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felixp
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Re: FireWire vanguard ?

Postby felixp » Sun Jan 19, 2014 7:19 pm

stoked60 not a problem at all.
Board length on the vanguards is not something to go by it will just be a slight adjustment to length that you over come in 2 waves.
Giving your wind strengths the 5'4 this will give you that little bit of extra glide on the lighter days and give the option to surf it with out a doubt in my mind.
5'2 will work as well for you too giving you the bonus to sink the tail a little more.
Planning on the 5'2 compared to the 5'11 is day and night.
Once the board is out of the water and on a plan off you go- The planning Hulls on all the VG are amazing and will blow your mind first time you jump on one.

The construction on the kite side matches any kite brand out there.
The FW boards how ever do not loose that magic feel retaining the nice flex characteristics .

Bottom line is you could go for either board and be happy I think.
I personally ride the 5'2. The board really allows me to sink the tail a lot more riding unhooked.

Hope this helps a little more.

Felix

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Re: FireWire vanguard ?

Postby Coloradokiter » Sun Jan 19, 2014 7:34 pm

Felix, anyone...have any insight on what has been a good fin set for the VG? Thanks

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Re: FireWire vanguard ?

Postby felixp » Sun Jan 19, 2014 7:48 pm

I have been using F4 v2 437 as a 3 fin set up seems to work really well.
Some guys out there might like a different feel.
Personal preference in most cases.

Felix.

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Re: FireWire vanguard ?

Postby Outside » Mon Jan 20, 2014 6:26 am

Felix,

What is the weight of these boards? We all understand Firewire's reluctance to provide a weight due to minor differences in production, but an 8lb (3.7kg) board never becomes a 6lb (2.7kg) board.

Perhaps you could just weigh your 5'2" all-in (fins, tailpad, wax)?

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Re: FireWire vanguard ?

Postby omg » Mon Jan 20, 2014 8:44 am

Outside, exactly my thoughts. Since I am not able to test ride nor touch the boards, the weight is really important info when doing the buying decision.

Thanks!

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Re: FireWire vanguard ?

Postby topmick » Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:18 pm

I got a price from my local supplier here in Oz, $975.00AU. Thats for board only - I thought they going to be cheaper without the inserts. Also told they won't be available here until March so will miss our 2014 season completely.

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Re: FireWire vanguard ?

Postby Da Yoda » Mon Jan 20, 2014 11:31 pm

felixp wrote:The 5'2 will be your money board.
Especially in the West .
Enjoy.
Da Yoda wrote:Question - According to FW's volume calculator the sweet spot for me is a 24ltr board. The Vanguard isn't offered in that size. Could I make the 5'2 size work or would it be too small?

Thanks for the confirmation. Order placed! :thumb:

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Re: FireWire vanguard ?

Postby felixp » Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:57 am

Waiting for weights-
Will report back once the factory has confirmed.
Regards
Felix

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Re: FireWire vanguard ?

Postby sckitesurf » Tue Jan 21, 2014 7:30 pm

Hey Stoked60,

I was in Vero Beach during the holidays and had no problems with my 5'0" Vanguard in lighter winds. Other guys were either walking the beach or struggling to stay upwind but the Vanguard was golden in the light stuff. I'm around 165lbs and the 5'0" is my daily ride. I've done the 5'6" (way to much board for my weight), the 5'2" and now the 5'0" and could probably go a tad smaller in high wind. Doubt you will have any issue on the 5'2" at your size, at least for kiting. Surfing may be a little different depending on your paddling ability. Regarding strength, the Vanguard is coming in FireWire's FST construction which has a proven track record for being solid. It's what they used on all their kiteboards last year but the latest build is much lighter.

Hope this helps..

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Re: FireWire vanguard ?

Postby felixp » Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:19 pm

Hi,
Weight on 5'2 Kite VG will range from 3.10lbs -3.20lbs
A stock surf model VG comes in at around 2.41lbs

Food for thought
Standard Surfboard comes in at 5.31 lbs

Hope this Helps

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