Dan Mann began building custom boards in 1996. Over the last 18 years, he has been at the cutting edge of surfboard shaping and innovation including all aspects of board building. In addition to building his own brand Mannkine, Dan has shaped and glassed boards for Channel Islands, glassed for Rusty, Xanadu, and Joel Tudor. Since then he has become the head of Design and Research & Development for Firewire Surfboards. His designs include the best selling Dominator, Sweet Potato, Potatonator, Baked Potato, and the Unibrow.
The Sweet Potato or “SP” dramatically changes the ratio between the length and width of a board while still allowing the design to perform at a very high level. Designer Dan Mann explains, “The bottom contour creates considerable lift and the deep double concave ‘spine’ divides the board in half, isolating the fins, rocker and bottom on one side of the board at a time. This allows the board to get planning really quickly.
The Sweet Potato is great upwind and is an excellent choice for people transitioning to a directional board with its wide outline and stable feel. Its design makes it a great choice for practicing transitional tricks and small wave ripping. The boards come in a 5/4/3 fin configuration providing you options for changing wind conditions.
The Sweet Potato in FST is built with inserts for straps. No pads or fins included.
All boards come with Futures boxes unless otherwise noted.
FUTURE SHAPES TECHNOLOGY
FST relies primarily on the PARABOLIC Balsa Rail to control flex while the high density aerospace composite vacuumed to both top and bottom decks provides significant impact strength, and is stronger than the traditional PU surfboard. Please note our boards are definitely not indestructible and if slammed by a thick lip, or if you land incorrectly in the flats after doing an aerial, it is possible to break them.
The Parabolic Balsa Rail features 12mm balsa built from 3 x 4mm strips, which as mentioned not only control flex and add strength, but also act as a buffer against rail dings. Furthermore, the long-term flex memory supplied by the balsa rails ensures boards maintain their lively feel for longer.
With a retail price point slightly above premium polyurethane surfboards, FST offers an extremely high performance, durable surfboard.
*FIREWIRE KITEBOARDS DO NOT INCLUDE FINS*
***PHOTOS SHOWN ARE STOCK IMAGES***
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