FIREWIRE EVO 5'3 FCSII130702
SIZE: 5'3 x 20 5/16 x 2 3/8
Daniel Thomson (aka “Tomo”) has been one of the most innovative designers in modern surfing over the past decade. His snub-nosed boards and futuristic shred sleds have caught the attention of a lot of people, from weekend warrior wave riders looking for a more forgiving shape to the greatest of all time himself, Kelly Slater. When Slater bought a large percentage of Firewire and created his own line of boards, Slater Designs, it was only a matter of time before he brought Tomo in to develop a number of boards for the Firewire quiver.
Tomo’s EVO is a modern take on the classic double-ender, with nearly symmetrical nose and tail. A tweaked-out version of the MPH, the EVO has softer design elements and more curve in the template to make it forgiving and maneuverable in the pocket. While the EVO also has a wider center point, allowing it to thrive in smaller, more gutless waves, like most Tomo designs, it also does well in overhead surf.
The board’s bottom contours are quite unique, with a “double inside single concave into split quad concave” planing hull that gives the board extra lift and speed. But due to the responsive nature of the board, it becomes incredibly maneuverable as soon as it is put on rail.
The EVO is intended to be ridden as small as possible, and is available from 4'8" to 6'4". But don’t let the short length turn you off—there is a ton of volume packed into these boards, with the 4'8" running nearly 17 liters and the 6'4" topping out at 50 liters!
While the EVO is available in all three of Firewire’s proprietary construction styles, we really like the Helium build. The Helium offers the lightest foam in the Firewire arsenal, with new balsa/paulownia rails for flex and rigidity. A new deckskin material has been introduced further supplement the typical expanded lifespan of Firewire boards, all bolstered by the gentle compression below your feet that has been added to give boards that PU feel.