I’ve been kiting since 2000 with a passion for waves and the occasional free style session. I weigh 190 pounds and I like to ride powered up. I’ve owned many different kites in the 17M-20M range but when a friend handed my his Zephyr to try, it was love at first fly. I’ve since spread the love to many others who’ve had the same experience. As happy as I have been with the Zephyr, I never stop exploring new offerings. Here are the characteristics that in my opinion, make the Zephyr unique:
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!
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.“
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-
Enter the Lib Tech Puddle Jumper Contest Now! (Click the image below).