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 Post subject: Re: FireWire vanguard ?
PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 9:34 am 
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Very excited about the development of this shape for kiting, the Firewire guys mentioned on their forum that it should take about 2-3 months still in R&D (post early May).

I hope it's not only 5'4, based on volume the 5'6 would be ideal for me. Also, please do make it available with strap inserts!!


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 Post subject: Re: FireWire vanguard ?
PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 9:22 pm 
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jetboy wrote:
I have a couple of tomo boards. 5'4" and 5'2". (I'm 75kg) They are the latest hand shaped designs. I paddle the 5'4" as a thruster and am stoked with its performance in 1-6' waves. Surprisingly it goes well in the steep, hollow stuff even when it's big. The nose never catches. It's a full nose to tail concept design. Everyone that owns one comments on their speed. The board has more versatile surfing range than my regular short boards. It's my most prized board atm and I don't want to trash it kiting. I kite the 5'2". At first I found it a bit skitty or twitchy. It has a different tail design which makes it even looser. It pops in the air at the slightest opportunity. I'm playing around with putting more fin area in either a thruster or quad config, but conditions have been ordinary to gruesome here to say the least. I can see it working well once I get more used to the outline, turning speed, and dial in the fin set up. :)

Have the 5'2" working well for kiting now. Riding it set up as a quad. I can push it a lot harder through turns than in a thruster combo, very smooth ride. It absolutely trucks upwind compared to my 'normal' surfboards. I'm not usually a fan of quads either, but for some reason it works well with this board. Still prefer the 5'4" as a thruster for paddle surfing. :)


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 Post subject: Re: FireWire vanguard ?
PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 7:14 pm 
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BudhaNl wrote:
Very excited about the development of this shape for kiting, the Firewire guys mentioned on their forum that it should take about 2-3 months still in R&D (post early May).

I hope it's not only 5'4, based on volume the 5'6 would be ideal for me. Also, please do make it available with strap inserts!!



We are still working on it...its a difficult board to put in the current firewire construction because of the channels on the bottom, but it's almost nailed.

It works insane...and even at over 200 lbs...the 5'4" is still a planing machine in the lighter stuff, and a rocket in the heavier/windier conditions.

It will not be available with straps...strapless only! As with this board, right now you can order ANY firewire board as a STRAPLESS (NO STRAPS) kite board with build up construction that is light but rock solid. Email brion.lange@firewiresurfboards.com if you are interested.

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 Post subject: Re: FireWire vanguard ?
PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 10:04 pm 
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Thanks for replying with the info re: straps. That is however unfortunate, our local conditions more or less dictate straps when waves are getting up to double overhead (very short period).

Guess I could put on one of those NSI pads with inserts included... But I will wait to learn how the board performs as a kite-specific wave board!


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 Post subject: Re: FireWire vanguard ?
PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:46 pm 
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Slingshot response to the FireWire Vanguard :cool2:

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 Post subject: Re: FireWire vanguard ?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:43 pm 
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Any update on the introduction yet? :naughty: :naughty:


What level of expertise would you reckon to work best for this board in kiting? Expert/advanced, intermediate, or would it work for all levels so also someone new to kting on waveboards?

Local kite-experts recommend Hellfire 5'6 or 5'10 for our North Sea waves. Vanguard 5'4 would be in between in volume, what rider weight would you reckon to be 'ideal' for it?


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 Post subject: Re: FireWire vanguard ?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:48 am 
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Firewire Facebook confirms the Vanguard is out very soon! Thrilled but I also read it won't be in Europe before 2014 :o ? We need to have & test it!


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 Post subject: Re: FireWire vanguard ?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:54 pm 
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The Slingshot version is ready to launch on july 12th.... :shout: hurry up FireWire... we need the Vanguard in kite version NOW! :cool2:

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 Post subject: Re: FireWire vanguard ?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:35 pm 
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First session with the T.REX 5'4 :cool2:
Unfortunately a pretty flattish session, but it looks promising :thumb:
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 Post subject: Re: FireWire vanguard ?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:37 am 
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The shape looks like a mutant..just take off the nose fins and you'll end up with that shape...I bet in the surfing industry this shape is revolutionary but in kiting it is not. That said, I would like to try one.

The explanation of the vanguard shape is hilarious. They must have had a lot of fun writing that up. :lol:


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