An impressive addition to the Firewire Surfboards roster, the Firewire Nano is a competent all-rounder that has the control and hold of a high performance shortboard with the release, liveliness and maneuverability of a small wave board. The Nano is a really cool, different design.
+ Takes a big drop and handles a big wave face like a board many inches longer
+ Has the release, liveliness and maneuverability of more compact small wave boards
+ Wide rounded square tail but the ability to turn this board is really fantastic
+ Cool, different design
+ Has nice medium to low rails, which are conducive to surfing from less quality to average to better waves
– Firewire Surfboards never seem to work well for me in more mushy condition waves. Perhaps due to the buoyant construction?
The Firewire Surfboards Nano surfboard at 6’ x 20 ¼” x 2 ¾” @ 39.3L’s of volume. For fins, I switched between the Futures EA Blakstix [Buy now…] thrusters and the Futures Rasta Quads [Buy now…]. Hard to tell which setup I preferred, both sets work well with the Nano. Standard Firewire Surfboards Nano dimensions and volume at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Chest high to well overhead, barreling, A-frame, punchy, beach break waves.
- Stock MPH (Modern Planing Hull)
- Nice little lift in nose and tail rocker
- User friendly, all around board, a radical performer and a naturally controlled ride
- A wide point forward of center
- Clean, foiled shape with a straight line through the back end
- Rounded nose for smooth turns and a chopped tail at the back with soft corners for speed and glide
- A wakeboard? A snowboard? You tell us – what else out there is similar to the Firewire Nano?
Hey, welcome to Benny’s Boardroom. I hope you’re doing well. This is the Nano by Firewire and I don’t do a lot Firewires on the show. I haven’t done any video reviews yet and there’s no particular reason for that other than that nothing’s jumped out to me recently that Firewire’s been doing until this Nano.
Based on a 2-year partnership between Tomo Surfboards founder and designer, Daniel ‘Tomo’ Thomson and Firewire Surfboards, the Nano leverages Tomo’s amazing Modern Planing Hull design.
Timmy from Aloha Surf Store in Manly said, “Look man, you’ve got to try this thing, it goes unreal.” I like the shape, I think it looks really cool and it looks different. Yeah, I’m glad he pushed me in that direction because I really enjoyed this board.
I’ll say in my experience of surfing it, the biggest surprise for me is that I actually preferred it and thought it went better when the surf was bigger. This is only six foot. I usually ride grovelers and small wave boards at a six foot. I usually ride 6’2″, 6’3″, 6’4″ for a short board, a high performance short board and then even 6’8″ and potentially even bigger for step up boards but this board, again, this is a 6’0″ and I preferred this actually.
My best sessions on this were surfing up the coast on a weekend where we were surfing these grungy, overhead, barreling, A-frame, beach break waves. Looking at the shape, it’s a little bit more squashed down, really it almost does look like a high performance short board with just the tip and the tail chopped off. The control and hold that I felt when I surfed this board really reminded me of my high performance short boards and then I had a lot of the release and liveliness and maneuverability of the small wave boards so really cool different design. Again you can see that it has this rounded nose and this nose is quite thin. It’s got this chopped tail at the back, which has a bit of thickness but it has a nice little lift in rocker right at the edge there. It’s like a rounded square only a little bit wider but the ability to turn this board is really fantastic.
Now this is per the Firewire website, a modern planing hull. I picked up this Nano using this linear flex technology, which my take is it’s just a modernization of the wood stringer using composite, which is great. We like the use of technology to make the products we use better. I don’t know if I notice specifically that that made a difference. The board definitely felt fast and lively but I don’t know if I can say specifically that that carbon stringer helped me surf the board better and I couldn’t notice it specifically. Pretty modern, all roundish, rocker. It’s a bit flat through the center and then again a little bit of kick in the tail and a little bit of kick in the nose. Has nice medium to low rails, which again are conducive to surfing better waves but they also work when it’s little bit less quality, a little bit more average.
The one thing I’ll say that I didn’t enjoy about the Nano as much, when I surfed this for the first time for a few days, we had waist to shoulder high and musher conditions, I couldn’t quite get up on my feet and get speed to make it around sections and didn’t really enjoy surfing the board that much in those conditions.
I don’t think it was the size so much because this had plenty of volume to get me up and going in better smaller waves, I think it was more of the conditions that were holding me back. My experience that this worked better when the waves were better, which is the case for some boards and it’s not the case for others.
Overall, really impressed by this Nano, unlike some Firewires I’ve had in the past, which felt a little bit corky and felt like they didn’t sit in the water as well as a regular PU board. I didn’t feel that way about the Nano at all. I felt like it was lighter and it felt really strong and responsive but it didn’t feel really corky and over buoyancy compared to the PU boards that I normally ride.
That is my take on the Nano by Firewire. If you’ve had a go on the Nano, please as always, let me know what you think and thank you very much for watching this show.
The Nano is rad, grasshopper.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
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Crazy fast board. Really need to stop myself from trying to pump for speed because I don't need to. Late drops go well and catches waves easier than my hpsb (which is undervolumed though). Think it'll take a few more surfs to get it completely dialed in.
I love this board. My board size is 5'9 33.7L. It works well from 2ft -> overhead. Fast, responsive... I'm very comfortable to make a late critical drop on it! My weight is 165lbs, height 5'9.