A more performance tuned evolution of the Sweet Potato, the Firewire Surfboards Baked Potato has a more tuned tip and tail, flat deck and lower rails allow you to do things that will surprise you in tiny, weak surf.
As I learned, too, the Baked Potato can handle bigger, better waves with superior prowess to it’s predecessor…it’s not meant to be surfed in bigger, better waves mind you but it’s nice to know you won’t be up the creek without a paddle if you happen to hike over a dune to find the surf pumping unexpectedly!
If you’re looking for a tiny wave groveler to get you in the water and having fun on the tiniest, weakest of days, look no further than the Firewire Surfboards Baked Potato.
+ Uber wave catching machine – this board will paddle on to anything
+ More balanced, versatile design vs. it’s predecessor, the Firewire Sweet Potato [See the review…] + It’s still a groveler at heart but the Firewire Surfboards Baked Potato surprised me in its ability to handle bigger, better surf
+ I like Firewire’s push to make a slightly more eco-friendly surfboard via Timbertek
– It’s still a groveler and really should be limited to the tiniest, weakest of conditions for which it’s intended
The Firewire Surfboards Baked Potato at 5’11 x 22 5/8 x 2 7/8 at 47.3L’s of volume. The fin setup I used was a mashup of the Futures Solus Thruster fins up front and Futures quad rears. Standard Firewire Surfboards Baked Potato dimensions and volume at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Knee to stomach high, weak and flat to more punchy conditions…but will handle slightly larger, better surf
- Slightly pulled in nose and tail vs. the Sweet Potato
- Rail volume has been removed vs. the Sweet Potato for easier rail to rail transitions
- Aggressive v-spine bottom contour makes this board much more lively than the wide outline suggests
- Quad fin plugs are set further back and closer to the rail to hold in bigger, better conditions
- Purpose built for tiny, weak surf
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Hey! Welcome to Benny’s Boardroom. Welcome back! Hope you had a good time over the holidays. I hope you got a little bit of rest and relaxation, spent some time with friends and family, and hopefully got some waves. I had a nice relaxing time and I spent lots of great time with friends and family, but the waves in Sydney over the holidays were not very good. They were pretty small, pretty mushy. There wasn’t much surf to speak of so I was really happy that I had this Firewire Baked Potato.
Now the Baked Potato is kind of a design evolution from the Firewire Sweet Potato [See the review…]. I’ve said this before but the Sweet Potato when it came out it was pretty groundbreaking. It was one of those boards, I would say, was one of the first mass-produced groveler outline where it’s really short, really thick, really wide, and intended to get you up and going in the tiniest and weakest of surf.
I had a love-hate relationship with my Sweet Potato. I actually had two Sweet Potatoes because I wanted something that I could surf when it was tiny without having to pull out a longboard, but again, sometimes I just felt like I couldn’t work it out. I couldn’t get it to do what I wanted for me.
With the Baked Potato I haven’t had that problem. The Baked Potato has been great for me in a lot of different conditions from, again, all small, all tiny waves, but also different types of waves. Peakier, steeper faces, all the way down to just the flattest, flattest, weakest sections that you could find where you should really almost be getting on a longboard.
I’m just going to talk you through the design evolution between the Sweet Potato and the Baked Potato, because this is essentially intended to pack just as much foam into a smaller package as the Sweet Potato, but you can see that it’s got more of a aggressive outline. You can see that the nose pulls in a little bit more tightly here, so a little bit more refined. The same thing with the tail: the tail is a little bit more pulled in than the Sweet Potato. The Sweet Potato was more of a mini simmons design [01:49] – really round, elliptical outline.
The other nice thing about the Baked Potato I found is that the rails are a lot lower so you [00:02:00] can see it’s got this very, very flat deck and then you can see that the rails are really beveled and they actually come down. They’re actually quite low rails given how thick this board is. You can see it’s just a really thick hunk of foam. That tip and tail pulled in in combination with these lower rails, and then just a touch more rocker in the nose there – you can see it just kicks up slightly – that I think allowed this board to perform as a more versatile kind of tiny wave groveler.
It actually reminds of one of my longstanding favourite groveler shapes by Nick Blair called the Cab Sav [See the Cab Sav review…]. There are definitely some similarities, including the tail. You can see that it’s got this wide diamond tail vs. the Sweet Potato which has a rounder tail. You can see that this is more of this wider diamond tail.
