Tomo Kitesurf Vanguard Firewire FST 5'0"

by Tomo • SKU FIR157132182
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REAL Review

The Tomo Vanguard was designed by surfboard shaper Daniel “Tomo” Thomson. Firewire took his shape and, by using their Futures Shapes Technology construction, made this board durable enough for kitesurfing. This board is a great all around crusier that can be enjoyed by kitesurfers of all levels. The Vanguard has fantastic upwind ability, smooth riding through chop, and ease of use in both the surf and flat water.

Tech Specs:
• durable Firewire FST construction
• 5- fin convertible
• parallel rail outline
• single concave
• swallow tail
• flatter rocker

What We Like:
We really liked how well this board performed in a wide range of conditions. We rode this board mostly set up as a tri fin. This helped with driving upwind and pivoting through turns in the waves. Riding this board as a quad setup allows for a faster, looser feel. The Vanguard’s short, narrow profile allows you to really push hard and put the entire rail into the water when turning and powering upwind. The single concave and channeling out the back along with the parallel rails gives this board incredible speed and lift.

Insider info:
The Vanguard is meant to be ridden smaller than traditional kite surfboards, really allowing the rider to utilize the entire deck of the board. We recommend getting a five fin set and trying both tri and quad setups to dial in what feels best for you.

Why you want This Board:
You want a kite surfboard that can be ridden in everyday conditions and sessions. You are looking for board that you can learn to kitesurf on and progress in the flat water and waves. You want a compact, travel friendly board that has a strong, durable construction.


The Modern Planing Hull represents a radical change in the approach to high performance surfboard design and the Vanguard model is the result of precise mathematical formulas and geometry. The effecient design principles combined with the durability of Kitesurf FST construction makes this board a perfect match for strapless kitesurfing. 5'0" x 17" x 2" - 20.2L

Firewire's Description:

The Vanguard: Modern Planing Hull (MPH)

The Modern Planing Hull represents a radical change in the approach to high performance surfboard design and the Vanguard model is the result of precise mathematical formulas and geometry. The hydrodynamic architecture of the Vanguard opens the door to a fresh approach to surfboard design and the art of riding waves. Inspired by the incredible feats of athleticism exhibited by today’s top professional surfers, Tomo (Daniel Thomson) has created a design that further helps 21st century surfers expand their abilities. Higher degrees of speed, electric wave attack and radical aerial potential are all possible with this highly tuned machine.

Template: The outline of the Vanguard is the foundation and driving force of this highly innovative surfboard. Ultra parallel lines allow the design to be ridden smaller and narrower than previously considered functional. This is achieved by maintaining ideal rider volume with balanced foam distribution. The parallel outline reduces drag, thus increasing dynamic planing lift yielding more speed via less water resistance.

Nose Profile: The unique diamond nose profile significantly reduces swing weight while still providing a central control point. Further, the diamond nose is blunt and safe. The rider is encouraged to push the limits of personal performance and have fun. The nose area features a complex contour to reduce the rate of pearling by creating controlled aerodynamic lift. As the rider gains speed he/she will notice the nose contour channeling wind resistance, which in turn, lifts the nose upward. This feature is also very beneficial to a surfer with a developed aerial repertoire. When engaged in on-wave maneuvers, the instant the nose engages the water, the nose contour helps ‘pop’ the nose out of a pearl. This adds a tremendous element of control when riding backward out of radical maneuver.

Tail Profile: The unique twin diamond tail profile provides excellent directional control and very low drag. The technical bottom contour, which utilizes a channel/concave combo, helps to maximize speed and control through sharp directional changes.

The Ride: The rider will experience exceptional freedom and planing speed right from the get go. The very short nature of the design allows the rider to completely dominate the board. The straightened rail line will allow for effortless and precise turns and direct transitions.

Although geared for high performances shredding, the Vanguard is surprisingly easy to ride for a wide range of surfing abilities. It has a very stable nature, naturally fast with and a very efficient wave catching ability

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