I have had 3 5'5 El Feugos this year and love them. Best fun size board I have ever ridden. The problem is that they keep snapping in tiny surf.
It is barely pushing 2 foot out the front at Miami (QLD) today and i have snapped another board. The other two boards were broken in nearly identical conditions.
It usually takes alot for me to complain about a board, but I have been surfing since I was very young and have NEVER snapped 3 boards in one year. Usually I have only snapped them in bigger surf, or at least surf with a bit of push.
I have worked in surf shops in the years previous to this and have sold many many Firewires, sometimes on the basis that they are a stronger board (as proclaimed by the manufacturer) so I feel like I've been ripped off and may have ripped off others in the process.
If the boards were cheaper I wouldn't have such a problem with them, but these boards are very expensive, especially considering where they are made. The worst bit is, it's not even worth getting them repaired because of the way the are made.
I'd love to keep riding these boards but I can't keep shelling out big bucks for a board that lasts only a couple of months.
I know that you are going to say that all boards snap under the right conditions and I appreciate that, but if the right conditions for snapping a board is consistently 2 foot mush then I think there may be a problem. I have replaced this board twice now, so this cannot be a one-off defect. It is an inherent weakness.
I have included GoPro footage of it happening, with the wave I was on for proof of how small and pitiful the wave was. Boards should not break on waves this small. (just to clarify, there was no crease or any visible damage on the board before the surf)
Not a happy customer,