A great small wave design, I had moments of greatness on the Firewire Spitfire but, overall, it was not a consistent performer for me. This is the Firewire Spitfire review.
+ Forgiving in mushy, onshore conditions
+ Great paddler and generates speed well in smaller surf
+ Moments of greatness in smaller, more lined up conditions
– I dented the bottom of my Spitfire with my fingers while duckdiving during my first surf…that shouldn’t happen
– I can’t fault the Spitfire on anything in particular but I can’t compliment it on anything either
The Firewire Spitfire surfboard at 6’2 x 20 3/4 x 2 5/8 @ 38.0L’s of volume. See the full standard Firewire Spitfire dimensions with volumes at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Small to medium size, average waves.
- Lost Rocket Review: one of my all time favourite all rounders for the waves you surf most often
- Channel Islands 4 Review: a versatile small to medium size wave all rounder from Channel Islands
With a similar outline, rocker, tails and rails to the Lost Rocket, I picked up a Firewire Spitfire thinking I would get the same all around performance in average waves as I had come to expect from the Rocket and would only benefit further from the lighter materials used to construct the Rapidfire Firewire models. Admittedly, the Lost Rocket is one of my all-time favourite boards, which meant the Spitfire would have big shoes to fill.
My first surf on the Spitfire was in shoulder to head high offshore but disorganised beach break conditions. Paddling on to my first wave was as easy as I expected but once up to my feet, the board did not sit as nicely in the face of the wave as I had hoped. This led me to miss my timing on a few bottom turns, which ruined those waves. This pattern continued in better waves and it was not until I surfed the Spitfire on a mushy, onshore day did I start to appreciate the board. Having the surfboard sitting higher in the water translated to a disadvantage for me in larger, cleaner waves – I couldn’t dig in and connect with the waves – but in smaller, mushier surf, sitting slightly higher and above the chop was helpful for cutting through average waves.
In the end, I traded the Spitfire – I didn’t dislike it but there are other boards I preferred then and now – but I think it has a place in smaller, more average conditions. However, for Firewire converts (I am not one), the Spitfire may become your go to board for a variety of average wave conditions.
Have you surfed the Spitfire by Firewire? What do you think?
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Firewire Spitfire dimensions and volume from the Firewire website:
|5′ 2″||19″||2 1/8″||23.3L|
|5′ 4″||19 1/4″||2 1/4″||25.7L|
|5′ 6″||19 3/4″||2 3/8″||28.3L|
|5′ 8″||20″||2 3/8″||31L|
|5′ 10″||20 1/4″||2 1/2″||33.5L|
|6′||20 1/2″||2 1/2″||34.9L|
|6′ 2″||20 3/4″||2 5/8″||38L|
|6′ 4″||21″||2 3/4″||41.5L|
|6′ 6″||21 1/4″||2 7/8″||45L|
|6′ 8″||21 3/4″||3″||48.7L|
|6′ 10″||22″||3 1/4″||55.4L|
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