felixp wrote:Guys at Firewire have been working hard to bring to you a durable, light Kite version Vanguard.
That does not lose it's crisp feel like most kite brands copies.
Hopefully those interested can hold of a little while longer to experience the real deal.
p.s tautologies: hit me up next time you are at Moke's take one for a spin anytime.
felixp wrote:Hi xray,
I have a 5'2 and a 5'4 I weigh 160 pounds ride in 12-25knots mainly.
The 5'4 was the first Vanguard I received. Don't let the length fool you.
I could manage on the light wind days but when the wind kicked in it was a bit too much float.
There is no resistance when trying get planning compared to other boards. Once it starts going it goes. I have had 230# guys on the 5'4 never wanting to go back to a normal board.
Saying this I beleive that a rider from 165-230 depending on wind conditions could have this one board in his quiver and be very happy.
Then I decided to dabble a little and see if I could go smaller.
I went to the 5'2 -perfect fit for someone my size as there is a bit of wind here in Hawaii and I can sink the rail a little more.
Both boards have identical characteristics with one just having a bit more foam.
Little bit more perspective boards paddle super easy - Had a friend surf my surf 5'2 in 2 ft slop -rider size 175#
Regards to big waves not sure what is big but I have had no issues with riding the Vanguards in 10ft faces.
Hope this helps a little.
PVITfrumBYRAM wrote:Is the 5'2 a prototype size or is FireWire producing them as well?
PVITfrumBYRAM wrote:Thanks for all the info Felix! Is the 5'2 a prototype size or is FireWire producing them as well? Also have you done any big spins or shuv its with vanguard. I'm wondering if there is a noticeable difference having less nose, even with strapless spins
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