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Evo kitesurf board Tomo Firewire

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Created by rollo19 6 months ago, 23 Jan 2017
rollo19
WA, 88 posts
23 Jan 2017 11:18AM
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4'11 Firewire Evo by Tomo in kite construction LFT borrowed from Bonny at kitesurfsup.com.au. I'm 70kg, had a 7m kite in 2ft City to Trigg downwinder. I also rode the 5'1 a mate lent me on a 3ft day. Affiliations - none.
Stable, floats over chop, smooth/soft rail turns, forgiving entry rocker, excellent upwind - they could have called it the magic carpet
that wide tail pushes some water but requires more input to snap
wish I had this board when I first went strapless
Ryland makes it look good in bigger stuff but not sure that's its sweet spot

Adfreetv
VIC, 103 posts
25 Jan 2017 2:33PM
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Do you know if it's possible to put straps on the Firewire Evo? I image it would require the construction type with the stringer??

rollo19
WA, 88 posts
1 Feb 2017 6:55AM
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Not sure about the straps sorry. Perhaps not. It is quite a stable unit though

Gone to dark side
NSW, 309 posts
2 Feb 2017 8:12AM
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I have the 5'3" great board I set mine up strapless .I believe KP have Pads that can fit strappes give then a call

Cygnify
QLD, 54 posts
2 Feb 2017 9:11AM
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77kg. Should i be looking at the 5"1 or 4"10 ?

Thinking I'm kind of right in the middle of the two, could go either way.

KPSS Used
NSW, 179 posts
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2 Feb 2017 12:30PM
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Cygnify said..
77kg. Should i be looking at the 5"1 or 4"10 ?

Thinking I'm kind of right in the middle of the two, could go either way.


Just base it off of the winds you normally ride in. If more than 20 knots usually go the smaller if under then go the 5'1.

grizwold
QLD, 9 posts
5 Feb 2017 10:15PM
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you can get a crafty shaper to cut inserts into your firewire ,ive seen it done at my local and for those loving straps.....spot on :)

Ozone Kites Aus
NSW, 531 posts
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9 Feb 2017 12:40PM
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Cygnify said..
77kg. Should i be looking at the 5"1 or 4"10 ?

Thinking I'm kind of right in the middle of the two, could go either way.


I'm going with the 5'1", hopefully will have one soon. I'm probably going to get inserts put into this board. The NSI stick on pad/strap combo is convenient, but the glue always gives up and I'm forever sticking the pad back down. So far super glue works well, but on both my boards that have these pad/strap combos I've had to do all the front corners and the rear of the rear pad too.

Cygnify
QLD, 54 posts
9 Feb 2017 3:54PM
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I ended up going the 5"1 as well. Grabbed a quad fin set just waiting now for wmfg full deck to put on the board. That should have me covered.

Itching to use it!

igorbernik
1 posts
13 Jul 2017 11:31PM
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What size 4'10" or 5'1" for average kiter, 150 lbs (68kg), no big waves, small jumps, playable surf? Everything from weak to strong wind, using for about 30-40 days a year...

Does anybody know for EU stock with FST II fins system? Many thanks.

NitrousOxide
NSW, 91 posts
14 Jul 2017 12:54PM
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Love this board. I ride 5'3" and am 95Kg and use Pancho Large futures. Naish Slash 9m 14-18knots, 7m 19-25knots and then 5m from 25 knots.

IMO would not be ideal for straps as really lends itself to a dynamic foot position to make it plane like a boat, rather than setting a rail. It also prefers to be underpowered rather than overpowered. Mind you I have never ridden strapped beyond my first few months of kiting so I may be getting that wrong...

Excels in small to head high surf. The wide tail makes it get a bit sketchy once the surf gets to double overhead and above but you can still do it. I asked firewire if they could make me an Omni in kite construction for the bigger stuff but they said no

I personally slightly prefer it to the Vader and much prefer it to the Vanguard. Much looser but yet more stable in chop



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