Ever wondered why surfboards haven't really changed shape for decades? Well the Californian based company Firewire Surfboards are challenging those long held traditional board shapes with their lastest designs. The Cornice looks more reminiscent of a snowboard than a surfboard.
Months of complex computer modelling and engineering led to the development of a side-cut design bringing significant advantages. Eduardo Cenzano, Managing Director of Trinty Technologies, explains, "Firstly, the water flows more smoothly through the ‘waist’ of the board rather than buffeting against it. The way the board fits into the flow of water, reduces the water pressure from the wave, allowing the board to respond intuitively to maneuvers. The overall effect is the sensation of travelling on rails, and a feeling that you have complete control over the most radical turns”.
“In addition, the side-cut shifts the majority of the board’s volume from the mid-point towards the ends, and in the Cornice outline in particular, towards the tail, leading to a most effective area in contact with the water. The board literally displaces less water, leading to minimal friction and in surfing terms, increased speed that is noticeable.”
Other stand out designs include the Vanguard and Vader - both have Firewire's Modern Planing Hull (MPH) vision and are the results "of precise mathematical formulas and geometry". Firewire describe the Vanguard's form as "hydrodynamic architecture" which are weighty words, but if their performance is as progressive as their shape then it could be justified.
Find your volume
All Firewire surfboards are labelled with their volumes. Their website has a Volume Calculator tool that assesses your optimum board volume based on your surfing level, fitness, age and weight. The tool then displays the Firewire boards that fit your range.
Firewire Surfboards are committed to evolving surfboard design and manufacture. They pledge to continuously refine all of their operations to decrease the environmental impact of their boards and their company.
All Firewire surfboards carry the ECOBOARD Project "verified" label by using a bio-based low-zero VOC (solvent) epoxy resin.