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Firewire The Gem TimberTek Surfboard

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Sarah Says:

A beautiful and responsive longboard, and fun for any experience level. The Gem can hold its own in little ankle biters to just overhead waves. It's super fun, incredibly versatile, and the Timbertek isn't just pretty-- it's durable, too. If you're looking for a longboard with some performance, the Gem is true to its namesake.


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The Firewire Gem TimberTek Surfboard proves that alternative thinking leads to wonderful developments. The Gem is a collaboration between Dan Mann and 3X World Longboard Champion Taylor Jensen. Taylor asked Dan to consider a ‘one board in the trunk’ option for longboarders who want both trim and turns; he was essentially asking Dan for a design that would land somewhere between his TJ Pro and his TJ Everyday.

Dan’s response was an intriguing intersection of shortboard style concaves with a longboard style outline and the same fin placements that Taylor likes in all his boards. He and Taylor decided to call this model The Gem because of how valuable it is - a one board quiver for 9 foot plus board riders that can trim on the nose as easily as it can carve on rail. The diamond tail isn’t a coincidence. It’s a Gem!


  • TAIL: Diamond

  • FIN CONFIGURATION: 8'3, 8'8" and 9'1 are 2 + 1. 9'5 and up is a Single Fin. Fins Not Included

  • FINS: Futures or FCSII


  • SURFBOARD TYPE: Longboard


TimberTek Technology
Firewire's TimberTek construction represents a significant step forward towards the holy grail of any product designed and manufactured in today's environmentally conscious world. Firewire's TimberTek has by far one of the least toxic and smallest carbon footprints of any commercially available surfboard today. The combination of a lightweight EPS core, sustainably-grown Paulownia wood deck skins, Firewire's proprietary parabolic rail construction, and an Entropy bio-resin hot coat yield an extremely lightweight, durable surfboard with ALL of the high-performance flex characteristics of Firewire's existing technologies.


Firewire The Gem TimberTek Surfboard Responsive Nose RiderReview by Early bird Early bird
Got an 8'8 for 155 lbs. Been riding mine with 7.5" Greenough fin and medium side bites for about one year. Super great board!

In response to Skitter, the Gem is a performance NOSE RIDER, not a High performance long board, so off course, it won't be as fast & racy as a Flex Flight!
What the Gem offers is faster response than the typically wider/thicker nose riders. It's not supposed to be a 2.0 Flex Flight one can nose ride.
It would be more fair/relevant to compare the Gem experience against another nose rider ;)

(Posted on 7/21/2019) 2019-07-21
Firewire The Gem TimberTek Surfboard Average at bestReview by Skitter Skitter
Surfed it with Multiple finset ups and waves ranging from 2 foot to overhead. This board does is average at best! Slow on takeoff and slow on the wave, Doesn’t turn as great as they make it sound! Personally, I think the concave in the tail should be kept for shotboards, as it is limiting the potential of this board! If you want the best firewire longboard for overall performance, excluding noseriding, buy the 9’6” flex flight squash tail- comfortably the best performing board in ALL conditions!!
(Posted on 7/10/2019) 2019-07-10
Firewire The Gem TimberTek Surfboard Good fun with the GemReview by Scruff Scruff
I’ve been looking at this model the last couple of months.Steve at Cleanline sealed the deal.No looking back now,5 days on the 9’5” Gem and Im am beyond pleased.This board is smooth,stable,and likes to turn.Thanks Steve and Firewire for making a old guy smile alot.
(Posted on 10/20/2018) 2018-10-20
Firewire The Gem TimberTek Surfboard Real GemReview by Bug Bug Ferocious Bug Bug Ferocious
Loving it!

I'm 5'8 -145 lbs, got the 8'3 Gem with 7" greenough 4A and small rear side bites FCS2

Paddling is ok, not as good as expected but I still catch more than with my previous fun board

Everything else about the Gem has been great: stable, very responsive, much easier to ride than expected.. and so easy to walk on and nose ride!

From small mushy to 4 feet waves (NW Pacific/early intermediate), works like a charm, catches more and goes farther than any of my previous boards..
..and on better days, super maneuverable, turns easily, trims really nice, feels really smooth... stoked

I would recommend it to anyone including beginners
(Posted on 9/14/2018) 2018-09-14

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Firewire Surfboards and Cleanline Surf have teamed up to make sure you can get any Firewire surfboard you want shipped to your door. Through our partnership we have direct access to inventory at the Firewire warehouse in California 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.

US Shipping Rates for Firewire Boards

Location6'2 and under6'3 to 8'48'5 and up
Lower 48 States$70$100$130
Hawaii & Alaska$150$180$180

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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.

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