Firewire floats its new ‘Helium’ technology.
IfyoulikeyourridesfeatherythenFirewire’sHeliumtechnologyisaimingtotake light-weightperformancetoanotherrealm.Welettheirdesignexpert,ChrisGrow,do the explaining…
Over the last few months many of you have seen Michel Bourez, Kelly Slater and Ross Williams riding surfboards that look different from the Firewire and Slater Designs boards that everyone is accustomed to seeing.
These new boards have looked white and simple and unadorned by all the carbon strips / carbon lines / black rails / black lines / ‘techy’ looking stuff that has become so common over the past few years.
‘Helium’ surfboards have this light and airy look for a reason. Helium feels light under arm, light on a wave, and it compresses lightly underfoot. Helium utilizes a brand new, softer, deck-skin never used before in *LFT, *FST or Timbertek. And it’s also shaped from a surprisingly light foam blank. Just 0.8 pounds. (0.36 kilograms) Any shape we build in Helium becomes lighter and more responsive than any Firewire tech previously.
We have also quickened Helium’s response rate using some lessons we’ve learned from our Timbertek surfboards over the years. We created a brand new rail for Helium that combines both balsa wood and paulownia wood, creating a flex pattern that has never been felt before.
Helium is engineered to give the quickest maneuverability possible while maintaining just enough weight to generate inertia down the line. It has the same expanded lifespan beyond traditional materials that you’d expect from FST. And the gentle compression beneath your feet that you’ve felt on LFT before.
Kelly Slater’s highly anticipated Gamma - a shape he designed from start to finish as sole designer – will soon be released with Helium technology. However, initially Firewire is giving everyone access to two of their most popular shapes by Dan Mann - the Spitfire and the Dominator - both built in Helium technology. Pyzel’s Stubby Bastard will also be one of the first boards available in Helium tech.
The best way to get a tangible gauge on the technology is to walk into a shop and pick one up. Also keep an eye out for the demo days.
*FSTisthetechFirewirewasfoundedon.Mostpopularshapes:Dominatorand SweetPotato.Spitfiretoo.Kelly’sBananawasbuiltinFSTaswell. *LFTisourtechwithacenterstringer.Butthestringerisnotwood.Thestringer ishighdensityfoam.Mostpopularshapes:Omin,Sci-Fi,Evo.