Firewire Surfboards is coming out firing for 2016 with a bunch of new boards, a new website and no sign of looking back. With the somewhat-recent majority acquisition of Firwire Surfboards by Kelly Slater, Slater seems to have put in a lot of effort in a short amount of time. With a bullpen of some of the best shapers in the league (Wingnut, Dewy Weber, Daniel Thompson, Dan Mann, Rob Machado, Pyzel, Nev), Firewire has announced 9 new models to round out one of the biggest production quivers in modern surfing. With Lost shapes leaving the Firewire namesake (but going to a good home with Lib Tech), Firewire picks up the slack with a variety of shapes and styles, all with Firewire’s Ecoboard Certified Sustainable Surf ethos.
It is important to note that this list of new Firewire boards do not include the Slater Designs boards which we understand will be made by Firewire, but under the Slater Designs moniker. I’m sure we will address those boards as they are released, but in the meantime we are going to break down these boards into the categories as described by Firewire. As they have yet to be ridden by us, we will hold all opinions until we get them into the water! Here’s some boards to make it even harder to decide what your next new board decision will be.
Enter to win Firewire’s latest shape, the Greedy Beaver in any of the below sizes. Made with their signature Timbertek construction, the Greedy Beaver is looking like the true all-arounder. For the short boarder looking for something during the smaller days, or the longboarder looking to cut off some length, this board is sure to suit many different riders and is being made in nine different sizes to boot. ENTER NOW!
Check out the Greedy Beaver Product Page here!
Firewire says, “The Greedy Beaver has a real shortboard feel with a compressed longboard out-line, a true crossover board with midlength retro glide and shortboard maneuverability. Put it on rail while engaging the single to double concave and large planing surface to trim effortlessly over dead sections. The beveled rail reduces the overall thickness, adding performance including rapid direction changes. Raise your wave count every session with the paddle power of the greedy Beaver while turning on a dime as you thread your way through the pack.“
Released in August, 2015
For Fall 2015, O’Neill brings us the new Psycho Tech wetsuit which has replaced the Pyrotech as our favorite cold water wetsuit in the game. It wasn’t just our favorite suit, but also our best selling wetsuit of all time!! For the Fall 2015 season, O’Neill took what was already the lightest, most flexible suit in the water and made it lighter and more flexible, which didn’t seem possible. Having surfed the Pyrotech for two seasons now, I honestly didn’t think that it could be improved on. After getting my hands on the new Psycho Tech and feeling it for myself, it’s apparent that the advanced materials in the TB2 (Technobutter 2) do make the wetsuit more supple and lighter than the Pyrotech or any wetsuit that I have ever felt for that matter.
Yep, we’re giving away a free Lib Tech surfboard. All you’ve got to do is sign up to enter. Want some extra entries? Get social-
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Today, wetsuit manufacturers have been endlessly experimenting with new materials in order to make their suits the warmest, most flexible, and/or fastest drying on the market. Whether it is Patagonia lining their wetsuits with merino wool, Rip Curl adding a quick-drying “flash” lining, or the exceptional elasticity of O’Neill’s new Technobutter neoprene; it seems every brand has developed some unique trait to distinguish themselves from their competitors. However, with these technical advancements comes a steady increase in price. It is to the point that if you’re looking at purchasing a company’s high end 5/4mm wetsuit you should be prepared to shell out $450-$600.
We realize that not everyone is looking for these top tier wetsuits. In fact, more times than not, we are on a budget and looking for an inexpensive suit that will get the job done without breaking the bank. Whether you’re a weekend warrior, a flat-water SUP user, a novice surfer who is tired of renting/borrowing, or you’re just trying to save a little money; these are our picks for the best wetsuits you can buy for under $200.