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    A bit of info I found about what Felipe has been riding.
    http://surfeurope.mpora.com/features...-firewire.html

    Underneath in related stories there's another about Michel's board also.

  • #2
    Thanks for posting this. I had to read through it a couple of time to really absorb the concepts. Every time I think I understand board design I read something like and realize I don't know squat.

    Sounds like Nev really put thought into the strengths of each surfer. Toledo needing quickness from rail to rail and Bourez needing a board that supports his commitment to turns on the face. Not sure I totally understand... but it seems wider tail will make the board looser, but doesn't necessarily mean it needs tail kick. Bourez would need a narrower (yet thicker) tail otherwise he'd be sliding out too much.

    That all sounds great for good surf but about a situation where each guy is out of his element? I wonder if Toledo at Tahiti would need characteristics of MBs board (narrower tail) while MB at Huntington would need characteristics of Toledo's board (wider tail - likely wider everywhere)?

    Funny those two surfers are sort at the extreme end of the spectrum... most surfers probably fall somewhere in the middle.

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    • #3
      What board is he using in France, I think it is not a Firewire.

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      • Phill
        Phill commented
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        Yeah I noticed that. A SharpEye apparently.
        Last edited by Phill; 09-29-2013, 03:53 AM.

      • Phill
        Phill commented
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        He's riding a Tomo V4 today!

      • walkingdisaster
        walkingdisaster commented
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        And just pulled a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge alley oop on it. Phwoar!!!

    • #4
      I've seen Felipe on all sorts of Firewire models. It seems to change every contest. Very impressive!

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      • #5
        For France, it's interesting because it looks like he was riding a swallow tail in Round 4, Quadra 5? In his round 5 heat against Jordy he was riding a Sharp Eye. In the picture of the article Phill posted it looks like he is riding a rounded Pin or thumb nail similar to a Unibrow or Dominator or Mini Driver. But in the article, Nev says he is riding a diamond tail HZ.

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        • #6
          OK Phill a V4 I see that now. What's up with the Sharp Eye. I got to say he needs to be careful because I don't think Taj has been the same surfer since he left Firewire. He got the win at Trestles granted but he looked amazing on Firewires back in the day.

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          • Phill
            Phill commented
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            Back on the Sharp Eye now. Yeah I agree about Taj, I thought he looked much sharper and more critical on the FWs.

        • #7
          So Felipe seems not to have an exclusive contract with FW... Can he ride other brand boards during contests? I don't know how this is normally handled, can anyone explain?

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          • Phill
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            Must of the time they can. They are usually free to ride whatever they feel will give them the edge in whatever conditions.
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