Firewire -Midas

Hi and welcome to another review. You will notice a trend of late as I’m slowly working my way through the Rob Machado range that Firewire are releasing. Today we have the Midas, I’m riding a 6’1 x 20 7/8 x 2 9/16 coming in 37.5L.

I’ve tired this as a thruster and twin plus one. Both have their pros and cons as a whole however I like it as a twin plus one using the Alpha AMT twin. As a thruster the Jack Freestone generation fin worked best for me. I have noticed with all of Robs boards they work best with the futures blackstix or the generation fins, well other then the Go Fish.

The Midas sits slightly above the Go Fish, but at the same time can cover similar ground if sized right. It seems to go well either on your normal volume or slightly above as the shape suits it. The rails are similar to the go fish, not to low or full to be they are just right. The outline is a mix between a MR twin fin and a fish. The outline is fairly parallel which helps reduced drag. The added flyers create noticeable pivot points when coming into turns. At the same time they also add some extra hold in steeper waves. The shape is very versatile whether you are coming off a long board or looking for something a little different it will find a place in your quiver.I find the nose doesn’t get in the way despite it been rather full, the tail is thinned and refined to allow seamless turns and transitions. The bottom contours as with the Go Fish add speed and lift that match the Sci Fi with out the nervousness that the Sci Fi has. Rob has really hit the nail on the head with the board eat board bottom. I really feel all his boards allow for imperfections in technique.

As a whole this board is the perfect all rounder from waist high to over head it’s great fun. I will admit I personally prefer this board on fatter point breaks in waist to head high conditions. The twin fin set up adds a sense of freedom and looseness that the thruster doesn’t have. The thruster however allows tighter turns in the pocket and more control if the waves are steeper. I personally wouldn’t surf this in really heavy conditions but then again that’s not what it’s designed for. The Midas is a board you can leave in the car and always have fun with in 90% if what we all surf. With Firewire ever increasing all rounder range the Midas delivers something new as you get almost two boards in one with how well it works as a twin or thruster. Rob has a new futures twin plus one blackstix coming out soon which I’m keen to try.

Till next time keep shredding.

My next review will be something a little special from Machado stable.

If you want to check out the Midas visit the excellent team at Beach Beat Alexandra Headland

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The full range of boards is below.

LENGTH

5′ 3″

WIDTH

18 1/2″

THICKNESS

2 1/16″

TAIL

WINGED SWALLOW

VOLUME

23.1

LENGTH

5′ 4″

WIDTH

18 5/8″

THICKNESS

2 1/8″

TAIL

WINGED SWALLOW

VOLUME

24

LENGTH

5′ 5″

WIDTH

18 3/4″

THICKNESS

2 1/8″

TAIL

WINGED SWALLOW

VOLUME

24.9

LENGTH

5′ 6″

WIDTH

19″

THICKNESS

2 3/16″

TAIL

WINGED SWALLOW

VOLUME

26.1

LENGTH

5′ 7″

WIDTH

19 5/16″

THICKNESS

2 1/4″

TAIL

WINGED SWALLOW

VOLUME

27.3

LENGTH

5′ 8″

WIDTH

19 1/2″

THICKNESS

2 5/16″

TAIL

WINGED SWALLOW

VOLUME

29.3

LENGTH

5′ 9″

WIDTH

19 7/8″

THICKNESS

2 3/8″

TAIL

WINGED SWALLOW

VOLUME

30.8

LENGTH

5′ 10″

WIDTH

20 1/8″

THICKNESS

2 7/16″

TAIL

WINGED SWALLOW

VOLUME

32.1

LENGTH

5′ 11″

WIDTH

20 3/8″

THICKNESS

2 7/16″

TAIL

WINGED SWALLOW

VOLUME

33.5

LENGTH

6′ 0″

WIDTH

20 5/8″

THICKNESS

2 1/2″

TAIL

WINGED SWALLOW

VOLUME

34.9

LENGTH

6′ 1″

WIDTH

20 7/8″

THICKNESS

2 9/16″

TAIL

WINGED SWALLOW

VOLUME

37.5

LENGTH

6′ 2″

WIDTH

21″

THICKNESS

2 5/8″

TAIL

WINGED SWALLOW

VOLUME

38.7

LENGTH

6′ 3″

WIDTH

21 3/16″

THICKNESS

2 11/16″

TAIL

WINGED SWALLOW

VOLUME

40.1

LENGTH

6′ 4″

WIDTH

21 3/8″

THICKNESS

2 3/4″

TAIL

WINGED SWALLOW

VOLUME

42.9

LENGTH

6′ 6″

WIDTH

21 1/2″

THICKNESS

2 7/8″

TAIL

WINGED SWALLOW

VOLUME

45.4

LENGTH

6′ 8″

WIDTH

21 1/2″

THICKNESS

3″

TAIL

WINGED SWALLOW

VOLUME

48.8

2 thoughts on “Firewire -Midas

  1. Hi craig, great reviews !!
    I would like to ask you.riding the go fish in size 6.01 (39.5 liters) did you feel the midas 6.1 as big or could you go 1 down to 35 liters (if you wanted more performance)
    I have the 601 go fish (at 88 kilo’s and fit for 49 😉
    I ‘m in doubt between the midas 35 or 37.5 liters

    I have an vader at 34 liters for good waves .

    Thanks heaps from the Netherland

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    1. I tend to ride mainly between 6’0 to 6’4 in length so I actually found the 6’1 to be perfect but it is a board that lends itself to been surfed shorter and if your looking to ride it in better waves then the smaller won’t hurt. But if your in a lot of rubber I personally would go the 37.5L I would also recommend the 2+1 twin for it from Machado or the MR twin in FCS. I’ve kept the 2+1 exclusively in my Creeper now.

      It’s the best set up ever for his boards.

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