Daniel Thomson (tomo) is a young surfboard designer from Australia who is at the forefront of modern surfboard design and construction. He has developed and refined the MPH (Modern Planing Hull) to almost its full potential, resulting in a board that both looks and rides incredibly.
Dan explains, “For me, it’s all about top end speed. The more speed I can generate; the more radical my performance potential becomes. The TOMO MPH is like an extension of a surfer’s body. A mind surfing experience, just pick your lines and the board does the rest. It’s almost as if you can forget about the board beneath your feet altogether and just interact with the energy in the wave”.
Incorporating Tomo's Modern Planing Hull (MPH), the V4 was born through Daniel's ongoing quest to gain more speed and stability without compromising responsiveness and directional control. The V4 is an incredible performer, a truly state of the art design. Inspired yet again by the tail variables of the Raptor fighter Jets and executed as a planing hull design with the premise of finding the perfect balance of maximum planing area through the tail vs ideal direct control through turns. The V4 maintains a considerably narrow, forward of center wide-point and straightened rail line to emphasize the classic "Tomo post-modern Hydrofoil curve" and includes a 5/4/3 fin option.
The V4 offers the same benefits of the Vanguard in a more conventional shape. For those who want to rip the Modern Planing Hull with a little more length. The V4's clean outline, bottom contours and foil provide excellent speed and lift in small surf along with incredible hold and control when the surf is overhead.
LINEAR FLEX TECHNOLOGY
Firewire’s product development is focused on three things: exclusively using epoxy resin and EPS foam cores, achieving lighter and stronger surfboards through sandwich construction, and optimizing flex to enhance performance. Though LINEAR FLEX TECHNOLOGY (LFT) may appear to be a simple construction employing familiar design philosophies found in traditionally built surfboards, nothing could be further from the truth.
LFT incorporates Firewire’s new SPRINGER HD, a 0.75” (18 mm) wide aerospace composite that runs down the centerline of the board, representing the next generation in our SPRINGER technology. Unlike the original balsa SPRINGER build which only added stiffness under the front foot, the SPRINGER HD runs the entire length of the board and plays a pivotal role in optimizing flex from nose to tail.
Inserting a high-density material down the center of the board does create engineering hurdles. For example, deck compression over the SPRINGER HD would be less than the surrounding EPS core. Over time, the deck would develop a raised area adjacent to the SPRINGER HD, akin to the ‘ridging' effect on a PU surfboard as the surrounding foam collapses on either side of the stringer.
We addressed this issue in two ways. Firstly, the SPRINGER HD stops approximately 10mm below the top deck, ensuring that the surrounding EPS compression will not lead to ‘ridging’. Utilizing our proven sandwich construction methodology, we also added an extremely durable material to the top deck of the board. This ‘deck-skin’ now serves as an additional buffer against the ridging effect while simultaneously working in tandem with the SPRINGER HD to optimize the overall flex pattern of the LFT build. The end result is a durable surfboard with lively flex patterns that will maintain its hi-performance characteristics over time.
*FIREWIRE SURFBOARDS DO NOT INCLUDE FINS*
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