New boards always make my heart light up. Whether it’s a re-imagined favorite or a total new direction, there’s always the hope for better equipment and new lines. The new Firewire 2012 surfboard lineup delivers both refined versions of their most popular boards along with a few new models. Over the next week we’ll be showing off the goods. Strap in and start frothing. Today we’re delivering the details on the PotatoNator, Baked Potato, and Activator. PotatoNator Let the splicing begin! A Frankenstein creation, this board slams together the Dominator and the Sweet Potato to create a board aimed to ride 2′-4′ waves that can also handle 3′-5′ as well. The changes from the Sweet Potato include less girth, a slightly increased rocker, softer double concave, and a pulled in nose similar to the Dominator. This board fits nicely into the “small, and mushy” wave category, helping you make the most of smaller conditions, while still retaining enough performance characteristics to keep you active. You’ll still get the paddling power (should we say superpower?) of the Sweet Potato, but with a small dose of adrenaline to keep turns fun. The diamond tail and longer rail line will also help squeak out some speed from gutless waves. If the total volume of the Sweet Potato was looking like a bit too much, this board could be the call for you. Ride this board 4-6″ longer than a Sweet Potato, or about 2″ shorter than a Dominator. Available 2/15/12. Baked Potato The Sweet Potato was one of more popular boards in 2011, and this revamp gives it a few refinements to keep it cooking. The nose has been pulled in a bit, and the rail volume has been thinned out so you can sink it more easily. The Baked Potato keeps the large double concave and spine that runs down the center. These features combined with the smaller rail volume help to quicken rail to rail transitions on such a large board. The quad fin setup is set a bit farther back and closer to the rail to let the board hold without sliding. Like its predecessor, this one is designed to turn small days into fun sessions, and this version will let you perform a bit as well. Available 6/15/12. Activator Next level Domination, welcome the Dominator 2.0. The Activator keeps the wave catching ability of the Dominator, while spicing up its performance. It keeps the same nose and middle sections, but changes up the caboose with a double wing swallow tail. This tail takes away some of the bulk from the Dominator’s thumb tail allowing the board to turn sharper and retain the “pivot point” feel of a swallow tail design. A single concave keeps you moving fast and will help to generate speed in smaller waves as well as ride over flat spots. The Dominator has been my go-to board for South Florida and I’m really stoked to see this one coming out. Ride this one at the same height as your Dominator, or 4-6″ shorter than your standard performance shortboard. Available 4/15/12. Stay tuned for more boards coming up!
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