What the Firewire Surfboards site says about the Midas:
‘The outline of the MIDAS evolved from a few different influences. The tail was inspired by some 80’s twin fins and the wing is positioned right behind the trailing edge of the side fin to create a breakpoint, and to pull the tips of the swallow closer together for maneuverability. The wing also creates more width in front of the fins which generates increased speed.
The nose is a touch wider than your everyday shortboard but without an ‘eggy’ feel. The wider nose and tail dimensions reduce the curve in the middle of the board which also helps generate speed.
Perhaps the most interesting design feature are the new bottom contours I’ve been working on which I’ve called “BOARD EAT BOARD”. The original concept began years ago when I rode one of George Greenough’s edge boards which led me to a whole new approach to bottom contours and edges.
I made quite a few boards until I finally adopted this new bottom. The general idea is that you have 2 boards working in your favor. The ‘inside’ outline creates a flat bottom concave that runs all the way off the tail, while the two side panels that run down each rail change from concave to flat to Vee, while still maintaining a deep single concave down the middle. The overall effect is increased performance and speed.’
What our BlinkSurf team rider says about the Midas:
– Age: 47
– Height: 6’2″
– Weight: 94 kg. (207 lbs)
– Fitness: Surfs daily
– Ability: Intermediate
Dims: 6’1″ x 20 7/8″ x 2 9/16″ 37.5 L
Made with LFT technology, this board is very light yet not bouncy like some EPS boards.
Handles anything from 1-5 foot conditions. With a rolled nose into deep concave. The super deep concave channel gets it flying between dead sections. It is easy to paddle.
I prefer it as a twin. The fins are set very wide apart so keels work well. I like the Captain fin, Christenson fins, or the Futures K2 or K1. Expect speed. I’ve clocked some fast waves and it turns nicely.
Great travel board because of the removable fins and light. It’s a good board to take in the car.
The nose and tail are wide so it’s forgiving for an intermediate surfer. The bump in the swallow is pulled in after the fins, allowing it to step up a little.
I rate this board very highly as an all-rounder. After 30 surfs, the deck is starting to make a small impression around the composite stringer bit it’s reasonably durable.
The bottom looks great, the top looks a bit plain. Nothing some paint can’t fix – stay tuned!
What people are saying about it:
“If you’re looking for that magic surfboard, a “grab-and-go” stick to fit in-between your groveller and your good wave shortboard… your quest is over. The Midas is a really usable surfboard with more than enough performance for the vast majority of surfers in 90% of the conditions they encounter both at home and on their travels.” – Boardshop
“Rob Machado strikes gold again with the Midas. Drawing influence and inspiration from 80’s twin fins and George Greenough’s Edge boards. The Midas is a nimble little number that’ll work well in the 3-6ft range.” – Down The Line Surf
“The Midas is another one of Rob’s incredible creations and one you should consider if you are looking to jazz up the session. This board is a shortboard by nature but a tad more in the width to help once it bums out. The bottom contours give you added performance and drive making rail to rail surfing more speedy. Mix this up with the tail wings for further drive and here you have a fun shortboard, dare we say, the Midas tou…no let’s not, ok..everything I touch turns to gold, yeah, darlin’.” – Secret Spot
“The result is a fast and maneuverable surfboard, which generate speed even if the wave do not helps.” – Mundo Surf
“Ahhh that’s the best board in the world!!! Thanks for letting me ride it @rob_machado_surfboards” – user mocha_frapa on Instagram
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