Firewire continuing a good thing – Linear Flex Technology (LFT)!!!


FirewireSurfboardsFollowing on the heels of the introduction of the new LFT construction in 2013, Firewire has expanded the LFT models to include all the Firewire/TOMO colabs, as well as top selling models such as the Unibrow, Dominator and Spitfire. (See our past Dailystoke Reviews on the Unibrow and Dominator)

Recently there have been comments made about the performance potential of composite stringers”, said Firewire CEO Mark Price, ”Firewire has once again helped lead the charge with the introduction of LFT almost 9 months ago, and the expanded models now offered in that tech”.

technology_linear-flex-technologyLFT incorporates Firewire's new SPRINGER HD, a 0.75” (18 mm) wide aerospace composite that runs down the centerline of the board.

Inserting a high-density material down the center of the board does create engineering hurdles. For example, time the SPRINGER HD will compress far less than the surrounding EPS core, creating the ‘ridging' effect often seem on a PU surfboard as the surrounding foam collapses on either side of the stringer.

LFT-Cross-Section-sWe prevented this by stopping the SPRINGER HD approx.10mm below the top deck, and we added a durable top deck skin to board. This durable material adds structural integrity while simultaneously working in tandem with the SPRINGER HD to optimize the overall flex pattern. The end result is a durable surfboard with lively flex that will maintain its hi-performance characteristics over time.

The Dailystoke will hopefully get our hands on a LFT model soon so we can give you our first hand read on the tech…if it performs as well as the other Firewire technologies, we're sure it will be a winner!  As always, thanks for reading…and be sure to tell a friend.

– Shaper

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