Firewire Potato-Nator Surfboard Review –

By on June 4, 2013

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  1. bcsurfandsportvideos

    June 4, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I think the 5’6 will be sufficient, especially with 12 years experience under your belt. If you are used to larger boards (other hybrids, longboards, etc) then the 5’8 wouldn’t be a bad call, but I think the 5’6 should be plenty of board for ya.

  2. bcsurfandsportvideos

    June 4, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    5’2 should set you up fine. Wish we were closer to you up there! Smyrna seems to always get good surf.

  3. bcsurfandsportvideos

    June 4, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    5’6 or 5’8. For mush you may want to lean towards a larger size for more wave catching ability.

  4. bcsurfandsportvideos

    June 4, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    PotatoNator would be the better call, try out a 5’4 or maybe a 5’6 if you like some extra float

  5. bcsurfandsportvideos

    June 4, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Haha, yes. Make sure you wear your helmet and jetpack for emergency escapes also.

  6. SBERTOL84

    June 4, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Can i ride this at Teahupoo when it’s code red? I want learn to surf there

  7. dawonksta

    June 4, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    @bcsurfandsportvideos Hey! nice vid….I’m wondering whether i should go for a 5’8 or 5’6 – I’m 6’0, weigh 165lbs and have been surfing for 12 years. I should also add that I surf in cold water so am wearing a lot of rubber most of the year and my home breaks are pretty mushy low-quality waves. Thanks!

  8. Joey Risner

    June 4, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    im around 5,6 5.5 and 1round 110-115 pounds and im surfing new smyrna beach ,fl any suggestion for size

  9. Steve Morgan

    June 4, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    6’4″ 180 lbs here, livin in NH already have a few boards for larger winter swells but need something other than a longboard for the mush.. what size would you suggest

  10. bcsurfandsportvideos

    June 4, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    K, but I’ll need some more info to really dial you in. How long have you been surfing? What board(s) are you riding now? Where and how often are you surfing? How much do you weigh? Let me know that info and we’ll narrow your selection down to a few sizes.

  11. Robert Truman

    June 4, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    hey im 6 foot and i want this board but idk wat size should get

  12. 110Dfresh

    June 5, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Oh yea. Cape May, new jersey is suppose to be going off later in the week man. I got school so enjoy.

  13. bcsurfandsportvideos

    June 5, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Yessir. Got two in my quiver and I really like both. Gonna pull them out tomorrow for the Leslie swell on the east coast!

  14. 110Dfresh

    June 5, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Hey thanks a lot. This is really helpful. I can’t wait to get my hands on a fire wire. They are great boards.

  15. bcsurfandsportvideos

    June 5, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Between the two I’d go with the Potato-Nator. In the 4-5 days you’ll like the slightly pulled in nose and entry rocker compared to the Sweet Potato. However, the Spitfire/Dominator may be a better call, especially if you’ve got 2-3 feet consistently. They have a relatively low rocker, but a bit more than the Potato-Nator, and they’ll also perform better (less volume to move around, smaller tails for pivot).

  16. 110Dfresh

    June 5, 2013 at 2:06 am

    Great video. I just wanted to know what would be a better board for a wave that on a regular basis is around 2-3 feet and with a storm the waves can et to 4-5. What would you recommend. The sweet potato or the potato nator? And I’m an intermediate surfer

  17. bcsurfandsportvideos

    June 5, 2013 at 2:15 am

    If you wanna film some crazy wipeouts, then yes. I wouldn’t bring it out in those conditions however. Rocker is way too flat and the board is mad wide, which is gonna get pretty squirrely (unstable) at that size.

  18. crazyrevolution2

    June 5, 2013 at 3:08 am

    Can i ride this board in double over head waves?

  19. bcsurfandsportvideos

    June 5, 2013 at 3:10 am

    If you’re used to surfing on a shortboard I think you’ll be fine with a 5’2 or a 5’4. The 5’4 will have some extra volume if you need a little extra paddling power, or have some really small surf.

  20. bcsurfandsportvideos

    June 5, 2013 at 3:29 am

    To help narrow down the size range, let me know a few things: what’s your ability level, where are you surfing, and how often are you surfing? That’ll help me narrow down how much flotation you’ll need.

  21. crazypaper123

    June 5, 2013 at 4:28 am

    I am looking to buy this board but idk what size to get i am
    5 9 and 130 pounds can u help me?

  22. Torrey B

    June 5, 2013 at 4:40 am

    is this a good beginner shortboarders board? im 135lbs, 5’11, 17 y/o. what size for me?

  23. bcsurfandsportvideos

    June 5, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Sounds like a solid plan. You may even want to try something that’s more in the shortboard range for a second board, that way it’ll crank out some performance and feel a bit different than your other baord. Check out the Activator or the Hellfire if you go that route.

  24. Nash Johnson

    June 5, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Ya man thanks so much. I thing what I might do is get like a sweet potato,
    potatonator, or a dominator because most of the time I am surfing those 2-3
    foot waves and then just get a Spitfire later on for Trestles. Do you think
    that would do good?

    Thanks a lot

  25. bcsurfandsportvideos

    June 5, 2013 at 5:34 am

    Therefore, the Spitfire is the best all around for you, hitting its sweet spot in 3-4 foot waves. Under that and over that a different board would be better, but it’ll have significant weaknesses otherwise. Example: a Sweet Potato will do very well in tiny surf, but hitting the lip at 6 ft. Trestles will be more difficult. And vice versa for a performance shortboard like the HellRazor or Bourez model. Hope this helps out, shoot any more questions over and I’ll try to get you set up!

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