Firewire Surfboards<br/> Rob Machado - Moonbeam<br/> (All Sizes | FCS II | Futures)

Firewire Surfboards
Rob Machado - Moonbeam
(All Sizes | FCS II | Futures)

Firewire Surfboards Machado<br/> Moonbeam - LFT
Firewire Surfboards Machado
Moonbeam - LFT
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Firewire Machado Moonbeam Surfboard

Firewires product development is centered around three things: The exclusive use of epoxy resins and EPS foam cores, developing lighter and stronger surfboards through sandwich construction, and optimizing flex to maximize performance.

Firewire Machado Moonbeam Surfboard

Rob Machado designed this LFT shape in conjunction with Firewire while thinking of small, and weak waves;

“The kind of waves I ride a lot here in San Diego, or an average day in Japan.” he says.

Anyone who is familiar with The Midas will notice the Moonbeam’s similar nose template. Why is it similar? Rob gave the Moonbeam a nice and wide nose, like The Midas for skatiness in small waves. But his ever present place in surfing illustrates the importance of surfing up and down in the pocket. To allow that on the Moonbeam, Rob raised the nose rocker above what you’d expect in a small wave design, creating an opportunity to cut sharp angles on the Firewire Moonbeam without hanging up the nose. Fans of performance surfing will appreciate the high tail rocker as well, creating a feeling under foot almost as responsive in regards to quick direction changes as The Midas is. When deciding between this shape and The Midas, most surfers should consider that the Moonbeam will generate forward speed more easily and feel most at home in smaller waves where it creates its own speed easily. The Midas, however, will feel most natural in rounder waves where it easily controls the speed that powerful waves provide.

“The Moonbeam is meant to go fast and have fun” says Rob.

Like every shape Rob is surfing in 2018, The Moonbeam has Rob’s Board Eat Board concave built into its hull - this is Rob’s uncommon approach to enhancing speed without losing responsiveness, and it draws much intrigue on surf shop racks.

The bottom contours on the Firewire Moonbeam are best described as “Board Eat Board” and were inspired by a George Greenough design Rob rode a few years ago. He's refined it over the years and it now features a really flat bottom concave that runs down the center all the way through the tail. The two side panels run down each rail on either side of the center panel, and transition from concave to flat to V while maintaining the deep single concave down the middle. The overall effect of these design parameters, when combined with a keel fin set up and the template on the Firewire Machado Moonbeam Surfboard is a highly maneuverable and speedy board with tons of drive that takes the retro fish to a whole new level of performance.
 

Firewire Machado Moonbeam Surfboard Tech - LFT
Firewire’s product development is focused on three things: The exclusive use of epoxy resins and 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.

Firewire 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.

Additional Information:
The Firewire Machado Moonbeam Surfboard is intended for 2 ft. to 6 ft. surf.


Firewire Machado Moonbeam Surfboard - Stats at a Glance:

Length    
Width        
Thickness    
Tail      Volume
5' 4"
18 3/4"
2 3/16"
Moon     
28.5
5' 5"
19"
2 1/4"
Moon
27.3
5' 6"
19 3/16"
2 1/4"
Moon
28
5' 8" 19 5/16"
2 5/16" Moon
29.9
5' 10" 19 1/2"
2 7/16" Moon
32.7
6' 0"
19 3/4"
2 1/2"
Moon
35
6' 2"
20"
2 5/8"
Moon
38.1
6' 4"
20 1/4"
2 5/8"
Moon
39.5
6' 6"
20 3/8"
2 3/4
Moon
42.7
6' 8"
20 1/2"
2 7/8
Moon
46.8
6' 10"
20 7/8"
3"
Moon
49.5

Firewire Machado Moonbeam Surfboard - available in: LFT

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