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Firewire Vanguard Kite surfboard w/ Helium Technology

$599.00 Firewire Vanguard Kite surfboard w/ Helium Technology SKU: VG-500-3-KTE
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Firewire Vanguard Kite surfboard w/ Helium Technology

The Vanguard or Modern Planing Hull (MPH) represents a radical change in the approach to high-performance surfboard design. The original board shape that changed the kiting industry forever is the result of precise mathematical formulas and geometry. The hydrodynamic architecture of the Vanguard opens the door to a fresh approach to board design and how people are of riding waves. Inspired by incredible feats of athleticism exhibited by today's top professional surfers, Tomo (Daniel Thomson) has created a design that further helps 21st-century kiters expand their abilities. Higher degrees of speed, electric wave attack, radical aerial potential, and unmatched upwind performance are all possible with this highly tuned machine.

Complex bottom contours combined with the parallel outline offers the ruder exceptional freedom and planing speed as the board planes immediately. This design can be ridden much shorter than your traditional shape allowing the rider to easily dominate the board and turn with minimal input. The Vanguard is considered a high-performance machine but lends itself well to new strapless riders thanks to the broader surface area. The Vanguard is offered with no inserts in our proven Futures Shapes Technology (FST) build and comes in a 5/4/3 fin configuration providing options for rider fin preference.


Firewire has always pushed the envelope in surfboard design and materials.  2017 is no different.  Future shapes technology (FST) has been an integral part of our success to date.  It is the only alternative surfboard technology that has won multiple WSL tour events and has also been enjoyed by thousands of surfers around the world for years.

Helium builds on the FST technology platform and takes it to the next level.  After years of scouring the composites world (and countless dead-ends along the way), we've finally managed to develop an alternative sandwich skin material to the existing FST build.  Helium combines this new composite with a redesigned parabolic wood rail that includes both Bals and Paulownia woods.  The end result is that Helium is even lighter than FST, a slightly faster flex, and rebound characteristic, as well as a higher breakpoint.  This represents an almost imposable combination of improvements over FST, as in most cases, a significant weight reduction over an already light technology (FST) leads to a lower breakpoint.

In addition, the new deck skin material creates shallow foot-wells which enhance your connection to your board, We have also decided to buck the current aesthetic trend of new technologies.  We believe that HELIUM will remain at the pinnacle of surfboard technology for many years to come, and therefore, we decide to go with a minimalist aesthetic that is both immediately recognizable and that will stand the test of time.  HELIUM..........#TheFutureUnderYourFeet



Length         width       thickness       tail             volume

  5'0"            17"            2"              diamond          20.2

  5'2"            17 1/2"      2 1/8"        diamond          22.9

  5'4"            18"            2 1/4"        diamond          25.9

  5'6"            18 1/2"      2 3/8"        diamond          28.8



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    Firewire Vanguard Kite surfboard w/ Helium Technology - At a Glance

    This is a multi purpose surfboard with a shorter nose outline and Fish tail. The Vanguard is for those who want to do strapless tricks, rail to rail carving or those looking to get in some 3-6 foot waves. For similar products check out these Freestyle Kite Surfboards or if you are looking for more wave oriented boards check out these Down the Line Kite Surfboards.


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    Its important to us that you're stoked about what you've purchased from Kite Paddle Surf. If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase give us a call (360 775 2741), or email us, we want to make it right. On returns, all items must be in new condition with original tags, packaging and a receipt.

    We are not able to take returns or exchanges on wetsuits that have been in the water so, please make sure it fits BEFORE you get in the water.

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