Firewire x Machado Moonbeam Review

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What the Firewire website says about the Moonbeam:

‘Rob Machado designed this LFT shape while thinking of small, and weak waves; “The kind of waves I ride a lot here in San Diego, or an average day in Japan.” he says.

Anyone who is familiar with The Midas will notice the Moonbeam’s similar nose template.

Why is it similar? “I gave the Moonbeam a nice and wide nose, like The Midas for skatiness in small waves,” says Rob. But his ever-present place in surfing illustrates the importance of surfing up and down in the pocket. To allow that on the Moonbeam, Rob raised the nose rocker above what you’d expect in a small wave design, creating an opportunity to cut sharp angles on the Moonbeam without hanging up the nose.

Fans of performance surfing will appreciate the high tail rocker as well, creating a feeling underfoot almost as responsive in regards to quick direction changes as The Midas is.

When deciding between this shape and The Midas, most surfers should consider that the Moonbeam will generate forward speed more easily and feel most at home in smaller waves where it creates its own speed easily. The Midas, however, will feel most natural in rounder waves where it easily controls the speed that powerful waves provide.

“The Moonbeam is meant to go fast and have fun,” says Rob.

Like every shape Rob is surfing in 2018, The Moonbeam has Rob’s Board Eat Board concave built into its hull – this is Rob’s uncommon approach to enhancing speed without losing responsiveness, and it draws much intrigue on surf shop racks.


LFT (Linear Flex Technology) White Deckskin – LFT incorporates Firewire’s SPRINGER HD, a 0.75″ (18 mm) wide aerospace composite that runs down the centerline of the board, representing the next generation in our SPRINGER technology. The SPRINGER HD runs the entire length of the board and plays a pivotal role in optimizing flex from nose to tail.

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Image Source: Boardshop UK

25.8 - 49.5 LVolume
2 - 6 ftIdeal Wave Height

What people are saying about it:

“The Moonbeam is your best pick when looking for a board that is sure to enhance speed without losing responsiveness.” – Island Watersports

“Magic bullet looks.” – user maximedeulceux on Instagram

“Insane board I want it!!!!” – user tpg38 on Instagram

“Above average surfers will enjoy the Moonbeam’s exaggerated tail rocker which delivers a loose and responsive feel and rapid direction changes.

If you’re stuck between the Moonbeam and the Midas, it’s worth remembering the Midas shortboard is definitely more controlled and comfortable in bigger more powerful waves whilst the Moonbeam will generate its own speed in smaller and weaker conditions.” – Boardshop UK

“Whoa! Love this thing!” – user brentpillsbury on Instagram

“Board looked sick. Can’t wait to get stocked with them.” – user bungersurfshop on Instagram

Size Chart:

Here are videos of the Firewire x Machado Moonbeam:

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And here are pictures we found on Instagram:

Do you own a Firewire x Machado Moonbeam? How does it surf?

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