Firewire Mobile Volume Calculator

Firewire & Create Mobile Volume Calculator


As one of the first surfboard brands to introduce volume into the debate around surfboard design, Firewire has now taken it to the next level.

“In the recent past, there was not that much difference between most of the shortboards ridden”, said Firewire CEO Mark Price, “and if you asked most surfers they would probably refer to the length and fin configuration and just say that ‘I ride a 6’2” thruster’ for example. With the wide range of shapes now being offered, volume is a far more precise determinant of which board suits a particular surfer than length is, and the mobile Volume Calculator puts that information at your fingertips at any time”.

Working with Benjamin Thompson, the brains behind, Firewire co-developed the Volume Calculator, a tool that takes into consideration a surfers age, weight, fitness level and surfing skills, and through complex algorithms, determines the optimum range of volumes for that person.

“To say that volume has been revolutionary in terms of how we talk about board design and shape would be an understatement”, continued Price, “and that has lead directly to better informed and satisfied surfers”.

“Firewire believes that minor refinements to the shape of today’s modern surfboards can only produce incremental performance benefits. Exponential improvements in performance require the ongoing development of new materials, construction methods and radical shape, which, in turn, will fuel new design success. In addition, with the increased eco-consciousness of today’s consumer, Firewire is constantly refining our raw materials to decrease the environmental impact of our boards. Currently our surfboards emit only 2% of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that conventional polyurethane boards do throughout their lifespan.”

Just bear in mind…

Although the introduction of volume to the list of surfboard measurements has been highly useful, it’s not the be all and end all. There are factors which will effect how well a particular mass floats you. For example rocker and concave can create extra lift and make a board float better without changing the overall volume. You also need to consider how and where you’ll be surfing; If you want to take things easy and/or you’ll be wearing a lot of neoprene, then you’d want to go right to the top of Firewire’s suggested literage, perhaps even a bit above.

Check out our recent YouTube interview with Bob McTavish for an interesting angle on using volume as a guide when buying a surfboard…

Buying a Longboard with Bob McTavish


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Diamante Negro – Part 3 of 3

Here it is, the last of a great 3 part series showing Kohl Christensen’s travels and time at Easter Island.


“The big south swell arrives at Easter Island and Kohl Christensen paddles out into “triple black diamond” surf. Final episode in the three-part series.”


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Pukas Surfboards G Spot and The Game at Down the Line Surf Co.

Pukas Surfboards are finally available in Cornwall! The team at Down the Line Surf Co. in Hayle, Cornwall have been eagerly waiting the arrival of Pukas’ Surfboards “The Game” by Gabriel Medina and The G-Spot. Well, today is their lucky day as they are here! I’m gonna keep this post short as I can’t wait to test one at Godrevy this afternoon, but I’ll leave you with a little video of Medina riding The Game, and a few photos to wet your whistle.

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The Game – ridden by Gabriel Medina has just hit the cornish shores


G Spot by Pukas surfboards
Gabriel Medina flying high on the G Spot

Pukas’ official shaper Johnny Cabianca designed and shaped “The Game” to be your new favourite beachbreak board. With a flatter, wider rocker and extra volume, “The Game” features a classic single to double concave with a V ending which makes this fast yet a super manoeuvrable performance shortboard.

The ASP 6-star San Miguel Pro Zarautz made “The GAME” worldwide famous thanks to Gabriel Medina who blasted his way to a huge win on this board in what was touted as the best event of the ASP 2011.

This is the board you will turn to when the surf’s really small, with a bonus that when the swell picks up to overhead you’ll find it really responsive and heaps of fun. “The Game” was first tested at a beachbreak near Ericeira, Portugal in small sloppy (typical beachbreak) conditions by Gabriel Medina. When asked how the board went, his response was simply “the board flies!”

We recommend using small to medium sized fins with this board, and ride it 4 inches shorter than your standard surfboard and a little extra volume (approx 15% extra litreage).


To find out more about these boards and to order one today, click here Pukas Surfboards


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Diamante Negro Part 2 – Patagonia

Patagonia surf Ambassador Kohl Christensen continues his story of Easter Island and it’s remote beauty. Part 2 0f 3.

Part 3 will be shown next week

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