Now Firewire has continued to leave that double spine, that spine that comes through here and really separates the water flow so that when you’re surfing this board, it’s almost like you don’t need to push all of the weight and the width of this board all the way through the water. You get it on rail and you’re just dealing with this side of the spine or that side of the spine. If you can see that very pronounced spine through the center that it’s a little bit lower I think than the Sweet Potato, but it still performs that function of being able to channel the water efficiently when you’re cruising along a really small, flatter section.
Overall, a really light board. This is a Firewire construction, Firewire tech. It’s the Timbertek construction which is a little bit more eco-friendly. Let’s be honest, surfboards are not the most eco-friendly products that you can build but it does make me happy to see big manufacturers especially taking a little bit of time and putting a little bit of effort and imagination into making things that have slightly less impact on the environment.
That is the Firewire Baked Potato. Certainly I prefer this over the Sweet Potato, and I’ve also heard a few people say that between the Sweet Potato and the Baked Potato and the Potatonator, the Potatonator is actually the one to go with. Look, for what [00:04:00] I want when it’s really, really small this very, very wide oblong outline, with again, a slightly more refined nose and a slightly more refined and thinner tail with slightly lower rails, I think this is a really good option for again, getting up and going and having fun and being able to perform a little bit better in smaller surf than I felt I could on the Sweet Potato anyways.
A really great option, and again, similar to one of my favorite designs, the Cap Sav by Nick Blair. If you’ve had a go on the Baked Potato please let me know what you think, and let me know what fins you’re riding in it, actually.
I rode a few different types of fins in here but I actually ended up enjoying this setup the best. I’ve got my Futures Solus thruster fins up the front here, but I’ve taken out the thruster fin of the Solus – the Solus fins [04:49] does only come as a thruster – and I’ve just put this little quads. These are about 4.15 inches high. This setup actually works really well for me. I know that the first time I surfed this board I was surfing this really nice lined up beach break. It was only about one to two feet but it was just breaking really well. It was hitting the sand and just running and running and running; it was really fast. Again, I would take off, paddle into this thing, and soon as I set my line this thing and I think those fins in particular helped me to just set that line and just cruise down these little fun waves.
Actually, I ended up surfing that same beach break the next day and it had picked up quite a lot. This probably wasn’t the right board for it but it was overhead on the sets and it was steeper and it was hollower. I was taking off on waves with this board and it was handling it. I probably would have preferred to have something that was a little bit more tuned for those types of waves, an all-arounder or even a performance short board, but the Baked Potato actually did handle it. Again, when I talk about the versatility of this board vs. the Sweet Potato, I don’t think I would have been able to surf those waves [00:06:00] with the Sweet Potato, but because of that more refined tip and tail, the lower rails, just the overall design that’s been tweaked for performance, I was able to surf in bigger, better conditions with this board and had some great waves. Again, I probably would have preferred to have a different type of board. I wasn’t expecting it to be as it was but still, it handled it.
Anyways, that’s is the Baked Potato by Firewire. If you’ve had a go, as always, please let me know what you think. Here is to a happy, wave-rich 2015, and I will speak to you soon.
OUTRO: Get your grovel on, grasshopper, with the Baked Potato by Firewire Surfboards.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Standard Firewire Baked Potato dimensions and volumes from the Firewire Surfboards website:
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Hi Guys ! Had my Baked Potato for two years now and love it. I'm 64, 5'6" at 70 kg. Board 5'3" with quad set up Rasta medium bamboo / carbon fins with very small numster trailer fin.Fin set up. Flick from side to side riding on rails quad set up very fast and feels like much narrower board, though one problem, needed to dig the rail in for a sharp turn or would slide out, learn to wait and control it, but didn't want to think about it as the waves got bigger. Added numster, Wow ! Problem solved. Still very lively but predictable, can slide if I want or hold in tight. Catches wave so easily and paddles like I'm 30 again. ( been surfing since 12yr ). Great all round board my quick go to all rounder. Just bought Tomo Sci Fi 5'11" 32 lit. Read the reviews, rode a mates and got hooked, now waiting for the chop to settle then out there.