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WHERE CAN I BUY A BOARD?
The Kiteboard program is offered online direct to kitesurfers, and limited to the USA, Europe, Japan and Australia for now. We're just getting started and once up and going, we'll expand the program to other regions. Kiteboards are also found in select retail locations - CLICK HERE to visit our dealer section.
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CAN I ORDER A CUSTOM KITEBOARD?
The Firewire construction process is incredibly complicated. Therefore at this time we are limiting our product offering to the models we've developed with Felix. Our surfboards are SHAPED and not MOLDED so we certainly have the capability of building custom boards as we do for world–class surfers like Michel Bourez.
Unlike some corky EPS boards, Firewire kitesurfers are specifically designed with the densest part of the board on the rail, allowing you to bury the rail during carving turns while not compromising on speed and projection. While the 1lb core provides the flotation and liveliness, based on our experience there is no need to adjust dimensions when considering the switch from regular PU to a Firewire. This is most helpful to determine the right Firewire kiteboard to suit your needs.
HOW MUCH DO THEY COST?
Our Kiteboards are priced as follows: (all prices include fins, foot strap inserts and exclude Freight and any taxes due)
USA: USD $799.00 + tax
Europe: EU €607.83 + tax
Australia: AU $900.00 + tax
HOW MUCH IS THE FREIGHT?
The freight schedule is as follows:
West Coast: $75
East Coast: $99
Mid West: $99
Puerto Rico: $150
Continental Europe: €35
New South Wales: $30
Northern Territory: $80
South Australia: $60
Western Australia: $75
WHY IS THERE A PLUG IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TOP DECK?
The vent in the center of the board incorporates a GORE–TEX membrane that allows air to escape but water cannot penetrate. This allows the board to breathe automatically as the internal pressure in the core adjusts to extreme temperature or air pressure changes. It is unnecessary and unwise to loosen the valve at any time.
CAN MY BOARD GET DINGED?
Firewire Kiteboards are far more durable than the average board but they are by no means indestructible. Fortunately the balsa rail is over half an inch thick and built from 3 x 4mm strips laminated together. Not only does it control the flex, but it also acts an incredible durable buffer should you bash rails; one of the most common ding locations. If your board is damaged, get out of the water as soon as possible to reduce the water absorption and amount of time it would then take for your board to dry out.
You can repair dings with standard store–bought epoxy resin; the kind that comes in the double plunger design with a single mixing nozzle at the end. The Solarez brand is now available in epoxy as well. As with any kiteboard repair, be sure to completely dry out the damaged area before applying the epoxy resin. As more and more epoxy kiteboards are sold, repair centers are now skilled at epoxy repair. Your local kite shop should now have information on credible repair centers.
WHAT ABOUT WEIGHT IN WINDY CONDITIONS?
There is no question that boards can be too heavy as well as too light. There is an optimum weight that does not compromise performance and strength. We've built boards across a wide range of weights and tested them in a variety of conditions. We've settled on weights that are noticeably lighter than a regular PU kiteboard, considerably stronger and do not compromise performance in any conditions. Our boards are not feather light (which could lack drive or punch when hitting the lip), but they do benefit from a lower tracking coefficient due to the lighter weight, allowing rapid direction changes AND plenty of drive and projection. We've worked closely with Felix to design the optimum balance between flex, weight and durability.
WHERE ARE FIREWIRES MADE?
Initially all Firewires were built in Australia and San Diego. However, due to the labor intensive and complex nature of our construction, it soon became apparent that we would not be able to build our boards in these locations and still offer them at reasonable retail prices. Like most hi tech sports equipment, we had to move our production to Asia. But that's where our company has not followed the traditional path of out-sourcing production to third party Asian manufacturers. We took the difficult and expensive step of setting up our own factory in Thailand from scratch, owned and operated by Firewire and focused on building our boards. Not only has this allowed us to control our quality and protect our technology, but we've also implemented a western style of management (our full time Operations Manager and QC manager are both Australian surfers), and in doing so we've created a positive working environment for our staff.
All of our product design, research and development and testing is still done in Australia, San Diego and Hawaii.