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  • Hellfire 600 first surf

    Overall, stoked. It took some time to find my paddle balance point, as I was too far back being used to more board in front of me. Once I got that sussed it was much easier to paddle, duck dive and catch waves. sounds like a kook mistake, but I'm not used to this type of modern board. 3 foot beach break, clean with some fast walls and late drops. Found the board fast, loose and responsive. thruster Am2s. Looking forward to the next surfs. 73ish kilos, at first I was a bit worried 6 foot had too much float, but with some practice and due effort duck dives were fine and it didn't feel too buoyant under my feet. Very happy, thanks.

  • #2
    yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwww...!! great shape isnt it westauck... if thats futures am2's (which are the large size) then maybe try sa3's... even at 90kg i find the large am2's a bit too swept and therefore binding... the sa3's are a large fin, but more balanced in template and free up the board... if its the fcs smaller am's, then try a slightly larger balanced fin... really lights up the board.... :)

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    • #3
      Originally posted by WestAuck View Post
      Overall, stoked. It took some time to find my paddle balance point, as I was too far back being used to more board in front of me.
      What board were you coming off? I have the 6'10 ADD am am thinking about stepping down to the 6'4 HF, trying to get an idea for how it would go?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by WestAuck View Post
        Overall, stoked. It took some time to find my paddle balance point, as I was too far back being used to more board in front of me. Once I got that sussed it was much easier to paddle, duck dive and catch waves. sounds like a kook mistake, but I'm not used to this type of modern board. 3 foot beach break, clean with some fast walls and late drops. Found the board fast, loose and responsive. thruster Am2s. Looking forward to the next surfs. 73ish kilos, at first I was a bit worried 6 foot had too much float, but with some practice and due effort duck dives were fine and it didn't feel too buoyant under my feet. Very happy, thanks.
        Glad to hear it's riding well for you WestAuck!

        - Firewire Intern Josh

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        • #5
          6 months on and I'm still stoked with the hellfire and happy with my surfing. Went away up northland over easter and had 6 days of surfing 1-3 ft waves to myself (that's waist to just overhead) a bit small but you can't complain. I've yet to get out in anything really big, 4-5ish begin the biggest and the board is good, super fast and turns on a dime at the top of the wave. This is a great surfboard and if you are looking at the (ridiculously long) lineup of choices don't assume that the most recent addition is going to be the best...



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          • Peterleo
            Peterleo commented
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            Well said . I've ridden 6,6. 6 4 6,2. Just bought a 6 foot one. I love the futures Rusty blackstix and the Dave Rastovich quads are flipin amazing Tested the Nano , yes the glass version of a kids learner board. All firewire boards I adore with a unholy passion except the nano. The hellfire also goes amazing in small surf with a normal full glass fin set with the middle fin removed as the diamond tail acts as a third fin . If too lose use bigger front fins. Firewire boards are amazing.

          • Slowman
            Slowman commented
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            Peterleo, have you found the bigger they are the less edge control?
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