Slater Designs by Firewire <br/>FRK (LFT | All Sizes)

Slater Designs by Firewire
FRK (LFT | All Sizes)

Slater Designs Surfboards<br/>FRK by Firewire - LFT
Slater Designs Surfboards
FRK by Firewire - LFT
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Slater Designs by Firewire FRK Surfboard

Firewire’s 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.

Slater Designs FRK Surfboard

In 2015 Dan Mann was asked to shape Kelly a board for the first time. He knew immediately what he wanted to make him.

"I saw it all in my head immediately; from the bottom contour to the tail template. The way the volume would distribute through the width, the whole shape… It might actually be the most intuitive design I’ve ever done, probably because I’ve spent so many years both watching Kelly surf, and shaping boards."

As crazy as it sounds Dan was certain it would work for him. Totally certain.

"The odd thing is, after sending him the board in 2015, I never heard from Kelly about how the board went, and I sort of just moved on to other stuff. Then one afternoon in 2017 I got this stream of text messages one day about how Kelly was blowing up at Trestles on my board. It totally caught me off guard. Just text messages and phone calls flying in from everyone."

"I sorted through everyone’s messages and learned that Kelly’s good friend from Florida who was in town at the time had grabbed the board from Kelly’s shed where it had sat un-surfed for two years.  He surfed it and then told Kelly that Kelly would love it based on having known Kelly his whole life, and having a good idea about what boards he likes and doesn’t like, based on all the times the two of them had swapped boards before"

Anyway, thankfully for us Kelly took his friends advice and loved the now FireWire FRK Surfboard from the first turn.

Kelly actually said he knew the FRK was a keeper before he’d even completed his first wave on it. Two weeks later he took it to J Bay and did what a lot of people called his best surfing of the year. Since that contest, he’s ridden the FRK everywhere in videos and at key events like the Founders Cup, J Bay again in 2018, and the Surf Ranch Pro. He’s also surfed it all around the North Shore this Winter.

"Actually the FRKs he’s been riding this Winter have been straight out of Firewire’s factory, and I’m stoked we were able to so smoothly transition the custom FRKs I’ve been making him since 17’ into the final version from Firewire’s factory that will be at surf shops everywhere. To see Kelly embrace the shape and build exactly as it will hit surf shops is awesome."

"If I had to describe the nuts and bolts of the FRKs design, I’d simply say it’s made to make you forget it’s there."

"When designing boards for Kelly I’m trying to remove as many variables as possible and make it something that can level up his talents, or the talents of other surfers, without any glitches, or ever feeling like its in your way."

– Dan Mann; FRK Designer.

Here at The Surfboard Warehouse we agree with Dan and can’t wait to see everyone riding The FireWire FRK Surfbaord in 19’.

Firewire 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.

Slater Designs FRK Surfboard - Stats at a Glance:

5' 2"
17 7/8"
5' 4"
2 1/8"
5'  6 "
18 1/8"
2 1/4"
5' 7"
18 1/4"
2 5/16"
5' 8"
18 5/16"
2 5/16"
5' 9"
18 3/8'"
2 3/8"
5' 10"
18 1/2"
2 7/16"
5' 11"
18 3/4"
2 1/2"
6" 19"
2 9/16"
6' 1"
19 1/4"
2 5/8"
6' 2" 19 1/2"
2 5/8"
6' 4"
19 5/8"
2 3/4"
6' 6"
19 3/4"
2 3/4"

Slater Designs FRK Surfboard - Available in LFT

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