From | Wingnut
“For me….Surfing is GLIDE.
The feeling of gliding across the water, effortlessly converting the wave’s energy into speed down the line, yard after yard.
It’s a ‘ less is more ‘ approach to surfing, where wave riding is reduced to its simplest form, trimming and gliding, for as long of a ride as possible.
The Viking’s shape was designed by Mark Martinson. He’ has spent the past 40 years designing surfboards and he won the 1965 United States Surfing Championships. Mark approached the Viking with his traditional, thinly foiled rails. The outline curve compliments the continuous smooth rocker through the tail. These things make the Viking turn smoothly for how long it is (11 feet!), and they also make it very stable through nose rides.
I love the Viking in one-foot surf with tons of kelp, and in overhead surf lining up the point by my house. It feels magic everywhere to me.
What surprised me most when I rode it the first time is the projection I felt out of the first turn. And I think everyone will enjoy the way speed increases yard after yard down the line because the Viking just feels like it gathers momentum really well. You notice it paddling too, the way each stroke gathers speed before getting to your feet.
When you’re surfing it the sweet spot is right in the chest area of the board. Stand there. Feel it. Glide on it. It’s so fun.“
TIMBERTEK represents a significant step forward towards the holy grail of any product designed and manufactured in today’s environmentally conscious world. While by no means sustainably built, Firewire’s TIMBERTEK has by far one of the least toxic and smallest carbon footprints of any commercially available surfboard today.
The combination of a lightweight EPS core, sustainably-grown Paulownia wood deck skins, Firewire’s proprietary parabolic rail construction, and an Entropy bio-resin hot coat yield an extremely lightweight, durable surfboard with ALL of the high performance flex characteristics of Firewire’s existing technologies.
Even more impressive, the physical properties of the raw materials involved have allowed us to reduce exterior lamination significantly, furthering the reduction of the board’s carbon footprint. Or as we like to describe TIMBERTEK, it’s simply High Performance Art.
PAULOWNIA WOOD DECKSKIN
Paulownia wood is extremely fast growing; up to 20 feet in one year when young. Some species of plantation Paulownia can be harvested for saw timber in as little as five years. Once the trees are harvested, they regenerate from their existing root systems, earning the name of the “Phoenix tree.”