Firewire’s Addvance—a Collaboration Between Nev Hyman and Vance Burrow
Sometimes when the waves are small, it’s hard to decide what to ride. Do you want to grovel on a fish, or trim on a mini-mal? Are you looking to generate your own speed and do turns, or casually glide down the line, depending on the volume in your board for propulsion?
Fortunately, you don’t have to choose anymore! Firewire’s Addvance combines the front end of a mini-mal with the tail of a fish, creating a hybrid board that provides float through flat sections but still allows you to pump and snap off the tail. A collaboration between Taj Burrow’s dad Vance and shaper Nev Hyman, the Addvance packs a ton of foam into what is ostensibly a modern performance board with a bit of a twist. It paddles well, accelerates as soon as you stand up, and projects down the line, even through the softest of sections, but still allows you to hit the lip and snap your way down drawn-out walls.
The Addvance is a surfboard that’s meant to bring fun back into surfing for weekend warriors and guys who might have developed dad bods over the summer. To that end, it holds a lot of volume, with the smallest stock size (6'6" x 21.5" x 3"0) having 48 liters and the largest stock size (7'6" x 23.5" x 3.25") packing a whopping 69.6 liters. Available in Timbertek construction, this board has the added benefit of chop dampening and a classic aesthetic that doesn’t yellow after hours in the sun.