Machado Midas Firewire LFT 5'6"

by Machado • SKU FIR182166122
$765.00
5'6" x 19" x 2.1875" Vol: 26.1L
Fin System: Futures
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Board Details

SKU FIR182166122
Length 5'6"
Width 19"
Thickness 2.1875"
Volume 26.1L
Construction Firewire LFT
Tail Swallow
Fin System Futures
Fin Setup Tri
Fins Not Included
Tail Patch No

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Description


The outline of the MIDAS evolved from a few different influences. The tail was inspired by some ‘80s twin fins and the wing is positioned right behind the trailing edge of the side fin to create a break point and to pull the tips of the swallow closer together for maneuverability. The wing also creates more width in front of the fins, which generates increased speed.

5'6" x 19" x 2.1875" Vol:26.1L

Firewire Description:
The outline of the MIDAS evolved from a few different influences. The tail was inspired by some ‘80s twin fins and the wing is positioned right behind the trailing edge of the side fin to create a break point and to pull the tips of the swallow closer together for maneuverability. The wing also creates more width in front of the fins, which generates increased speed. The nose is a touch wider than your everyday shortboard but without an “eggy” feel. The wider nose and tail dimensions reduce the curve in the middle of the board which also helps generate speed. Perhaps the most interesting design features are the new bottom contours I've been working on which I’ve called “BOARD EAT BOARD”. The original concept began years ago when I rode one of George Greenough’s edge boards which led me to a whole new approach to bottom contours and edges. I made quite a few boards until I finally adopted this new bottom. The general idea is that you have 2 boards working in your favor. The ‘inside’ outline creates a flat bottom concave that runs all the way off the tail, while the two side panels that run deep down each rail change from concave to flat to Vee, while maintaining a deep single concave down the middle. The overall effect is increased performance and speed.


Firewire Linear Flex Technology (LFT):
LFT may appear to be a simple construction employing familiar design philosophies found in traditionally built surfboards, nothing could be further from the truth.

LFT incorporates Firewire’s new SPRINGER HD, a 0.75” (18 mm) wide aerospace composite that runs down the centerline of the board, representing the next generation in our SPRINGER technology. Unlike the original balsa SPRINGER build which only added stiffness under the front foot, the SPRINGER HD runs the entire length of the board and plays a pivotal role in optimizing flex from nose to tail.

Inserting a high-density material down the center of the board does create engineering hurdles. For example, deck compression over the SPRINGER HD would be less than the surrounding EPS core. Over time, the deck would develop a raised area adjacent to the SPRINGER HD, akin to the ‘ridging' effect on a PU surfboard as the surrounding foam collapses on either side of the stringer.

We addressed this issue in two ways. Firstly, the SPRINGER HD stops approximately 10mm below the top deck, ensuring that the surrounding EPS compression will not lead to ‘ridging’. Utilizing our proven sandwich construction methodology, we also added an extremely durable material to the top deck of the board. This ‘deck-skin’ now serves as an additional buffer against the ridging effect while simultaneously working in tandem with the SPRINGER HD to optimize the overall flex pattern of the LFT build. The end result is a durable surfboard with lively flex patterns that will maintain its hi-performance characteristics over time.

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