Firewire - SKX - Linear Flex Tec
All of Daniel Thomson’s Modern Planing Hull philosophies, elegantly placed within the traditional high performance shortboard.
According to Daniel: “My M.P.H. philosophy is that at ground level, every board should work well in crappy conditions. But the SKX also works well in the conditions I designed it for, which is more of an unruly ocean where a planning hull, a wide tail, might be too much lift and speed. with the SKX, the squash tail will give a little more control in those situations.”
But what matters most in the SKX is the design placed within that squash tail – Tomo’s Quad Inside Single Concave.
He describes it: “A regular channel might feel more trackey and drivey, whereas the Q.I.S.C. enhances speed and promotes detachment from the water until the board is on-rail. At that point, it really grips into the wave like a channel bottom. It’s the best of both worlds.”
In speaking about the SKX, Daniel draws comparisons to it’s obvious predecessor – his Sci-Fi for Slater Designs. And while the two boards are related, they’re separate shapes for separate conditions.
Generally, most surfers will find that the Sci-Fi excels most in flatter faced waves like Trestles, while the SKX is optimized more towards round faces like Snapper.
Stuey Kennedy has been surfing this LFT shape in waves 4 to 14 foot, but most surfers will find its sweet spot in 3 to 7 foot waves.
Linear Flex Technology
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.
Linear Top Flex Deck Skin
LTF’s deck skin serves as an additional buffer against the ridging effect that center stringers create over time, while simultaneously working in tandem with the SPRINGER HD to optimize the overall flex pattern of the LFT technology.