Firewire/Machado Surfboards – Almond Butter
Welcome to Rogers Surfboard reviews, today we are talking about the Firewire Almond Butter which was designed by Rob Machado who is by far one of my all time favourite surfers due is style and approach to life.
The Almond Butter is your everyday board with a twist, it has shape that pays homage to the days gone by, the wide point is pushed forward and has a fairly flat rocker. The magic of this board comes from the combination of the double concave that runs from where the nose rocker ends all the way through the board and out the back, this coupled with the scooped down tail that really thins it out makes the board fast with a lot of flow but when you step on the tail the board heads vertical real quick. There isn’t much tail rocker to speak of that causes the almond butter to be so reactive. I believe what makes the almond butter so fun to surf in the pocket is in the last 6 inchs of the board it really flicks up towards the scooped of tail rail. This makes the board extremely fun and the softer rails allows the almond butter to flow through turns with ease I have never found it so easy to link turns as I do on the Almond Butter.
I ride a 6’0 x 20 ¼ x 2 ¾ coming in a 38.5L. While this board is extremely fun it does have a few short falls, it doesn’t like chop as the low entry rocker coupled with how short I can ride this board does cause the nose to catch and bury on chop. It does however handle a fairly steep drop as long as you put some angle on the take off. The only fins I’ve ridden this board with is the FCS2 Hayden Shapes in large. These fins work a treat as the upright template with a nice long base for drive really compliments the low rocker the Almond Butter has. This board only comes in Timber Tek which I’ve found to very durable and hard to ding. The best thing is Firewires Timber Teck is gold certified due to the fact that they use bio resin to seal the paulownia wood to the board. If you want learn more click here
Overall I really like the Almond Butter for something different in the right conditions. I’ve found it works best on a full tide in 2-3ft waves that have some push. I would however like to see how it went in more crumbly waves with sections to bottom turn round as the Almond Butter has drive for days.This board will suit anyone from intermediate/advanced to advanced after surfing it pretty consistently for the past month it does take some skill to get the most out of it but when you work it out you will be rewarded with a very unique experience and lines that you may not of thought possible if you are more to intermediate skill range. If you are a surfer who is more advanced you’ll find this board fun to surf in that more “old school” style which is synonymous with Rob Machado.
If you’ve surfed the Almond Butter I would love to hear your experiences below. Till next time keep surfing.
For video of me surfing the Almond Butter, click below
To get a Almond Butter of your own go see the guys at Beach Beat Alexandra Headland
164 Alexandra Parade
Phone: (07) 5443 2777
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A full size guide is below
|5′ 2″||19 1/8″||2 1/8″||SQUASH||24.3|
|5′ 4″||19 1/4″||2 1/4″||SQUASH||26.8|
|5′ 6″||19 1/2″||2 3/8″||SQUASH||29.4|
|5′ 8″||19 3/4″||2 1/2″||SQUASH||32.4|
|5′ 10″||20″||2 5/8″||SQUASH||35.3|
|6′ 0″||20 1/4″||2 3/4″||SQUASH||38.5|
|6′ 2″||20 1/2″||2 7/8″||SQUASH||41.8|
|6′ 4″||20 3/4″||3″||SQUASH||45.3|
|6′ 6″||20 7/8″||3″||SQUASH||46.8|