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  • Japanese Nano - the ION - Firewire, please bring this stateside!

    If you haven't already seen it, head over to the Firewire Japan site and check out the Tomo ION. It's the Japanese version of the Nano and the dimensions and volumes are soooo spot on.
    Firewire Surfboards(ファイヤーワイヤー)は「FUTURE OF SHAPE」を探求し続けます。貴方がどれを選ぼうと、 Firewireはサーフボードのデザインレベルを押し上げ続けます。

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    • BFILK
      BFILK commented
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      Check that tail!

    • cuttlefish
      cuttlefish commented
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      Dims and volume on my nano are already spot on. S'pose they're good if your a midget.
      Looks like they only get Lft tech too.
      Vast majority of surfers couldn't tell you whether they were riding a regular nano tail or an ion tail if they were in a blind comparison.
      Hard to surf when you're blind though. Lol.
      Fang tail with mini channels...bite and water release.
      Last edited by cuttlefish; 04-24-2014, 10:33 PM.

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    The ION looks sick! I see a number of models that are different than we have in the US. I like how they show all the different decal color combos so you can order exactly what you want on your board.

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    • #4
      Given that the boards are likely made in the same factory, why wouldn't they allow us "special order" access to the Japan specialty models? Hell, I'd even pay a premium for one of these!

      The sizing on the ION is so much better for my shape. The board in my profile photo is my 5'4" Vanguard, which at 5'7" and 185lbs is too small for me to grovel on. Bizarrely, it's one of my step-ups and I generally only use it when the waves have some real juice. I'd love to grab the 5'4" ION which clocks in at 2 Liters more than the Vanguard. Perfect for my height and much better for groveling.

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      • #5
        Yeah, the ION looks pretty interesting. I heard it was better for grovelling, but it's classed as a 'high-performance hybrid' whereas the Nano is a 'performance hybrid'. What does a tail like that actually do?

        Also, I'm a bit jealous how they get to choose their decal variation whereas we have pot luck...

        PS. Piston looks pretty fun...

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        • #6
          the decal variation is cool

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          • #7
            I sent a note to FW and here's what I heard back from Sage: "Thanks for the inquiry and your support. I regret to inform you but the Ion is not available in the US and we have no future plans to do so."
            Bummer!

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            • Phill
              Phill commented
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              The Japan models are exclusive because board prices are so high there that it can be cheaper to import boards from abroad. It creates incentive to support the dealers there.
              It used to be common for CDs to have Japanese bonus tracks for the same reason.

              Lost/Mayhem releases a lot of Japan only models too although I think they are also available as a custom order in the US.

          • #8
            Also, Japan has a strong market for high-quality brand products that retain a degree uniqueness. I have a friend who imports sports gear to Japan, and he's always on the look out for funky, expensive things like handplanes, custom wetsuits, board bags...even golf balls!

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            • #9
              Does anyone know what kind of rocker is on this board? Is this just a Nano with a different tail?

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              • #10
                Are any board members based in Japan? I'd like to figure out what the cost might be to buy and ship one of the from Japan to the US.

                Again, Firewire gang, assuming these are made in the same factory, is there any way to special order these in the stock dimensions, even at a premium price point?

                It seems it should be less complicated to facilitate than CBD boards.

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                • #11
                  frothing for this board huh bacon?

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                  • #12
                    Originally posted by kdropin View Post
                    frothing for this board huh bacon?
                    Absolutely! The dims and the volume on the 5'4" are so spot on for me.

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                    • #13
                      Originally posted by philosurfical View Post
                      Are any board members based in Japan? I'd like to figure out what the cost might be to buy and ship one of the from Japan to the US.

                      Again, Firewire gang, assuming these are made in the same factory, is there any way to special order these in the stock dimensions, even at a premium price point?

                      It seems it should be less complicated to facilitate than CBD boards.
                      You could try finding an online Japanese surf shop. There's quite a big expat community there, so they'd probably be able to deal with your inquiry in English...

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                      • #14
                        I would be interested to know how you go. It would cost a bit but if its a one off why not or get a few people to order boards same time might get a deal. I can't understand why you can't get special orders and pay extra. I mean would it be worth your while to buy here then ship one board over to make a few dollars. Just limit two boards a year to a person. Spending time in japan they do like unique crazy things and are not affraid to pay for it. I have skied and surfed over there and no one has asked to buy my gear off me and i didn't notice boards being overly expensive maybe i didn't pay enough attention i will next time and I'll bring a board back.

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                        • #15
                          boards are overly expensive in australia, why don't we get special or localised models? 10 years ago a board would cost be $450-$500, now you're looking at least $800, and for a firewire in FST you're talking near $1,000!!!! Obviously there's inflation and improvement in materials etc etc, but also the manufacturing is on a much larger scale as well as the production of boards being moved off shore (cheaper labor). Is it because the surf industry is hugely commercialised now and purely profit driven rather than trying to give back a bit to the grass roots of the sport? Don't get me wrong, business is business, but my money is also my money... (note, this isn't directed at any one surf brand in particular as all have their prices going out of control).

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                          • Phill
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                            An FST board is over 1000AUD here too. Tomo FST about 1079AUD.
                            I don't know how it works out in Japan but I'm guessing much more.
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