark.

          It is also worth noting that all 3 stock Firewire boards were lighter than the stock PU. This is all the more significant when you consider that the Firewire boards have greater compression strength, and the lighter weight also enhances perfornance. In fact the stock FST technology board was 26% lighter than the stock PU.

          Technology Weight
          FST 2.30kg (5.04 lbs)
          LFT 2.62kg (5.76 lbs)
          TT 2.76kg (6.08 lbs)
          PU 2.90kg (6.37 lbs)
          Roll Speed (rad/s)
          FST 91.3%
          LFT 34.0%
          TT 2.9%
          PU 0.0%
          G-Force Magnitude (g)
          FST 63.5%
          LFT 19.1%
          TT 2.1%
          PU 0.0%
          Criticality (g*hz)
          FST 168.7%
          LFT 45.1%
          TT 0.7%
          PU 0.0%
          Pitch Speed (rad/s)
          FST 81.2%
          LFT 42.0%
          TT 5.8%
          PU 0.0%
          Yaw Speed (rad/s)
          FST 22.4%
          LFT 6.1%
          TT -7.1%
          PU 0.0%