The Vanguard or Modern Planing Hull (MPH) represents a radical change in the approach to high performance surfboard design. The original board shape that changed the kiting industry forever is the result of precise mathematical formulas and geometry. The hydrodynamic architecture of the Vanguard opens the door to a fresh approach to board design and the are of riding waves. Inspired by incredible fears of athleticism exhibited by today's top professional surfers, Tomo (Daniel Thomson) has created a design that further helps 21st century kiters expand their abilities. Higher degrees of speed, electric wave attack, radical aerial potential, and unmatched upwind performance are all possible with this highly tuned machine.
Complex bottom contours combined with the parallel outline offers the ruder exceptional freedom and planing speed as the board planes immediately. This design can be ridden much shorter than your traditional shape allowing the rider to easily dominate the board and turn with minimal input. The Vanguard is considered a high performance machine but lends itself well to new strapless riders thanks to the broader surface area. The Vanguard is offered with no inserts in our proven Futures Shapes Technology (FST) build and comes in a 5/4/3 fin configuration providing options for rider fin preference.
Although geared for high performances shredding, the Vanguard is surprisingly easy to ride for a wide range of surfing abilities. It has a very stable nature, naturally fast with and a very efficient wave catching ability.
The Vanguard is built in FST only WITHOUT inserts for straps. No straps, pads or fins included.
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.
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Firewire Surfboards and Cleanline Surf have teamed up to make sure you get the Firewire surfboard you want! Through our partnership we have direct access to inventory at the Firewire warehouse in San Diego where boards can be shipped direct to your doorstep.
Here’s how it works. Once an order is placed we contact Firewire promptly to confirm your board is in stock. Once confirmed the average wait time for a board to ship is 3 business days. Additionally transit time is 1 to 5 business days depending on where you are located. Most boards are ready to go, however, if there is any extended delay in shipping your board we will let you know right away.
Expedited Shipping. If you are working with a deadline and need a surfboard delivered in a few days we’ll need to get you a custom quote. Please give us a call at 888-546-6176 and we can ensure you get the board on time.
Shipping Rates for Firewire Boards
|Boards Under 8'||Boards over 8'|
|Southern California / Arizona - $50||Southern California / Arizona - $100|
|Northern California / Nevada - $75||Northern California / Nevada - $100|
|Northwest - $100||Northwest - $125|
|Middle/East Coast - $100||Middle/East Coast - $130|
|Hawaii/Alaska - $150||Hawaii/Alaska - $180|
All surfboards are delivered signature required.
To learn more about Firewire Surfboard shapes, our opinions on how they ride and additional shipping information, call us at 888-546-6176 or 503-738-7888 or use our contact us page.
Returns are easy! We understand that in some situations returns or exchanges may be necessary. We also want you to be stoked on your purchase. If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase you may return it for a full refund, or exchange within 30 days of receiving your order. Items must be in new condition with original tags and packaging.
Please make sure your wetsuit fits before taking it in the water. We are not able to take returns or exchanges on used wetsuits.
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