I took a trip to firewire's factory in currumbin while on a family holiday on the gold coast. They had a 5'6" sweet potato white rapidfire on a sale rack so I bought it on a whim.
I got to ride it at burleigh heads on a glassy 2-3 foot morning. I am used to a 6'2" spitfire, but found the shorter length no problems, the board paddles so well, and I was surprised it has a bit of nose rocker and take off's are a breeze. A couple of pumps and the board flies, making flat sections easily and very quick rail to rail. The white rapidfire feel really good, better in some way than the bamboo deck on my old advance. I was quickly thinking that this board is going to get used 95 % of the time for summer surf. The deck dents in a good way, I'd say half way between pu and fst in strength, but that is no drawback to me. This board will get an extra epoxy patch for my feet like all my boards do.
The rapid fire looks really good. It is a cracking board
A bit more on the construction. Had a surf 2' reef break today. More impressed with this board., it is perfect as a small wave board. I had a solid collision with a mini mal, enough to leave a blue mark from the other board. My rapidfire advance would have had the rail shattered, but on the white rapidfire it looks like the rail strength is much better, no shatter. I think my fst spitfire would also have had the rail splinter.
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White rapidfire sweet potatoLast edited by liquidmagic; 12-17-2012, 12:55 AM.
quad set up for spitfireJust got a sptfire and have surfed Futures Vector II EA thruster set up. It goes great but am looking for the best quad setup.
Anyone got any thoughts on Future controller quads or other Future quad set ups.
Surfing tips and techniqueIt would be great to pool some resources to help develop surf knowledge, etiquette in the water and techniques from the basic to high performance
Next board after 6'6" AddvanceHey guys. 80kg 5'10" 46yrs medium paddle fitness- I have gone from 9'6" longboard to the 6"6" Addvance. It is a great transition board and perfoms well but i am now trying to work out my next board as I gain experience. The Addvance has good paddle power, which I would like my next board to have but I am looking for a bit less volume and a bit more performance.
My local waves are mainly crumbling walls, with a bit of power, but nothing hollow. I was thinking of 6'3" Elfuego, 6'4" Dominator/Spitfire, or Alternator 6'8".
I'm keeping the Addvance for summer slush as I really like it and can sit out with the longboards. What I am looking for is paddle power, speed down the line and carving ability on a fat wall.
I don't want to go too short or too big a step down in volume as I want to keep developing steadily.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.