Feb 11

Wakesurf board concepts

We wanted to share a surfboard shape we found interesting and talk about some of the concepts in it. Here is that picture:

firewire tomo

It’s a collaboration between Firewire Surfboards and Tomo Surfboards. Daniel Thomas is the man behind the shape and Tomo surfboards. Now the interesting part is this surfboard is 4’8″ long and 16 inches wide. It’s designed for groms, but each 2 inch increment in length steps up the width 1/2 inch. A 4’11” surfboard is no longer a grom board and is 16 1/2″ wide.

If you look closely at the shape, it’s a very parallel outline. That’s nothing new, we’ve known that flatter rockers and parallel outlines result in a faster down-the-line wakesurf board. BUT something that has escaped wakesurf board design is the narrower width. There is less wetted surface area when we narrow down a board, but if the shape is such that it has wider nose and tail elements, it’s possible to narrow the overall width. Also, on many of Tomo’s shape he uses fins that have no toe-in. That’s nothing new to wakesurfing, either. All of the early Inland Surfer twin fins had fins pointed straight and without any toe-in.  Remember the wake testing we did, where we discussed that the water flow is UP the face of the wake?  A more parallel outline can effectively capture more of that flow, by placing more of the rail into the wake.  We’re not thrilled with the nose and tail shape, but really like the concepts employed and think that might readily transfer to a wakesurf board.

In effect, we’re wondering if it is possible to create a minimalist sort of wakesurf board that was rather narrow and short and could be tossed around easily? Interesting!

Another concept while we’re visiting Firewire, is their Techograin construction. Here is a picture

firewire grain

It is a composite sandwich build, just like used in a Flyboy Wakesurf board, but the external skins are 3 mm Paulowina. The interesting part here, is that there is no external fiberglass. Well, there is along the rails to seal the ends, but the deck and bottom are wood sealed with a thin layer of epoxy. It’s a more eco-friendly construction and uses a composite sandwich structure to generate the needed durability and stiffness. Firewire is also planning to used recycled materials for it’s internal foam to further enhance the eco-friendly construction.

This is being written on Sunday morning, so hopefully we’ll have some riding pictures from the first ride of the concave deck skim style wakesurf board. Thanks so much for following along!

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