I was looking at my Hellfire (in Rapidfire) the other day and noticed that the light from a light bulb shining through the deck was making the carbon rods show. I snapped a pic. Hope you can make it out.
I wasn't sure if Firewire still made them with the carbon rods because they no longer put the black stripes on the bottom of the boards. Glad to know they are still in there.
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Originally posted by dawnbuster View Posthey day bit.have a look at jesse heilman on you tube.pretty sure he's riding a hellfire.
Hellfire video?Does anyone know where to find video of someone ripping on a Hellfire? I've seen plenty of video reviews, and of course Nev's intro to the board, but I can't seem to find any footage of someone surfing it.
There's a great Firewire promo clip with Noah Snyder riding the Dominator. I would love to see something similar on the Hellfire.
Originally posted by Fritzkat View Postdid some research on the Rain-x. Boaters seem to think it slows them down. and to use 300 or 400 grit sandpaper.
I do not know about nanotune.
Yokota in 1983? You must have surfed down in Shonan then with a view of Mount Fuji. I bet it wasn't half as crowded back then.
Yeah, but with FW boards retailing for US$2,000 here in Japan I imagine there will be quite a premium on NanoTune too. Hopefully it won't be too steep.
Car wax for speed?Hi Nev,
I just took delivery of a brand new Hellfire RF (yew!) and noticed that the bottom of it is much smoother than my Dominator FST after 1 year of use.
I've seen some people recommend using a car wax product or even Rain-X on the bottom of your board to increase speed. I've also seen people say that sanding the board is the only solution. Maybe I should just man up and paddle harder.
What are your thoughts?
6'2 x 20"1/4 x 2"1/2 33.7L
My Hellfire just arrived today so I thought I'd post a pic of the special moment.
Thanks everyone for all of the great advice. Looking forward to taking it on its maiden voyage!
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Iggy, Core, thanks for the advice! Smaller looks to be the way to go.
I just read Slowman's review. Great to hear the Hellfire keeps you safe from sharks too!! The more I read about this board the more I start to believe it can do anything. I check the forum topics on the other boards from time to time just for a reality check but it seems like the HF brings out the froth more than any other model.
I'm ready to pull the trigger on a HF myself but am still wrestling with what size to get. 6'0 or 6'2?
I'm at 84kg (185lb) on my way back down to 80kg (176) so I'm sitting on the borderline according to the buyers guide charts for intermediate surfers. I'm 41 now so I don't think I'm going to be advanced any time soon. I think the 6'2 would be perfect for me right now, but if I drop a few more kg will I find it to be too big? I guess as I get older the added paddling power of the 6'2 will come in handy, even if I do drop down in weight a bit further. Maybe the 6'2 is the way to go after all.. arrrghh!!!!!
Last edited by daybit; 01-04-2012, 08:46 AM.
Wow, thanks for all the feedback everyone. I think I'm well and truly sold on the Hellfire. It definitely sounds like it can handle powerful surf. If it works in Hawaii I don't think I'm going to have a problem in Japan.
I'm still a little confused about what length to go for. The board description says "Suggested lengths are 2” to 4” SHORTER than your regular short board, or 2” to 4” LONGER than your hybrid." which would mean it should be a couple of inches longer than my Dominator. But then the Buyers Guide suggests the same length for Dominator and Hellfire for Intermediate surfers.
Going to a 6'0 Hellfire (31.9 L) would be quite a drop in volume from my 6'2 Dominator (38.0 L). If I went to a 6'2 Hellfire (33.7L) would the additional volume be a problem in bigger waves? Given that I probably should have gone for the 6'0 Dominator instead of 6'2, maybe I should just bite the bullet, go for the 6'0 Hellfire and just paddle a bit harder.
Once I get the length sorted I then just have to choose between FST and Rapidfire. Ahh, so many choices.Last edited by daybit; 01-04-2012, 08:28 AM.
Nooo! Don't tell me there are new models coming. I'm still having a hard enough time picking my next board from the current models. Choices, choices.
Hellfire or Alternator?First time posting on this forum. I've been watching from afar for a while and have been really impressed with the level of stoke & support here.
I got my first Firewire in May this year after surfing a Tuflite Al Merrick Flyer 6'8 for a few years. (Before that was a second-hand NEV 7'4 that was my first board ever). I'm a 41 y.o. intermediate surfer, 182cm/84kg (5'11"/185lb) and have been surfing on weekends for 7 years now. I was at a point where the Flyer was getting to be too big and unwieldly. I was looking at a smaller Merrick while back home in Oz for a holiday but the guy in the surf shop put me on to the Dominator. He suggested a 6'0 but I was hesitant to come so far down in size so suddenly and ended up with a 6'2. From the very first wave it was a revelation and I feel that my surfing has really improved thanks to this board. I almost wish I had gone with the 6'0 now that I know what the Dominator can do.
I surf beach breaks in Chiba, Japan, so most of the time it I'm dealing with small to shoulder high surf. The Dominator has been perfect in these conditions, taking off even quicker than my old 6'8 and allowing me to do much more on the wave. The 5 fin setup is like having 2 boards in one. I surf it quad in smaller stuff, and as a thruster when the waves are good. This year we also had some great typhoon swell and for the first time ever I was able to enjoy myself on overhead waves.
I did, however, find that the Dominator felt a bit skittish going down the face after the drop and bottom turning on the bigger overhead waves when I had a lot of speed. One of my mates said this was because the Dominator doesn't have much rocker. I also felt that I had to nurse it a little on steeper drops to keep the nose from sticking at times. (probably more my problem than the board)
I plan to get many more years of fun out of my Dominator, but I'm looking for something that will be able to handle the bigger/steeper waves a bit better and also have a bit more bite to allow me to lay my turns in a little harder. I was thinking about a 6'2 or 6'4 Alternator, but after seeing everyone raving about it so much, I'm starting to think that a 6'0 or 6'2 Hellfire might be a better choice.
I'd like to know:
1) Which is better for me, the Hellfire or the Alternator?
2) Would a Hellfire be too much like my Dominator?
3) What size should I go for? I don't want to have too much volume, but I also don't want to be undergunned when the size goes up to head high and above.
Sorry for the long post. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!