Firewire makes waves with DIAB materials
6 February, 2013
Innovation is critical for manufacturers of sporting equipment. Even in long-established sports like surfing, the slightest advance can mean an advantage for the user. Firewire Surfboards, today’s leader in alternative surfboard design, relies on DIAB to stay at the cutting edge.
Firewire has resolved the dilemma by being the first global manufacturer to commercialize a new construction technique that defies the limitations of traditional surfboards. Above and below an extremely light core of shaped EPS, a 3 mm layer of DIAB Divinycell H 80 is bonded with fiberglass and epoxy resin, creating an incredibly lightweight and durable blank. Complemented with balsa rails, balsa springers or carbon rods, the construction is used in Firewire’s FST (Future Shapes Technology), FST Springer and Direct Drive models, which account for 50% of the company’s overall output.
Firewire began using Divinycell H over four years ago, and the company’s positive experience with the material has led to a further exploration of alternatives. DIAB has met with Firewire several times to discuss designs and possibilities, with the result that both Divinycell Matrix 11-9 and Divinycell F 90 are now being used in different stages of testing.
Meanwhile, both the general surfing population and an increasing number of the surfing elite have found their way to the company. Firewire is championed by some of the most recognizable names in surfing today, and is in fact the only OEM surfboard manufacturer using sandwich construction to have top professional surfers riding its boards on the World Championship Tour. With the high strength-to-weight ratio that is characteristic of DIAB composites, Firewire’s surfboards are riding a wave of success.