What the Firewire site says about the Vanguard:
‘The Modern Planing Hull represents a radical change in the approach to high performance surfboard design and the Vanguard model is the result of precise mathematical formulas and geometry. The hydrodynamic architecture of the Vanguard opens the door to a fresh approach to surfboard design and the art of riding waves. Inspired by the incredible feats of athleticism exhibited by today’s top professional surfers, Tomo (Daniel Thomson) has created a design that further helps 21st century surfers expand their abilities. Higher degrees of speed, electric wave attack and radical aerial potential are all possible with this highly tuned machine.
Template: The outline of the Vanguard is the foundation and driving force of this highly innovative surfboard. Ultra parallel lines allow the design to be ridden smaller and narrower than previously considered functional. This is achieved by maintaining ideal rider volume with balanced foam distribution. The parallel outline reduces drag, thus increasing dynamic planing lift yielding more speed via less water resistance.
Nose Profile: The unique diamond nose profile significantly reduces swing weight while still providing a central control point. Further, the diamond nose is blunt and safe. The rider is encouraged to push the limits of personal performance and have fun. The nose area features a complex contour to reduce the rate of pearling by creating controlled aerodynamic lift. As the rider gains speed he/she will notice the nose contour channeling wind resistance, which in turn, lifts the nose upward. This feature is also very beneficial to a surfer with a developed aerial repertoire. When engaged in on-wave maneuvers, the instant the nose engages the water, the nose contour helps ‘pop’ the nose out of a pearl. This adds a tremendous element of control when riding backward out of radical maneuver.
Tail Profile: The unique twin diamond tail profile provides excellent directional control and very low drag. The technical bottom contour, which utilizes a channel/concave combo, helps to maximize speed and control through sharp directional changes.
The Ride: The rider will experience exceptional freedom and planing speed right from the get go. The very short nature of the design allows the rider to completely dominate the board. The straightened rail line will allow for effortless and precise turns and direct transitions.
Although geared for high performances shredding, the Vanguard is surprisingly easy to ride for a wide range of surfing abilities. It has a very stable nature, naturally fast with and a very efficient wave catching ability.’
What people are saying about it:
“I had the chance to take out my 5’4″ FST Vanguard in 4-5ft south groundswell waves with light offshore winds on a mid to low tide. I love this board when the wave face is steep and there’s a bit of power in the waves. It flies…I mean it really flies! I can take off super deep on a wave & be confident that if I surf the board rail to rail, it will accelerate around any section.” – user megsy on firewiresurfboards.com
“This board will change your surfing for the better and quickly become your new favorite stick! It’s also gotta be one of the coolest looking boards in the lineup today…” – Daily Stoke
“When I did a shallow bottom turn it held its speed a bit better. Smaller and down the line I think it’d be crazy good.” – Ryan Callinan on Surfing Life Essentials
“The Firewire Vanguard, brainchild of Lennox Head’s Dan Thompson and released in early 2013, is a very interesting board. I used one for a couple of weeks in a good range of conditions around the Byron Bay area for a couple of weeks back in February and really liked it.” – davidjrfoster.wordpress.com
“We recently got to ride the Firewire Vanguard modern planing hull designed by Daniel Tomo. Super progressive yet easy to ride, with tons of volume in a small package. At first glance, it looks like a wakeboard yet performs insane on a wave. We had fun with it and barely tapped its potential! Check them out.” – boardridersreview.com
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