Firewire…don't leave it in the sun, or in a hot car. Nice smooth damp ride until they delam or buckle.
Old Surftechs are cheap and abundant secondhand and light and super strong......
Some say they ride too buoyant and chattery, but others prefer them.
I have five Firewires. I bought two of them new and three used.
The FST is more durable than the bamboo top Rapidfire.
I suspect the Timbertek is destined to replace the weaker Rapidfire construction.
For kiting, I suggest you buy the Firewire kite construction,
or do it yourself and add an extra layer of 6oz S-glass on the deck.
The magic of Firewire is the flex which gives it a true surfboard ride.
Surftechs are very durable and are hard and stiff.
Because they do not flex, they have been mostly rejected by real surfers.
Slingshot and other kite companies build very strong directional kiteboards.
To make them durable, it is necessary that they are heavier and stiff.
You won't mistake them for a true surfboard ride on the wave.
For me, the quality of the bottom turn and the smooth drop off the lip
is why I ride Firewire in the ordinary FST surf construction.
Its my magic carpet ride.